Nike Boys Basketball Camp at Stony Brook University
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Head to Stony Brook, NY, and improve your skills with the Head Men's Basketball Coach Geno Ford, and staff in summer 2023. This boys-only camp is the perfect place to polish up on your game, learn new techniques, and become a leader.
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.
- Emphasis on fundamental development, team play and basketball IQ
- Off-court discussions and activities to enhance on-court game
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Geno Ford
During the 2021-22 campaign, Ford was instrumental in developing one of the most dangerous backcourts in the region, with a pair of all-conference guards in Tykei Greene and Anthony Roberts leading the way. Greene was inside the top 100 nationally in numerous rebounding categories, while Roberts scored the program's first 40-point game since 2015-16View Geno's Bio ⟩
The squad was also one of the most protective in Stony Brook's Division I history, finishing with the second-lowest turnover rate since 2000. It also was the fourth-most efficient offense since 2000 and the best mark since the 2015-16 campaign. His squad finished inside the Top 25 nationally in fewest fouls and fewest turnovers, as well as the top 50 nationally in turnovers per game.
Ford guided one of the nation's most intimidating defenses in 2020-21, finishing 16th nationally in blocks per game and 36th in the country in field-goal percentage defense.
In his first season at the helm of Stony Brook in 2019-20, Ford led Stony Brook to its seventh 20-win season in nine years, finishing with a 20-13 record and a berth in the America East semifinals.
They continued a decade of excellence in which they finished inside the top two in nine of the last 10 seasons, something that hasn't been done by any other America East team. He also helped lead three all-conference selections, including first-teamer Elijah Olaniyi and second-team selection Andrew Garcia to success this season.
His offense also broke records from beyond the arc this season, making a total of 274 3-pointers this year, a new team record. Makale Foreman also set a new mark individually, draining 104 shots from outside.
The Cambridge, Ohio native became the head man after three years as the Associate Head Coach under Boals, helping lead Stony Brook's offense to one of its most prolific outputs in Division I history with 71.6 points per game. That number was only bettered by the 2015-16 conference championship team.
Under Ford's associate head coach tenure, Stony Brook finished inside the top two in the standings in two of his three seasons with two America East semifinal berths also during that time.
He also brings a wealth of head coaching experience with two stops coming before this. He took over at Kent State in 2008, helping lead the Golden Flashes to a 68-37 record in his three years just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. This included a 35-13 mark in the Mid-American Conference and a pair of MAC regular-season championships, becoming the first MAC coach in 48 years to win back to back regular-season crowns.
He parlayed that into a job in the Missouri Valley Conference with Bradley, guiding the program to the nation's seventh-best turnaround in his second season, leading the team from a 7-25 mark to 18-17 the following year. He also coached the second MVC player ever to record 500 points, 100 rebounds, 100 assists and 70 steals in a season in Walt Lemon, Jr.
The Ohio University graduate sits sixth in school history with 1,752 career points after averaging 18.9 and 18.7 per night in his junior and senior seasons, respectively. He was also First-Team All-MAC and Academic All-Conference selection as a senior in 1997.
Director of Operations Jordan McKenzie
McKenzie enters his first season as Stony Brook's Director of Basketball Operations, previously serving as a graduate manager for Cincinnati during the 2021-22 campaign.View Jordan's Bio ⟩
He made 115 appearances over four seasons with the Seawolves, averaging 13.3 minutes per contest. He spent his final two seasons under Ford, playing a key leadership role at the point guard position.
Assistant Coach Dan Rickard
Named an "Impactful Low Major Coach" across 13 different conferences by SilverWaveMedia and listed as a Top 5 America East Assistant by Jeff Goodman of Stadium, Rickard is in his second stint and will enter year No. 14 with the Stony Brook men's basketball program. He has helped elevate the program to new heights, aiding the team's ascent to America East Champions in 2016 and continuing to build back to that standard with a new staff.View Dan's Bio ⟩
Rickard returned to the Seawolves after a three-year hiatus and helped lead Stony Brook's offense to new heights. This included setting the team's 3-point record with 274 makes on the season and Makale Foreman setting the individual mark with 104.
Before re-joining the Seawolves staff, Rickard was a men's assistant at NYU for the 2018-19 season. Under his tutelage, NYU made great strides on the defensive end of the floor, jumping from eighth to third in defensive efficiency in the UAA.
Rickard was promoted to assistant coach on the men's basketball staff in 2007 and was a part of four America East regular season championships, three postseason NIT berths and two spots in the CBI. He was part of a complete renaissance under head coach Steve Pikiell that included the most successful run in program history. In those eight seasons, Stony Brook has racked up 179 wins. In the last five seasons, Stony Brook has gone 119-47 overall and 67-13 in America East. The 67 conference wins over the last three seasons rank first in the nine-team league.
The 2015-16 season was Stony Brook's finest as it captured the America East regular season championship and tournament title. For the first time in Division I program history, the Seawolves advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where they faced Kentucky.
In 2013-14 Rickard coached a Seawolves squad that won 23 games and reached the America East Championship final for the third time in four years. Under his tutelage, the Seawolves offense averaged 71.4 points a game, more than a 3.0 point jump from the previous season. Stony Brook was top-four in America East in scoring offense, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. He also was mentor to two All-America East selections in the backcourt in seniors Dave Coley and Anthony Jackson.
In 2012-13 Rickard coached a Seawolves team that won a Division I program record 25 games, which also led all Metropolitan New York schools, captured its third regular season championship and NIT berth in the last four years and won its first-ever national postseason game, a 71-58 victory at Massachusetts in the first round of the NIT. The team finished the year ranked No. 20 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
As offensive coordinator, Rickard helped develop a Seawolves offense that has blossomed over the last few seasons. In each of the last three seasons, the offense has improved in points per game, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. In 2012-13 alone, Stony Brook was in the top three of America East in six different offensive categories and led the conference in scoring (68.0 PPG) for the first time ever.
As recruiter, Rickard's tireless efforts helped Stony Brook recruit some of the best and brightest in program history. Rickard helped land Tommy Brenton, who went on to develop into a two-time America East Defensive Player of the Year and the 2013 America East Player of the Year. Brenton's 2012-13 season went down as one of the greatest ever in program history as he led the team in rebounds, steals and assists. He was named the 2013 recipient of the Lefty Driesell Award as the National Defensive Player of the Year and was named an All-America honorable mention by the Associated Press. Brenton graduated as the program's all-time leader in rebounds, assists and steals.
As backcourt coach, Rickard mentored a trio of All-America East guards in Bryan Dougher, Dave Coley and Carson Puriefoy. Dougher graduated as the program's all-time Division I leader in points and three-pointers made and was a three-time All-America East selection, including first-team honors in 2012. Coley, a steady offensive threat and one of the team's best defenders, developed into an All-Conference guard, earning third team and All-Defensive honors in 2013 and 2014. Puriefoy finished his career fourth in the program's Division I history in points (1,572). A two-time first team all-conference guard, Puriefoy was part of the winningest senior class in school history.
Rickard has been at Stony Brook for more than a decade, having played for the Seawolves from 2002-04. He appeared in 14 games over two seasons and helped the Seawolves reach the America East Championship semifinals in 2004, the furthest the program had advanced in the tournament at that time. Rickard graduated from Stony Brook in May 2004 with his bachelor's degree in Mathematics. He went on to earn his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2006 while serving as the men's basketball graduate assistant.
Rickard lives in Port Jefferson with his wife, Courtney, their sons, Patrick and Braden, and daughter, Mallory.
Assistant Coach Jalen Avery
In his first season with the Seawolves, Avery took over the offense and mainly worked with the guards, leading to great success in both areas. Stony Brook's offense was its best since 2016, per KenPom offensive efficiency. From the 2021 to 2022 campaigns, the attack jumped 139 spots in the national rankings. The effective field-goal percentage jumped 152 spots and the turnover rate jumped 208.View Jalen's Bio ⟩
He also guided two of the league's best guards to all-conference honors, as Tykei Greene and Anthony Roberts were both named Second Team All-Conference during the 2021-22 season. Greene improved in all areas, scoring 4.3 more points per game this season, shooting 8.3 percent better from the field and close to 13 percent better from 3-point land.
Roberts came in from St. Bonaventure and had a career year, shooting 15 percent better from the field, 15.3 percent from 3-point land and scored 11.1 more points per game under Avery's teaching.
The former Kent State guard arrived from Northwest Florida State College and East Tennessee State, where he served on each staff after graduating from the Golden Flashes in 2019.
"He is a high-character guy who had a terrific career as a player at Kent State," Ford said. "I believe he is going to be a real asset to our program through his teaching of the game and his ability to be a mentor to our players, especially our guards, where he will have a heavy involvement on a daily basis."
Avery was instrumental in creating, implementing and overseeing skill development, creating individualized skill development protocols for each player while at ETSU. He also helped in developing scouting reports and helped with video edits to send to potential recruits. After that, he jumped to Northwest Florida State, where he served as the main point of contact for recruiting.
Winner of the Walter Sage Athletic Memorial Endowed Scholarship before the 2018-19 campaign, he led the nation in assist to turnover ratio at Kent State during his junior season (5.04). He also paced the team with in assists (121) and 3-point field goal percentage (.374) on the 22-win Golden Flashes.
His 2019-20 tenure at ETSU was an exciting one, helping the Bucs to a 30-4 record and a Southern Conference Championship.
Assistant Coach Jaden Uken
Jaden Uken re-joins his former boss, Geno Ford, as the Director of Basketball Operations at Stony Brook starting with the 2019-20 season. Uken stays in the New York City area after spending three seasons at Fordham University as the team's Director of Basketball Operations. He was also the Rams' assistant coach in the 2015-16 season.View Jaden's Bio ⟩
Before then, he was the recruiting coordinator under Ford at Bradley University, helping the Braves to one of the nation's best turnarounds in the 2012-13 season, winning 11 more games than the previous season in Illinois. He also helped Ford secure a star-filled recruiting class in 2013-14 that included a Top 100 high school recruit, a junior college All-American and a pair of NJCAA All-Region first-team selections.
He was also part of Ford's first staff at Kent State that was responsible in aiding the Golden Flashes to back to back Mid-American Conference regular-season titles and NIT bids in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
July 31-August 3, 2023
Check-in: Monday at 8:30am
Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 2:30pm
Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
Daily Hours: MON-THURS 9AM-3PM
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
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.
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Sample Daily Schedule
- 9:00 AM Camp meeting, discuss agenda for the day
- 9:15 AM Offensive/defensive skill stations
- 10:30 AM Lecture/technique demonstrations
- 11:00 AM Games/contests/shooting
- 12:00 PM Lunch/games
- 1:00 PM Offensive sets discussion
- 1:30 PM Team practice
- 2:15 PM Offensive/defensive skill stations
- 3:00 PM Departure
Island Federal Credit Union Arena, the new 4,000-seat home of Stony Brook's men's and women's basketball teams, officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 3, 2014. The ceremony represented the completion of a two-year, $21.1 million renovation of the facility, which originally opened in 1990.
The new Arena features modern arena video technology, including videoboards on both ends of the court, four luxury suites and a VIP lounge all with loge seating, an expanded concourse with new concession and restroom areas and an enhanced competition court and improved practice courts.
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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.