Nike Rebels Boys Basketball Camp at UNLV
Improve your game and have serious fun
at Nike Basketball Camps
Due to scheduling conflicts, we will not be hosting a camp at UNLV in summer 2022. However, we do plan to be back in 2023 and will be running camps nearby and in the surrounding area. Join them this summer for serious fun!
- Daily emphasis on fundamental development, team play, and more
- Participate in off-court discussions to improve your basketball IQ and on-court game
- Receive a Nike Basketball Camp t-shirt and other prizes!
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Camp Director DeShawn Henry
This year marks DeShawn Henry's 21st year of coaching basketball, entering 16th summer as a Nike Basketball Camp Director and second year as Director of Basketball Operations at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.View DeShawn's Bio ⟩
- Served as Head Coach at Durango HS, Las Vegas for 12 years
- 11 winning seasons with play-off appearances at Durango HS
- While at Durango HS, was named Coach of Year – 2013-2014 & 2015-2016
- 13 years as the director of Nike Blazer Camp at Durango HS
- As a High School coach, 56 of his players have advanced to the college level, 21 at the NCAA Division I level
- 2012 & 2013 LeBron Skills Academy coach
- 2008 Nike Global USA assistant coach
- 18 years as an assistant HS Track and Field coach
- Graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Head Coach Kevin Kruger
Kevin Kruger, former Runnin’ Rebel student-athlete and assistant coach Kevin Kruger was appointed the new head coach of the UNLV’s men’s basketball program, Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois announced on March 21, 2021.View Kevin's Bio ⟩
“As we methodically went through the interview process speaking to many strong candidates, Kevin impressed us with his vision, the depth and sophistication of his plan, and his enthusiasm,” Reed-Francois said. “He cares about student-athletes and helping them achieve their hopes and dreams. He has demonstrated integrity and consistent leadership, and his love for UNLV and our Las Vegas community is without question. He is a Rebel, has helped the program develop a strong foundation and has been preparing his entire life for this. I am proud that Kevin and his family will be with us for years to come.”
Kruger just completed his second year as an assistant coach for the UNLV program after he returned to his alma mater in April 2019. The point guard on UNLV's 2007 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team as a senior under his father, former UNLV and current Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger, Kevin returned to Las Vegas after spending three years as an assistant coach for the Sooners (2016-19).
With Kevin on the coaching staff, Oklahoma made multiple NCAA Tournament appearances. He was also an assistant coach at Northern Arizona for two seasons (2014-16) following a year as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma. Prior to making the move into coaching, Kevin played professionally from 2007-13.
“I am excited that Kevin will serve as the new head coach for UNLV men’s basketball,” said UNLV President Dr. Keith E. Whitfield. “Kevin has demonstrated incredible knowledge, high integrity and preparation for this opportunity. I am enthused about the direction the athletics department is going under Desiree’s leadership and Kevin is the perfect person to lead our Runnin’ Rebel basketball team.”
During his first season on the coaching staff at UNLV in 2019-20, the Runnin’ Rebels tied for second place in the Mountain West, marking the program’s best league finish in 12 years. The team also sent shockwaves through the college basketball world with its victory at fourth-ranked and previously undefeated San Diego State, posting the program’s best true road win since 1991 (a span of 29 seasons).
“I couldn’t be happier and am so thankful to President Whitfield and Desiree for this incredible opportunity,” Kruger said. “I have proudly represented the UNLV men’s basketball program and to now have been chosen to lead it, I really am speechless. This is home for me and my family and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the guys on our team. We will get after it and build on the foundation that has been set.”
Achievement in the classroom has been just as important with Kruger on staff. The team turned in a semester grade point average of 3.57 for fall 2020, the program’s highest ever. It also holds a record-cumulative GPA of 3.32 with an all-time program-high nine student-athletes on the Dean’s Honor List.
Kruger began his collegiate playing career at Arizona State, where he earned his criminal justice degree in 2006, before transferring to UNLV. In his lone season as a Runnin' Rebel student-athlete, UNLV won 30 games. He earned All-Mountain West Third Team honors and was named to the conference's all-tournament team.
At ASU, Kruger was named an honorable mention All-Pac-10 and second-team NABC District 15 selection in his third and final season in Tempe. Also a Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention pick, Kruger left the Sun Devils ranked fourth in career free throw percentage at ASU, fifth all-time in 3-pointers made and attempted and seventh in 3-point percentage.
Kruger had professional basketball stints in Bulgaria, Italy, China, Mexico, Belgium and Germany in addition to NBA training camp invitations from the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks. He also played with the Utah Flash and Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League before launching his coaching career.
His father, Lon, coached the Runnin’ Rebels from 2004-2011 and made four NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011) and an NIT (2009).
Kevin earned a master's degree from Oklahoma in human relations in 2017 and is married to the former Allison Gerding. The couple has a daughter, Cameron, who celebrated her first birthday in October.
Assistant Coach Tim Buckley
Tim Buckley begins his second year as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at UNLV. Buckley was named one of the top assistant coaches in the Mountain West by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman in 2020. Between 2017-2019, he served as a scout with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.View Tim's Bio ⟩
- During his first season in Las Vegas in 2019-20, UNLV tied for second place in the Mountain West, marking the program’s best league finish in 12 years. The team also sent shockwaves through the college basketball world with its victory at fourth-ranked and previously undefeated San Diego State, posting the program’s best true road win since 1991.
- During Buckley's 9 years in Indiana, the Hoosiers were nationally ranked, won Big Ten championships, made multiple NCAA Tournament runs, recruited McDonald's All-Americans and developed All-Americans who went on the NBA, including 2013 National Player of the Year Victor Oladipo.
- Prior to his time at Indiana, Buckley was an assistant coach at Marquette (2007-08), also under Crean, and was an assistant coach at Iowa (2006-07) under Steve Alford.
- He also has head coaching experience as he led Ball State for six seasons (2000-06) and Rockford for four (1989-93).
JOIN THE 2023 PRIORITY REGISTRATION LIST!
Dates and details will be added to this page as soon as they are confirmed. Make sure your child is first in line to register after the new year by joining the Priority Registration List at no cost! Priority List members will be the first to know when our 2023 summer camp registration officially opens!
For details on all 2022 Nike Basketball Camps, please visit Nike Basketball Camps.
2023 DATES COMING SOON!
Check-in: Monday at 8:15am
Closing Ceremony: Friday at 11:30am
Meals: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch or lunch money.
Daily Hours: MON-THURS 9am-3pm FRI 9am-12pm
All camps are open to any entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level and/or gender.Show Less See More Camp Details
The Complete Skills Camps encompass individual, team, and competition skills. These sessions are designed to help players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills, and enhance their skill set at the post, wing, or guard position. Campers will be taught the foundations of shooting stationary and off the dribble, ball handing under pressure and on the break, the difference between rebounding and boxing out, how to play positions 1 through 5, how to read any defense, how to defend all five positions, and how to mentally approach the game. The complete skills camp is open to any and all entrants ages 8 to 14 and limited to TBA participants.
Lunch is not provided but will be available for purchase (cash only). Please bring a packed lunch or lunch money.
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 information 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
- 9:00 AM Stretching and conditioning
- 9:30 AM Instructional stations
- 10:30 AM Lecture
- 11:00 AM Team practice
- 12:00 PM Lunch, rest
- 12:45 PM Drills, stations
- 1:45 PM Skill contests
- 2:30 PM Full-court games
- 3:00 PM Campers Depart
The Mendenhall Center, pictured above, is the practice facility for the Runnin' Rebels basketball teams. There are two full-sized basketball courts with six baskets each.
The Cox Pavilion is a 78,300 square foot multipurpose facility that is home to UNLV's athletic events. The ground floor features new men's and women's locker facilities, player lounges and practice courts for basketball and volleyball. The top floor seats 2,500 people
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SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
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.