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College Basketball Camps: Everything You Need to Know

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Basketball camps allow you to sharpen your skills and learn from experienced basketball coaches. Some can even help you get evaluated as a potential recruit. No matter how you look at it, camps are extremely important to your recruiting journey. You may be wondering, how do I find basketball camps near me? NCSA has compiled a list of college basketball camps across the country. Use the list below to find a basketball camp near you. Get answers to top questions about men’s basketball camps or search all men’s basketball recruiting events here.

Find basketball camps near you

22 results
IMG Academy
Calendar icon Jan 1, 2023 Dec 31, 2023
Bradenton, FL
Ages / Grade Level: 10yr – 18yr
University of Minnesota – Duluth
Calendar icon Sep 23, 2023 Oct 14, 2023
Duluth, MN
Ages / Grade Level: K – 8th
Division: NCAA D2
Michigan Technological University
Calendar icon Sep 25, 2023 Sep 28, 2023
Houghton, MI
Ages / Grade Level: 2nd – 5th
Division: NCAA D2
$30 – $55
West Coast Elite
Calendar icon Sep 30, 2023 Sep 30, 2023
Colorado Springs, CO
Ages / Grade Level: 8th – 12th
Newman University
Calendar icon Oct 1, 2023 Oct 1, 2023
Wichita, KS
Ages / Grade Level: 9th – 12th
Division: NCAA D2

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Top questions about basketball camps 

What are the 4 types of basketball camps? 

Men’s college basketball programs and third-party organizations, like Nike or PGC Basketball, host a variety of camps based on age, skill level and position. There are four main types of basketball camps you can choose to attend.  

Basketball training camps  

Specialty camps 

College prospect camps 

Basketball exposure camps 

What are the best basketball camps?

The best basketball camps will offer you the chance to learn from experienced basketball coaches, develop your skills on the court and compete against elite players. If you’re serious about playing college hoops, check out our top-rated basketball camps:

What are the best basketball exposure camps?

The best exposure basketball camps will provide you the opportunity to play in front of D1, D2, D3 and Junior Colleges. Here are the top-rated exposure basketball camps:

Are basketball exposure camps worth it?

Basketball exposure camps are worth for athletes who wish to continue playing in college. These events provide a chance to play in front of multiple schools and division levels at one time. Exposure events can be pricey, so you’ll want to make sure your game is ready to be evaluated by college coaches.

What are basketball clinics? 

Basketball clinics are one-day camp sessions that last a few hours. These are tailored towards a specific group of players or skill, like a basketball shooting clinic. If your budget is tight, basketball clinics can be a great option as they are cheaper than most camps. Sometimes, you can find clinics near you put on for free by local schools and professional sports teams! 

What can you expect at men’s basketball camps? 

Camps are usually multi-day-long affairs that could require an overnight stay, depending on your location. Each day is broken up by sessions that focus on skills from an area of the game such as dribbling, shooting, passing, ball handling or defense. Campers will then put their newly learned skills to the test in competitive 1-on-1 or 5-on-5 games. Instructors will also break down the mental aspects of the game or bring in a guest speaker to share their basketball knowledge and experience.  

Basketball exposure camps work like showcases. Learn more about basketball showcases and how they can benefit your recruiting.  

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Do basketball camps really help?

Yes, basketball camps help you develop your offensive and defensive skills. Some camps may focus on a particular area of your game like shooting or ball-handling. Showing a diverse skill set at recruiting events can help increase your chances of getting noticed by college coaches.

When should you start going to college basketball camps? 

By your sophomore year, you should be ready to start attending camps with college coaches present. Consider attending camps that have multiple schools and division levels present to see where you get the most interest from. Keep in mind, you should master the fundamentals before attending these types of camps. The goal is to get exposure, not get exposed!  

All grade levels should continue to attend skill development camps and specialist camps to improve their overall game. However, upperclassmen should focus more of their time on attending camps during NCAA evaluation periods to get recruiting exposure to college coaches. 

Why should you attend a college basketball prospect camp?

Getting an invite to a prospect camp can be a great way to impress the staff with your basketball skills and show the coaches that you’re interested in their program.

4 reasons to attend a prospect camp: 

  1. Get evaluated as a potential recruit. 
  1. Build relationships with the coaching staff. 
  1. Interact with the team and meet current players. 
  1. Get a feel for the school’s campus and facilities. 

Can you get a scholarship offer at a college basketball camp? 

A coach wants to see you perform in person before offering you a scholarship. College basketball prospect camps allow coaches to invite their top recruits to campus for more evaluation and to make scholarship decisions. Keep in mind, coaches will oftentimes send out mass emails and camp invites to their entire list of recruits for these events. Don’t mistake a mass invite for real interest and know where you stand as a recruit before you go. 

If you’re not on a coach’s short list, prospect camps aren’t going to do much for your recruiting because coaches will be focused on watching their top prospects. However, it’s not unheard of for a player to impress a coach during camp and earn a spot on the list!  

How do you choose the right basketball camp? 

Research! Look at the camp description and itinerary to determine if your playing ability and objectives fit. If you’re an NCAA basketball recruit, an elite or advanced level camp may be perfect for you. If you’re just starting out or looking to develop skills to make the varsity team, you’ll want to search for beginner level camps offered in your age group.  

How do you get invited to camps where college scouts are recruiting? 

The top exposure camps and showcases require an invite to attend. Basketball recruiters and tournament organizers seek the top high school talent for college coaches to evaluate. The first step towards scoring an invite is to excel at the high school level. When the season’s over, join a travel club or AAU team that is known for having top players and competes in big tournaments

Prospect camps, or elite camps, are intended for coaches to invite their top prospects to campus. Keep in mind, coaches still need to fill the gym and make a profit off these camps. So, they’ll also send out mass emails and camp invites to their entire list of recruits. These shouldn’t be mistaken for real interest. Know where you stand as a recruit before you go.

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How much do basketball camps cost? 

Camp fees can range from $100 to over $1,000 for a few days of training. So, the price of attending multiple camps in a year can really add up. If you find yourself in a position where you can’t afford to attend multiple camps in a year, don’t worry! Here are other ways you can improve your skills to get noticed by college coaches: 

How many camps should you attend a year? 

There is no set number of camps you should attend in a year. Every recruiting journey is different. NCSA’s basketball experts recommend families prioritize quality over quantity. Find camps that challenge you to become a better player and offer you exposure to college coaches that are on your target list.  

Basketball training camps

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IMG Academy Basketball Camp: Train like the top basketball players in the country. IMG Academy is the largest and most innovative leader in athletic and performance development. Campers have access to the same training methodology as NBA draft selections and top D1 commits. 


Men’s basketball camps offer you the opportunity to develop your skillset and gain exposure to college coaches. What camp you choose to attend and when are based on your individual recruiting goals. Create an NCSA Recruiting profile to receive and respond to college camp invites.

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