University Park, Pa. — Coming off a 2011 NCAA Tournament appearance and the program's first-ever run to the Big Ten Tournament Championship game, Penn State coach Ed DeChellis and the Nittany Lion basketball program are gearing up for another round of stellar camp offerings this June.
Penn State will offer five different boy's camp experiences during the month of June ranging from Father/Son Camp (June 10-12) to Team Camp (June 16-18) to an Elite Individual Camp (June 18-19). An Instructional Camp (June 19-22) and a Day Camp (June 28-July 1) will round out the month.
"We are expecting a very exciting camp season this year as our coaching staff, former players and regional coaches gather in State College to teach the game," DeChellis said. "We are really looking forward to once again having a great number of quality teams and players from the Northeast on campus in the coming weeks and having the opportunity for them to compete in our terrific facilities and learn from a tremendous group of coaches."
All Penn State basketball camps are held on the University Park campus with campers housed in University residence halls and supervised by camp counselors.
Nittany Lion head coach Ed DeChellis, entering his ninth season at Penn State, and his staff, which includes former long-time head coach Kurt Kanaskie and former Nittany Lion All-Big Ten player Dan Earl, are actively involved in all camps. DeChellis has 15 years of experience as a collegiate head coach and was the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year and a two-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year while at East Tennessee State. Kanaskie, entering his ninth season at Penn State, has 18 years of experience as a head coach, including seven years at Drake University, and was an All-Big Five player at LaSalle. Earl ranks among the best players ever at Penn State posting 1,256 career points and 574 assists while twice earning All-Big Ten honors and leading Penn State to a top 10 national ranking.
"I believe it is very important that Penn State basketball camps should be fun and provide a great learning experience for each camper," DeChellis said. "Our coaching staff and camp counselors take a personal interest in each camper to help him improve his individual skills and enjoy his time at camp."
For more information or to register for camp, please contact Penn State Sports Camps at 814-865-0561 or visit www.GoPSUsports.com/camps. Penn State Sport Camps can also be e-mailed at SportCampInfo@athletics.psu.edu and is also on Facebook at facebook.com/pennstatesportcamps.
The Father/Son Camp (June 10-12) offers a great bonding experience between fathers and sons focusing on basketball fundamentals, games and fun competitions. The camp is designed for students grades two through twelve and their fathers or guardians.
The Team Camp (June 16-18) is designed to provide junior varsity, varsity, and/or club teams with the opportunity to train and compete under the direction and guidance of an outstanding coaching staff. Each team will have tactical training sessions, technical pressure training and daily competitions. Teams must send a minimum of eight players and a maximum of 12. Previous camps have consisted of more than 70 teams from across the Northeast with more than 700 regional players and coaches competing in the Bryce Jordan Center and other campus facilities. Teams from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia and New York have taken part in Team Camp.
The Elite Individual Camp (June 18-19) is for high level players looking for a challenge and the opportunity to advance their skills and knowledge of the game against similar level athletes.
The Instructional Camp (June 19-22) is for students entering grades six through 12 next fall and is designed to develop the total basketball player. Campers receive detailed instructions about ball handling, passing, dribbling, footwork, defense and rebounding. Each camper participates in league games as well as a variety of individual competitions.
The Day Camp (June 28-July 1) is open to boys entering grades two through eight next fall. The camp focuses on fundamentals of the game and emphasizes team play through drills and live game situations. Workouts are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday. Campers are asked to bring lunches each day, drinks will be provided.