Nike Boys Basketball Camp Nebraska Wesleyan University
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Improve your basketball skills and IQ this summer in Lincoln, Nebraska! Work exclusing with NWU Head Men's Coach Dale Wellman, his staff and players for an exciting week of collegiate-style training in a fun and encouraging environment.
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.
- Practice on the stunning home courts of Snyder Arena
- Collegiate-style skill development drills for players of all abilities
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Dale Wellman
Dale Wellman, the 2018 NABC/NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, enters his fifth season as head men’s basketball coach at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2018-19. He led the Prairie Wolves to the program’s first ever national championship in 2018 as NWU finished the season with a school record 30 victories and only three losses.View Dale's Bio ⟩
Wellman received National Coach of the Year honors from three different organizations for the 2017-18 season. He was also the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year for a second straight season and received West Region Coach of the Year honors. In each of his four seasons Wellman has received coach-of-the-year recognition.
Coach Wellman has led NWU to an 83-32 (.721) in his four years with the Prairie Wolves. All four seasons his teams have finished in the top four in the league, including two Iowa Conference regular season titles, an IIAC Tournament title and a runner-up finish in the GPAC. NWU was 1st in 2017 and 2ndin 2016 despite being picked to finish 8th in 2017 and 7th in 2017 in the preseason polls.
Of the 115 games that Wellman has coached, NWU has scored over 100 points 41 times. He coached Trey Bardsley to become a 1st-Team NAIA All-American in 2015-16 and earn the Jostens award for the top NCAA III player. He is currently playing for the Washington Generals competing against the Harlem Globetrotters.
In 2017-18, Wellman coached Ryan Garver to earn NCAA III honorable mention All-American honors and Cooper Cook was named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for men’s basketball and all of NCAA Division III.
Under his guidance in 2015-16, the Prairie Wolves earned a trip to the NAIA II National Tournament finishing with a record of 22-8. The team finished ranked No. 16 in the NAIA II Coaches Poll after getting to the postseason for the first time since 2001.
His team led the country in scoring for the second straight season at 96.3 points per game and averaged 14.2 made 3-pointerr per game which also was tops in the country. He was named the Association of Division III Independents Coach of the Year for the second straight season and was selected as the Nebraska State Colleges Men’s Coach of the Year.
Wellman has led NWU to a 35-21 overall record in his two years with the Prairie Wolves. His Prairie Wolves finished 2nd in the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular season then led the team to the GPAC Postseason Tournament Championship game one year ago after being picked to finish seventh in the league.
In his first season at NWU, Wellman brought his high scoring offense to the Prairie Wolves program. Nebraska Wesleyan led all of NAIA Division II in scoring at 92.5 points per game, going over 100 points in 10 of 26 games. Picked to finish last in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Wellman guided NWU to a 13-13 overall record and a 10-10 mark in the GPAC to finish fifth in the league standings. NWU made the GPAC Postseason Tournament as the No. 5 seed after winning 11 of their final 15 regular season games.
Of the 56 games that Wellman has coached, NWU has went over 100 points 24 times. Last season’s team shattered the school record for single season points and 3-pointers.
He coached Trey Bardsley to become an NAIA II 1st-Team All-American in 2015-16 and earn the Jostens Award for the top NCAA III player. Bardsley earned All-America status in both seasons under Wellman and set five school records as a senior.
Wellman came to NWU after spending six seasons as the head coach at Alfred University, a NCAA III Institution located in Alfred, N.Y. He was named the Empire 8 Conference Coach-of-the-Year in 2013-14 leading his team to an 18-9 overall record.
In 2013-14, Alfred ranked third among all NCAA III teams in points per game at 97.6 points per contest, reaching the 100-point mark in 13 of 27 games. They also ranked fourth in the country in steals, while leading all of Division III in total rebounds and offensive rebounds per game. In total, Alfred finished in the top 10 nationally in 10 different statistical categories while playing an average of 15 players per game.
While at Alfred, Wellman inherited a program that had just completed a 2-23 season before his arrival then turned the program around leading the Saxons to postseason tournament bids in two of the past three years. His team showed a six-game improvement in his first season followed with a three-game hike in year two. In 2011-12 he led Alfred to the postseason for the first time in 11 years, competing in the ECAC Upstate Tournament.
Before his stint at Alfred, Wellman spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Williams College in Massachusetts under current George Mason head coach and two-time NABC Division III Coach-of-the-Year winner, Dave Paulsen. In his two seasons, Williams won the Conference Championship in 2007 and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
His collegiate coaching career began in 2002 when he was an assistant coach at Kenyon (Ohio) College. A year later he was appointed assistant coach at Union College in New York. He then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Eastern Kentucky University where he helped EKU set a school record for wins and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Wellman is a 1999 graduate of The University of The South in Sewanee, Tennessee where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He played four seasons for the Tigers, participating twice in the NCAA Division III National Tournament (1997, 1998) and earning SCAC All-Academic honors. He also played baseball and earned All-Conference honors. He earned a master’s degree in physical education (sports administration) in 2006 from Eastern Kentucky.
Wellman and his wife Lori, have two children Brady and Tessa.
Assistant Coach Casey McGraw
Casey McGraw begins his second season as an assistant with the Nebraska Wesleyan men’s basketball program. In his first year on the Prairie Wolves staff he helped lead the team to the program’s first NCAA III National Championship.View Casey's Bio ⟩
McGraw came to NWU from New England College, a NCAA III institution located in Henniker, New Hampshire. He spent one season as an assistant coach at New England College where he assisted with all aspects of the program, focusing on recruiting, player development and strength and conditioning.
He has worked multiple summer basketball camps including Kevin Ollie’s Basketball Camp (University of Connecticut), Paul Culpo’s Basketball Camp (Castelton University, SUNY Albany’s Basketball Camp and Oneonta State’s Basketball Camp.
McGraw played basketball at Castleton University where he served as a team captain and was a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. He graduated in the spring of 2016 with a bachelor of science degree in sports administration and a minor in coaching.
JULY 14-17, 2019
All Campers Check-in: Sunday between 1pm-2pm at Weary Center
Closing Ceremony: Wednesday at 11am. Check-out immediately following.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers will reside in the dorms 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
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.
There will be optional swim time throughout the week for extended day and overnight campers. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel).
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 following closing ceremony.
Swimming: There will be optional swim time throughout the week for extended day and overnight campers. Please pack accordingly (bathing suit and pool towel).
Extended Day Camper Daily Schedule: SUN 2pm-9pm, MON-TUES 9am-9pm, WED 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! Departure 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 Dynamic Warm-up & Dribble Series
- 9:40 AM Skills Training
- 10:20 AM Full Court 3 on 3
- 11:00 AM 5 on 5 Games
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 12:45 PM Skills Competitions
- 1:20 PM Shooting Instruction
- 1:40 PM Team Offense/Defense
- 2:20 PM Transition Drills
- 2:40 PM Half Court 5 on 5
- 3:10 PM FT Game
- 4:00 PM Half Court 3 on 3
- 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
Snyder Arena, located within the Weary Center, has a seating capacity of 2,350 and plays host to the Prairie Wolves basketball and volleyball teams. The gym floor was refinished and painted in 2008 and a new scoring table was recently added. Six new scoreboards were installed in 2010.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
The staff were engaging and fun!
July 19, 2018: My son loved the competitions and the food was great! The staff at Nebraska Wesleyan University were engaging and fun.
— Jeff D. Parent
It was a great camp I learned a lot
July 25, 2017: My highlights of camp were getting coached by different coaches and learning new drills I can do myself. It was a great camp I learned a lot and felt like I got multiple drills I can do by myself
— Tanner C.
Favorite part of camp was enjoying attending camp w/ friends
July 22, 2017: Favorite part of camp was enjoying attending camp w/ friends, High School Coaches, All Day Basketball activities and the Food. His Skills improved from attending camp.
— Luke T. Parent
The training was very well organized and good
July 21, 2017: Having a roommate in a dorm was a cool and fun experience. The training was very well organized and good. The high school coaches that came had very good drills that are very good to improve skills.
— Ryan H. Camper
Please make this camp longer!
July 21, 2016: My grandson really had a good time and enjoyed the opportunity to spend the days devoted to basketball. He had a great time with the coaches and appreciated the training. He is anxious to do this again next summer. Please make this camp longer!
— Kathey W. Grandparent
My favorite part was playing basketball all day.
July 21, 2016: My favorite part of camp was being away from home (a college feel) and getting to play basketball all day while learning. It would be cool if the camp had an NBA star or a former player come in for a day to work with the campers.
— Rondale T. Camper
Coached by NWU players.
July 21, 2016: I loved being coached by Nebraska Wesleyan's current players. My favorite parts were the shooting competitions and scrimmages. The main gym was excellent but the fieldhouse was hot.
— Logan D. Camper
I had a fun time!
July 21, 2016: I had a fun time learning the head coach and the staff. I learned new moves to go work on.
— Caleb S. Camper
Continuous drills and movement.
July 22, 2016: There were continuous drills and movement. There wasn't a lot of sitting and talking like other camps I've attended and I really liked that.
— Ty M. Camper