chicago-academic-elite Upcoming Events

Sep 29, 2017 @ Competitive Edge Sports, King of Prussia, PA

Philadelphia Top 100

Sep 30, 2017 @ Hoop Group Headquarters, Neptune, NJ

Academic Top 100

Sep 30, 2017 @ Lakewood High School, Lakewood, NJ

Metro Top 100

Oct 01, 2017 @ Randolph Macon College Ashland, VA

Richmond Top 100

Oct 06, 2017 @ Riverbank State Park

New York City Top 100

Oct 08, 2017 @ MIT, Boston, MA

New England Top 100

Oct 08, 2017 @ Marymount University, Arlington, VA

Northern Virginia Top 100

Chicago Academic Elite Details

Hoop Group Elite is excited to announce a brand new Academic Elite Camp in Chicago! Academic Elite has always been one of the most respected camps by college coaches, student-athletes, and parents alike. Through this new Chicago Basketball Camp, we are excited to showcase our proven track record of pairing high academic student-athletes with high academic institutions this coming year at the Chicago Academic Elite!

“Hoop Group Academic Elite Camp is the best camp in the nation for student-athletes looking to pair their work in the classroom with their work on the court” 

Location: Lewis University

Ages: Rising 9th-12th

Price: $599

Why Hoop Group Academic Elite?

Hoop Group Academic Elite is designed for student-athletes who are looking to take advantage of their hard work in the class room, as well as their hard work on the court. With a minimum 3.0 GPA requirement, Hoop Group Elite Academic Elite Camp pairs the highest academic student-athletes with the highest academic institutions.

In the past 7 years every Ivy League Champion has had multiple Hoop Group Academic Elite Camp alumni on their roster!

Ivy League Champions:

  • Yale (2016) – 6 Hoop Group Alumni
  • Harvard (2015) – 8 Hoop Group Alumni
  • Harvard (2014) -10 Hoop Group Alumni
  • Harvard (2013) – 7 Hoop Group Alumni
  • Harvard (2012) – 9 Hoop Group Alumni
  • Princeton (2011) – 10 Hoop Group Alumni


Program Director: Gary DeCesare









Gary DeCesare, the head coach of St. Rita’s in Chicago, will be our program director for our Chicago Academic Elite Camp.  Gary has had stops in college as an assistant at the University of Richmond, and the associate head coach at Depaul University.  During his time at St. Rita’s, he has won four straight Chicago Catholic League Championships.  Throughout his high school coaching career, he has produced more than 40 Division I players, and 3 NBA players.  Most recently, he coached the West team to victory in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game.


For  more information:

Cooper Handelsman