Nike Boys Basketball Camp UC Santa Cruz
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Improve your skills, make new friends, and experience what it's like living on a college campus at one of California's best overnight basketball camps for boys. Work with UCSC Men's Basketball staff and players who are here to motivate, inspire and help you reach your basketball goals.
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 Kyle Bossier
Kyle Bossier, former assistant coach at NCAA Division III UC Santa Cruz, enters his fifth summer directing the Nike Boys Basketball Camp at UC Santa Cruz. Bossier now enters his second season at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO as lead assistant coach.View Kyle's Bio ⟩
Kyle Bossier began working at Colorado Mesa in June of 2018 and will rejoin head coach Mike DeGeorge as his top assistant after working with him seven years prior at Rhodes College. Bossier will be in charge of recruiting and be active in all aspects of the program including scouting, player development and planning practices.
Kyle came to Colorado Mesa University from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. While with the Wildcats, Coach Bossier was the lead assistant, helping the team to a Northwest Conference tournament berth and a 16-win season.
In the 2016-17 season, Coach Bossier was a graduate student-manager and video coordinator at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Ca. While with the Gaels, Bossier earned a Master's Degree in Kinesiology and was a part of a program that set a school record for wins while reaching the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.
From 2012-16, Bossier was an assistant coach at NCAA Division III UC Santa Cruz. While with the Banana Slugs, Bossier coordinated recruiting, scouting, player development, fundraising and strength and conditioning. During his time there, the program twice set school records for Division III wins in a season.
Bossier began his coaching career at NCAA DIII Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. After volunteering his first year as a video coordinator on Head Coach Mike DeGeorge’s staff, he was promoted the next season to varsity assistant coach, and head junior-varsity coach. During his two years, the Lynx achieved the greatest turnaround in program history, improving their win total from seven to eighteen.
On a part-time basis, Coach Bossier has worked as a Scout for the San Antonio Spurs, Director of Nike Summer Basketball Camps, Owner of Slug Hoops Youth Basketball Training, Instructor of Physical Education, and Head Coach of Top Flight Elite U16 AAU and 15U Hoop Salem High Academic.
Kyle played basketball at Santa Rosa High School before attending Santa Rosa Junior College and Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Kyle earned a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies, emphasis in Kinesiology, Leadership and Business Management.
Director of Camp Operations Ron DuBois
Ron DuBois enters his 7th season as UCSC Men's Head Coach. 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 as a FIBA certified coach. As Director of Camp Operations, DuBois oversees general camp operations as Kyle Bossier takes over daily on-site duties and instruction as camp director.View Ron'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.
Session I: July 21-25
Session II: July 28-August 1
All Campers Check-in: Sunday at 12PM
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 10:30AM. Check-out following at 11AM.
Housing & Roommates
Overnight campers will reside in the Oakes College Dorms (tentative) on campus and are assigned by age and roommate
requests. 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
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
- 7:30 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
- 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
Teamwork, Attitude and Leadership!
August 03, 2018: My son loved the continuous reinforcement of intangible skills such as teamwork, attitude and leadership.
— Ken O. Parent
He Loved Every Minute Of It!
July 30, 2018: He loved every minute of it. He loved playing basketball for 8 hours every day, loved sleeping in the dorms, loved eating at the cafeteria and loved being with friends.
— Jenny O. Parent
Loved the Full Time Daily Basketball Activities
July 27, 2018: My camper loved the full time daily basketball activities, networking, making new friends, the food and the dorm room experience!
— Steve W. Parent
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!