Posted by ppop on August 06, 2017 at 18:48:00:
In Reply to: Re: Elite Camps posted by Camps on August 04, 2017 at 08:13:28:
: : : So now that viewing season is over we are gettin emails for some "Elite" camps. Does this really mean anything or do these camps send these emails to everyone? Thanks.
: : They send invites to everyone, but you should definitely go to the ones of the schools you are interested in.
: They go out to a lot of people. Many times if coaches see a player they like, they will send invites to their entire team.
: I agree if you are interested in a school, you should go, especially if you are frosh/soph/junior.
: If you are going into your senior year, you really have to be selective since there are multiples on the same days/weekends.
: Before I went, I would try to have your club or high school coach contact that school and gauge their interest. Because odds are, if your daughter has never talked/text/personal email (not the generic everyone gets) with a coach from that school, they don't know who she is and you are basically writing a check for their program.
: The odds of going to a camp as an unknown senior player and wowing them so much as to eventually generate an offer is very, very slim.
: Not trying to be harsh, just keeping it real.
: Here is another issue. Let's say your 2018 has any kind of real (again personal contact) interest from multiple schools. What do you do if their camps are on the same day? Or the same weekend but so far apart it isn't practical? Again you need to somehow contact that school and gauge their interest. Remember, they will always want you to come to camp ($$$ for them, if you like it you tell your younger teammates/friends, etc.). So you really need to see through the BS and figure out where you are on their list - Tier 1 (offers), Tier 2 (back up plan), Tier 3 (emergency plan), Tier 4 (check for them).
: Like much of college recruiting, it's a big racket. Realize that most letters/emails are generic from data they got from a viewing packet. It doesn't necessarily mean they have no interest, but it also doesn't mean they do.
: Hopefully you have a club/HS coach that is familiar with the process and has some contacts that can guide you.
: Good luck!
First you kid has to be good enough or you are wasting time and money. If your kid was contacted by the school then they will evaluated them at the time. Its a legal way for them to see them workout. My girl went as she was invited. Just looking at her you can tell she was too small for them. She did great in the skills work. They divide them up by teams so they place the players that catches there eyes on the center court while the rest play on the side court. Like scrubs. Not really knowing the players she was placed on a team with three other unknown players all were ballers. Its a one loss elimination. My daughter team beat all the teams to end up in final center court game and destroyed the teams the college coaches thought fit there minds eye. She was pissed and set out to destroy the other teams. I had to pull her out of the gym a couple of time as she got up in a few girls face.
We attended 4 camps and the were all the same. After all the camps we started to receive real letter and requests for transcripts. Also the coaches wanted to see her Schedules for summer play. We were in Tennessee and those coaches came to see her play. They followed her all summer.
There were better players around her but geez they were locked on my daughter. Now that she plays college basketball I know she what they saw. She is a multiple position player, rebounded and shot blocker and defender and a great student.
Please attend the camps with a realistic goal. Be honest were your kids skill set is at.
Good Luck !!
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