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: 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 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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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SELECTING A YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP IN CHARLOTTE

How to Pick the Best Youth Basketball Camp in your Local Area

selecting a youth basketball camp

Youth basketball camps are always great opportunities for aspiring young players to improve their individual basketball skills.

As a parent or coach, one of the biggest dilemmas is always finding the best summer basketball camp in Charlotte where your child can be taught to play basketball the right way.

At the end of the day, you want a youth basketball camp that puts enough emphasis on individual skill development.

That is not to say that team aspects are not as important. But the truth is that, in order to fit into a team, your individual skills must be up to par.

Of course, a good youth basketball camp will also set aside enough time to teach children how to play within a team.

You also want the environment to be safe, a place where children can have fun as they hone their basketball skills and learn important life lessons.

The fun aspect of the camp is very important as well. It is what keeps children looking forward to going back to the camp again.

Playing in a fun and safe environment is not only crucial for skill development but is also vital for a child’s confidence.

A lot of our youth basketball camps are in Charlotte, so we proposed this question…

How do you find the best basketball camps in or near Charlotte?

Great question!

There are many factors that come into play when choosing a basketball camp for your child in the Charlotte area.

Of course, the biggest priority should be your child’s needs. One thing that you should definitely avoid is picking a camp merely because of its proximity to your home.

Being close to your home is a great advantage, however, when considering the best basketball camp for your child, you should be able to check off the boxes below or you could be wasting your money and your child may not receive the value he or she needs to really improve their game by learning proper basketball fundamentals.

Here are some tips that we have discovered from our parents at PSB when deciding on sending their child to our summer basketball camps.

1. Understand your Child’s Needs

All children don’t have the same needs. When you understand your child’s needs, it becomes easier to choose the most appropriate camp for him or her.

If you don’t know, ask them!

You will be surprised sometimes what they understand about their skillset. You could also ask the coaches that have spent time with your child from a basketball standpoint.

2. The Staff

It shouldn’t be uncommon to see former collegiate basketball players, current or former youth basketball coaches, college basketball coaches, or even professional basketball players training at summer basketball camps.

If you want your child to learn and be inspired by the best, find the basketball camps that will provide that experience.

At Pro Skills Basketball, we do our best to put the most experienced individuals in front of our young players, so that they can truly learn the game and improve their skills.

3. Talk to your Child

You will be amazed at the amount of information that children have that adults don’t. If there is a particular camp that your child prefers, take that into consideration.

Remember, basketball camps are more about our children than they are about us. Most times, children have valid reasons for their preferences.

4. Get Referrals

Other parents who have taken their children to a youth basketball camp can be a great resource of useful information.

A fellow parent can tell you which camps to avoid or which ones to pick based on their child’s experiences.

You still want to validate the information that you receive, but a referral is always good!

5. Know the Reason for Going

Parents will take their child to a summer basketball camp for a variety of reasons. Does your child need exposure? Is your child looking to improve his basketball skills? Is your child looking to attend with friends?

What do you want your child to get from the camp at the end of the day? That should be one of the first questions you ask yourself before beginning your search.

What are the most important things to look for in a youth basketball camp?

characteristics of a good youth basketball camp

Although skill improvement is one of the most important reasons why many parents take their children to basketball camps, nevertheless, there are other very specific characteristics that you should look for in a youth basketball camp.

Here is our summary:

  1. Fun. Basketball is supposed to be fun for kids. If they are not having fun, they might start to hate the game.
  2. Confidence. Great basketball camps can build a child’s confidence, which can help him or her in life outside of basketball.
  3. Safety. Knowing that your children are safe gives you peace of mind.
  4. Life skills. A good basketball camp will impart your children with important life skills to help them in their everyday life.
  5. Empowerment. You want your children to leave the camp feeling like they can take on the world.
  6. Team skills. Your child should learn how to be part of a bigger cause rather than play for him or herself. This helps them in other areas of their lives as well.

Conclusion

As you look for the best basketball camp for your child in the Charlotte area this summer, it is important to know that it is about your child and not you.

This way, you will be more objective with your choices and will not have any reason to regret your decision. You can never go wrong when you put your child first.

At Pro Skills Basketball, we understand the importance of improving young players’ basketball skills while teaching them to be better people. That is our mission and what we strive to do!

We have a plethora of youth basketball camps in Charlotte to choose from for kids of all ages and skill set.

Our 2018 basketball camp locations consist of the following areas in and near Charlotte, NC:

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