Nike Basketball Camp Berry College Mount Berry, Georgia

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US Sports Camps is excited to once again welcome Richard Ford, Founder/Owner of SmartHoops, as director of the Nike Basketball Camp at Berry College in Mount Berry, GA. Join Coach Ford and his staff as they help you improve your basketball game at this annual camper favorite overnight location! The Complete Skills camp will run from July 6-10, 2014.

As the Founder/Owner of SmartHoops Basketball Program, Coach Richard Ford has run and worked basketball camps for 15 years. He has taught male and female players and second graders to D-I college athletes in a variety of contexts. Under the outstanding guidance of Coach Ford and his staff, get ready for a challenging and fun session of basketball camp this summer!

SmartHoops is a challenging bridge-the-gap basketball program for serious athletes who are moving from entry level hoops into the highly competitive phase of middle school/early high school interscholastic or club play.

The Complete Skills Camp offers a challenging daily format of fundamental instruction, clinics, drills, and team games. Players will have the opportunity to develop and refine their fundamental basketball skills. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, shooting, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, and team play.

Highlights Include

  • Superior instruction
  • Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play, and more
  • Fundamental instruction, lectures and team games
  • Official NIKE Camp T-shirt
  • NIKE Camp workbook and other great NIKE prizes

Berry College is located near Rome in Northwest Georgia, only 65 miles northwest of Atlanta and 65 miles south of Chattanooga. Berry College, one of the world's largest campuses at 28,000-acres, offers a beautiful environment for learning. Overnight campers reside in the dormitories where staff act as resident advisors and supervise campers overnight. In addition to basketball instruction, campers will take part in nighttime activities like movie night and pizza night. 

Meet your coaching staff
Camp Director

Richard Ford

Directing our camp is SmartHoops founder and former Duke point guard Richard Ford. After a successful high school career, Richard enrolled at Duke and worked his way from a mere day to day varsity practice player as a freshman to a full member of the varsity team, then to a full scholarship player, and ultimately to a team captain – all under Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski. 

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His senior year, Richard received the Ted Mann Award as the Duke player contributing most to team morale and also received the Captain’s Award for team leadership. Richard also received recognition in the classroom, being named to the ACC Honor Roll for outstanding academic performance. Richard’s senior year, Duke began its impressive run of NCAA tourney appearances.

Richard has spent much of his life teaching young players intelligent basketball strategies. He has run and worked basketball camps for 20 years, and has taught male and female players from second graders to D-I college athletes in a variety of contexts. For six years, Richard co-directed a national point guard camp, teaching high school and college point guards the finer aspects of point guard play in venues from coast to coast.

Richard’s teaching approach is concept-based. In addition to intense on-court instruction, Richard also holds entertaining classroom sessions to break down the fine points of the game. Richard reinforces his concept-based instruction with video clips, personal stories, and cooperative learning/teaching approaches.

Learn more about Nike Basketball Camp Berry College

Camp Code: BKXRBC

Complete Skills: This program is intended to help players develop athletically. The individual camp is a great opportunity for young basketball players looking to develop and refine their fundamental basketball skills. This program also includes a curriculum for intermediate/ advanced players looking to enhance their skill set at the post, wing, or guard position. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, shooting, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, team play, and more.

Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week. In addition, campers will be evaluated and then split up into smaller groups according to age and ability.  

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:45 – 8:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 10:00 Classroom Session
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Gym - Individual Stations
  • 12:00 – 1:45 Lunch
  • 1:45 – 3:00 Classroom Session
  • 3:00 – 5:00 Gym - Team Offense/Defense
  • 5:00 – 6:45 Dinner
  • 6:45 – 8:00 Classroom Session
  • 8:00 – 10:30 Gym - Practices/Games
  • 11:00 Lights out
Check-in Times
Co-Ed Session check-in Sunday, July 6th at 12PM-2:30PM in the dorm lobby 
Check-out Times
Co-Ed Session final exam: On Thursday, July 10th all campers will take a final exam between 8:30AM-10:15AM. After the exam, there will be a closing ceremony between 10:15-10:50AM. Parents are invited to attend! 
Departure/check-out will occur immediately following the closing ceremony at 11AM in the dorm lobby.  
Camp Information 
On Day 1 dinner is the first meal.
Registration Packet
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. Campers must bring their health and release forms with them to check-in on the first day of camp. 
Read camper reviews


  • 5/5.
Camp taught me new skills and made me a better player

The gym was great and the coaches made it fun to be there. I learned more about basketball and new skills like jump stops, pass fakes, and pump fakes. I still use the shooting drills that we practiced. Once I left camp I felt like a better player.


  • 5/5.

The camp was great! I learned new things and perfected old things. The staff members were great and they were always enthusiastic! I will remember everything about this camp!

Camper Parent

  • 5/5.
The counselors/coaches were incredibly motivating

The counselors/coaches were incredibly son would practice outside until dark after a full day of camp. We will definitely sign up again.


  • 5/5.
Camp gave me the courage

The camp gave me the courage to go out for the basketball team at my school this year.


  • 4/5.
This was the best one so far

Compared to other camps I’ve been to, this was the best one so far. And I liked the camp this year even better than last year. 

Camper Parent

  • 5/5.
My daughter is looking forward to camp next year

My daughter loved your camp. She came back with a new sense of basketball and responsibility as well. I was 100% satisfied with the results. My daughter is looking forward to gong to the camp next year! 

Nike Basketball Camp Berry College Richard Ford, Camp Director 2277 Martha Berry Hwy NW Mount Berry, Georgia 30149


Nike Basketball Camp Berry College
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Camp Schedule & Fees

NIKE BASKETBALL - BERRY COLLEGE   Jul. 6 - Jul. 10, 2014 Register

Programs: Complete Skills

Age Group: 11 - 15 Gender: Co-Ed

Overnight: $630.00 Availability: Open

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.