Brendan Winters is a former Davidson Wildcat and European professional basketball player as well as the co-founder of Pro Skills Basketball and co-director of Pro Skills Basketball Charlotte.


Coach Karl with Coach Julius in Chengdu, China

One month has flown by since I moved to Chengdu (成都) to pursue PSB China basketball training, clinics, and camps. Here is a quick rundown of everything that has happened since I left the United States at the end of February …

I arrived early on February 28th and was greeted by Andy Mcauley, one of PSB’s partners in Chengdu. He showed me my apartment, the office, and took me on a tour around the city. Afterwards, he introduced my two roommates, Tyler and Zeb (both British), and one of the Pro Skills basketball coaches, Julius – an American, from Chicago.

Exploring Chengdu and engaging with Chinese culture has been an enjoyable experience thus far. I’ve joined a Chinese basketball league called the Chengdu International Basketball League (CIBL). The teams have a good mix of foreign and Chinese basketball players which makes for fun and competitive games.


NEWS: PSB to Power Multiple Pro Player Summer Camps

Pro Skills Basketball Pro Player Camps


This summer we’re excited to help multiple professional basketball players run their basketball camps!

The list of pro player camps that PSB will power includes local Charlotte stars Kemba Walker, Malik Monk, Jeremy Lamb as well as Mike Muscala, Harry Giles, Dillon Brooks, Wayne Selden, Semi Ojeleye and more coming soon!

These pro player camps will be jam-packed with skills, drills, competitions, and games, but will also feature multiple appearances from the pro players. Each participant will also receive a personal picture with and autograph from the player as well as an exclusive camp t-shirt!

Currently, we are slated to run summer basketball camps for 8 different pro players, but we’re in the final stages of talks to potentially run a few more for pro players like Frank Kaminsky, Khris Middleton, Andre Drummond, and CJ McCollum, but those camps are still up in the air at this point.

The pro player camps PSB is powering this summer are …

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Top 10 Summer Sports Camps in Charlotte, NC


Summer is the perfect time of the year for your child to have some fun and stay active. What could be more exciting than spending days or weeks with their friends or peers learning and playing a sport that they love and enjoy?


There are countless youth sports camps in Charlotte, NC that are available to choose from, but there are only a select few that have garnered the praise and acclaim from both parents and sports professionals in Charlotte.


We, at Pro Skills Basketball, are providing a list of the top 10 summer sports camps (not in any specific order) in Charlotte, NC, in a creative and appealing way.


Here are our the top picks for your kid this summer depicted in an infographic. As an added bonus, we have added content below the infographic to provide more info on each camp. Enjoy!


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1. Davidson’s Bob Mckillop Basketball Camp


Coached by the legendary Bob Mckillop – head coach of the Davidson men’s basketball team – this basketball camp runs in June and July and will introduce players to the fundamentals of the game, and taking their skills to the next level.


Here’s an interesting trivia for you, 53 of Coach Mckillop’s players have gone on to play professional basketball, one of which is Stephen Curry, who was the NBA’s MVP for two seasons in a row.


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2. Jay Bilas Skills Basketball Camp


To be held at the Queen’s University campus, the camp runs for two days, where players will stay overnight in one of the school’s dorms, complete with meals and gear.


The camp will be directed by experienced college coaches and Jay Bilas himself, with Under Armour sponsoring the camp’s gear.


At $550, the camp will run from June 8th to 10th, and open to ages 14 to 18. Fundamental skills, toughness, and old school basketball skill development are the focus of the camp.


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3. Pro Skills Basketball Summer Camp


PSB’s summer basketball camps will be held June through August, and open to both boys and girls ages 7 to 15.


Run by Charlotte’s premier youth basketball organization, the camp aims to empower young athletes and to improve their basketball skills.


Local pro player, Malik Monk, will also be holding 2 week-long camps in the summer.


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4. Loren S. Hibbs Charlotte 49er Baseball Summer Camp


Open to both girls and boys, the camp will be held at UNC Charlotte’s baseball stadium.


There are 3 day camps in June!


The camps focus on individual skills development and team concepts.


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5. Champions Sports Performance Back-to-Basics Football Summer Camp


Directed by legendary high school football coach, Greg Olsen, who was named by ESPN as one of the country’s best high school football coaches, the camps will be held on June 18-22, and July 9-13.


Among the things your kids will learn at the camp include catching, throwing, hitting, and speed and agility techniques used by actual NFL players.


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6. FC Barcelona Summer Camps


FC Barcelona coaches will come to Charlotte for 2 weeks this summer to teach your kids the unique Barca style that’s beloved by soccer players all over the world.


Open to both girls and boys ages 11 to 17, the camps will be held in June and at the Matthews Sportsplex from 9am to 3pm.


The camp will also offer a special goalkeeping program, aside from its main focus of improving the technical and tactical skills of players.


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7. Everton Summer Camps


Another soccer camp with coaches from a beloved European team, the Everton summer camps will be coached by actual Everton coaches, and will have two schedules, which are: June 11 to 15; and June 18 to 22.


There will be two age groups: 7 to 12; and 13-18. Both schedules are open to both girls and boys. At $250, the camps will be held at the Striker’s Soccer Center.


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8. Team Carolina Summer Camps


If you want your kids to learn lacrosse this summer, then the Team Carolina summer camps is the place to be.


From June 11 to 14, the camp will be held at the Jack Hughes Park in Pineville, and open to both girls and boys from the levels of K2 to 8th grade.


The camp’s emphasis will be to stimulate a love for the sport and to provide essential training for the game.


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9. SwimMac Summer Camps


Swimming is not only a sport but a basic skill that every child should learn. What better way to learn a skill than to have a great time swimming with peers and friends this summer?


The summer camp will be held at the South Region pool offices, and are open for both beginner and seasoned swimmers.


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10. YMCA Camp Thunderbird Summer Camp


The YMCA Thunderbird summer camp will have two options: a day camp and an overnight camp. Open for kids both girls and boys with ages 6 to 16, there are plenty of options for your kids in terms of the sports they want to experience and learn at the camp.


Among the sports to be enjoyed include water sports such as wakeboarding and sailing, as well as rock climbing, horseback riding, and a list of sports activities to be learned in a safe and exciting environment.


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So there you have it, our list of the top 10 youth sports camps in Charlotte, NC this summer.


If your kids want to learn how to play soccer, football, baseball, basketball, lacrosse or swim the right way, registrations are now in full swing.


At Pro Skills Basketball, we currently have an open registration for our 2018 basketball summer camps.


Check out our list of camps below for more information. We have limited spots!


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Pro Skills Basketball Alumni: Joe Hartman of Haverford College

Joe Hartman is a former Davidson Day School (Davidson, NC) player and current member of the Haverford College men’s basketball team, a DIII team in Philadelphia, PA.

Joe just finished up his sophomore campaign where he finished 3rd on the team in made 3-pointers on an average of about 19 minutes per game.

Some other stats and facts about Joe include:

2017-18: One of five players to appear in all 25 games, making five starts … Ranked third on the team in three-pointers made (33), steals (21), and blocked shots (10) … Averaged 5.6 points in 18.8 minutes per game … Had two 10-plus point games, scoring a season-high 18 at Ursinus with a season-best four three-pointers (11/21) … Knocked down a three-pointer in 19 different games, including 10 straight games at one point during the season … Pulled down five or more rebounds on five occasions … Dished out multiple assists during seven games, including a season-high four helpers against Elizabethtown (11/28).

2016-17: Appeared in 24 games, starting three during the last two weeks of the season … Averaged 27.0 minutes and seven points per game in his starts, averaging 15.7 minutes and 4.7 points per game overall … Was second on the team in three-point shooting percentage (.357) and fourth with 30 assists … Totaled 47 rebounds, 17 steals, and three blocks … Had five or more points in 11 different games, including a season-high 16 points in the home victory against Washington College (2/1) … Also scored 10 points at Ursinus (1/26).

High School: Lettered four times in basketball and once in football (receiver), while also playing the outfield in baseball … Helped his team to 2015 state championship in football … National Honor Society member.

Personal: Son of Lisa Hartman and Mark Hartman … Has a younger sibling, Sam.

**Taken from Haverford website

Joe is looking forward to a big summer, including a spot on our 2018 China Tour in August!


Showcase Exposure & Elite College Basketball Camps

Top 20 Things You Should Know About Youth Exposure Basketball Camps!

If you are a talented young basketball player, you might be wondering what recruitment opportunities there are that you can take advantage of.

Over the years, college basketball recruiting has evolved from evaluating players at a traditional high school basketball camp to now exposure basketball camps and AAU tournaments.

One reason coaches attend exposure basketball camps, also known as showcase basketball camps, and AAU tournaments is because it can save them some money and makes it easier for them to spot talent all in one place.

Another reason would be that youth basketball exposure camps and AAU tournaments take place when the college basketball season is over, which gives coaches more time to focus on recruiting.

So what exactly is a basketball exposure camp?