I recently had a chance to speak with a number of the top basketball players in a certain area of the country. Each athlete has some skills and will likely to play in college. And while that level has yet to be determined, there is no doubt that they can play. The majority of these players have talked about attending a camp at a mid major program in-state.
This camp is for the coaches at this school to further evaluate them. It may not be titled an elite camp but there are certainly some excellent players there. As a basketball player, is this something you should be attending? Is it worth the time and money?
To answer these questions, I must mention a few things. First, the college coaches for these elite camps are in most cases smart enough to plan to dates away from the AAU tournaments. July is an AAU month so most intelligent coaches do their elite camps in June. This will avoid any conflicts and doesn’t limit the amount of talent that can show up to play.
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The camp that I am specifically talking about is not your elite camp. Anyone can come and it is a little pricey. But what sets this camp apart is that there is good college coaching and a chance to be evaluated by a number of different coaches at all levels. As I have said about other Division I camps, most bring in coaches from other smaller college programs. The reason that the smaller college coaches want to work the event is so that they can evaluate players. This will give them a leg up on the process before the AAU season even begins.
The advantage of going to a camp like this is that it definitely could help you land a scholarship. Basketball is a rather easy sport to evaluate over a few games. If a player just dominates against top competition, then there is a good chance that they can play at your level. So these coaches have extended scholarships based on the play at the camp. I have even seen this done for a recruit who came out of nowhere to get interest and eventually an offer over a three day span.
So as a basketball recruit, what should you do? I would say look hard into these camps. Make sure that they are elite camps and that you will receive a full evaluation based on your skills by the college coaches. Talk to others who have possibly been to the camp and ones that are going this year. If you get a feel that a lot of top players will be in-attendance, than it may be worth your time to go.
The mid major school may not offer you a scholarship but it could open some doors for Division II programs that have coaches working the event. Unless you have something conflicting with the dates, keep these invites serious but at the same time realize that these coaches are trying to make money on the event. They want top talent but if someone who is the twelve man on their team has a check, then they are going to have him play there as well.
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