Nike Boys Basketball Camp The College of New Jersey
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Join Head Men's Coach, Matt Goldsmith at the TCNJ camp this summer in Ewing, NJ. Campers will have the opportunity to hone their skills, play in competitive scrimmages, and learn mental toughness, all helping to improve their basketball IQ.
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 lectures and activities to improve on-court game
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director Matt Goldsmith
Goldsmith arrived at The College of New Jersey in March of 2015. He has compiled a record of 53-27 in his first three seasons guiding the Lions, advancing to the semi-finals of New Jersey Athletic Conference playoffs each season, including a trip to the NJAC Finals in 2016. In his first three seasons, Goldsmith has coached six All-Conference performers with four earning First-Team honors.View Matt Goldsmith's Bio ⟩
In 2017-18, TCNJ finished second overall in the NJAC with a conference record of 14-4 for the second straight season. They earned a first-round bye in the tournament, advancing to the semifinal match. The Lions accrued an overall record of 19-7 on the season and had a pair of players named to all-conference teams, Eric Murdock, Jr. as an All-NJAC First Team selection. Goldsmith was named John K. Adams NJAC Coach of the Year.
In his first season, Goldsmith led the Lions to the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament championship game. It marked the first time since 1998 that TCNJ appeared in the tourney final. The Lions went on the road to knock off Ramapo College before eliminating top-seeded New Jersey City University to gain a spot in the tournament championship.
TCNJ finished with a 16-12 overall record. They averaged 75.7 points per game and led the NJAC in three-point shooting, averaging 9.6 three-pointers made per game.
Goldsmith arrived from Amherst College, where he was an assistant coach for three seasons and a member of the Jeffs national championship team in 2007. Goldsmith returned to his home state of New Jersey, where he was a resident of Morristown and graduate of Delbarton High School. He is also the founder of GBA and is a camp clinician during the summer months.
Goldsmith enjoyed tremendous success with the Amherst program as an assistant coach and also during his playing career. In his first season on the coaching staff in 2012-13, Goldsmith helped guide Amherst to a 30-2 record and the second national title in program history. The following season, the Jeffs made their fifth appearance in the Final Four and boasted a season mark of 27-4. This past winter, Amherst went 21-8 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA championship tournament.
In addition to his success with the Jeffs, Goldsmith spent time as a volunteer assistant coach for USA Basketball during the past two summers. In June 2013, he assisted the Men's 2013 FIBA World Champion USA Under-19 National Team. This past summer he helped with individual workouts during practice, while volunteering with the 2014 Men's National Team that captured the gold medal. During those coaching experiences, Goldsmith was able to glean valuable experience and wisdom from elite coaching minds such as Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Billy Donovan, Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams.
A 6’ 6” forward with the Jeffs, Goldsmith continued his playing career after graduation. He played professionally in Germany for TV Werne 03 during the 2008-09 season, before returning to his native New Jersey to serve as an assistant to alumni & development at the Delbarton School. A political science major, he also served as assistant men's varsity basketball coach at Delbarton before returning to Amherst.
Assistant Coach Evan Elberg
Elberg enters his fourth season on the bench as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Lions. Primarily working with the guards and overall team defense, he helped guide TCNJ to the NJAC playoffs in each of his first three seasons and its first appearance in the NJAC tournament championship game since 1998 in 2016.View Evan Elberg's Bio ⟩
TCNJ has accumulated a 53-27 overall record and 37-17 conference record since Elberg joined the staff. In 2015-16 and 2017-18 the team led the NJAC in three-point shooting, averaging 9.6 and 10.7 three-pointers made per game.
Elberg comes from Washington College (MD) after serving as the assistant there for the 2014-15 season. Prior that he was an assistant at his Alma Mater, Drew University, where he had a successful four-year career. In the summer of 2015, Elberg helped guide the 15U NJ Roadrunners to a NJ State Title.
Assistant Coach Pat Tarrant
Tarrant served as the head coach for nearby Lawrence High School varsity boy’s basketball team for 22 years. Serving as a varsity head coach, he has compiled over 300 wins and coached four 1,000-point scorers. Tarrant led 11 teams to double digit wins and nine teams to 15 or more wins.
JULY 14-17, 2019
Overnight Campers Check-in: Sunday between 1pm-2pm
All Day Campers Check-in: Sunday between 2pm-2:30pm
All Campers Check-out: Wednesday between 12pm-1pm
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Games Focused overnight campers reside in the dorms on campus. Campers stay two per room and are assigned by age and roommate request. 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: $50 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.
On the first day of camp, all day campers should arrive dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.
♦ Day Campers stay until 5pm.
♦ Meals are not provided.
♦ Day Camper Hours are 9am-5pm.
♦ Lunch is provided.
♦ Day Camper Hours are 9am-12pm.
♦ Meals are not provided.
♦ Check-out immediately follows closing ceremony.
Daily Schedule: SUN 2pm-5pm, MON-TUES 9am-5pm, WED 9am-12pm
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 (Resident campers only)
- 9:00 AM 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, rest
- 1:00 PM Team practice
- 2:00 PM Skill contests
- 3:00 PM Full-court games
- 4:00 PM Station Review
- 5:00 PM Day Campers depart
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM Back to gym, skills competition
- 9:00 PM Games
- 10:00 PM Overnight Campers to rooms; Lights Out!
Campers will utilize the Student Recreation Center at The College of New Jersey for basketball instruction. The rec center houses facilities for basketball, tennis, racquetball, volleyball, an indoor track, and a dance studio.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
My son had such an great time
July 14, 2017: The coaches were awesome. Helped each kid individually and showed them how to improve. My son had such an great time. This was his first overnight camp and he loved it.
— Kelli N. Parent0
Thanks to Matt, staff and TCNJ
July 14, 2017: My stepson had never been to an overnight camp and is usually a pretty quiet kid. The last day of camp, he called me at work to tell me all about it. It was the most excitement he'd shown about anything in awhile and I couldn't have been more pleased. He had a pack of new friends before the end of the first night and hasn't had one negative thing to say. Also, I really appreciated the "report card" he brought home, so he knows what to work on in the coming months. That phone call alone made the whole camp worth every cent and there's no doubt he'll be back next year. Thanks to Matt, staff and TCNJ!
— Dana D. Parent0
Fun and competitive
July 13, 2017: Good scrimmages, fun and competitive, and nice air conditioned facility.
— Mike J. Parent0
He definitely will return next year
July 13, 2017: This was my son's first time attending this overnight camp and he loved it. He learned a lot, loved the environment and all the coaches. He felt challenged and feels his skills improved. He definitely will return next year!
— Jacquelin C. Parent