Karl Barkley's Pro Skills Basketball China AdventuresThis month I welcomed a new roommate to Chengdu (Nathan) and said goodbye to two others (Zeb and Tyler). Before the latter could return home to Queen and country, Nathan and I made sure to give them a proper English send off.

First, we joined in on Chengdu’s British Day celebrations. The festivities coincided with the Royal Wedding and included great food, a few games of Tug-of-War, and a friendly water balloon fight.

Later that week we all went to the China v. England U19 soccer game. Although England ended up losing the game on a late breakaway goal, the matchup felt like a poetic ending to Tyler and Zeb’s time in China.


NEWS: New York Academic Showcase Basketball Camp (Recap)

New York Academic Showcase Basketball Camp

75 academically driven basketball players descended upon Baruch College in the heart of New York City for PSB’s Academic Showcase Camp on May 12th.  

Players came from Virginia, Indiana, California, North Carolina, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to showcase their abilities to the many college coaches on staff and in attendance.

The staff for this academic camp consisted of coaches from Williams College, Middlebury College, NYU, Carnegie Mellon University, Washington & Lee University, John Jay College, Hamilton College, Bowdoin College, Babson College and Wesleyan University.  

New York Basketball Camp

These are some of the top academic institutions in the country.

The players had the unique opportunity to be coached by college coaches and participate in college-level skill work, drills and breakdowns.  

PSB Academic Showcases pride themselves on being a learning experience and an opportunity to improve, not just a chance to play games.

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NEWS: Paul Biancardi Charlotte Basketball Camp (Recap)

paul biancardi basketball camp charlotte

The Paul Biancardi Basketball Camp that was held in Charlotte, NC on May 5-6 was an extremely successful event.

With a coaching staff of current D2, D3 college coaches, former college and pro players, the 80+ campers who attended had a full weekend of basketball skills, drills, competition, and education.

Check out the highlight video from the weekend below:

Coach Paul Biancardi was incredibly enthusiastic and active while coaching all of the participants throughout the weekend and had help from Brendan Winters and JD Ey of Pro Skills Basketball as well as local basketball skills trainer Nick Trull.

Campers participated in skill work break out sessions led by Nick Trull, group drills led by Coach Biancardi and Brendan Winters, games/competitions such a no-dribble 4v4 and normal 5v5.

One of the most valuable parts of camp is the basketball experience and lessons Paul Biancardi brings from his 20+ years as a college basketball coach and now currently his job as ESPN’s National Director of Boys High School Basketball Recruiting.

Check out Coach Biancardi’s talk below on the 5 things players can do right now to elevate their game, and in turn, help them get recruited.

Players did an outstanding job all weekend working hard and being coachable. Many of the players were from the southeast region, but some players came from as far as Toronto (Canada), Texas, New York, and more.

Some of the Charlotte Paul Biancardi Camp player standouts include:

Jaden Springer

Drew Pember

Zac Ervin

Handje Tamba

CJ Huntley

Jonathan Renois

Eric Rivers Jr.

Jackson Threadgill

Drew Patterson

Josh Massey

We’re really excited to be bringing more of these Paul Biancardi Basketball Camps to various cities around the US in the fall, so stay tuned for more locations and dates to be announced soon!

To learn more about these camps, please visit the official webpage at https://proskillsbasketball.com/paulbiancardi!


NEWS: PSB Charlotte Ready To “Smile On” With Lineberger Orthodontics

lineberger orthodonticsCHARLOTTE, N.C. (May, 8 2018) – Pro Skills Basketball (PSB), a national leader in youth basketball development, has announced a one-year community partnership with Lineberger Orthodontics.

As a strong supporter of education and scholastic athletic programs, Lineberger Orthodontics will provide oral health instruction and protection opportunities to all PSB Charlotte members.

“We live in a great community, and we love to give back to and support the excellent sports programs around LKN that are really making a difference,” explained Drs. Matt and Megan Lineberger.

“Pro Skills Basketball was an obvious choice to partner with as we both played some hoops in our day, and we see our patient family raving about PSB and sporting their swag every day. Their support of student-athletes, their coaches and their families is inspiring and we are just happy to be a part of it.”

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Coach Karl with Coach Julius in Chengdu, China

My name is Karly Barkley and I’m a youth basketball coach for PSB in 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.