My Career


Cody Toppert is an Ivy League educated, former professional basketball player, currently serving as Assistant Coach for the Houston Rockets NBA D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. 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

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

Serves as the offensive coordinator of the leagues second ranked offense (116.3 PPG, 20.5 APG), while leading the player development of the guards. Cody is an integral part of the team’s scouting and video efforts pertaining to opponent prepara- tion and post game improvement. He assisted with the development of Rockets assignees KJ McDaniels, Montrezl Harrell, Sam Dekker and Donatas Montiejunas. Under Cody’s supervision the RGV Vipers produced 2 NBA D-League All-Stars in Will Cummings and Raphael Putney as well as NBA Call-Up Jordan Hamilton.


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.


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


NBA/Professional Player Development
Served as the lead trainer and recruiter for the ELEV|8 NBA Pre Draft and NBA/International off season training program. Cody has worked closely with over 20 NBA players. His duties included working on a regular basis 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 recently signed the largest contract for an undrafted NBA player in league history.


  • Cody worked with 2015 NBA Draftees D’Angelo Russell (#2), Myles Turner (#11), Devin Booker (#13), Cameron Payne (#14), Terry Rozier (#16), Justin Anderson (#21), Rakeem Christmas (#36), Dakari Johnson (#48), Cady Lalanne (#55) and JP Tokoto (#58)


  • During his time with ELEV|8 Cody coached 21 players that moved on to play Division 1 college basketball. The 2014-2015 team rose as high as #3 National ranking, with a record of 25-4 including victories over #1 ranked Oak Hill (exhibition), #3 ranked New Hampton and 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-Present
    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-Present
    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-Present
    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)





    Playing Experience

    Cody has extensive playing experience at high levels in some of the top countries in the world. Cody was coached by two former NBA Champions (Scott Wedman, Michael Cooper) and 09-10 Clair Bee Coach of the Year, NABC District 4 Coach of the Year and Ivy League coach of the year (Steve Donahue). During this time he gained a unique knowledge of the game, which he saw from many different perspectives.




    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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