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ZagNative
06-10-2010, 08:53 PM
From Scout (http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/976444.html):
NBA Camp Roster Released
By Evan Daniels

After months of deliberating the NBPA Top 100 Camp intvitee roster has been released. The event will take place June 16 - June 19 on the University of Virginia's campus.
Zag prospects on the list:

Gary Bell -- Kent WA
Kevin Johnson -- Los Angeles CA
Landen Lucas -- Portland OR
Norman Powell -- San Diego CA
Kyle Wiltjer -- West Linn OR

Curious to see how the date conflict works out for Wiltjer, since training camp for the Canadian U-18 team runs from June 15-22. The NBA camp is a pretty big deal ...

I was interested to note that while 2012's Landen Lucas was on the invite list, Jordan Tebbutt was not.

ZagNative
06-10-2010, 09:23 PM
I was unable to find the press release from the NBPA, but here is a description of the camp from AZCentral.com (http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/OdeenDomingo/86546):

The Camp offers a unique and valuable curriculum designed to prepare players for competition and life at the next level. The training includes a sophisticated Skills Development Program, highlighted by its Mentoring, Personal Development and Education component. In addition, every camper participates in a series of group discussions and classes on topics ranging from stress management to sex education, to handling recruiting pressures, dressing for success, and other life-lesson subjects offered by expert trainers and counselors, as well as the NBA players.

On the court, players face-off against each other daily in top-quality competition during practices and games. As part of the NBPA’s Coaching Development Program, current and retired NBA players work intensively with campers, coaching teams, teaching basketball fundamentals and leading skill development stations in one-on-one and group settings. The Coaching Development Program is an advanced opportunity for current players who desire to explore the coaching profession as their next career to learn coaching skills such as studying game film, scouting players and creating a coaching game plan.

The Camp, started in 1994, added the Parents Coaching Parents Program in 2003, a diverse educational program available to parents or guardians who attend the camp. This interactive program creates a “team approach” between parents and players, and informs parents about the recruiting process and beyond. This rapidly growing program has dramatically increased in parent attendance in each of its seven years.

Billy Hunter, NBPA Executive Director says, “The NBPA Top 100 Camp offers a personalized game plan for every camper that attends. Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to proactively educate these talented student-athletes about the keys to success in all walks of life, from the basketball court to the classroom and beyond.”

“This year, we have raised the bar of excellence at our NBPA Top 100 Camp. In addition to the tremendous talent pool of high school basketball stars, we are bringing in additional educators and mentors to enhance the learning experience for the young men, says Tim McCormick, Camp Director. “Campers will learn from the pros and compete against the best, while receiving invaluable guidance about developing into successful players and people.”

sanders
06-10-2010, 10:03 PM
From Scout (http://scouthoops.scout.com/2/976444.html):
Curious to see how the date conflict works out for Wiltjer, since training camp for the Canadian U-18 team runs from June 15-22. The NBA camp is a pretty big deal ...



I see a couple other invitees to the Cdn U17 tryouts on the list -Myck Kabongo and Khem Birch. And all of the US U17 guys will be affected as well. The Scout article notes that those who make the US U17 team will be unable to play at camp.

I assume the same is true for Wiltjer and the other Canadians.

CDC84
06-10-2010, 10:05 PM
This is a very good camp that teaches top prospects about a lot of things that occur on and off the basketball floor that they will likely see in the future.

ZagNative
06-10-2010, 10:21 PM
This is a very good camp that teaches top prospects about a lot of things that occur on and off the basketball floor that they will likely see in the future.When I was searching for a link to the camp site, I did stumble across a story on CBS Sports (http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/10877484/1?tag=pageRow;pageContainer) about the camp which was timely at the time ( June 2008) with respect to one aspect of the camp and seems even more timely today, with the announcement of the USC penalties:
When the NBA draft takes place Thursday night, projected top picks Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo will realize life-long dreams.

But Mayo's moment in the spotlight will not be all glorious. It will be accompanied by talk of a multijurisdictional investigation into allegations that he was funneled money by a sports agent even before he starred for one season at Southern California.

It's the kind of story the NBA Player's Association has worked to help young stars avoid for the past 14 years during its Top 100 Camp - where off-the-court learning goes hand-in-hand with on court skills. Parents are encouraged to become educated, too.

Beasley and Mayo are alumni of the camp.

Though decision-making is emphasized at the camp and former NBA players who made bad choices share their stories, Kenny Boynton of Plantation, Fla., said it already appears to be too late for some of his fellow high school stars who seem to already believe that their future is lined with gold.

"It's definitely a separation," said the 6-foot-3 guard, one of the nation's top recruits who added that he has learned a lot from the classes designed to teach players to recognize how people attempt to ingratiate themselves to them. "The guys that are paying attention, they're taking notes and trying to remember the stuff. The dudes that are not paying attention, they're talking and texting and stuff. You could hand-pick the few that are paying attention."

Camp director Tim McCormick remembers having Mayo and Beasley in camp a few years ago, and said the evidence now suggests that Mayo "wasn't ready to hear what we were talking about."Fortunately, both Wiltjer and Bell are blessed with good, smart parents.

BobZag
06-11-2010, 09:12 AM
Some top players will miss this due to the U17 tryouts, camp, games, etc. Teague and Gilchrest are missing this camp because of U17s. Not sure why Tebbutt isn't listed unless he, too, will be on the U17 team for USA.

LynetteG
06-11-2010, 01:08 PM
This is a very good camp that teaches top prospects about a lot of things that occur on and off the basketball floor that they will likely see in the future.

Exactly! Jordan went to this camp in 08 and talked about it in an interview. Looking for the video of that now, in the meantime here is a picture of him from camp, it appeared on the frontpage of espn.com:
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v285/59/54/1251870304/n1251870304_30047890_173.jpg

And this (http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1083655767592) should be a link to the video interview

ZagNative
06-13-2010, 10:23 PM
Curious to see how the date conflict works out for Wiltjer, since training camp for the Canadian U-18 team runs from June 15-22. The NBA camp is a pretty big deal ...
Kyle answers in a tweet tonight (http://twitter.com/kwiltj/statuses/16121633949):
first couple days of canada basketball went well. playing in this all star game at the raptors arena tmaro then NBA camp tuesday

about 2 hours ago via web

kwiltj
Kyle Wiltjer

ZagNative
06-15-2010, 09:41 PM
Nice post up on Slipper Still Fits (http://www.slipperstillfits.com/2010/6/15/1520363/recruiting-updates-lucas-lists) on Zag prospects attending the camp, focusing on Landen Lucas.