Nike Basketball Camp Limestone College

Nike Basketball Camp Limestone College
Nike Basketball Camp Limestone College

Nestled in Gaffney, South Carolina, Limestone College is one of the most beautiful campuses on the east coast. Richard Ford, founder of SmartHoops, will direct the overnight Nike Basketball Camp June 21-25, 2015.

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.

Highlights Include

  • Superior Instruction
  • Low camper to coach ratio
  • Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play, classroom sessions and more
  • Fundamental instruction, lectures and team games
  • Official NIKE Camp T-shirt, NIKE Workbook and other great prizes!

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Richard Ford
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.

Camp Details

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.

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Camp Hours

Campers Check-in: Sunday, June 21st between 12PM-2:30PM
Closing Ceremony: Thursday, June 25th at 10:15AM 

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. Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony! Departure immediately following the closing ceremony at 11AM. 


Overnight Campers

Housing & Roommates

2 campers per room.  Dorms are TBD. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!

Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: Yes
Pool: No
Room Key Deposit: $50 check
Suggested Spending Money: $40


Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.



Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.

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. 


We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.

Group Discounts

If five or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $40 discount. Click "Get Brochure" above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.


Built in 1976, the Timken Center is the center of the Limestone College Athletic Department, housing athletic training facilities, classrooms, and offices. The Timken Center also houses Limestone's basketball arena, a 1,500-seat facility that hosts men's and women's basketball games.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 AM Wake-up/Get ready for the day
  • 7:45 AM Breakfast
  • 8:50 AM Stretching and Conditioning
  • 9:00 AM Classroom Session/Lecture
  • 10:00 AM Ball Handling Skills and Drills
  • 10:30 AM Skill Development
  • 11:00 AM Team Games
  • 12:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:45 PM Classroom Session/Lecture
  • 3:00 PM Offensive/Defensive Skills Stations
  • 5:00 PM Dinner
  • 6:45 PM Classroom Session
  • 8:00 PM Gym - Practices/Games
  • 11:00 PM Lights out

Camper Reviews

Joshua F.Camper

  • 5/5.
Coach Ford is an outstanding director.

I had an outstanding time I have been to many camps in the past and this one rates up there with the best of them.  Coach Ford is an outstanding director and I will actively seek to attend another of his camps.

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Sean M.Camper

  • 5/5.
This camp is great!

This camp is great! Coach Rich Ford is very knowledgeable, helpful and made the camp fun. I think the classroom time will make a difference in my playing. It was cool meeting players from different parts of the country too.

Andrew R.Camper

  • 5/5.
You learn a lot about your game.

The classes really help you, it's not just all note taking,you learn a lot about your game. The tournament is my most enjoyed experience because it's tough, but, you can do it.

  • 5/5.
Son loved your camp

Our son loved your camp and although he is extremely active, this was the first time he has ever mentioned getting sore from exercise!! Way to Go!!

  • 4/5.
My game improved a lot

I had a very positive experience at the Nike Camp I attended. My game improved a lot thanks to the help of the extremely nice staff. 

John T.Camper

  • 5/5.
The classroom experience was great.

The classroom experience was great. Going over tapes helped me to understand more about the fundamentals of basketball.

  • 4/5.
Competitive and friendly learning environment

Great camp. I would recommend it to anyone. Great competititon as well as a friendly learning environment for all the players. 

Jimmy P.Camper

  • 5/5.
The most fun I have ever had.

The most fun I have ever had. Learned a lot of new things and made a lot of new friends.

  • 4/5.
This is the camp to attend.

If you want to sericusly improve your basketball skills, this is the camp to attend.

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

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