KARL BARKLEY’S CHINA BASKETBALL ADVENTURES: MARCH 2018

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.

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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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BEST CHARLOTTE SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS INFOGRAPHIC

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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Conclusion

 

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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CHARLOTTE ACADEMIC SHOWCASE CAMP RECAP

March 25 was the second and final day of the PSB Academic Showcase Camp in Charlotte, NC.

Players from all over the Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia competed in front of college coaches from Emory University, Denison College, Rochester University, Carnegie Mellon University, Washington & Lee University, Guilford College and many others over an intense two days.

 

academic showcase basketball camp

 

Amherst College assistant coach said “PSB ran a fantastic camp in Charlotte. Very well organized throughout with many talented, high academic student-athletes. I highly recommend this camp for anyone looking to play college basketball at a great academic school.”

 

Players played games, took part in drills and interacted with the college coaches in the camp’s Coach’s Panel on the final day. A few of the camp highlights are listed below.

 

 

Top Performers

Stephen Clark – Metrolina Christian School – Charlotte, NCStephen Clark Metrolina Christian School Charlotte Basketball

Clark impressed camp coaches with his length and athleticism. With many impressive finishes above the rim and blocked shots, Clark walked away from camp with almost all of the coaches committed to staying in contact with him.

 

Eric Welch – Phillip O’Berry High School – Charlotte, NCEric Welch Phillip O’Berry High School Charlotte Basketball

Eric Welch displayed the competitiveness, speed and abilities to control the flow of the games. As good as he was on the court, he impressed coaches and camp directors alike with his character off the court. A great kid that will fit in well wherever he ends up.

 

David Penney – Middleburg Academy – Middleburg, VADavid Penney Middleburg Academy VA Basketball

David Penny’s pace and intensity impressed coaches from the start of the first game until the last game he played. His defensive intensity and ability to get to the rim will help whatever college program lands him.

 

Wiley Pippenger – McCallie School – Chattanooga, TNWiley Pippenger McCallie School Chattanooga Basketball

6’6” Wiley Pippenger was the talk of almost all the camp coaches. His ability to knock down the 3 combined with his size and toughness gained him a lot of attention.

 

AJ Morris – Grace Academy – Matthews, NCAJ Morris Grace Academy Matthews Basketball

Morris has the size and length to contribute for some of the top DIII programs in the country. His intensity and coachability made him a camp favorite amongst the college coaches.

 

Other Top Performers:

Trey Belin – Forrest Hill High School

Jackson Bissette – Hough High School

Peter Lash – Christ School

John Crump – Gaston Day School

Darian Anderson – Forestview High School

Regin Larson – Hickory Grove

Will Coble – Davidson Day School

Brandon Ellington – Community School of Davidson

Adam Brazil – Davidson Day School

Levi Church – Wilkes Central High School

Coach’s Panel

Parents and players both got a chance to interact directly with the college coaches that worked the PSB Academic Showcase Camp. Coaches discussed what they look for in recruits, how the recruiting process works, the details of their respective

coaches at basketball showcase campschools and what it takes to be a successful college player.

Parents and players then got the opportunity to ask questions of the coaches and PSB camp directors.

 

Players Receive Offers

Multiple players left the weekend with offers for official visits and invitations to join teams. 2018 North Mecklenburg High School senior Corbin Strother wasted no time as he went to visit Roanoke College the day after camp concluded.

Ian Martino will go visit Guilford soon. Devon McLaughlin has gotten interest from Randolph College and Jackson Bissette has heard from Randolph Macon College. All of these coaches got a chance to see these players in person over the weekend.

PSB will be holding their next Academic Showcase Camp in New York City on May 12. Coaches from NYU, Middlebury, Tufts, Haverford, Carnegie Mellon, Williams, Bowdoin and Washington & Lee have committed to working the event.

If you are interested in playing college basketball at any of these schools or any of the others that will be in attendance, visit the PSB website to register!

NEWS: 2018 PSB Summer Camps Schedule Released!

Summer Camps | Pro Skills Basketball

We’re excited to announce our 2018 youth summer camps schedule!

Our youth summer basketball camps are dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of basketball to boys and girls in a safe and enjoyable environment, including through stations, drills, games, and competitions designed for kids of all skill levels.

With a professional staff of experienced coaches and players, these events provide a great opportunity for kids to learn from players who have had success both on and off the court.

This summer, we’ll be running youth basketball camps in the cities below!

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