My Career


Cody Toppert is an Ivy League educated, former professional basketball player, currently serving as Head Coach of the Northern Arizona Suns, The NBA G-League affiliate of the Phoenix Suns. Cody has unique ability to enhance, teach, refine and impact the mindset and abilities of some of the top players in the sport.






Coaching/Training Experience

PHOENIX SUNS / NORTHERN ARIZONA SUNS, Head Coach; Arizona 2017-Present;

Serves as the Head Coach for the Northern Arizona Suns. The 2017-18 team finished with an NBA G-League league best 5 NBA Call-Ups to go along with a franchise record 23 wins. The Suns rolled out one of the league’s most dominant offenses ranking 3rd in Offensive Efficiency (1.12), 2nd in Points Per Game (119.3) and 2nd in Good Play % (74.8) a mark that would rank 1st in NBA History. Additionally the 14.9 made three-pointers per game not only lead the league but would rank 2nd in NBA History just behind the 2017-18 Houston Rockets. Overall, the Suns were top 5 in the G-League in 11 offensive categories, and the team had historically good shot selection with elite offensive efficiency as 87% of scoring possessions came at the free-throw line, at the rim or from behind the three-point line.


Player Development
Cody’s squad saw a league leading 5 players called up to the NBA with Derrick Jones Jr., Isaiah Cannan, Josh Gray, Shaquille Harrison, and Xavier Silas all making their way to the next level.
On April 10th, 2018 players who appeared in at least 20 NAZ Suns games combined to score 70 points as the Phoenix Suns defeated the Dallas Mavericks, an All-Time Record for points scored by G-League players in an NBA game.


HOUSTON ROCKETS/RGV VIPERS, Assistant Coach; Texas 2015-2017;

Serves as the offensive coordinator for the 2016-17 Western Conference Champion Vipers. In 2016-17 the Vipers had the leagues best Offensive Rating (113.7) while leading the league in EFG% and TS%. The 2015-16 squad finished with the leagues’ second ranked offense (116.3 PPG, 20.5 APG), advancing to the Western Conference Semi-Finals. The Vipers have won 67 games in Cody’s two years, rolling out the league’s most dominant offense.


Player Development
Cody has been an integral part of the development of Rockets assignees and NBA Call-Ups Isaiah Taylor, Kyle Wiltjer, Chinanu Onuaku, Troy Williams, Montrezl Harrell, Sam Dekker, Donatas Montiejunas, Gary Payton II (Bucks), and Jordan Hamilton (Pelicans).


Cody also assists the Rockets Front office with various scouting projects pertaining to the evaluation of teams and play- ers heading into the offseason and free agency. In addition to assisting on matters pertaining to the Rockets he is also a valuable member of the player evaluation process leading up to the NBA D-League draft.


Cody assisted the Rockets staff during the 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, working with the young players during practice sessions and assisting with in game coaching and strategy.


Tim Grgurich Camp
Cody worked the prestigious 2016 GRG camp in Las Vegas, working with some of the NBA’s best young players and along side some of the NBA’s best coaches.


Haitian Senior National Team, Assistant Coach; Haiti, 2017-Present

Cody serves as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the Senior National team of Haiti. In this role he assists with player recruitment, evaluation as well team and organizational preparations as Haiti sets it sights on qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games.


ELEV|8 Sports Institute, Director of Basketball Development, Head Coach; Florida, 2013-2015


NBA/Professional Player Development
Cody has worked closely with over 20 NBA players. His duties included working with Agents, Scouts and players. 10 of these players were selected in the 2015 NBA draft, 5 were selected in 2014 and 3 were selected in 2013. Cody is well known for his work with Tyler Johnson, who signed the largest contract for an undrafted player in NBA history.


During his time with ELEV|8 Cody coached 21 players that moved on to play Division 1 college basketball and compiled a 55-14 record. The 2014-2015 team rose as high as #3 National ranking, with a record of 25-4 including victories over #1 ranked Oak Hill, #3 ranked New Hampton and culminated in a loss in the Prep School National Championship Elite 8. In 2013-2014 Cody’s team compiled 30-10 record.


Contributing Writer and Analyst, Basketball Insiders (; Miami, Florida, 2015-16
Served as one of the primary NCAA and NBA contributing writers. Cody has been featured on Fox Sports radio and Yahoo Sports radio as a guest analyst providing further insight into various games and issues involving both the NCAA and NBA.
An example can be found at





Contributing Analyst, CineSport (; Miami, Florida, 2015-16
Cody serves as a guest analyst on CineSport’s video distribution wire covering various topics, primarily the NCAA tourna- ment. Cody’s appearances have been picked up by various online news outlets and and publications.


Contributing Scout, D-League Digest (; Miami, Florida, 2014-16
Served as main contributor to the D-League Digest NBADL Scouting Newsletter. The newsletter, which goes out to NBA and NBA D-League personnel, includes a variety of scouting breakdowns and commentary on both teams and players.


Contributing Writer and Analyst, FastModel Sports (; Miami, Florida, 2015-Present
Cody served as a contributing writer and analyst for FastModel Sports, the leader in basketball X’s and O’s technology. With this role Cody analyzes many trending basketball philosophies using FastDraw playbook software.
An example can be found at


Founder, CEO/Lead Trainer of Toppert Basketball; Texas, New Mexico, California, Florida; 2011-2014
Served as founder of Toppert Basketball, a basketball skill development company focused on players at all levels, from the NBA down. Toppert Basketball merged with ELEV|8 in deal negotiated by Cody.





Professional Experience

Financial Services Associate, Prudential Financial; Scottsdale, Arizona 2008-2009 (During the Off-Seasons)
Served as an Individual Financial advisor for one of the most well respected financial companies in the world. Cody aided his clients in all aspects of financial planning.




Cornell University, Ithaca, New York - Bachelors of Science, Applied Economics and Business Management (2001-2005)

Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan - Certificate of Business Communications (2005-2006) Achieved during the D- League Season

FINRA Series 6 Investment Company Products/ Variable Contracts Representative Examination Licensee (2008)

FINRA Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination Licensee (2008)

Arizona Department of Real Estate Licensee (2008)






Cody speaks both Spanish and English. He has extensive experience using SportsTec (Sports Code), Krossover and Synergy video editing software to produce highlights, scouting edits and game clips. Cody is also exceptional with Fast Draw playbook software. His other computer experience includes maintaining his own website and working with most standard applications including Excel, Powerpoint and others.





Playing Experinece

2012: LogiTravel Basquet Mallorca (Spain)

2011-2012: Club Ourense Baloncesto (Spain)

2011: Forli (Italy)

2010-2011: UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders (United Kingdom)

2009-2010: BG Gottingen (Germany), FIBA EuroChallenege

2007-2008: BC CSKA Sophia (Bulgaria); Oct 07 moved to Great Falls Explorers (CBA)

2006-2007: FC Barriernese (Portugal)

2005-2006: Taranaki Mountain Airs (New Zealand)

2005-2006: Albuquerque Thunderbirds (NBA D-League)

2001-2005: Cornell (NCAA) Finished 8th overall in Cornell history with 1,232 points, as well as 1st (5th in Ivy League History) in career 3 point fields goals made (237), finished 11th at Cornell in career steals, 34th in career rebounds and 26th in career assists.





About Cody

Cody Toppert is an Ivy League educated, former professional basketball player, and Director of Basketball Development for ELEV|8 Sports Institute with a unique ability to enhance, teach, refine and impact the mindset and abilities of some of the top players in the sport.

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