Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Elite Basketball Camps

Because I’m often asked for recommendations for good basketball camps, I finally took the time to put together a list of elite middle and high school basketball camps. Over the past several years I have had an opportunity to attend most of the above camps and, for the most part, I enjoyed my experience. The following list is not all inclusive, as there are a number of other local and national camp options for your child. The camps are not listed in any particular order, and as I hear about new camps, I will add them to this list. Enjoy!

Elite Basketball Camp List

5 Star Camps
Location: Multiple-PA, NY
Type: National Instructional/Exposure
Age/Grade: Middle & High School
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Hoop Group Camps
Location: Northeast/PA & NJ
Type: National/Exposure/Instructional
Age/Grade: Middle & High School
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Rick Bolus High Potential Camps
Location: Georgetown, KY
Type: Regional/Instructional
Age/Grade: Middle & High School
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Phenom Camps
Location: Sand Diego, CA
Type: National/Regional/Exposure/Instructional/Open
Age/Grade: Middle & High School
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Jr. All-American Camp
Location: National/Multiple locations
Type: National Exposure/Invitation Only
Age/Grade: Middle & High School (freshmen)
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Pangos Camps
Location: Southern CA/Regional
Type: National/Exposure/Instructional
Age/Grade: High School
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John Lucas Camps
Location: Houston, TX/Regional
Type: Instructional/Exposure/Invitation Only
Age/Grade: Middle School Primarily
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Elite 75 Camp
Location: Charlotte, NC
Type: Regional /Exposure/Open
Age/Grade: Middle & High School
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Jason Otter Point Guard Camp
Location: National/Multiple Locations
Type: Instructional Point Guard/Open
Age/Grade: Middle & High School
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Midwest Elite Camp
Location: Northeast OH
Type: National/Regional/Exposure
Age/Grade: Middle & High School
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D-One Basketball Camps
Location: Spiece Field House/Ft. Wayne, IN
Type: Regional/Instructional
Age/Grade: Middle & High School
Email Address:

Bob Gibbons Fall Evaluation Clinic
Location: Wake Forrest, NC
Type: National/Instructional/Exposure
Age/Grade: Middle & High School
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Buckeye Prep Elite Showcases
Location: Columbus, OH
Type: Regional/Exposure
Age/Grade: Elementary, Middle & High School
Date: March 6, 2011
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Red Devils Claim Championship

The much anticipated match up between the 6th grade New Birth Warriors (6-2) and the Groveport Red Devils(8-1) went down tonight in the championship game of the COBBA Holiday Tournament at the Hoop. Prior to the game Warriors coach Scott Bradley questioned whether his younger and much smaller team  could contain Groveport’s sizable height advantage in the post. Early in the contest Bradley’s fears were realized, as Kalob Wesson, a 6’0 center from Westerville, scored the first 8 points in the game to lead the Red Devils on a 8-0 run.

Like New Birth, the Red Devils brought serious ball pressure which limited good looks at the basket. Consequently, the Warriors were unable to score until the 2:10 mark in the 1st quarter, and struggled to get consistent scoring against a clearly superior squad. Although the Warriors closed the gap to 10-21 going into half time, the Red Devils finished the 3rd quarter with a 38-18 lead. The Red Devils enjoyed solid guard from Shaylin Waugh and Anthony Mills Jr., but the difference in the game was Wesson, who was dominate in the paint, and went on to lead the Red Devils in scoring with 22 points.

By the time the horn sounded Groveport had claimed the championship by a score of 52-26. Some of the other standout players in the game included: Darious Coker (Groveport), Shaylin Waugh (Groveport), Paul Jones (New Birth), Jordan Mitchell (New Birth) and Ty Wiley (New Birth). To see the pictures I took at the event visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page.

Monday, December 27, 2010

New Birth Warriors Off to a Solid Start

I finally got a chance to get out and see Scott Bradley’s 6th grade New Birth Warriors. Participating in the COBBA Holiday Tournament at the Hoop; Bradley’s team (6-1) finished the day at 2-0, with convincing wins over the Ohio Valley Minors (45-24) and the Canal Winchester Indians (49-36). In the opening game, the Warriors were led by Jordan Mitchell's 11 points, and in the second game, Ty Wiley finished with a game-high 20 points. Next up for New Birth is the championship game versus the Groveport Red Devils on Friday. I had a chance to catch a quick glance at the Red Devils and noted the fact they have good size in the front court.

As is customary for Scott Bradley-coached teams, the 2010/2011 edition of the Warriors frustrate their opponents with extreme pressure, both full and half court. The 6-0 Warriors’ only loss this season came at the hands of Olentangy Orange, who squeaked out a 6-point victory. According to Bradley, this team is his youngest in the program’s storied history, as only 3 players are in the 6th grade. The majority of his 13-player team is made up of 4th and 5th graders. Because his team is so young, Bradley recognizes they will take their lumps, but the team will be well positioned for the next couple of years.

So far this young season, a few kids have stepped forward to lead this team. The top guys so far are: Jordan Mitchell, a 4th grader from Blacklick; Ty Wiley, a 5th grader from Fairmont Elementary school, and Paul “PJ” Jones, a 5th grader from Grove City. Jones returns for a second year for the Warriors. The rest of the New Birth roster is below:

New Birth Roster:

Randy Overson-Columbus (5th)
Christian Carter-Worthington (6th)
Ty Wiley-Columbus (5th)
Jejuan Weatherspoon-Whitehall (5th)
Noah Berry-Columbus (5th)
Paul “PJ” Jones-Grove City (5th)
Robert Littlejohn-(6th)
Jaedyn Carter-Worthington (5th)
Alvin Byrd-Hamilton Twp (4th)
Randy Sills-Reynoldsburg (4th)
Nathan Hawkins-Zanesville (6th)
Jordan Mitchell-Blacklick (4th)
Dominique Long-Westerville (5th)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gahanna Routs Pickerington North to Take Control of OCC Ohio

Before a sold out crowd, the Gahanna Lincoln Lions (6-0) took control of the OCC Ohio division race with a convincing 61-41 win over Pickerington North (5-1). Although Gahanna Lincoln got out to a quick start, Pickerington North kept the game close until midway through the 3rd quarter. The Golden Lions went on a significant run to close out the 3rd period, and eventually finished the contest with a 20 point victory. With their victory, Gahanna is positioned well to claim back-to-back league championships. The leading scorer in the contest was Stevie Taylor who finished with 25 points.  To see pictures of the game, visit the Buckeye Prep facebook Fan Page. (Highlight video) (Video of Trey Warr's ally oop dunk) (ohshoops story)