About Us

Professional Athlete, Hardknockz Academy founder and head coach Yusuf Qaafow has years of experience, extensive knowledge and training to share with up and coming ballers.



  • Current Captain and Guard for the Somali National Team.
  • NBL with the Melbourne Tigers 2009-2011.
  • 2 time state champ Under 20’s.
  • 2 time Under 19 Victorian School boys team MVP.
  • 2 time Allstar 5 Australian School Boys Team.
  • Second Team all Conference at Oakton Community College.
  • Coached various junior teams in his home town of Melbourne (Bulleen Boomers and other Domestic Teams) girls and boys
  • Youth mentor