College basketball camps allow high school basketball players the opportunity to show their skills on the court in front of college coaches. This can be important because the college basketball season runs at the same time as high school games and tournaments. This list will help you increase your exposure for playing basketball in college.
Choosing the right basketball camp for you is an important consideration. Your time and money are both limited. We recommend that you research individual basketball camps that we have included in this list, but we also want to make sure you know the main differences between college and exposure camps.
If you want to get recruited at a college basketball camp, remember that most coaches attend events only to see players with whom they’ve already made some kind of connection. How competitive is AAU girls basketball?
IMG Academy’s boys basketball camps feature position-specific, customized training for players seeking to reach their full potential. Camps incorporate technical instruction and drills as well as guided game-situational play combined with physical and mental conditioning. IMG coaches have experience competing and coaching at the collegiate and professional levels and work with campers through position-specific drills along with competition elements, scrimmages, & situational play.
Every college team has opportunities to compete in tournaments at the beginning of the season. ESPN aired 13 early season Division 1 tournaments this year, such as the Charleston Classic, the Myrtle Beach Invitational, the Maui Invitational and the Orlando Invitational, which comprised of 84 teams across 21 conferences. However, the real excitement typically begins postseason, starting with the rush of March Madness. Here are four popular post-season tournaments:
NCSA has strategically partnered with the following basketball organizations to provide families access to basketball camps, showcases, clinics and tournaments that will help them get more exposure to college coaches and hone their basketball skills. Check out what kinds of events each of these partners host and see how they might benefit your family:
PGC Basketball: PGC provides no-nonsense basketball training for dedicated basketball players and coaches. They host 100 Point Guard College and Playmaker College camps across 30 different states and in two countries. During PGC camps, they focus on increasing athletes’ basketball IQ; developing uncommon skills and habits to help athletes stand out among their competition; building leadership skills; and developing the right mindset. Athletes can choose from a variety of different camps to attend, based on their basketball goals and age group. PGC Basketball camps are designed to physically and mentally prepare basketball players of all ages so they can be successful at the next level of play.
West Coast Elite: West Coast Elite hosts basketball camps, tournaments and showcases on the West Coast that provide athletes with exposure to college coaches and the opportunity to compete against top recruits. The nationally recognized events attract media coverage and have seen more than 500 colleges in attendance. Athletes can choose events ranging from academic camps to high school tournaments, youth tournaments and all-star camps. West Coast Elite offers something for all types of high-level basketball players, from the academically-minded to the recruit hoping to get seen by more college coaches.
Zero Gravity: Zero Gravity’s mission is to provide every youth basketball player with the opportunity to play the sport they love on a great stage against appropriate competition. To that end, Zero Gravity helps set up club tournaments, by taking the confusion out of the planning process and providing scheduling systems and a means for communication among the coaching staff and the players. Because of their commitment to youth basketball, Zero Gravity has become the destination for grassroots club basketball, from elementary school development teams to national-level high school teams.
Insider tip: Despite the impact that coronavirus had on college sports, as of June 1, 2021, the NCAA resumed its regular recruiting rules and activity! Coaches are actively working to fill their rosters, so student-athletes should be proactive in reaching out to coaches. Read up on how the extra year of eligibility granted to athletes who were most affected by the pandemic in 2020 will impact future recruiting classes.
Camps are a great way to develop your technical ability and strategy, especially in the offseason, and play in front of college coaches. See a list of the best basketball camps near me.
We are continuously adding new camps to this list, so check back often to find more camp opportunities!