News & gear by players, for players ★ Powered by Fivestar App ★ Grow The Game®

Are Basketball Camps Worth It?

You want to play college basketball, but you need you name and game out there to be noticed by college coaches. One well-known way to accomplish this is through basketball camps, but are they worth it?

Are Basketball Camps Worth It?

Every year at a certain point, colleges start sending out invitations to elite basketball camps in the mail. That’s when the athlete must evaluate if this camp makes sense for them.

While elite camps might make sense for one student-athlete, it might not make sense for another. If players are attending camps to be a part of a competitive learning experience, then most of these elite camps make sense. On the other hand, if players are attending these camps hoping to land a college scholarship, they may be leading themselves to a disappointing outcome.

Any school that is recruiting potential student-athletes using elite camps for evaluation purposes will typically contact the player directly or will verbally reach out through their advocate. Mass mail invitations usually do not represent a serious level of interest. Some elite camps are invitation only, and schools will only extend an invitation to student-athletes who have the potential to play at that school. Schools who have open camps that allow anyone to come typically have a list of players they are trying to recruit, and it is highly likely those players will be on the top teams playing in the gym that the head coach is sitting on.

This year, a school reached out to me asking if one of my players could play at its respective level. The school’s elite camp is small in numbers and only consists of kids who feel that they can play that level. If the school does not feel the potential prospect can play at that next level, there is no invite. High-ranking power five schools have this option compared to other NCAA programs.

In the past, I worked a camp where 110 athletes were broken up into 11 teams. The top-40 kids at the camp were moved into the top groups and played on the main court with the head coach watching every game. This meant the other seven teams never got to play in front of the school’s head coach, as they were only focused on the four higher-ranked teams.

For some lower level DI and DII programs, camps are run like an ID camp where you might be able to play yourself into a scholarship, but there are probably quite a few others thinking they can as well with only a limited number of scholarships available.

I wonder if those considering elite camps think about the uncontrollable factors, such as what group they will be put in for skill work? Will that group and those drills represent the athlete’s playing abilities? Will they be placed on a team that plays the game correctly to showcase your skills? A bad team with no chemistry during camp could hamper the player’s ability to showcase their individual skills.

I think participating in elite camps is a great idea as long as the student-athlete goes for the right reasons and understands where they stand if they are trying to be recruited by the school. There are a lot of schools on every level that run some very good camps where kids are challenged and learn a lot. It is critically important that student-athletes research which camps are the best at giving players the best possible experience for them.

Previous Article
WNBA second round 2021

WNBA Second Round Set: Mercury at Storm, Sky at Lynx

Next Article
NBA players have all the power

NBA Players Have All the Power