2008 Reebok All-American Camp: Building on Last Year's Success
In the city of Brotherly Love, young talent will be trying to make a name for themselves, and for those who already have national recognition, the camp is a chance to continue to impress.
Players such as Abdul Gaddy (#2 point guard in the class of 2009), Clarence Trent, and John Wall (#1 point guard c/o 2009), are expected to be among the top 120 prep athletes to get an invite to camp.
With the Adidas ABCD camp, and Nike discontinuing their events, Reebok All American Camp (RBK U) has become the standard in grassroots basketball. Along with alumni such as Brandon Jennings, Elliot Williams, Malcolm Lee, William Buford, and Michael Rosario (All selections to the McDonald's and Jordan All-American games).
Reebok looks to be developing a tradition of gathering the best talent, and putting them to the test in all aspects of the game of basketball. This is truly a great opportunity for those athletes to obtain a since of how training regiments go, as well as the ongoing responsibilities it takes to be an elite basketball player.
*Director of Basketball for Reebok's Rbk U All-American Camp, Chris Rivers, along with his Grassroots Basketball Associate Manager, Patrick Coombs, have developed an innovative process that allows both recognized and undiscovered talent to shine.
A national selection committee of twenty that consists of the who's who in basketball such as Tom Konchalski selects half of the players that will be attending. Of the remaining 60 spots, 56 are filled as result of multiple regional Reebok Breakout Camps where over 1200 players tryout. The four remaining spots are filled by skimming from the cream of the crop at the Breakout Underclassmen Camp in Chicago.*
In my opinion, this is the high school version of the NBA pre-draft camp that allows coaches, scouts, and players to gauge where their abilities lie. It is also a opportunity for those who enjoy following grassroots basketball to follow and assess their favorite players, and see what aspects of their game need to be worked on as well as how they stack up against the countries best players.
I will personally be in attendance for this event, so I will be giving a daily update on what goes on at a grassroots event such as this!
Paragraphs with (*) written by: Maurice Wingate NYCHoops.net
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