June 27, 2014
College Basketball Prep Camp for those who want to play at the college level
NBC Camps CIC-College Basketball Prep Camp is the most advanced camp we offer. Athletes from around the world meet together at this camp to work on their basketball skills. High level Division 1 prospects as well as possible Division 2 and NAIA players come to experience this game and life altering camp. We spoke with Camp director Jay Crowell about this camp and his suggestions for an outstanding summer.
Why College Basketball Prep Camp?
If you want to be a great player, you need to find ways to take your game to the highest level you can. You need to be with coaches who believe in you and can clearly articulate what you need to do to improve. You need to be around strong competition with plenty of opportunity to compete. You need to have training in all areas: fundamentals, team concept, your specific position, nutrition, strength and conditioning as well as the mental aspects you need to be a top player. CIC provides all these elements. We understand the summer tournament circuit is a big deal for college recruiting, but If you are just playing games all summer long without the skill work and player development elements I just mentioned, it’s like choosing to eat only dessert. It may be lots of fun and you can improve but you are not really putting yourself in a position to significantly raise your level of play that will transition to the college game.
What does CIC stand for?
The camp was originally called Crowell’s Intensity Camp. My dad, Fred, the founder of NBC Camps, and I wanted to give athletes the insiders look on what they needed to play at the highest levels. We changed the name to College Basketball Prep Camp because we felt it described our mission better but we like the CIC to be kept because we believe in the idea of intensity. The American Heritage Dictionary defines Intensity: exceptionally great concentration, power or force. We believe it takes intensity (exceptionally great concentration) for basketball players to be their best. We believe athletes need intensity (power) when they train, play and think about the game of basketball. And we want to help athletes find their own intensity (driving force) to pursue their dreams and goals with great concentration.
What is one challenge you would like to give to serious players?
First of all, how do you know you are a serious player? What are you doing this summer to show you are committed to your future? Being serious requires sacrifice. Be willing to make the key decisions necessary to be committed to your talent development.
Where is the camp located?
The camp will open at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon then we will take charter buses to Linfield College. We like to travel during the camp to give athletes tips on how to play in different environments and maximize their adaption to a new experience. Campers from other states and from overseas fly in the night before to Portland International Airport. We have a College Basketball Camp representative to meet each person from their flight. Campers are shuttled to a nearby hotel and supervised then transported to GFU the next morning for camp. Flying out campers can either book a late night flight home or spend the night and fly out the next morning under the CIC staff supervision.
Do you have college scouts and recruiters at your camp?
We have outstanding college connections and if we think you are a top level player we will help you get connected.
Who attends your camp?
Last year 8 of the 10 players in the state of Washington attended as well as a top player from Yugoslovia, the best players from the state of Hawaii and Alaska, players from New York, Florida, Japan, and many other places.
Who coaches at the camp?
I select serious coaches and players who have intensive coaching experience. One coach for example is Rhett Soliday who just won the NAIA National Championship in 2014. Former coach Ryan Carr Head Scout for the Indiana Pacers says, "As a former camper and coach at NBC Camps, I can't think of a situation that would be more beneficial for a young basketball player than the CIC camp. Fred and Jay, and their staff are committed to making each camper the best player, and best person they can be. They will work incredibly hard on the court, but the most inspiring changes will be made in their mind and heart. This is the first step to success in life. I believe and live by the values they teach in this intensive camp.This camp is for those who want to be to best on and off the court."