PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL CHINA TOUR 2018 RECAP (PART 3) – BEIJING

Pro Skills Basketball China Tour 2018 - Great Wall

In part 2 of our Pro Skills Basketball China Tour recap, we reviewed everything the group did in Chengdu, including Hot Pot, pandas, playing pick up at Sichuan University and an exhibition game against the Chinese Basketball Association U21 Sichuan Blue Whale team.

Before that, in part 1, we wrote about our time in Shanghai where we saw a ton of sights, including the world-famous Bund and played one of the most famous streetball teams in China and at one of the most famous playgrounds in Shanghai, Rucker Park.

For this week, however, part 3 recounts the Beijing leg of our trip!

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PAUL BIANCARDI BASKETBALL CAMP RECAP | CHARLOTTE, NC | SEPT. 1-2

Paul Biancardi Basketball Camp | Pro Skills Basketball

We recently powered the first Paul Biancardi Basketball Camp of the fall season outside of Charlotte, NC in Concord on September 1-2 at Cox Mill High School.

Previously, we ran a Biancardi Camp last May in Charlotte that had a tremendous amount of talent, and you can read about that camp and see the highlights here!

This September 1-2 camp was another great event with over 70 boys players from 8th-12th grade and a staff made up of current college coaches and former college and pro players.

Coach Paul Biancardi, a former college coach of 20+ years at the DI, DII, and DIII levels and currently ESPN’s National Director of Boys High School Basketball, led the camp and had his hand and eyes in every drill, competition, and game.

While there were many good players at the Paul Biancardi Charlotte Camp, there was a handful that truly stood out.

Below are short write-ups from each of the camp standouts!

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PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL CHINA TOUR 2018 RECAP (PART 2) – CHENGDU

PSB China Tour 2018 | Chengdu

Last week we covered the Shanghai portion in part 1 of our Pro Skills Basketball China Tour recap, so this week it’s on to Chengdu for part 2!

Chengdu is not the biggest or the most famous city in China, but over the course of our four-day visit, the PSB China Tour group savored its signature slow pace.

We saw Pandas, played Chinese Basketball Association U21 Blue Whale team, and burnt our mouths (willingly) with spicy Sichuan cuisine.

Overall, we saw a markedly different – and more authentic – version of China in comparison to sprawling Shanghai or bustling Beijing.

When our China tour group met for orientation, most of the group had not heard of Chengdu (成都). But by the end of the trip almost everyone said the time spent in the heart of Sichuan province (四川省) was the most memorable part of the entire experience.

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PODCAST: How New NCAA Basketball Recruiting Rules Will Affect Youth Basketball

Each week in the “Pick & Pop” series of the PSB podcast, PSB co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, discuss and debate a relevant topic in their world of youth basketball.

In this episode, however, Brendan talks with a guest, Sim Frazier, about the new NCAA basketball recruiting rules and how they’ll impact youth basketball. There has been a lot written about the college basketball recruiting rules changes, including a recent article with college coaches saying they don’t like the new rules, but Brendan and Sim try to distill it down into understandable topics.

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PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL CHINA TOUR 2018 RECAP (PART 1) – SHANGHAI

PSB Shanghai China Basketball Tour 2018

The 2018 Pro Skills Basketball China Tour is officially in the books!

For three weeks we will publish recaps with stories and pictures from all three stops: Shanghai (part 1), Chengdu (part 2), and Beijing (part 3). Then we’ll cap it all off with a documentary of the entire trip to China!

This week, part 1, details all the dumplings, dunks, and deals Shanghai had to offer … Enjoy!

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