Attending a basketball camp is a good idea during the basketball recruiting process. Camp can benefit a high school hoops player in several ways.
- High school basketball players can improve their skills thanks to the instruction provided by college basketball coaches and players. This high level of teaching is particularly helpful for underclassmen who want to develop their game.
- Basketball camps offer some level of exposure to college basketball programs. But recruits need to realize that there’s not much chance of being “discovered” at a camp. Coaches already familiar with you may use a basketball camp to evaluate your skills. But if they don’t know who you are when you show up, it’s likely they won’t know who you are when camp ends.
- Camp lets you see how you measure up to talented basketball players. Exposure to other players can provide a good idea of the skills you need to work the most on.
- A college basketball camp lets you get a taste of campus life. It’s a chance to see a school’s dorms, athletic facilities and other aspects that may help you make a decision when it comes to choosing where you want to play college hoops.
Choosing a Basketball Camp
Research is important when choosing a basketball camp. It’s also important to know if you’re going to camp mainly for exposure or to work on your game.
If you want to gain exposure you should go to a college camp at a school that’s recruiting you. Remember, coaches don’t do much scouting at camps, so go to a basketball camp where they already know who you are. Find out what basketball coaches will be there, get in touch with them, and let them know you’re coming.
If you’re headed to basketball camp to improve your skills, learn as much as you can about the coaching staff. Are they experienced? Do they have a history of winning? Are they known for producing outstanding basketball players? Ask someone who’s been to the camp about the level of athletic talent you should expect.
What’s the difference between invite-only “elite” camps and college basketball camps?
Elite basketball camps (like the NBPA Top 100 Camp, which is open to the top 100 juniors and seniors in the country) are generally invitation only. This means that the talent level is usually extremely high. The high caliber of skills instruction at these camps, plus a few days of scrimmaging against high-level hoops players, is excellent for player development. If you’re interested in an elite basketball camp, have your coach submit a letter recommending you for the camp.
College basketball camps are run by college basketball coaches, and can offer a high level of basketball instruction as well. But college basketball camps also give a basketball recruit the chance to get a feel for the basketball program that he’s considering. Attending the camp at a school that you’re interested in gives you the chance to check out the school’s campus and athletic facilities, as well as gain some familiarity with the coaching staff.
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