NEW YORK, NY, — The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), in conjunction with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (“SAIC”) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (“SWAC”), today announced the creation of the Top 50 Basketball Camp. The Camp will take place, July 20-23 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. The inaugural camp will feature 25 of the best players from each Conference and is modeled after the NBPA’s Top 100 Camp. Players will receive skill development on the court from current and retired NBA players and, off the court, participate in leadership and life skills development sessions.
“Our members are excited to share their professional knowledge and life experiences with today’s student-athlete,” said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts.
This unique partnership will cultivate and create coaching and talent pipelines for current and retired NBA players exploring transitioning into careers in intercollegiate athletics.
“The Southwestern Athletic Conference is honored to work with the leadership and members of the NBPA, as well as the SIAC, to bring this incredible opportunity to our stakeholders,” said SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp. “The most fulfilling piece to this is an opportunity for these future leaders to develop their academic and character compass, as they embark on their future on and off the court.”
The participants in the camp will participate in elite competition, featuring on court drills and games and practices against the best players from the SIAC and SWAC, along with skill development sessions.
“Historically Black Colleges and Universities often provide crucial “first chance” opportunities to professional athletes seeking coaching and administrator opportunities in intercollegiate athletics,” said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore. “This initiative seeks to cultivate, institutionalize and ultimately broaden critically important talent pipelines, while also imparting invaluable skill instruction and mentoring to our student-athletes.”
“A key component of the camp will be the education series for the campers. The series will feature leadership development, understanding of off-the-court responsibilities and providing an overall educational experience the participants will be able to draw upon for the rest of their lives,” said Moore.
Camp participants and coaches will be announced at a later date.