6 Tips Heading into Summer Camp

It’s that time of year, schools all over the country are beginning to break for summer and players  are trading textbooks for basketballs. While the thought of summer camp was hard to fathom during the snow-filled winter months, the reality is that camp season is just around the corner. Before you begin filling your schedule with camp after camp, make sure you have a plan in place to make this the best summer possible. Here are six tips to consider heading into camp.

Before Camp:

Get Your Academics in Place

Before your school year is over, you should have a conversation with your high school coach or guidance counselor, or both, about where you are at academically. You can play the greatest summer of your life, but if you do not have enough credits, good enough grades, or the right years of math, english etc, then college coaches will not recruit you. Make sure you are squared away academically, then spend your summer focused on hoops.

Assess Yourself

Once your squared away in the classroom, now it’s time to focus on the court. First step to your on court preparation is to give yourself an honest assessment of your game. By taking a step back and answering the question “where is my game at?”, you will enable yourself to build fair and reasonable expectations for the summer. Honesty is key; being honest will allow you to reach attainable goals during the summer months and in turn help your recruitment as opposed to hurting it.

Provide Coaches with Your Summer Schedule

Prior to the start of the summer, you should compile a list of schools you are interested provide them with your schedule for the summer. Coaches won’t be able to see you if they don’t know where you will be this summer. A simple email with your schedule attached can go a long way in helping you stand out and get seen by the schools you want to see you.

At Camp:

Play to Your Strengths

The offseason is a great time to work on your weaknesses. However, do not bring your work in progress into games before you are ready. Put yourself in successful situations by playing to your strengths. For example, if you’re better driving to the hoop instead of shooting from the outside, don’t go hoisting up threes and proving to coaches that you don’t have a strong outside shot. Show coaches what you can do, while you work on what you can’t during drills and workouts.

Make Optional, Mandatory

Aside from putting you in front of college coaches, most camps offer a number of opportunities to work on your skill sets…take advantage! Not only will you benefit from the extra work outs, but coaches will take notice to those players who choose to work whenever given the opportunity.

Be a Good Teammate

Remember, college coaches are looking for players who fit their TEAM. Talent level is important, but it’s not the only thing coaches are looking for. Turning yourself into a black hole offensively and shooting every time you touch the ball is a good way to have coaches cross you off their list immediately. Be aggressive, but also be a team player. The more you play for your teammates, the more coaches will take notice, and the better your recruitment will be.

Lastly, here’s a message about Summer Planning from Hoop Group President, Rob Kennedy.

Pittsburgh Top 100 Player Report Cards

Pitsburgh, PA– The Pittsburgh Top 100 took place last week and showcased some of the top players in Western Pennsylvania. Taking place prior to the Pittsburgh Jam Fest, the Pitt Top 100 allowed individuals to showcase their talents in front of at least 30 college coaches. Here is every player’s evaluation from the showcase:

PhotoPlayer
GradeEvaluation
Sean Stinelli11Unselfish guard that is always looking to make the right play. Competes on both sides of the ball.
N/AMarcus Stewart11Athletic forward that scores well inside the arc. Can stretch game out to 3 point line, effective getting to the rim.
Chance Wright11An active on ball defender that creates issues for opposing guards. Can knock down a pull-up and plays with intense energy.
Tommy Rodriguez10Tough PG that plays hard all the time. Great pull-up shooter and finisher with contact.
Robert Jenkins 11Solid guard that finishes well with contact in traffic. Efficient scorer inside and can knock down 3's.
Jamison Nee11Hard playing guard on both sides of the floor. Crafty offensive player that has great touch inside the arc.
David Collins11Athletic slasher that does a great job at getting to the rim and drawing fouls. Plays well on both sides of the ball and creates 2nd chances on offensive glass.
N/ANick Barney 12Strong, athletic wing who gets to the rim and finishes well. Solid skill set and athleticism with good upside.
Josh Edwards 9Active on ball defender. Guard has great touch inside paint and a solid jump shooter. Uses high IQ to his advantage.
AJ Myers10Athletic guard who gets to the paint and finisher. Solid on ball defender with good lateral quickness.
Seth Younkin 9Long athletic player with great upside. Good footwork and post moves.
Cameron Hanley 10Solid lead guard with good play making ability. Good shooter with range to the 3 point line.
Noah Rankin 11Solid shooter with range to 3. Smart, utilizes the shot fake well to get by defender and finds open teammates.
Nathan Alabran 11Agressive to the glass on both ends of the floor. Solid shooter with range to 3.
Nathan Ray 11Plays hard on both ends of the floor. Solid on ball defender who communicated with his teammates.
Noah Brown 11 Long and athletic with good timing with shot blocking ability.
N/ABilly Urso 12 Agressive on ball defender with good footwork. Very good at attacking the paint and finding his teammates.
Chris Hart 9 Good all-around player with decent size and length. Very good upside to his game.
N/ATroy Simon Very athletic and rebounds well on both ends of the floor. Solid offensive skill set and can score from mid-range.
Jeremiah Ligon 11 Long and athletic while utilizing both very well on defense. Aggressive to the rim off the dribble and finished well in traffic.
Taylor Hudzicki 10Long and athletic with solid defensive skills & footwork. Plays hard and finishes well around the rim.
Julian Laugand 8Solid ball handler with ability to get in the paint and find teammates. Great upside as a lead guard while he grows and gets stronger.
Matt Kiatipis 9Good lead guard with very good court vision. Solid shooter with range to the 3.
Jared Smith 11Very athletic and utilized his length well on defense. Solid offensive skill set and finished well around the rim.
Ethan Moose 11Very Skilled all-around player. Plays hard on both sides of the floor.
Sean Graytok11Strong and aggressive with ability to score in traffic. Very good defender who can defend multiple positions.
Malcolm Glanville11Athletic guard with ability to get to the rim and finish. Solid on ball defender with good quick hands.
Trevor Hutton 11Solid lead guard with great court vision. Good shooter with range to 3.
Evan Suppa 11Glue guy who does all the dirty work. Plays very hard on defense and is a good rebounder.
Jonathan DeVito 11 Solid all-around player with a good skill set. Shooter with range to the 3.
Brice Miller 9Solid wing with decent skill set and a good upside. Plays hard on both ends of the floor.
Niko Sero 10Good shooter with range to 3. Sees the court very well and plays extremely hard.
N/AMitchell Dezort 10Solid shooter with range to 3. Good offensive player with good upside.
Duston Wiggins11Good athlete who is a good on ball defender. Good ball handler with great court vision.
Kyle Huff 11Plays very hard on both ends of the floor. Aggressive to the glass and finishes well in the paint.
Garrett Day10Good shooter with excellent range. Solid defender who plays hard at all times.
Davon Sims12 Athletic defender who kept the ball under constant pressure. Can score inside and out.
Josh Duba11Good shooter with excellent range. Solid skill set with good upside.
Adam Kline11Has a good 3 point shot. Plays hard and likes to play against good competition.
Michael Shi 9Young with upside to his game. Has solid all-around game in all aspects.
James Ferry 11Likes to push the ball in transition. Has a nice pull-up jumper.
Eric Butler 12Can shoot, pass and run well. Excels in the rebounding department.
Mark Lamendola10Has a nice shot. Attacks the rim from the right and left.
Jake Biss10Has we well rounded game. Passes to open players and has a good shot.
Cole Griffin11Is able to anticipate the ball and take charges. Hard-worker with a good overall game.
Tanner Wells9Can do a little bit of everything. He can run the floor and is a good passer.
Xavier Awad 11Is strong with driving the ball to the paint. Plays hard defense.
Brett Francis 10Plays smart and knows what to do with the ball.
Tyrell Carter 11Is a strong defender and knows where open teammates are. Quick to move the ball on a double.
N/ASwade Redman 11Can shoot the ball and has great vision. Succeeds on the defensive end of the court.
Britton Beachy 10Built with good size. He can play great defense and plays hard.
Zach Johnson 10Can protect the paint and block shots. Great at setting screen.
N/AJoe Batt9He can stretch the defense and shoot the 3. Smart with the ball on offense and plays good defense.
Etai Groff 10Smart player with good ball handling skills. Can shoot from 3 point line.
Luke Nedrow 9Can perform well in the post and uses the hook shot often. Has a good feel for blocking shots.
Cortez West 11Has great speed while attacking the basket. Can shoot from the 3 point line.
Josh Kline 9Is a hard worker on offense and defense. Has a lot of upside.
Taylor Smith 11He a smart player all-around. Knows how to run he floor.
N/AEddie Flohr11Is a good, solid player. Will play hard on defense and keeps his head up to run the floor.
John Kirincic12Can shoot the ball and stretch the defense out.
Austin Zuppe11Plays hard defense. Has good vision on the court.
Brady Kingston 11Has good size and works hard. Likes to set screens to open up teammates.
Tyler Gates 11Has a good all around game. Can stretch the defense out with his ball handling.
Amos Luptak 10Good point guard that makes the right decisions. Likes to drive to the paint.
Cam Edmonson 11Has a high IQ for the game. Likes to attack the basket and has good size.
Christian Hack 9Likes to handle the ball. Uses his athleticism to make plays.
Delon Lee Andrew 9Is very agile driving to the basket. Can shut down opposing point guards.
N/ADelvon Randall 12Good first step to get to the basket. Great athlete who gets out in transition and finish with both hands.
C.J DeStefano 9Did a good job of pushing the ball in transition and finding open teammates. Competes really hard on both ends of the floor.
Kyle Humphries 11Really good in the open floor with the ball. Gets on the glass for a guard. Great on ball defender.
McClain Huff11Know how to get open without the ball. Great teammate who was very unselfish in transition and in the half court.
Justin Pearce 11Extremely physical player who in consistently a presence on the glass. Does a great job of guarding guys who play back to basket.
Miller Byrd 11Really good in transition at getting to the rim and finishing with good athleticism. Does a great job guarding the ball.
Carl Martin Veltman11Consistently made shots and understands how to get open without the ball. Has a good understanding of the game.
Anthony DelleFemine10Has good feet on the perimeter. Does a good job using the bounce to go by defenders.
K.J Rhodes9Made plays for others off the bounce. Found open teammates in the half court and transition.
N/ARome Moyer11Uses his athleticism to get on the glass. Defends the ball well. Showed ability to make set shots.
Jay Grubb 11Runs the floor and got early position for easy baskets. Always around the ball and very active on the glass.
Antonio Rizzuto 9Scores it in a number of ways. Has the ability to go by off the bounce.
Marcus Kidd10Uses his big body to create space around the rim for easy finishes. Very vocal on the defensive end of the floor.
Seventh Lynth-Skunda10Always looking for open teammates in the half court and transition. Has a good feel for the game.
Ramon Creighton 11Does a great job of getting to spots with the bounce. Finishes through contact at the rim with strength and athleticism.
Talen Sims 12Drives by defenders with good athleticism. Does a good job of keeping people in front of him.
Brandon Brocious 9Good understanding of the game. Uses a good skill set to create shots for himself and others.
N/ARege Rieger 10Great teammate who plays within himself. Passes it very well and showed the ability to make open shots.
Jared Puryear12Scored it in transition going coast to coast. Good communication on the defensive end of the floor.
Torry Hawkins11Runs the floor well. Finished at the rim through contact on multiple occasions.
Sean Witte 10Does a great job running the floor and finding open space to catch and shoot on the perimeter.
Zach McDonough9has a knack for scoring the ball. Can get his own shot and get to the rim.
R.j Bell10Runs the floor really well and has the ability to bounce it in space. Good team defender who communicates well.
David Ritchie 8Really good skill set for his age. Combines skill set with a really good knowledge of the game.
Abbass Merchant9Plays with good feel and tempo that he uses to go by players. Smart player who always makes the right play.
N/ALaVontae Martin 11Never takes a play off. Uses his body to get good positioning on both ends.
Tyler Frederick 10Extremely active moving without the ball and getting offensive and defensive rebounds. Very smart basketball player.
Rome Boyer 11Has a quick release and creates space with bounce. Great team defender. Always talking in a positive way.
Antonio Ionadi10Moves the ball and finds open teammates. Very unselfish player who creates for others.
Sean Kelly 9Great tempo with the ball. Can get his own shot in the half court. Very bright future ahead of him.
Billy Lewis 11Shooter that runs the floor well to find open shots. Solid off the dribble pull-up.
Justin Pryor10Guard with a great pace and scores with finishes at the rim. Players with a good tempo.
Jackson Blaufeld8Guard that controls the ball and values possessions. Looks to make the right play to pass or score.
Bobby Kiernan 11Hard-nosed guard active all over the floor. Will drive to score and draw fouls. Can hit the 3 ball.
Kenny Fukon 10 Guard that hustles all over the floor. Can slash to get to the rim and can shoot the jumper.
N/AMike Pearce Long and athletic forward with great touch around the rim using both hands. Uses his length to block shots and rebound well.
Nathan Leopold9Quick primary ball handler that can score at the rim or with the jumper. Active on both sides of the floor.
Cameron Craig9Active on ball defender that worked hard on defensive end. Guard that is a great interior passer.
Nick Castelveter10Quick; primary ball handler that is an efficient passer with both hands. Has a good handle and looks to operate off of the ball.
Ben Bertan10Guard that is very determined with drivers to score. Can hit the open shots at a high rate.
Bryce Laskey 9Long, young guard that does a great job at controlling the tempo. Uses great vision and finds the open teammates.
N/ADelante Newsome-Moultrie11Quick guard that knocked down open 3's. Drive and kick to find open teammates.
Michael Rice 11Guard that has a solid handle and good floater game. # point shooter off the dribble and drives to draw defender to find teammates.
John Benhart10Guard that can shoot the ball. Must know where he is on the floor at all times.
Kennedy Smith 11Athletic guard that competes on both sides of the floor. Likes to move the ball in offense to find teammates.
Carson Miller 10Solid guard that finishes strong in the paint. Will drive to score or explore.
Joe Passodelis 10Tall guard that really saw the floor well. Played hard on the defensive side of the ball.
Thomas Farkos9Shooter that can knock down shots in bunches. Strong finishes around the rim.
Tanner Reinheimer10Guard that found teammates in transition and is effective getting to the rim. Plays extremely hard at all times.
N/AOlavo Williams11Athlete that plays hard on both ends of the floor. Scores well in transition and around the rim.
Isaac Enkoom12Isaac makes plays on the defensive end with energy and intelligence. When he attacks the basketball he is able to finish.
Jake Rae12Jake is a sneaky quick wing with the ability to get by defenders. In the open floor he beats people to spots and makes smart plays.
Imraan Mohamoud12Imraan is a fast point guard with getting passing and instincts. If he continues to make deep shots he will be a tough player to guard.
Chandler James11Chandler is a high energy forward with relentless defensive pressure. On offense he controls the middle of the floor and scores with regularity.