The Larry Hughes Basketball Academy is a premier development academy in the St. Louis area. Founded by former NBA player Larry Hughes, the Academy provides skill development, basketball education, and leadership opportunities for youth athletes, girls and boys, grades K-12 of all skill levels. Program development includes ongoing evaluation and feedback to acquire specific skills to best fit each player’s needs. The Larry Hughes Basketball Academy believes basketball development will improve a young athlete’s basketball IQ, ball handling, shooting, passing, defense, and footwork along with their balance, coordination, flexibility and reaction speed. The curriculum is designed to build a deep mastery of the skills needed to be successful in the game of basketball and in life. The Lodge Des Peres is proud to partner with the Larry Hughes Basketball Academy and offer the following two programs: Junior Skills and Drills (Grades K-3) and Senior Skills and Drills (Grades 4-8).