Best Men's Basketball Camps at Colleges

Dribble your way into one of these top college-hosted basketball camps for high school students.

By Ashley Henshaw | November 26, 2013

Men’s college hoops are competitive, so high school students looking to at the collegiate level should consider attending basketball camps to get ahead of the game. These college-hosted camps are a great way to improve your skills and be seen by coaches from some of the top schools. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best men’s basketball camps hosted by colleges during the summer. Each one offers the chance to receive instruction from and be seen by coaches from top-ranking basketball schools in the country.

Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp

The University of North Carolina has one of the top men’s basketball teams in the nation. Currently ranked third in Division I ball, UNC’s men’s team is headed up by Roy Williams. The basketball camps at UNC are headed up by none other than Williams, who makes himself available to teach high school students how to improve their game and prepare for a college career. Campers can stay in the university dorms and receive transportation to and from the gym for instruction sessions and scrimmages.

While these represent some of the top camps, you may also want to consider attending camps at any of the schools at where you’re interested in playing. Contact the coaching staff in advance to increase your chances of being seen by recruiters.

Roy Wiliams had this to say about his camp: “We believe your son will greatly benefit from a week at the UNC Basketball Camp. Our goals are for campers to have a great camp experience and to improve as a basketball player. The young men who go through our camp will not only improve on the court, but they will also form memories that will last forever.”

Location: University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina Duration: 5 days Cost: $510-$610

UCLA Bruins Basketball Camps

Consistently ranked among the top 10 college teams in the country, The of California, Los Angeles has a men’s basketball program that any aspiring college athlete could learn from. The Bruins Basketball Camps are popular each and every summer thanks to the intensive instruction and the participation of the UCLA coaching staff. Students who attend these camps receive lectures on both offensive and defensive techniques, helping them to form a well-rounded game. Students can even stay late after camp is done for the day to receive additional instruction on shooting techniques, rebounding positioning, three-point shooting and free-throws.

Location: University of California, Los Angeles Duration: 4 days Cost: $435-$550

Georgetown University Men’s Basketball Camp

Coach John Thompson of University has had an impressive record so far, proving to be one of the top young coaches in the country. Based on this coach’s abilities, many players are flocking to University Men’s Basketball Camp over the summer. Players are grouped by ability at this camp, ensuring that they’re challenged at their top level of play. Daily competitions and lectures from the coaching staff keep athletes at this camp on their toes. There are day camp, overnight camp and commuter camp options available.

One parent had this to say about the camp: “My son had an amazing week, and is looking forward to coming back next year and being a better player/competitor due in large part to his experience as a camper in your program.”

Location: Georgetown University in Washington, DC Duration: 4-5 days Cost: $375-$525

Texas Longhorns Basketball Camp

The of Texas at Austin has a history of solid athletics programs. At the Longhorns Basketball Camp, high school students get a realistic look at the life of a college athlete. This program includes instruction in all aspects of the game, including shooting, passing, footwork, ball handling and even shot analysis. Campers do more than just play on the court, however. They also participate in film breakdown, position-specific development and strength and conditioning exercises, much like real college athletes. Meanwhile, current and former Longhorn basketball players stop by regularly to help campers out with their skill development.

Location: University of Texas at Austin Duration: 3-5 days Cost: $225-$480

Quick Tips

  • Starting in the spring, look up the registration times for the summer basketball camps you want to attend. Many camps fill up fast, so note the opening day for registration and be sure to apply quickly.
  • Many overnight camps include sleeping arrangements in university dorms. Find out if the accommodation fees are included in the camp tuition before signing up.
  • While these represent some of the top camps, you may also want to consider attending camps at any of the schools at where you’re interested in playing. Contact the coaching staff in advance to increase your chances of being seen by recruiters.

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