Academic Basketball Club
A grassroots program borne of inspiration and desire to fill a need by and for the caring
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Proper Preparation not only Prevents Poor Performance, it puts us in a position to succeed. That is our goal!
Our Teams are in a focused training program to become professionals, albeit in something other than basketball. Their route will take them through one of the many fine colleges or universities renowned for their high standards of academic excellence and the proven success of their basketball program.
Our basketball players are focused on the end-goal of becoming professionals, at which time basketball will still be played for passion after all their work is done for the day. Like everything they do, they take it seriously and perform with both full effort and enthusiasm. That approach has gotten them to where they are today and is what will drive and motivate them on their own personal roads towards success.
Over the past 17 years, players involved with the programs have gone on to play (or are on their way to playing) at Williams, Middlebury, Bowdoin, Colby, Bates, Hamilton, Tufts, Wesleyan, Trinity, Connecticut College, Sarah Lawrence, Union, Hobart, Ithaca, RPI, Vassar, Bard, Clarkson, St Lawrence, Skidmore, MIT, WPI, Babson, Clark, Springfield, Emerson, Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, Haverford, Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall, Muhlenberg, Washington College, Washington & Lee, NYU, Brandeis, Chicago, Emory, Rochester, Carnegie Mellon, Case Western, Washington University, Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Caltech, Occidental, Puget Sound, Colorado College, Macalester, St Olaf’s, Grinnell, Lawrence, Kenyon, Denison, Oberlin, Allegheny, Ohio Wesleyan, Sewanee, Rhodes, Birmingham Southern, Earlham, Hartwick, Gordon, Geneseo, Stevens, John Jay, Hunter, Susquehanna, Chatham, Emmanuel, Suffolk, Curry, RIC, Keuka, Franklin Pierce, American, Rice, Depaul, Fairfield, Furman, Vanderbilt, Elon, Holy Cross, Colgate, Binghamton, UMBC, Monmouth, Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac, FDU, Maryland, UConn and Duke (2).
In addition to the basketball players, several members are at schools in these same conferences and haven chosen to play a different sport. However they got there, the exclamation mark is on their success in having gotten into the schools of their respective choices.
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March 31, 2021
Dear Players and Parents:
This information is for sharing, so PLEASE forward this email to your teammates, friends, coaches and siblings who will benefit from the information, hoping to Earn A College Uniform.
Seniors and their parents: I will remove you from the mailing list automatically; this is the last email you will receive, no worries. I am sending it to you to PLEASE forward this email to your younger teammates. Thank you very much and good luck in college next year. If you are considering a Post Grad year please get in touch with me – I can help.
This is the Annual Camp Email but what we do not know regarding the academic camps is more than we know. But, and this is the rare time something good follows a “but”, I SEE LIGHT! The camps will begin in June with a few already confirmed and many others awaiting State and school permission. We are all hopeful changes will come quickly as we turn the calendar to April (giving us 2+ months until the camp season is usually in full swing) and vaccines become available to everyone 16 and over. Updates frequently at http://www.academicbasketballclub.com/academic-camp-list/ and click on the spreadsheet.
Every year I recommend to players – the rising Seniors and Juniors plus the current Seniors considering a Post Grad year – they should attend summer exposure camps which will give them exposure to the college coaches at schools they are interested in for both academics and basketball. It starts with www.AcademicBasketballCamp.com to get to the info on the Academic Basketball Camp and All-Academic Camp now at Babson. From there you can click on Academic Camps (upper right) to get to the spreadsheet. www.academicbasketballclub.com/academic-camp-list
If you want help with the entire recruitment process of how to Earn A College Uniform please email or call me at 203-329-0707 – I am here to help. I am a College Advisor working with academic student athlete basketball players – both boys and girls.
With things beginning to open up in the northeast and SoCal you can make plans for camps, including a family vacation. You can register for many of these camps – they may sell out later in the spring and some offer discounts for early registration – or wait until you are ready. In the upcoming weeks please expect a plethora of emails, solicitations and seemingly irresistible too-good-to-be-true offers including a group of D1 experts soliciting the academic students to travel to foreign countries in order to be seen by college coaches – it’s all sales pitches unless the “right” college coaches are watching you. Then it is “real” for you. Please know “exclusive invitations” are sent to several hundred players from every mailing list available. I will help you with the road map and drill down to help you find the ones you really want and will benefit from. If you are looking to play basketball at a top academic school you should choose camps with top academic college coaches watching you – by 10th grade you are beyond the point of needing drills to add skills – you need to be seen; please know that every time you see an offer from a camp which tells you that “you have been selected” please filter those words to mean your name is on their mailing list (unless you are getting calls, texts, letters and seeing the college coaches at your hs games or practices – in that case you really are a RECRUIT!); do not pay $175 for a showcase with no high academic school coaches in attendance (it often includes a highlight video made by an algorithm using every play with your number in the picture) or $295 for anyone to distribute your resume (argh!); please do not respond or pay to register your information with organizations promising to do something with it. You can AND SHOULD do it yourself, better. I see the same offers as you are getting from many services – my son is in the 8th grade and gets these emails all the time; yes, he is getting them as an 8th grader. The key is coaches want to find your contact info – that is all they need once they see you or watch your highlight video and this is the platform which NCSA is wonderfully based on – getting your information to the coaches and their information to you. Too many emails will be from many listing services and non-school oriented camps which have national tours (that is their business model, not you!). One is even offering a college scholarship – it seems to be based on a random basis of sorts. Crazy. Unless there are lots of high academic coaches watching you I’m not a fan of it. Regarding your information, my concern is to make sure nothing competes with your videos / contact information in Google or Bing search results when coaches look for you; your highlight video has your contact information clearly available to them. This is what the college coaches are looking for. This is what you want. TO BE SEEN! You do not need to pay for something you can do yourself, easily. Some services have tools which you will find useful. In my opinion, nothing beats experience and personal 1:1 contact with insight valuable to you with your personal priorities and interests PLUS financial situation. The reason there are so many colleges out there for you to choose from is they are all different – all 1400+ of them.
Of the top 100-120 academic colleges on each the National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges, I have been to 86% of the schools on each list. Please email me with any questions. If you want help with the entire recruitment process of how to Earn A College Uniform please call me at 203-329-0707.
I am here to help.
I would like all current hs sophomores, juniors and seniors on their way to a post grad year to please make yourself a list of each college you would like to Earn A College Uniform and then visit each school’s basketball web site to fill out the Prospective Athlete Recruit questionnaire (referred to in a variety of ways and usually found on the basketball team home page with RECRUIT in the title). By doing this the coaches will have your contact information directly from you – for ABC players they already have it from me – and will likely send you an invitation to their respective summer camps since you have shown interest in their school.
The logistics of the camps are pretty simple – it’s where the coaches are: they go to watch players! Hence, in my opinion, it is where you should go in June, July and August (and now some in September, too). Go on vacation as a family and make informal tours of the schools you are most interested.
I put the camps into four different groups for the Boys (for the Girls please see the list of camps t find the equivalent camps and timing which differs slightly):
1) Division 1 (all of the IVYs plus several Patriots and a few others falling into the academic box) exposure camps which are held for the players they consider to be “recruits” along with the 10+ players they consider to be “prospects” who they want to see play against their “recruits”; and, the rest of you will gain something important from their camp – being seen by the dozens (and dozens) of D3 high academic coaches who attend these camps to see this large group of players. These camps range in size up to 150 players (Yale, Harvard, Brown, UPenn, Dartmouth, Cornell and Columbia) and 50+ D3 high academic coaches. Please note: coaches from D1 schools cannot attend a camp unless it on their own campus or a non-school camp during the Live Period in April or July and the HS Federation weekends which WERE scheduled at the end of June but are likely to take the year off, again. The NCAA Academy may be back later in the summer.
2) A camp at a D3 school is usually attended by the coaches from that college only, but sometimes other coaches will come to work. You will want to go to the camp at a school you are interested in and want to play in front of the coach who can focus on you amongst the typically 30-40 players in attendance (occasionally more, sometimes half that many). One additional reason to attend a specific camp run by a D3 coach: to learn from that coach. e.g., the Bard camp is a huge benefit for point guards to attend because I think Adam Turner is the best instructor at the Point Guard College camps; Joe Reilly (Wesleyan) will teach you things you will find valuable and hold onto forever – and like Dave Hixon at Amherst, give the same “speech” to players as I do! This information is worth going to their camps. For Girls that list would include Princeton, Amherst, Brandeis, WPI, Haverford and Bowdoin.
3) A pure exposure camp such as the All-Academic Camp now at BABSON on July 5-7 (NEW DATES), which along with the Hoop Group Academic Elite camp three weeks later (they also have a smaller version one week earlier), usually has 350+ players and 150+ coaches from all levels but D1 cannot attend this year due to the expected upcoming NCAA schedule. D2 (the few academic ones) and the academic D3s are there. There are six others which fall into this group: my Academic Basketball Camp I will run on July 3 to prepare players for the camp at BABSON 2 days later; Mike Weinstein’s Chicago events in July; the Lab Prep camp held at Northfield Mount Hermon, the Pro Skills events, the High Academic superbowl now in Irvine on July 7-8, and the West Coast Elite/All-Academic Showcases in a plethora of places – I will be at many / most of these to speak to players and parents.
4) Camps which offer highly competitive play or teaching a specific lesson plan. The Five Star camps, Point Guard College and other major camps which may have college coaches in attendance but are not focused on the academic student; rather, primarily focusing on very good basketball at excellent camps with general teaching aspects and are great for younger players but not for exposure of high academic rising seniors as the college coaches are not there “just watching”. For scholarship seeking players, please look at the Hoop Group Elite camps and the WCE Elite 100 showcases to find what you want.
Four major points to consider when choosing the camps:
1) When are you done with school (final exams)?
2) What can you afford?
3) Can you play your best at the camp? Please make sure you have time to rest and recover – some of these camps will go on for hours of work, which is very good but it takes a toll, for sure.
4) Can you make a highlight video and get a full game video from a camp so you have what you need for the college coaches who want you to send them video? This one is huge. And why we shoot every game at 3 camps – plus all Hoop Group Camps and WCE / All-Academic showcases are videotaped – to make sure you can make a highlight video. Put it in front of the coaches – they want to see video from you.
Here is what I recommend, depending on your respective answers to the 4 questions posed above (you do not need to do all of the “optional” camps; In each month 1 is enough and a couple are great to give you some experience, exposure and confidence leading up to the two “mandatory” camps):
Start with an IVY or Patriot school’s camp on a weekend AFTER YOUR FINALS ARE OVER (unless your finals are in late June and you haven’t begun studying yet in which case get to the Yale et al camp on the first two weekends of the camp season – but as this is not the case this year, yet, pls keep looking for updates which will hopefully add additional options to Penn for camps in June), with dozens of academic D3 coaches watching you play (Yale has had just about every academic school at its camp in recent years). Perhaps another one is a mid-week camp such as at Dartmouth or Lab Prep. The first and second weekends in June are usually busy weekends, full of great camps and conflicts! Penn, Cornell, Colgate, American, Brown, Harvard et al. All good ones but the coaches will be splitting up.
June 28-29 or June 30 – July 1: All-Academic Showcase in NY Metro area or the Seattle showcase run with WCE. Expected: 180 players and 50+ coaches. Plus, I am at this camp and there is videotaping of every game on all courts. If you want to stay on the East Coast, the Hoop Group Academic 1 camp is after the school year is done on June 29 – July 1 and I will be there, too. I am at a lot of places – you will see.
And then come the two academic camps I consider mandatory for all Academic Basketball™ players: our Academic Basketball™ Camp on Friday July 3 at which we will prepare players for the July 5-7 All-Academic Camp at BABSON (formerly Brandeis) which is on Monday-Wednesday morning this year. The latter is where ABC players Earn A College Uniform AND PLAY ON THE SAME TEAM AT BOTH OF THESE CAMPS. I will be at both camps and all games will be videotaped at both camps. There doesn’t appear to be any conflicts for the coaches being at these camps as of now and this is the key to why I consider them mandatory – so you will be seen! The change in schedule was made to work within the expected NCAA schedule and give players time to get to their Live Period tournaments and All-Academic / West Coast Elite Academic superbowl.
Why is it significant that we are videotaping every game at the two “mandatory camps plus games being videotaped at All-Academic / WCE showcases and Hoop Group camps? Because coaches are going to ask you for video – you want to send them a highlight video so you can attract their attention within their 173-second attention-span. They will ask for a full game video once you have their attention. They are familiar with pretty much every player at each of these camps, so seeing you play against known players is the right way for you to present yourself (rather than from a hs game which they have no way of knowing what the competition level is or the game situation).
And the last week of July has the Hoop Group Academic 2 camp which, like the All-Academic Camp and Academic superbowl, is going to be pretty much essential to all academic student athletes which are not among the 1000 D1 players invited to the NCAA’s new Live Period NCAA Academy. I will be at camps to speak to players and parents.
The link for registering for camps can be accessed with the links www.AcademicBasketballCamp.com (click on Academic Camps in the upper right). Academic Basketball players are automatically registered for the two mandatory camps included in their season: July 3 Academic Basketball™ Camp and July 5-7 All-Academic Camp at Babson and the cost of these two camps is built into the season fee for ABC. Non-ABC players receiving this email will need to register directly. I have linked the brochures at www.AcademicBasketballCamp.com – please click on the appropriate logo at the top. For all other camps, please register directly with the camps and links are listed.
All Juniors should – MUST, PLEASE, unless you have reached 1560/35 – take the SAT or ACT test 3 times before the end of your Junior Year (including the June tests and new July ACT test) so the college coaches will know when they see you at the camps during the summer if your scores are in the range they hope you will be accepted by their respective schools. This salient element cannot be stressed enough. Yes, the tests are also given in the fall of your senior year but without knowing your best score a coach cannot fully plan on you being admissible. Applying ED1 is an important component of the recruiting process which does not affect non-athletes the same way. Some high school guidance or college placement advisors prescribe taking the tests only after you have completed the course material; for basketball players this will hinder your recruitment opportunities. So, please, take the test multiple times in your Junior year. Which test? Please consult a professional who can administer a diagnostic evaluation to predict whether the ACT or SAT is better for you. The SAT2 Subject Test are no longer being given putting more emphasis on the AP tests. For Sophs, taking the June test or one early in the fall to give you a baseline score and avail you plenty of time to dedicate towards improving your score to the level you will need for the schools you want. Please do not go into a test “cold” without Proper Preparation as it Prevents Poor Performance (“PPPPP”). Rule #2 applies. And before you get too anxious about the SAT/ACT test, PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE 971 colleges and universities which do not require test scores in all or some circumstances; 126 D3 schools are TEST OPTIONAL and of those, about half are very good to excellent academic schools. This is HUGE for some of you so I will repeat it:
68 GOOD ACADEMIC D3 SCHOOLS ARE TEST OPTIONAL.
But to get Academic Merit aid, most are going to require a solid SAT or ACT score.
Quick quiz: What are the top 5 criterion to use when choosing a college?
By figuring out the answer you can make your search to Earn A College Uniform very efficient. I have combined the published lists of highly ranked schools with the basketball opportunities and applied the top 5 criterion to create a matrix – you can too – of the top schools for basketball players of all levels (scores, transcripts and ability).
The goal is Rule #1. Your success is what drives Rule #2.
Please call or email me with any questions on how you can Earn A College Uniform.
Harvey A. Rubin
Rule #1: Remember To Have Fun
Rule #2: Acquiris Quodcumque Rapis