Nike Boys Basketball Camp Salisbury University Salisbury, Maryland
US Sports Camps and Nike Basketball Camps are extremely excited to present a week of camp this summer at Salisbury University with Head Men's Basketball Coach, Josh Merkel.
Josh Merkel is a rising star in the college coaching ranks. Coach Merkel has a wealth of basketball knowledge from his experience as a player for Salisbury University and his eight years of college coaching experience. Nike Basketball Camp at Salisbury University is designed for young athletes looking to improve their game, work on fundamentals and compete in a fun yet challenging environment. The camp staff will include Salisbury current and former players in addition to the college coaching staff.
Coach Merkel will stress offensive fundamentals and reinforce core basketball principles pivotal for the development of any player at any level. Come join Coach Merkel and the Nike Basketball Camp staff at Salisbury University to get better this summer!
- League Play
- Age and Ability Grouping
- Intense Group Station teaching
- Full time athletic training staff
- Award winning, all-you-can-eat dining
- Lodging in newly renovated residence halls - supervised 24 hours
- Official NIKE camp T-Shirt
- NIKE Camp workbook and other great NIKE prizes
Josh Merkel was named the sixth Head Men's Basketball Coach in Salisbury University history on Tuesday, May 10 2011.
A 2001 graduate of Salisbury University, Merkel was a four-year letter winner on the men's basketball team playing in 98 games while averaging 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. During his senior year, as team captain, Merkel started in 24 games, playing 33.5 minutes and scoring 13.6 points. During his first season at Salisbury, the Seagulls knocked off the #1 team in the country and were ranked nationally for the first time in school history.Read Full Bio
Merkel spent a season as a graduate assistant coach at West Virginia University, making a trip to the Elite 8 as the Mountaineers climbed as high as No. 12 in the national rankings before gaining his first collegiate head coaching job.
Merkel spent five seasons on the bench as an assistant at Division I Eastern Kentucky University. During Merkel’s final four years with the Colonels (2006-10), the program put up its most wins in a four-season stretch (73) and made an NCAA tournament appearance after winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in 2007, taking on the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Merkel spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Randolph-Macon College, where he helped lead the team to a 25-5 overall record, including the 2011 Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament championship and a share of the regular-season title.
Camp Code: BKBRSS
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
- 7:00 Wake-up/Optional Morning Workout
- 7:30 Breakfast
- 8:50 Extended Day Campers arrive; Stretching and conditioning
- 9:00 Ball Handling Skills & Drills
- 9:20 Skill Development
- 10:15 1st Set of Games
- 11:15 2nd Set of Games/Film Session
- 12:30 Lunch
- 1:40 Line-up/Camp Lecture
- 2:15 3rd Set of Games/Film Session
- 4:20 Skills Stations/Contests
- 5:30 Dinner
- 6:40 4th Set of Games
- 7:30 Daily Contests
- 9:00 Extended Day Campers depart
- 11:00 Lights Out!
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.