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.
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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 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!
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.
Basketball camps that focus on skills training aren’t as important to the recruiting process as participating in a camp with college coaches present. However, skills training camps can help you improve your craft, which can ultimately increase your chances of getting noticed by college coaches at recruiting events.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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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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:
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.
Consider the level of competition and quality of training each camp has to offer before choosing which camp is right for you. There are a lot of basketball training camps out there that are open to all levels and held as fundraisers. But that doesn’t mean more advanced players can’t benefit from attending. Learning from some of the top basketball coaches in the nation can have a major impact on your skills, game and confidence level.
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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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