Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camp
Expert Instruction. Proper Discipline.
Loving the Game.
Coach Doug Bruno directs every camp at North Central College in Naperville, IL. Since 1980, he and his staff have helped over 82,000 players improve their development techniques, self-discipline and confidence through personalized basketball intensive instruction.
Fundamentals Camp: This camp offers an opportunity for athletes of all abilities to participate in an exciting week of basketball training and game participation.
Shooting Camp: Improve your jump shot and free throw shooting! Camp features demonstrations, hours of individual instruction, drills, and competitions.
- Over 9 hours of daily basketball activity, drills, and demonstrations
- A college prep experience: dorm life, responsibility, cultivation of communication
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Doug Bruno
A pioneer and crusader for women’s basketball at all levels, Doug Bruno begins his 38th year of Camp Doug Bruno and 32nd season as the head of the DePaul University program for 2017-18. As an assistant coach for the USA Women's Basketball National Team since 2009, Bruno has helped lead the USA to its fifth and sixth straight golds in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.View Doug Bruno's Bio ⟩
His passion for basketball comes from the love of the game, the love of teaching and his desire to give back to young players by sparking passion in them at an early age. Winning more than 825 games as a head coach, Bruno has had 22 NCAA appearances. Under his leadership, DePaul is one of only 5 schools to appear in 15 straight NCAA Tournaments. Over the years, Coach Bruno has also been honored with several recognitions and awards including induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, as well as being named the 2006 and 2007 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year and the 2012 London Olympic Gold Medal Assistant Coach. To honor Coach Bruno and his commitment to DePaul University, the University named the court at McGrath-Phillips Arena the Coach Doug Bruno Court.
The Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camps
The Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camps began in their current form in 1980. Coach Bruno’s passion for basketball comes from his love of the game, his love of teaching the game and his desire to give back to all young players of the game. Through camp, he wants to spark and inspire passion in each camper at an early age. From college athletes to Olympians to the youth he works with, Coach Bruno is a true teacher of the game.
Beyond his role as head coach to DePaul’s Women’s team and the leader of Camp, Coach Bruno has also been an assistant coach for USA Basketball World Championships in 2010 and 2014 receiving a Gold Medal and as the head coach in 2007 of FIBA U19 (Gold Medal recipients), 2006 of FIBA U19 (Gold Medal recipients). The driver of all of these achievements is Bruno’s relentless goal of promoting and growing the game.
Because of this passion, Bruno is recognized throughout the country and the Chicagoland as a leader of women’s college basketball and women’s sports. To honor Coach Bruno and his commitment to DePaul University, the University named the court at McGrath-Phillips Arena the “Doug Bruno Court.” With the naming in November 2011, Bruno became just one of five women’s basketball coaches and three in Division I to have the court or arena named in their honor.
A true leader among his peers, Bruno completed a two-year term as President of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in the Summer of 2007 after being selected by his peers at the 2005 Final Four. Prior to becoming just the second male coach to lead the organization, he was the Male Coaches of Women’s Basketball Representative on the Board of Directors. Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as an amateur sport for women and girls. Bruno is the chairman of the WBCA/State Farm All-American committee while he is also the East Regional representative for the NCAA Division I Tournament selection, represents District I on the WBCA Ethics Committee and is also on the Wade Trophy committee.
In addition to working with players at the youth level at his camps, Bruno also works within the highest professional levels, with USA Basketball and the WNBA. In October of 2014, Bruno was an assistant coach with the USA Women’s National Team that won the gold medal at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. In August of 2012, Bruno was on the bench as an assistant coach when the USA Women’s National Team captured its fifth consecutive Olympic Gold. Bruno served as assistant coach alongside Jennifer Gillom of the WNBA Minnesota Lynx and Marynell Meadors of the Atlanta Dream. Working together since 2010, the same coaching staff helped to capture gold at the FIBA World Championships in 2010. Bruno has also served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball’s recent European Exhibition Tour and was a “Court Coach” at the National Team’s Vegas Training Camp in October of 2013.
Leading up to his assignment with the Women’s National team, Bruno served as head coach of the U.S. U18 National Team and led the USA squad to the Gold Medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2006. In the Summer of 2007, Bruno and the U.S. team headed to Bratislava, Slovakia, for the FIBA U19 Women’s World Championship. He also assists the WNBA’s Chicago Sky as a consultant to the professional franchise.
Bruno has been recognized at all levels of basketball as the only coach to be named USA Basketball’s Developmental Coach of the Year twice. He also received the Carol Eckman Award from the WBCA at the 2008 Final Four. The Eckman Award is presented annually to an active WBCA coach who exemplifies Eckman’s spirit, integrity and character through sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose. The award is named in honor of the late Carol Eckman, the former West Chester State College coach who is considered the “Mother of the Women’s Collegiate Basketball Championship.”
Returning to DePaul’s Court
In 1988 when Bruno returned to lead the women’s basketball program at his alma mater, he wanted the Blue Demons to become a factor on the national scene. Nearly 25 years later, he has helped the program achieve just that.
Bruno, who was also the Blue Demons’ head coach from 1976-78, has taken DePaul women’s basketball to new heights — during his tenure, the Blue Demons have achieved national status as one of the top women’s programs in the country.
In 2014, the Blue Demons brought nationwide recognition to the sport of women’s basketball with a 104-100 triumph over Oklahoma in the 2014 NCAA tournament opener. It was the highest scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA women’s tournament.
DePaul (29-7) tied the school record for most wins in a season and set program records for games played (36), points (3,006), three-point baskets (314) and assists (705). The Blue Demons advanced to their third NCAA Sweet 16 after claiming their first BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles. A second-round upset of No. 2 seed Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium was Bruno’s 600th collegiate victory.
Since his return in 1988, DePaul has won 533 games, competed at 19 NCAA Tournaments, three Sweet Sixteens (2006, 2011, 2014), made four WNIT appearances, won four five tournament championships and five regular-season titles. Bruno’s squads have also spent numerous weeks in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls, including a two-year run from 2004-06 that featured the Blue Demons ranked from start to finish. In each of those seasons, the club was ranked as high No. 10. The Blue Demons reached a program-best No. 7 in the Feb. 21 Poll, while it finished the No. 10 in the final 2010-11 Associated Press Poll.
Bruno and the Blue Demons’ success have also come against some of the best teams the nation has to offer. Since 1988, DePaul has played 195 games against teams that were in the top-25 the week of their game with the Blue Demons. In fact, during the Bruno era, DePaul has posted victories over third-ranked Louisiana Tech (1996-97), sixth-ranked Vanderbilt (1995-96), eighth-ranked Notre Dame (2002-03) and ninth-ranked USC (1992-93) and Florida State (2009-10). In 2010-11 the Blue Demons posted the program’s biggest win with an impressive, 91-71 victory over then-No. 3/2 Stanford at McGrath Arena on Dec. 16, 2010. DePaul followed its historic win over the Cardinal with five more wins over top-25 opponents during the 2010-11 season.
Individually, Bruno registered his 500th career coaching victory when the Blue Demons topped Missouri State Nov. 15, 2010 on the road. He entered the 2013-14 season with an impressive 571 victories – 531 with the Blue Demons and 40 with the Chicago Hustle.
Off the Court Commitment
Off the court, success has also been bountiful. DePaul has boasted 176 student-athletes who have earned mention on conference academic honor rolls.
The WBCA began to recognize team academic success with an Academic Top 25 following the 1997-98 season. Since the poll’s inception, the Blue Demons have been ranked nine times, including a program-best No. 2 finish after the 2012-13 season. In addition to the on-court success for the 2010-11 Blue Demons’, third-highest team grade-point average had the distinction of being the only top-10 program both on the court and in the classroom. DePaul finished the 2010-11 season ranked No. 10 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.
The DePaul women’s basketball team boasted a program-best 3.625 GPA in 2012-13 and was awarded the BIG EAST’s Team Academic Excellence Award for the sixth consecutive year for the highest GPA among their league counterparts.
Eight different Blue Demons have represented DePaul on the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete team a total of 13 times, while Quigley was named the I-AAA Scholar-Athlete of Year in 2005-06 and then again in 2007-08.
DePaul at the NCAA Tournament
Bruno inherited a program in 1988 that played in the previous two Women’s National Invitational Tournaments and vowed to take the Blue Demons to the NCAA Tournament. After another trip to the WNIT in 1989, DePaul broke into the “Big Dance” in 1990 when the Blue Demons defeated Western Kentucky in their first NCAA Tournament contest.
The 1990 season started a string of seven trips in eight seasons to the NCAA Tournament. Three of those appearances saw the Blue Demons reach the second round, including the 1995-96 campaign when DePaul earned a seven seed, then its highest ever.
Over the last 15 seasons, Bruno has led the Blue Demons to 15 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and the program’s first and second Sweet Sixteen showing in 2006 and again in 2011. DePaul put together one of the top turnarounds in the program’s 30-year history with a 22-10 record in 2002-03 after posting a 15-14 mark the season before. Overall, Bruno has led the women’s basketball program to 22 post-season appearances in the last 25 years.
Leading American All-Stars
Players under the guidance of Bruno have claimed All-Conference mention on 55 occasions while 18 players have been named an All-American by various organizations a total of 34 times.
Following the 2004-05 Conference USA Championship, Bruno was named C-USA Coach of the Year. He selected as Conference USA’s Coach of the Decade by a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches. He was named the WBCA Region 4 Coach of the Year in 2003-04 and 2004-05, placing him with seven other coaches on the national coach of the year ballot. Bruno was named the Great Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1994-95 and was honored as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year on 18 occasions.
Coach Bruno has been inducted into the DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame. Bruno as also awarded the Leonardo Da Vinci Outstanding Achievement in Education Award by the Sons of Italy
Prior to returning to DePaul in 1988, Bruno spent eight seasons as the associate men’s head coach at Loyola-Chicago under Gene Sullivan. During his stay, the Ramblers won 138 games and posted 17 or more wins in four campaigns, including a pair of 20-win seasons. His tenure at Loyola was highlighted by the 1984-85 squad that went 27-6 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before bowing to eventual national runner-up Georgetown. The Ramblers also captured three Midwestern Collegiate Conference titles during his time at the Chicago school.
Doug spent two seasons as the head coach and director of player personnel for the Chicago Hustle of the Women’s Basketball League (WBL). His first team (1978-79) won the league’s Midwest Division and led the WBL in 11 offensive categories as well as attendance.
Bruno began his coaching career at the high school level. He spent the 1973-74 season as an assistant varsity boys’ basketball coach at Chicago’s Francis Parker High School before becoming the head boy’s varsity coach at St. Vincent DePaul High School during the 1974-75 campaign.
Coach as a Player at DePaul
Doug became a three-year letter winner for DePaul and Hall of Fame coach Ray Meyer after playing high school basketball at Archbishop Quigley for the legendary Dick Flaiz. Bruno was a two-year starter at DePaul and led the 1971-72 squad in assists. He received his B.A. in English in 1973, and later returned to earn his M.A., also in English, in 1988.
Doug and his wife, Patty, are the parents of six sons, Bryan, Kevin, David, Brendan, Patrick and Bradley and are the proud grandparents of ten. Bryan and his wife, former DePaul women’s basketball player Stacy Krumrei, are the parents of Jackson, Morgan, Owen and Eden. Kevin and his wife Sarah are the parents of Brendan, Nora, Declan and Colin while David and his wife Bethany are the new parents of twin daughters Caroline and Cecilia.
The Bruno’s call the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago’s north side home.
Associate Head Coach Jill Pizzotti
Pizzotti is in her seventh season with the DePaul Blue Demons and her fourth as the program’s associate head coach. She serves as the Blue Demons' recruiting coordinator, while also assisting with the day-to-day operations of the basketball office.View Jill Pizzotti's Bio ⟩
With stints as a women's basketball head coach, assistant coach, student-athlete and also in the women's basketball division at Nike, Jill M. Pizzotti, a Lombard, Ill. native, brings nearly two decades of experience to the Blue Demon program.
Since joining the Blue Demon staff prior to the start of the 2011-12 season, Pizzotti has been instrumental in DePaul’s back-to-back BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament titles (2014 and 2015), helping the Blue Demons to the NCAA Tournament in every year on the bench while 11 student-athletes have been named an All-BIG EAST Conference performer or to the league’s all-tournament roster. Pizzotti has also helped tutor All-American selections Anna Martin, Brittany Hrynko, Jasmine Penny, Megan Rogowski, Jessica January and Brooke Schulte.
In her first season as the program’s associate head coach (2014-15), the Blue Demons successfully defended their BIG EAST regular season and tournament championship. Hrynko became the first DePaul player to be named the BIG EAST Player of the Year, while Megan Podkowa was named the BIG EAST Tournament MVP. The Blue Demons also reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Pizzotti has also worked with two other BIG EAST Player of the Year honorees, Chanise Jenkins and Brooke Schulte. The associate head coach helped guide the Blue Demons to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 in 2016 and the NCAA Second Round in 2017 where DePaul lost to eventual national runner-up Mississippi State.
With the 2014-15 season in the books, DePaul’s potent offense ranked second in the nation with 86.0 points per game while the Blue Demons also ranked second with 10.4 3-pointers, 12.3 steals and a plus-10.83 turnover margin. The Blue Demons also ranked third in DI with 19.8 assists and their efficient 1.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. Rounding out DePaul's top 10 rankings was the team's plus-15.8 average margin of victory.
During the 2013-14 season, Pizzotti helped the Blue Demons bring nationwide acclaim to the sport of women's basketball with a 104-100 triumph over Oklahoma in the 2014 NCAA tournament opener. It was the highest-scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA women's tournament.
DePaul (29-7) tied the school record for most wins in a season and set program records for games played (36), points (3,006), three-point baskets (314) and assists (705). The Blue Demons advanced to their third NCAA Sweet 16 and 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament after claiming their first BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles.
Overall team success laid the groundwork for individual accolades, and Brittany Hrynko was recognized as an Associated Press honorable mention All-America and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) honorable mention All-America. Jasmine Penny was also a WBCA honorable mention All-America. Hrykno became the first DePaul player to earn back-to-back All-BIG EAST First Team honors.
In 2012-13, Pizzotti helped DePaul reach its 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament with a 21-win season and put together a highly-regarded three-member recruiting class featuring combo guards Jessica January and ShaKeya Graves, as well as Vernon Hills standout Meri Bennett-Swanson. Off the court, DePaul set a program record by recording the second-highest team GPA in the country.
In her first year with the Blue Demons, DePaul also reached the NCAA Tournament and recorded 23 wins. She helped mentor three all-BIG EAST Conference selections, while Anna Martin led the BIG EAST in scoring. Off the court, DePaul recorded the third-best team GPA in the country and earned the BIG EAST Team Academic Award for the third consecutive year.
Pizzotti spent the 2010-11 season at West Virginia and helped the Mountaineers to a school-best 24-10 record and to the NCAA Tournament. As the recruiting coordinator, she helped WVU collect the 13th-best recruiting class in the nation. Pizzotti joined the Mountaineer staff in 2010 after serving the previous five years as the manager for women's basketball at Nike.
Beginning in 2005, Pizzotti was the liaison between Nike and 90 percent of the top-25 women's basketball programs, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and USA Basketball.
Prior to joining Nike, Pizzotti was the second-winningest women's basketball coach in Saint Louis University history and guided the program to its first-ever postseason tournament appearance in the 2003 WNIT. Pizzotti was at the helm of the Billiken program from 1996-05, where she recorded double-digit wins in seven consecutive seasons. She tutored nine all-conference performers, as well as the C-USA Freshman of the Year in 1996.
Pizzotti's team won the C-USA Academic Achievement Award for the highest GPA in five seasons, while over 50 student-athletes were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. Her 2001 team was ranked No. 8 in the country in the WBCA Team Academic Poll, while her 1999 team ranked No. 23. During her tenure at SLU, 10 of her student-athletes were named Arthur Ashe Scholar-Athlete Award winners.
Pizzotti also made coaching stops at Indiana University as an assistant coach from 1992-95. She was also an assistant at Northern Kentucky (1991-92) and her alma mater, Southeast Missouri State, from 1989-91.
She has served on numerous committees during her career, including: the iHoops Advisory Committee (2010), the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors (2009), secretary of the Executive Committee of the Kay Yow Foundation (2009), Conference USA Women's Basketball Issues Committee (2002-04), District V WBCA Coach of the Year Award Committee (2001, 2002), Chair of Conference USA Women's Basketball Coaches (2001, 2004), WBCA Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award Committee Member (1999, 2000), and the St. Louis Athletic Advisory Committee (1997-2000).
Pizzotti received both her bachelors and masters degrees from Southeast Missouri State. She finished her bachelors degree in mathematics and physical education in 1989 and completed her masters in secondary education/administration supervision in 1991.
While completing her undergraduate education, Pizzotti helped Southeast Missouri State to four consecutive MIAA Conference Championships and to the Division II NCAA Tournament. Pizzotti was a two-time captain, while winning the team's Most Inspirational Player Award. She also earned SEMO's Trombetta Award, which honors the graduating senior with the highest GPA.
A graduate of Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Ill., Pizzotti was inducted into her high school's inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
Assistant Coach Lisa Ryckbosch
Lisa Ryckbosch was named DePaul University women's assistant coach in September of 2017 and has been involved with Doug Bruno Basketball Camps since it's inception in 1980. Ryckbosch, who was on the Blue Demon staff from 1991-2002, is in her seventh season and returned to Lincoln Park after spending nine seasons at the University of Illinois-Chicago as the program's head women's basketball coach.View Lisa Ryckbosch's Bio ⟩
Ryckbosch moved from Chicago's South Side to the North Side and previously served as the program's liaison to members of the university community and Chicago's corporate community while also handling the program's relationships with professional basketball franchises in the United States and overseas.
Since returning to the Lincoln Park, DePaul has seen tremendous success on the court while under Ryckbosch's leadership, the Blue Demons have stepped up their community service efforts and have continued to thrive in the classroom.
Ryckbosch had coordinated many of DePaul’s community outreach efforts. She regularly visited Chicagoland grammar schools and spoke about the importance of leadership and teamwork, while also promoting the “DePaulball” brand. She coordinated DePaul’s efforts to host basketball clinics for grammar schools and was in charge of all DePaul’s basketball camps. Ryckbosch also spearheaded women’s basketball’s Christmas Toy Drive which benefits the students at the Saint Vincent de Paul Center. She coordinated the team's volunteer work at the Sheffield Garden Walk, Chicago Park District Fitness Fest and the Hoops in the Hood program.
Making academics a priority, the Blue Demons have become a mainstay in the WBCA Team Academic Poll. The Blue Demons broke into the top 10 in the poll in 2011 and ranked as high as No. 2 in 2011 and 2012. DePaul has recorded the highest team GPA among BIG EAST women's basketball programs in nine of the last 10 years.
As the person in charge of handling DePaul’s travel arrangements during the regular season, she also helped with the logistics of the Blue Demons Vincentian Heritage tour in 2014.
During her time with the Flames, Ryckbosch posted 128 wins and left UIC as the program's all-time winningest coach and the only head coach in the program's history to reach the 100-win plateau.
While on the South Side she helped the Flames to their first postseason appearance in the 2007 WNIT. Her 2006-07 team set a school record for wins with 19 which included a stretch of 11 straight.
At UIC, Ryckbosch tutored 25 All-Horizon League performers while she graduated 88 percent of her student-athletes that completed their eligibility. Ryckbosch also served as an assistant coach at UIC during the 1990-91 season.
Prior to taking the head coaching position at UIC, Ryckbosch served as the associate head coach at DePaul during the 2001-02 season and was an assistant coach from 1991-2001.
During Ryckbosch's first stint with the Blue Demons, she served as the recruiting coordinator and helped the program to eight postseason appearances, including five NCAA Tournaments and three Conference Championships. Ryckbosch helped sign the nation's eighth-ranked recruiting class in 1997, while DePaul's 2001 class ranked 19th in the country.
Prior to moving to the collegiate level, Ryckbosch taught mathematics at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills and also served as the head varsity girl's basketball coach.
Ryckbosch played college basketball at Loyola-Chicago from 1980-84. She was a two-time co-captain and finished her career as the Ramblers' all-time leading scorer and was second in rebounding.
Upon graduation from Loyola, Ryckbosch went on to play professionally in Belgium for DBC Aalst Women's Basketball Club from 1984-87.
Ryckbosch's husband Bart is a native of Belgium and is the archivist at the Art Institute of Chicago. The pair has two children -- Peter and Steven.
Peter is a member of the Blue Demon men's basketball team and is a graduate student at DePaul. Steven graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown in 2011 and earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry at Stanford.
Assistant Coach Jasmine Lister
DePaul brought in a bright young talent to its women’s basketball staff with the addition of assistant coach Jasmine Lister in June of 2017. She was named a Washington assistant coach in July of 2016 after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant on coach Geno Auriemma's staff at Connecticut that helped lead the Huskies to back-to-back national titles.View Jasmine Lister's Bio ⟩
She finished her Master's Degree in Sports Management at UConn after helping the Huskies to their 10th and 11th NCAA titles. Lister competed collegiately at Vanderbilt from 2010-14 where she earned her BA degree in Women's and Gender Studies. She left Nashville as one of the most durable players in program history, starting every single game of her career (129) and shattering Vandy's record for minutes played (4,626).
Lister was named to one of the All-SEC teams each season she competed along with earning WBCA All-American Honorable Mention honors as a senior. While Lister was at Vanderbilt, the Commodores made the NCAA tournament each season and advanced to the second round twice.
Following her stellar career in Nashville, Lister spent the 2014 WNBA preseason in the Seattle Storm training camp before accepting the position on Auriemma's staff in Storrs. When the 2015 WNBA season started, the Los Angeles Sparks called and the talented guard saw action in seven games during that season.
Director of Corporate, Professional and Community Relations Candis Blankson
A veteran of the DePaul system, assistant coach Candis Blankson is entering her 17th year on the staff and her first beginning in the 2017-18 season as the Director of Corporate, Professional & Community Relations.View Candis Blankson's Bio ⟩
A true champion of the DePaul program, Blankson wore the Blue Demon uniform in over 100 games from 1997-01 before moving into a bench role prior to the 2001-02 campaign as an assistant coach.
Corresponding with the start of the 2011-12 season, Blankson was named one of the Top 25 High Major Women's College Basketball Assistants by Jason Belzer from CollegeInsider.com.
Twelve seasons ago, she added recruiting to her responsibilities in addition to working with the players and day-to-day operations of the DePaul women's basketball program.
The Blue Demons have put together 15 straight NCAA Tournament appearances – a streak only matched by Connecticut, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford and Tennessee. DePaul also advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2016.
Since Blankson joined the staff, the Blue Demons have won an impressive 374 games while putting together 20-win seasons 13 times. In the last 14 seasons, the Blue Demons have posted a winning percentage of .731 (341-125). DePaul won back-to-back BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles in 2014 and 2015 and regular-season titles in 2016 and 2017.
During Blankson's tenure on the bench, she has worked with more than 50 all-conference performers, including two BIG EAST Freshman of the Year award-winners, four Sixth Player of the Year award-winners, two BIG EAST Tournament MVPs and BIG EAST Player of the Year Brittany Hrynko (2015), Chanise Jenkins (2016) and Brooke Schulte (2017).
Making academics a priority, the Blue Demons have become a mainstay in the WBCA Team Academic Poll. The Blue Demons broke into the top 10 in the poll in 2011 and have ranked as high as No. 2 in 2011 and 2012. Last season DePaul ranked No. 14 in the WBCA Poll, while the program has recorded the highest GPA among BIG EAST women's basketball teams nine of the last 10 years.
Blankson played a big role in DePaul repeating as both the BIG EAST regular season and tournament champions. She helped mentor 2015 BIG EAST Player of the Year and 19th overall selection in the WNBA Draft Brittany Hrynko. Megan Podkowa was also named the 2015 BIG EAST Tournament MVP while six other players were named to a BIG EAST all-conference roster or to the league’s all-tournament team that year.
The Blue Demons brought nationwide acclaim to the sport of women's basketball in 2014 with a 104-100 triumph over Oklahoma in the 2014 NCAA tournament opener. It was the highest scoring regulation game in the history of the NCAA women's tournament.
Also during the 2013-14 season, DePaul (29-7) tied the school record for most wins in a season and set program records for games played (36), points (3,006), three-point baskets (314) and assists (705). The Blue Demons advanced to their third NCAA Sweet 16 after claiming their first BIG EAST regular-season and tournament titles.
As a student-athlete, Blankson etched her name in the DePaul record books during her four seasons. She finished her career ranked eighth all-time with 72 three-point field goals and 22nd with 104 games played. She registered 33 double-figure scoring games in her career, including 19 times as a senior.
In her senior season, the 5-9 guard was one of the most versatile players on the roster as she led the team with 28.3 minutes per game and 70 offensive rebounds, while her 85 assists were second on the squad. Blankson ranked in the top 25 in Conference USA in five different categories. She was 13th in assists and three-point field goal percentage, 14th in offensive rebounds, 15th in three-pointers made and 22nd in scoring.
As much as she excelled on the court, Blankson was just as good in the classroom. She was a three-time Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member and twice nominated as an Academic All-American. Her effort in the classroom helped DePaul to finish in the WBCA Academic Top 20 in two of her last three seasons.
The valedictorian at Hillcrest High School was a National Scholastic Coaches Association All-American Scholar Athlete. She was also named a Chicago Tribune Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a member of the National Honor Society. Basketball runs in the Blankson family as two of Candis' brothers played Division I college basketball. Ryan played at Loyola-Chicago while Odartey played at both Marquette and UNLV.
Blankson is a member of the WBCA and resides in Chicago.
Video Coordinator Bradley Bruno
Bradley Bruno begins his second season as the DePaul women’s basketball and Doug Bruno Basketball Camps' video coordinator in 2017-18.View Bradley Bruno's Bio ⟩
As a DePaul student, Bradley was a member of DePaul’s practice squad and helped the 2011 and 2014 teams to the NCAA Sweet 16. He graduated from DePaul in 2014 with a degree in sociology with a concentration in law, crime and criminology.
Assistant Camp Director Beth “Spider” Roti
Beth is a former DePaul stand out player and has been an integral part of Doug Bruno Basketball Camps for over 25 years. Beth formerly served as Head Coach of Kishwaukee Jr. College and was a multi-sport star athlete at Kaneland High School and DePaul University.View Beth “Spider” Roti's Bio ⟩
She earned a four-year basketball scholarship to DePaul University and, as a prolific shooter, helped lead the Lady Blue Demons to their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament back in 1990.
Fundamentals 1: June 14-17
Shooting 2: June 18-20
Fundamentals 3: June 21-24
Fundamentals 4: July 29-August 1
Fundamentals 5: August 2-5
Fundamentals 6: August 6-9
Check-in: First day between 8AM-9:30AM
Closing Ceremony: Last day from 6:30PM-7:15PM
Campers will reside two per room in the ResRec Center dorms on campus. This location is not able to accommodate triples. Roommate assignments are finalized the day prior to the first day of each camp session. If a camper has made a roommate request, it will be accommodated. You will be contacted in advance should we have any questions regarding roommate requests. If you have a roommate request and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. 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!
Linens: Not provided
Refundable Room Key Deposit: $50 check made payable to North Central College
Suggested Spending Money: $30-$50
ATTENDING CONSECUTIVE SESSIONS
Overnight campers attending two or more consecutive sessions have the option to stay the night between sessions at an additional fee of $25 per additional night stayover. This fee covers all meals, supervision, and lodging between sessions. If purchased, it is not required for parents/guardians to attend check-out of the first session or check-in for the second session.
We have a ratio of eight campers to one staff member during all phases of camp. Ours is a system of constant roll calling, so we always know each camper’s schedule. The Bruno Camp employs a Dorm Mom to supervise our dormitories when your daughter is not in the gym. Our Dorm Mom is on duty and accessible by phone from 2PM-midnight each day our camp is in session. Campers are supervised 100% of the time by Coach Bruno, our Dorm Mom, our coaches, and/or our support staff.
BRUNO CAMP NIGHT WITH THE CHICAGO SKY
Campers attending Session 3 and Session 6 will have the opportunity to attend a 2018 Chicago Sky Game. Bruno Camp and the Chicago Sky are teaming up again this summer for Bruno Camp Night with the Sky! Bruno Campers who attend will have the added bonus of going to a Chicago Sky game. The cost is $25 per camper and includes supervised round-trip bus transportation and game ticket. Parents will be able to sign their camper up for tickets on the first day of camp with a Sky representative. Parents are also able to purchase a ticket for themselves to meet their child at the game for $25. Campers and parents that purchase tickets will be seated in a special “Camp Bruno” section for the game with Bruno basketball coaches as chaperons. Transportation is provided. If you’d like to purchase tickets ahead of time and skip the line, contact Jordan Mendelson at 312-994-5963 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the special Bruno Night with the Sky, all Bruno Campers this year have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for all 2018 Sky home games! See former Bruno Camper Allie Quigley, Chicago native Cappie Pondexter, and newly acquired Stefanie Dolson as they look to bring a WNBA championship to Chicago. To take advantage of this offer, visit https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/sky/EN/promotion/home and use the exclusive promo code “BRUNOCAMP”.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
Extended Day Campers receive a full day of basketball instruction, lunch, dinner, competitive games, and optional swim time. Campers should arrive between 8AM-8:30AM each day. Camp concludes between 7:30PM-9:30PM (competitive games) , varying by age group.
A professional athletic trainer is on-site at all times during each week of camp. All medical needs, such as injury treatment, knee and ankle wrapping, will be addressed daily. Campers on medication should register their condition and medication with the trainers on the first day of camp. Should, however, a camper wish to self-administer her medication, she may do so providing this is the prerogative of the camper’s parents. In either case, it is imperative our trainers are aware of all medical conditions and medications.
To maximize learning, all campers are evaluated and placed within groups of similar ability, regardless of age. Throughout the camp week, campers may transition to another group level, should their talent dictate.
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cell phones and other portable electronic devices are not allowed at camp. Camp phones are available to all campers, if necessary, in the gym and in the dorms. The camp staff and dorm mom will have cell phones available for campers’ social use.
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.
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.
We offer the following discounts for Doug Bruno Girls Basketball Camps. If you have 5 or more campers, we can offer $10 off per camper. If you have 10 or more campers we can offer $20 off per camper. To redeem, one person from your group must call our office prior to registering to create a team offer code. Discounts will not be applied retroactively to any camper(s) that register before receiving a code.
Campers that enroll in two or more sessions at this location will receive $10 off the total price of camp tuition. Please call 1-800-645-3226 to redeem the discount.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:15 AM Wake up call
- 7:30 AM Breakfast
- 8:45 AM Campers assemble in gym
- 8:45 AM Coach Bruno meets players
- 9:00 AM Coach Bruno reviews: Ball handling, Stationary dribbling, Offensive moves, Cross overs, Cross over pull back, Between the legs, Jump stop behind the back, Wrap around behind the back, and Passing
- 9:45 AM All camp Cut Throat
- 10:15 AM Coach Bruno teaches: Offensive moves, Triple threat, Pop backs, Shot fake, Jab fake, Footwork, Jump stop, Pivot passing
- 11:45 AM Lunch
- 12:45 PM Coaches demonstration game
- 1:15 PM All camp cutthroat
- 1:45 PM Coach Bruno teaches:Defensive stance, Footwork, Rebounding
- 2:15 PM Afternoon session games
- 3:15 PM 1st College 5×5 game
- 3:40 PM 2nd College 5×5 game
- 4:05 PM 1st ABL 5×5 game
- 4:30 PM 2nd ABL 5×5 game
- 4:55 PM 1st WNBA 5×5 game
- 5:20 PM 2nd WNBA 5×5 game
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 5:45 PM Evening session games
- 6:00 PM 1st College 5×5 game
- 6:30 PM 2nd College 5×5 game
- 7:00-9:00 PM Optional Swimming
- 7:00 PM College/ABL 3×3 Cut Throat
- 7:25 PM 1st ABL 5×5 game
- 7:55 PM 2nd ABL 5×5 game
- 8:25 PM 1st WNBA 5×5 game
- 8:55 PM 2nd WNBA 5×5 game
- 9:25 PM WNBA 3×3 Cut Throat
- 10:30 PM Bed Check/Lights Out
Located east of Merner Field House, the Res/Rec Center houses the dorms and gym facility. The Al B. Carius facility in the Res/Rec Center will be utilized for daily basketball instruction. Named for legendary North Central head men's cross country and track and field coach Al Carius, this state-of-the-art competition venue features a six-lane, 200-meter track, three pole vault runways and two long/triple jump pits as part of a 100,000-square-foot recreation facility which also includes an elevated walking track, four multipurpose athletic courts, locker and athletic training facilities and a fitness center.
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Extremely thoughtful feedback from incredible coaches
June 19, 2018: Hi Coach Janee! This is Alayna from this past basketball camp that I attended. I want to thank you so much for putting the time and effort into being one of the coaches this past week. I just read your notes that you wrote on my feedback paper and the comments you wrote were really thoughtful and comments that I won't forget. I loved having you as one of my coaches these past couple of days. Thank you again!
August 13, 2017: My favorite part was getting to play cutthroat and 5 vs. 5. Also, the food was really good and I got to meet many new people. The camp was an excellent experience and helped me improve on my skills. Thank you!
— Amelia Y. Camper
Everyone was kind and helpful.
August 8, 2017: I love the enthusiasm and energy of everyone at the camp. Everyone was kind and helpful while professional and made the experience wonderful for the girls.
— Beth C. Parent
Coaches were excellent!
August 8, 2017: As parents, we met BJ who was one of my daughter's coaches. We met several of the other coaches when we would come visit each evening. These women loved being at this camp and they were so fun to talk to. They were encouraging and shared personal experiences with us and our daughter. What a fantastic experience! Thank you!
— Jacqueline G. Parent
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