Nike Boys Basketball Camp Salisbury University Salisbury, Maryland

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US Sports Camps and Nike Basketball Camps are extremely excited to present a two sessions 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!

Highlights Include

  • 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

The Maggs Physical Activities Center is home to the Salisbury University varsity athletic teams and the physical education department. The main gymnasium, on the lower level, is home to the men's and women's basketball teams and the women's volleyball team. The main gym can seat over 2,300 fans and features a press box, wireless internet, sound system and an electronic scoreboard.

Meet your coaching staff
Camp Director

Josh Merkel

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.  

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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. 

Learn more about Nike Boys Basketball Camp Salisbury University

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.

Shooting Camp: The shooting program gives campers the opportunity to focus on improving their shooting skills. Emphasis is placed upon: Technique, Footwork, Shooting drills, Shooting off the dribble, Shooting off the pass, Shooting games, Free Throw Shooting, and Post/Perimeter Shooting.   

Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the session. 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!
Check-in Times
Shooting Session check-in Friday, June 27th at 3PM.
Complete Skills Session check-in Sunday, June 29th at 1PM.
Camp Hours
Complete Skills Extended Day Camp hours: SUN 1PM-9PM, MON-WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-4PM 
Shooting Session Extended Day Camp hours: FRI 3PM-9PM, SAT 9AM-9PM, SUN 9-11
Check-out Times
Graduation Ceremony: Thursday, July 3rd at 2:30PM. Parents are invited to attend! 
Departure: 3PM Immediately following the graduation ceremony.
Shooting Session ends on June 29th at 11AM.
Camp Information 
All campers must eat breakfast/lunch at home on Day 1 as 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.  
Air Conditioning: Dorms DO have A/C.
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  • 5/5.

Merkele is a great coach and the staff there was just awesome! This camp will definitely make you better but you gotta love the sport like I do.


  • 5/5.

I made a lot of new friends. I just loved the coaching staff available to me. I came to learn about improving my game and that is what I did best, improved my game.

Parent of Camper

  • 5/5.
Great time at Nike Basketball Camp

Nike Camps are GREAT! They provide alot of knowledgable people and staff that know the sport and cant help the campers achieve many goals and dreams. The staff goes above and beyond to make everyone feel included.

Camper Parent

  • 5/5.

The young men that were coaches were true role models.  Boys learned a lot of skills but also about how to be good team players.


  • 5/5.
This was a really fun camp

It is very fun and exciting and you meet lots of new friends. Its really cool being coached by college kids and you really improve your ball handling.


  • 5/5.
Great basketball and overall camp

Camp was great! I had a lot of fun while learning the fundamentals of the game. The dorm rooms were clean and cool, thanks to the AC. The all you can eat food in the dining hall was a great treat. I can't wait to come back again next year!

Parent of Camper

  • 5/5.
Fantastic camp

The coaches were wonderful. The camp provided both physical training and mental support for these young boys. It was terrific.

Parent of Camper

  • 5/5.

This by far was one of the best camps that my son has attended for basketball training!! The entire staff has an exceptional gift for bringing out the best in each camper! I highly recommend this camp!

Parent of Camper

  • 5/5.
Thank You

Fantastic drills and conditioning. The boys learned about hard work and sticking with something, even when it hurts. Thanks so much and look forward to next summer.

  • 5/5.

I have been to 4 other campsand this was far the best as far as instruction and amount of real game situation!

Nike Boys Basketball Camp Salisbury University Josh Merkel, Camp Director 1101 Camden Ave Salisbury, Maryland 21801


Nike Boys Basketball Camp Salisbury University
  • 5/5.
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