Nike Boys Basketball Camp UC Santa Cruz
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Head Men's Coach Ron DuBois brings an abundance of professional basketball knowledge to camp, with past NBA and FIBA coaching experience. Players can work on improving their fundamental, positional and team play skills at the beautiful Santa Cruz campus with the UCSC Men's Basketball staff and players.
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.
- Daily emphasis on fundamental skill development, team play and more
- Discussions on basketball situational play, including game management and up-tempo play
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Ron DuBois
In just 5 seasons Ron DuBois has guided the ship that is UCSC basketball and set it on a course toward long-term prosperity. A highly acclaimed tactician amongst his peers, DuBois owns the unique distinction of being one of only four current NCAA coaches that has experience coaching in the NBA and is a FIBA certified coach (John Calipari, Kelvin Sampson and Eric Musselman).View Ron DuBois's Bio ⟩
On September 1st, 2012, in the 31st year of the program history, DuBois was named the 9th head men’s basketball coach at UCSC. In a short time the Lodi, CA native has made himself at home. For the previous 3 consecutive seasons the Slugs have recorded double figure win totals and are experiencing the most successful stretch in school history. The 2014-15 season was one for the record books as the Slugs recorded the most Division III wins in a season, had the longest win streak in school history and seniors James Townsend and Marshal Arnwine Jr. were respectively named UCSC Male Athlete of the year and Most Inspirational Athlete of the year.
DuBois possess elite experience at the highest of levels of basketball. Having worked and coached in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns (2001-03) and Memphis Grizzlies (2007-09). While being one of the youngest assistant coaches in the NBA DuBois mentored under some of the top coaching minds in the world. DuBois was tasked with player development and worked with numerous NBA Stars such as Marc Gasol, Kyle Lowry, Joe Johnson, Mike Miller, Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, Shawn Marion, Pau Gasol, Amare Stoudamire, Damon Stoudamire and Stephon Marbury to name a few. DuBois has also coached FIBA recognized teams in the top professional leagues of France, Mexico, and a CARICOM (Caribbean Community) region National Team.
A distinguished player himself, DuBois earned a scholarship at Arizona State University. As a point guard in one of the strongest conferences in the country, he was named a team captain his senior year and earned all-academic Pac 10 honors in 1999. At Arizona State, DuBois majored in Education and received his B.A. in 1999 and M.A. in 2001.
Ron's wife, Rebecca, is a faculty member in UCSC's Biomolecular Engineering Department. They live in Santa Cruz with their two sons Louis and Dominic.
Assistant Coach Kyle Bossier
Kyle Bossier enters his fourth season with UC Santa Cruz as well as his sixth season at the NCAA DIII level. Coach Bossier plays a vital role in all aspects of the Slug Basketball program from recruiting and player development to strength and conditioning and opponent scouting.View Kyle Bossier's Bio ⟩
Over the course of 4 seasons, Bossier has recruited and signed 17 student-athletes while following a recruiting workflow involving scouting potential players, building rapport through weekly phone calls and coordination of formal campus visits.
Respected for his knowledge of the X and O's, Coach Bossier has scouted and prepared reports for100+ opponents, involving film analysis of opponent strategies and personnel, creation of printable scouting reports for players to study and implementation of strategies on the court and in the film room. In addition to his scouting for the Banana Slugs, Coach Bossier has worked part-time for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, scouting opponents in the Sacramento and Oakland arenas.
Instrumental in the development of student-athletes, Coach Bossier has worked with 27 unique and diverse UC Santa Cruz student-athletes on the court and in the classroom, including individual instruction for both bigs and guards on the court and in the film room, as well as assistance with study habits and time management. Additionally, Coach Bossier has interned in Jeremy Rossetti's Green Room Training working with professional players in the NBA, FIBA and NCAA Division 1.
As the lead for the Slug Basketball Strength and Conditioning program, Coach Bossier plans and implements team athletic testing, weight lifting sessions, conditioning, nutrition and overall wellness. Noted for his unique strength and conditioning training style developed while working closely with mentors Robert Terrance and Gary Marinovich, Coach Bossier places a premium on training the Central Nervous System to maximize athletic potential.
In the off-seasons, Coach Bossier has annually directed the Nike Basketball Camp held on UC Santa Cruz campus in addition to traveling to work summer camps for Stanford University and the Golden State Warriors among others.
After playing Varsity Basketball at Santa Rosa High school, Kyle quickly learned that he made a better coach than player, opting to attend LSU to study Kinisiology, Psychology and Leadership rather than play at the next level.
Kyle is an avid reader, learner and sports fanatic. While residing in Santa Cruz, he can be found surfing, watching Bay Area sports or reading.
Session I: July 22-26
Session II: July 29-August 2
All Campers Check-in: Sunday at 12PM at Rachel Carson College
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 10:30AM. Check-out following at 11AM.
Housing & Roommates
Overnight campers will reside in the Rachel Carson College Dorms on campus and stay 2-4 per room, assigned by age and roommate
requests. *Quads are limited and cannot be guaranteed. 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!
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: Not all dorms are air-conditioned.
Room Key Deposit: $75 check
Meal Card: $10 check
Suggested Spending Money: $50
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.
Extended Day Campers
On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.
♦ Extended Day Campers stay until 9PM.
♦ Dinner is provided.
♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-9PM.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.
♦ Extended Day Camper Hours are 9AM-11AM.
♦ Lunch is not provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.
Daily Schedule: SUN 12PM-9PM MON-WED 9AM-9PM THURS 9AM-11AM
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! Check-out immediately following.
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.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00 AM Wake-up, shower
- 7:45 AM Breakfast (Overnight campers only)
- 9:00 AM Extended Day Campers arrive; stretching and conditioning
- 9:15 AM Instructional stations
- 10:30 AM Lecture
- 11:00 AM Full-court games
- 12:00 PM Lunch, Half-Day Campers Depart
- 1:00 PM Team practice
- 2:00 PM Full-court games
- 3:00 PM Drills, stations
- 4:00 PM Skill contests
- 5:00 PM Free time
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM Back to gym, league games
- 9:00 PM Extended Day Campers depart
- 10:00 PM Overnight Campers to rooms; Lights Out
Just 27 miles south of San Jose and 65 miles south of San Francisco, resting on a 2,000-acre redwood forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean, U.C. Santa Cruz is a magnificent setting for camp. Campers will practice and play in the West Field House Gym, the home facility of the U.C. Santa Cruz Slugs. The west gym features a hardwood basketball court (94' x 50') with 6 adjustable hoops and court lining. Bleacher seating for up to 350 people.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
My son loved the camp!
August 10, 2017: My son loved the camp! He really enjoyed the skills, Couches, accommodations, food, friendships & overnight stay in the dorms experience. He wished it was for a longer time, Like 2 weeks.
— Michael R. Parent
I wouold definietlly recommend this camp!
July 31, 2017: I Learned basketball tips to use when trying out for high school basketball. I wouold definietlly recommend this camp!
— Ethan W. Camper
The whole thing was fun
July 31, 2017: Eli enjoyed the coaching staff and gained a lot of confidence from them.
— Eli S. Parent
I learned something new every day.
July 29, 2016: Excellent camp! Great staff, coaches, kids, and facilities. I love the game of basketball and being able to add new learning to my knowledge of the game is the best thing. I learned something new every day that I can utilize on the court and out in the real world.
— Ben F. Camper
Great coaches, one on one support and coaching.
August 1, 2016: Great experience. Our son said that he was given great ideas for improving his game and was able to practice a lot during the week and get very good instruction and coaching. I appreciated the safe atmosphere. I really liked the positive and helpful staff when I dropped off and picked up my son. He was very very happy during the week and learned a lot from the coaches. He also enjoyed all the boys at the camp. The location is great, coaches were fantastic with one on one advice and encouragement.
— Sara B. Parent
My son has improved his game.
August 1, 2016: My son says that he definitely learned new skills and improved his game.
My son had a great time.
August 1, 2016: My son had a great time at this Nike camp. As a parent, I sat through the final ceremony and I thought Coach James gave a great speach at the end. He impressed me a lot. Unfortunately, he will be too old to attend camp next summer.
— David D. Parent
My son's first overnight camp.
August 7, 2016: This was my son's first overnight camp. There was a good balance of training and mingling. I really appreciated the small group training and the fact that the facilities are close to each other which makes it an easy commute for the kids. My one suggestion would be to add yoga or more stretching sessions.
— Jennifer C. Parent
The best camp ever!
The best camp ever! I have learned a number of new moves and skills to practice by myself at home. Looking forward to another great summer next year. Wish to see all my teammates again at UCSC in 11months.
— Ethan W. Camper
My son said "I am having the time of my life!"
100% happy with the staff and coordinators Kyle and Ron top notch! Kyle and his staff were very helpful with any questions and things that I or my son needed helped with during the stay at camp. I texted my son and asked him if he is having fun: My son said "I am having the time of my life!"
— Gina M. Parent
Very organized and well ran camp.
Your kid will love this camp and he will be two levels above where he started. Great coaches and friendly kids. Very organized and well ran camp-- great food choices. WE are coming back next year!!
— Zarina K. Parent
An experience you need.
The camp was outstanding and overall an experience you need to take your game to the next level.
— Adrian C. Camper
You'll have a great time.
The camp worked us hard, but if you put in the work and genuinely enjoy basketball, you'll have a great time, just like I did. I made new friends, but most of all learned new basketball skills and toned them. I'm coming back next year.
I am a better player now.
The camp helped me learn a lot about the game and what I have to do to reach my goals. I am not only a better player now but I feel I could go further because of this camp.
My basketball game has improved tremendously.
I really loved the Nike camp. I made friends, had lots of fun, and learned so much. My high school coach tells me that my game has improved tremendously. Thank you all so much.
This camp was the best one so far.
Compared to the other basketball camps I’ve been to, this one was the best so far. I like the camp this year even better than last year.
Coaches and counselors were incredibly motivating.
The counselors and coaches were incredibly motivating. My son would practice outside until dark after a full day of camp. We will definitely sign up again next year!