Nike Boys Basketball Camp Howard University
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Join Division I Head Coach Kenneth Blakeney in summer 2023 at the Nike Boys Basketball Camp at Howard University in Washington, DC. Offering day and overnight options, this boys-only camp is geared towards players of all abilities and is the perfect place to improve your skills, recieve collegiate training, and have serious fun!
The Complete Skills Camp helps players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills, and enhance their skill set at the post, wing, or guard position.
The Elite Camp focuses on giving campers an exposure opportunity for those interested in an elite academic and athletic collegiate experience. Geared for boys, ages 14-19, in high school/prep school.
- Fundamental instruction, individual development, and team play
- Off-court discussions and activities to enhance on-court game
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other awesome prizes!
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Camp Director Kenneth Blakeney
On May 6, 2019, Howard University Director of Athletics Kery Davis announced the hiring of Kenneth Blakeney as its men's basketball head coach.View Kenneth's Bio ⟩
In his third season, Blakeney led the Bison to their first winning season since 2001 (16-13). Along the way, four Bison earned postseason honors: Elijah Hawkins (MEAC Rookie of the Year); Kyle Foster (All-MEAC First Team); Steve Settle (All-MEAC Second Team) and Randall Brumant (All-MEAC Third Team).
Entering his second season, Blakeney signed highly talented Makur Maker, who became the first 5-star recruit to commit to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) since ESPN started ranking prospects in 2007.
In his first season at the helm, Blakeney coached Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Time Leading Scorer Charles Williams where he earned All-MEAC honors. He also witnessed Wayne Bristol, Jr. winning 2019-20 MEAC Rookie of the Year.
Blakeney brings a wealth of experience and a winning pedigree to the program. He has coached at seven Division I universities over a 12-year span. He has been associated with winning as a player, coach and business entrepreneur.
Raised in Washington, D.C., Blakeney played for Hall of Fame Coach Morgan Wooten, the winningest high school coach in history. Following his stellar scholastic career, Blakeney headed to Durham, N.C., to play for the Duke Blue Devils under the direction of Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski. During his Duke career, the Blue Devils compiled a record of 99-34 which included winning two national championships.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in history from Duke, Blakeney secured his first coaching position as the assistant men’s basketball coach at James Madison under Hall of Fame Coach Lefty Driesell.
Blakeney later moved on to the men’s basketball staff at LaSalle University where he recruited and developed Rasual Butler, a 2002 NBA draft pick for the Miami Heat.
Blakeney then moved on to the University of Delaware where he served as the Head Assistant under now current Notre Dame coach Mike Brey. During his time in Delaware, Blakeney conducted coaching clinics and lectured in Senegal and Turkey as part of NBA educational efforts.
He also assisted in the recruitment of three nationally ranked recruiting classes from 2003-06 at Delaware.
Blakeney lectured in the physical education department, coordinated community relations events and initiated a marketing campaign called the “6MAN”.
After one-year stints at St. Bonaventure and Marshall, Blakeney went on to have a successful career at Harvard University. Working under Head Coach and former Duke standout Tommy Amaker, he assisted in capturing the program’s first Ivy League Title and NCAA Tournament berth since 1946. Blakeney also helped recruit two back to back Top 50 recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009, with the 2008 class being named to the ESPN Top 25. He also discovered and developed 10-year NBA veteran Jeremy Lin.
In 2018, he returned to the sidelines and the Ivy League at Columbia University.
Associate Head Coach Rod Balanis
In 2021, Rod Balanis joined the Howard University men's basketball team as Associate Head Coach after 20 years with the University of Notre Dame men's basketball program.View Rod's Bio ⟩
Before joining the Bison, Balanis became the coordinator of basketball operations in July 2000 for Notre Dame and was one of Mike Brey’s first hires when he became the Irish head coach. Following three seasons in that position, Balanis was promoted to assistant coach in May 2003 and has moved to associate head coach for the 2016-17 season.
Balanis’ expertise and flexibility has allowed him to work with both the Irish frontline players and guards during his 17 full seasons at Notre Dame. Similar to Brey, Balanis has ties to the Atlantic Coast Conference, having played at Georgia Tech under legendary coach Bobby Cremins in the early 1990s.
Balanis has played an integral role in Notre Dame’s success, both on the court and on the recruiting trail. Since the 2000-01 campaign, Irish teams have earned NCAA Championship berths in 12 seasons, including the 2014-15 squad that finished the season with a 32-6 record (second-most wins in school history) after advancing to the program’s first NCAA Elite Eight appearance since 1979.
The Irish followed up the 2014-15 season with another memorable trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2015- 16, knocking off Michigan, Stephen F. Austin and Wisconsin while advancing to the NCAA East Regional Final. Along the way, the 2016-17 team earned the program’s first victory over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, knocked off top-ranked and eventual national runner-up North Carolina in Purcell Pavilion and advanced to the ACC Championship semifinals.
Over the past two seasons, the Fighting Irish have posted a program-best 82 overall wins and seven wins in the NCAA tournament. Since Balanis’ arrival, Notre Dame teams have compiled a 382-187 (.671) mark overall. While a member of the BIG EAST Conference, Irish teams compiled a 136-84 (.618) record in regular-season play, finished in the top five of the conference regular-season standings on eight occasions and earned 10 or more wins during the regular season nine times. From 2006-13, Notre Dame recorded a school-record seven consecutive 20-win seasons and made the NCAA Championship six times.
Balanis helped bring the first conference tournament title to the program in 2015 by way of victories over Miami (Fla.), Duke and North Carolina. He also played a part in a regular-season championship in Brey’s inaugural season as the Irish won the 2001 BIG EAST West Division title.
Balanis helped mentor former Irish guards Kyle McAlarney (’09) and Tory Jackson (’10). McAlarney finished his Notre Dame career as one of the program’s top three-point shooters and set the school’s single-season mark with 124 three-pointers in 2008-09. Jackson finished as the BIG EAST assist leader in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, and was named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team in 2007.
Balanis has been instrumental in the development of Notre Dame’s post play as well. He worked extensively with former All-American and 2008 BIG EAST Player of the Year Luke Harangody and played a big part during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 campaigns in the maturation of forward Jack Cooley. As a junior, Cooley was a second-team all-BIG EAST selection and was honored as the league’s most improved player as he led the Irish in both scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.9). In his senior season, Cooley was a first team all-BIG EAST selection and was the only player in the league to average double figures in both scoring (12.4) and rebounding (10.1) during the conference regular season.
Balanis has played a key role in Notre Dame’s recruiting efforts as well. He served as the primary contact in the recruitment of former Irish stand outs Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton. Grant earned first team consensus All-America honors, a unanimous first team all-ACC honoree and copped MVP honors at the ACC Championship, while Connaughton was a third team all-league selection and garnered NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament team honors.
Both Grant and Connaughton were drafted 19th and 41st overall in the 2015 National Basketball Association Draft. The occasion marked the first time since 1992 that Notre Dame had two players selected in the same draft. Grant is a current member of the Capital City Go-Go, while Connaughton is on the Milwaukee Bucks roster.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame at the start of the 2000-01 campaign, he spent four years as an assistant coach at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.
In his first season at Colgate, Balanis had the opportunity to coach and work with Adonal Foyle, a seven- year member of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Foyle, the eighth overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, finished his career as the NCAA’s career shot-blocking leader.
Balanis played at Georgia Tech for Bobby Cremins from 1990-94, enrolling at the Atlanta, Georgia, school in the fall of 1989. He was part of teams that made four trips to the NCAA Championship and appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) once. The Ramblin’ Wreck reached the Sweet 16 twice in that five-year span and earned a berth in the 1990 Final Four held that year in Denver, Colo.
A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, Balanis excelled in the classroom while at Georgia Tech, earning Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll recognition. The Boy Scouts of America also honored him for his outstanding character and citizenship when he was named “Peach of an Athlete” in 1993.
Following his graduation, Balanis went to Greece, where he played professionally for Aris Thessoliniki of the Greek First Division during the 1994-95 season.
He graduated from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., in 1988 after an outstanding prep career playing for legendary coach Morgan Wootten. Brey served as an assistant at DeMatha at the time Balanis was attending the school. Balanis helped the Stags to an 84-16 record and nine tournament titles during the course of his four seasons. He also set the school’s single-game assist mark when he had 14 in one game.
Balanis hails from a family with coaching roots at the collegiate level as his father, George, served as the head basketball coach at William & Mary from 1974-77.
Balanis graduated with honors from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in management. He and his wife, the former Liz Barker, were married in August 2002. She was a former standout tennis player at Wake Forest and served as the assistant women’s tennis coach at Notre Dame for six seasons. The couple has three sons, Andrew, Lukas and Theodore.
Assistant Coach Tyler Thornton
In 2019, Tyler Thornton joined the Howard University men’s basketball program as an assistant coach under Kenneth Blakeney.View Tyler's Bio ⟩
During his second season, Thornton coached highly talented Makur Maker, who became the first 5-star recruit to commit to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) since ESPN started ranking prospects in 2007.
In his first season, he coached Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Time Leading Scorer Charles Williams where he earned All-MEAC honors. He also witnessed Wayne Bristol, Jr. winning 2019-20 MEAC Rookie of the Year.
Before his arrival at Howard, Thornton served as a graduate manager for the Marquette University men’s basketball team for two season (2014-16).
In 2014, Thornton graduated from Duke University. At Duke, Thornton played an instrumental role in the team's Elite Eight trip in 2012-13 and its 26-9 overall record during the 2013-14 season. During the Elite Eight run in 2013, Thornton shot an impressive .392 (31-79) from beyond the arc and added 79 assists, which was good for second on the team. He was named a team captain for the 2013-14 campaign and started 25 of the team's 35 outings.
In 2012-13, Thornton was one of 10 finalists for the Sports Illustrated College Athlete of the Year, which celebrates student-athletes who demonstrate excellent performance on the field and in the classroom, as well as sportsmanship and commitment to the community.
In high school, Thornton became Gonzaga College High School's all-time career wins leader by leading them to four-straight seasons of at least 20 wins. He was also honored as the Washington D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year in 2010 and was named team MYP twice during his high school career.
Assistant Coach Steven Ongley
On June 9, 2021, Howard University men’s basketball program welcomed Steve Ongley to the Bison Family. Ongley came to HU after serving the past two seasons at Dartmouth.View Steven's Bio ⟩
At Dartmouth, Ongley was instrumental in the development of forward Chris Knight, who earn All-Ivy Second Team after averaging 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds during his junior campaign. Before Dartmouth, Ongley and Blakeney were members of the 2018-19 Columbia Lions coaching staff under Jim Engles. In his one year there, Ongley coached the forwards and centers and played a role in the progress of Patrick Tapé, whose scoring average increased from 4.4 to 11.3 points per game while ranking third in the conference in field goal percentage (.667).
Ongley arrived at Columbia after a four-year stint as an assistant at his alma mater, Colby College in Waterville, Maine. His duties included recruiting coordinator, scheduling coordinator, team travel coordinator, player development for practices, film breakdown, scouting reports and statistical analysis.
Between his stints at Colby and Columbia, Ongley served as the video coordinator at Boston University and coached at Daniel Hand H.S. in Madison, Conn. (2007-14).
“I'm beyond excited to reunite with Coach Blakeney at Howard,” Ongley stated. “The rich tradition of the University speaks for itself. I look forward to helping Coach Blakeney, the staff, and the student-athletes in continuing to build a strong program.”
Ongley graduated from Southern Connecticut State with a history degree and is currently pursuing masters of education from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine.
Chief Program Strategist Daniel Marks
In 2022, Howard University men's basketball head coach Kenneth Blakeney named Daniel G. Marks as the program's first-ever Chief Program Strategist.View Daniel's Bio ⟩
In his role at Howard, Marks will focus on growth in all areas of the program, including basketball operations, community/alumni engagement, NIL issues and long-range development. This hire, and the creation of this position, is an important step in helping Howard stay forward thinking as new trends in college athletics continue to emerge.
Before Howard, Marks spent nine seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. With the Bucks, Marks served as manager of prospect information, preparing collegiate scouting responsibilities for the general manager and assistant general manager, along with his own regional scouting at the NBA, G-League and NCAA levels.
As part of the Bucks' front office that took the team from 15 wins in 2013-14 to the 2021 NBA Championship, Marks was involved with all areas of the Bucks basketball operations department, not just scouting but also salary cap analysis, intel gathering, draft prep and G League operations.
Before his arrival in Milwaukee, Marks came to the Bucks from Vanderbilt University, where he was varsity basketball manager for four years (2009-13). During that time, the team enjoyed unparalleled success: three consecutive NCAA appearances (2009-2012) for first time in school history; first SEC Tournament Championship (2012) since 1951 and three players selected in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Beyond his work in basketball, Marks founded Scouting and Scavenging (S+S) in early 2020, to encourage sports professionals – now from over 120 programs, pro to prep – to collect unused hotel toiletries from their travels for under-served communities. Featured in many media outlets, S+S has donated over 2,500 pounds of supplies, mostly via its partnership with the Newark (NJ) Food Relief Program, run by Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka (Howard '94) and Chief of Staff Amiri "Middy" Baraka Jr. (Howard '95).
Complete Skills Day Camp I (Ages 6-18): June 26-30
Complete Skills Day Camp II (Ages 6-14): July 10-14
Complete Skills Day Camp III (Ages 6-14): July 17-21
Elite Overnight or Day Camp (Ages 14-19): July 31-August 1
Complete Skills Day Camps I, II & III:
Check-in: Monday at 8:30AM
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 3:30PM
Meals: Lunch is not included, please bring a packed lunch. A concession stand will be open for lunch purchases.
Daily Hours: MON-FRI 9AM-4PM
*Before and after care is available for Complete Skills Day Camps I, II & III. See below for more details.
Elite Day Camp (July 31-August 1):
Check-in: Monday from 8:00AM-10:00AM
Closing Ceremony: Tuesday at 5:30PM. Check-out to follow immediately after.
Meals: Lunch and dinner will be provided for all campers on Monday. Lunch is provided for day campers on Tuesday.
Daily Hours: MON 8AM-10PM TUES 8AM-6PM
*The Elite Camp is geared for boys, ages 14-19, in high school/prep school.
Check-in: Monday from 8:00AM-10:00AM
Closing Ceremony: Tuesday at 5:30PM. Check-out to follow immediately after.
Meals: Lunch and dinner are provided for all campers on Monday. Breakfast and lunch are provided for overnight campers on Tuesday.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers will reside in dorms on campus and stay two per room. 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.
Linens: Not included. Bring linens or a sleeping bag, and a pillowcase
Room Key Deposit: TBA
Suggested Spending Money: $35
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.
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
● Athletic, on-court clothing
● Athletic shoes
● Water bottle
● Packed lunch and snacks
● Small gym bag/backpack
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS ONLY:
● Athletic clothing mentioned above
● Comfortable off-court clothing
● Flip flops
● Personal items & medications
● Washcloth and bath towel
● Fan (optional)
● Pillow, pillowcase, bed sheets, comforter, or sleeping bag
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.
Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
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.
NIKE BASKETBALL CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our basketball camps, please see our FAQ page.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00AM Campers Arrive
- 9:00AM Warm up / Stretch / Half Court Drills
- 9:30AM Drill Stations
- 10:15AM 3 on 3
- 11:00AM Full Court Games
- 11:30AM Lunch
- 12:30PM Free Throws / Two Ball / 1 on 1
- 1:15PM Offense Team Drills
- 1:45 PM Defense Team Drills
- 2:15PM 3 on 3
- 2:30 PM Full Court Games
- 3:00PM Campers Depart
Camp will be held in the Burr Gymnasium, also referred to as "The Fishbowl." The Burr Gymnasium is home to the Bison men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams.
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.