Men's Basketball Camps: Find Upcoming Events Near You
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.
2019 Men’s College Basketball camps
We have pulled together a list of every college men's basketball camp in the country with the date and cost for each camp. To see what camps were available this year, look no further than this free list 2019 men’s college basketball camps and keep checking back because we'll post 2020 summer camps here when details are available. Learn more about Nike basketball camps.
Choosing between college and exposure camps
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.
- College basketball camps are run by the college’s basketball program. You’ll gain knowledge and instruction from the high level of teaching at this type of program, and will have the opportunity to get a sample of campus life at the particular school where the camp is located.
- Basketball exposure camps have the goals of evaluating players and helping players develop exposure and get a player ranking. Although they are not tied to a specific university, many basketball exposure camps have amazing track records and cite alumni who have gone on to top college programs and the NBA. Many of these camps are invitation-only, so the talent level is high – and excellent for player development. They also offer players an opportunity to play in front of college coaches, especially at NCAA DIII men’s basketball coaches.
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?
How many college basketball tournaments are there?
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:
- The NCAA Championships. Division 1 is the most-watched tournament, where 65 teams compete in a single elimination “knockout” tournament spread over three weekends, but Division 2, Division 3 and NAIA programs also host a championship series event.
- The National Invitational Tournament. This tournament includes 32 teams in a single elimination “knockout” tournament. Over time, it became eclipsed by the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament.
- The College Basketball Invitational Tournament. This tournament was created in 2007 by the Gazelle Group, a sports marketing company. The CBI selects 16 teams that aren’t selected for the NCAA Tournament or the National Invitational Tournament.
- The CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Similarly, 26 to 32 teams are selected that weren’t selected for the NCAA tournament or the National Invitational Tournament.
Meet NCSA's basketball partners
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.
Find basketball camps near me
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.