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.

PSB ELITE 17U UNDER ARMOUR ASSOCIATION CHALLENGE PREVIEW

By: Zain Motani

Pro Skills Basketball 15U, 16U, and 17U Elite teams will be participating in the Under Armour Association Challenge this week in Atlanta.

The 17U PSB Elite team faces a pair of teams out of Texas (Texas Impact; Texas Hardwork) and a team out of New York (NX Level) on Wednesday and Thursday before bracket play begins on Friday.

Below are some of the top PSB players to watch in Atlanta this weekend!

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5 QUESTIONS WITH NBA GUARD MALIK MONK

In June, we hosted the first session of the Malik Monk Basketball Camp in Charlotte, North Carolina. The second session will take place August 6-9 in Huntersville, NC and there is still room to sign up!

The Malik Monk Basketball Camp is a week-long summer camp powered by us, Pro Skills Basketball, a Jr. NBA Flagship Organization.

This camp is a special way for Malik to give back to the game while providing a fun opportunity for young boys and girls ages 6-17 to learn the game.

The camp includes appearances by Malik, a personal picture, and autograph for each camper as well as a ton of fun drills, competitions, and games.

During the first day of camp, all of the different age groups took part in the “Meet & Greet and Q&A” station where the campers all got to personally meet Malik as well as ask him any questions they wanted.

The video above highlights some of the questions and answers, and they’re also transcribed below!

Here are 5 questions that we had the opportunity to ask Malik Monk.

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NEWS: 2018 Jay Bilas Skills Camp Standouts

Jay Bilas Skills Camp Charlotte NCBy: Zain Motani

The fifth annual Jay Bilas Skills Camp took place in Charlotte, NC from June 8th – June 10th. Held on the beautiful Levine Center of Queens University, the camp featured almost 120 participants representing 23 states.

You can read a detailed Jay Bilas Camp recap here!

There were a plethora of college-bound prospects at the camp, and below are some of the players who stood out to the PSB crew!

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YOUTH BASKETBALL ORGANIZATION BEST PRACTICES: PART 2

In part 1 of my blog on youth basketball organization best practices, I covered general organizational best practices that we at PSB have developed ourselves or borrowed/learned from others and now implement.

As stated in the first post, these are not really on-court basketball guidelines, but rather, the off-court, business and organizational ideas, policies, and procedures. If you’re looking for on-court and more basketball specific guidelines, you should check out the USA Basketball Youth and Jr. NBA guidelines here.

I wanted to share these organizational best practices because we feel that that is a productive way to positively influence youth basketball, which is our vision at Pro Skills.

We believe in sharing as much information as possible, which you can see in all of our free content, and we hope it contributes to the betterment of youth basketball around the world.

I also want to re-emphasize that we are by no means perfect. From myself to our directors to our coaches, players, and parents, none of us are perfect, but these best practices help us to mitigate much of that imperfection.

Moving along,  I want to continue along our path of sharing youth basketball organization best practices, but move away from the general practices to get a bit more specific in regards to parents, coaches, and players.

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WHAT IS THE JULY NCAA BASKETBALL RECRUITING “LIVE” PERIOD?

JULY NCAA BASKETBALL RECRUITING "LIVE" PERIODEach summer, for 3 weeks in July, thousands of AAU basketball teams and players take the hardwood around the country at AAU tournaments to compete in front of college coaches during what is known as NCAA basketball recruiting “live” periods.

Every year, the NCAA allows college coaches 5 “evaluation periods”, aka. “live” periods, during which they can hit the road and watch and evaluate potential prospects.

The NCAA actually has a whole men’s basketball recruiting calendar, and you can check out the 2017-2018 calendar here.

Two of the five NCAA live periods are in April, typically the last two weekends of the month, and run from Friday evening at 5pm to Sunday evening at 5pm.

The remaining 3 evaluation periods are always in July during the last 3 weeks/weekends of the month, but this time, the periods run from Wednesday evening at 5pm to Sunday evening at 5pm.

For various reasons, including the timing and length differences noted above, the July live periods are more important than the April recruiting periods for players hoping to get recruited.

Why?

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