More than 850 high school basketball players recently attended PC Basketball Coach Gregg Nibert’s Camp of Champions. This year marks the 24th year of the team camp.
“It was a tremendous turnout,” Nibert said. “I always like for the kids to have a good time on campus and to know that they were treated right. I want them to leave thinking of coming here as students.”
During the two weeks of the camp, 120 teams from the southeast played on the courts in the Templeton Center, Springs Campus Center, as well as other basketball courts in Clinton. An officials’ clinic, including Jim Burch– a teacher and a clinician who has officiated the NBA and the NCAA Final Four—also coincided with the camp.
“I enjoy the opportunity to meet the high school coaches and the kids and to watch the games,” Nibert said. “The camp turns out to be a three and a half-day unofficial visit to PC. We’ve been able to get some great talent from the camps.”
Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Sean Dixon attended the Camp of Champions before becoming a four-year letter winner for the Blue Hose from 2004-2007. In addition, Eric Burrows, former Assistant Coach for the Lady Blue Hose basketball team, also attended the camp in the 1990’s. Burrows’ high school team played NBA star Kevin Garnett’s AAU team during the camp. Also, NBA star Ray Allen attended the Camp of Champions along with his Hillcrest Dalzell team and won the slam dunk contest during his senior year.
Coach Nibert’s Camp of Champions Team Camp is one of the largest basketball team camps in the country and has attracted thousands of high school students to the Presbyterian College campus.