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    All About Basketball Training

    Compton launches Nike cage camp

    The Philippine Star 03/28/2006

    Looking to contribute to the country’s quest to regain its lofty standing in the Asian basketball scene, Philippine Basketball League star Alex Compton and his peers have launched the Nike Elite Basketball Camp, a unique grassroots development program for high school level cagers.

    Under the program, 80 high school basketball players from Metro Manila aged 14 to 16 will get the chance to further hone their skills in an all-expense paid, six-day cage camp starting April 7 at Brent Mamplasan in Laguna.

    Chosen from a field of 300 aspirants by a group of professional players, trainers and coaches led by Ato Badolato, the 80 cagers will be housed for six days at Brent School where they can interact with teachers and fellow players. To ensure all players will get personalized training, one trainer will be assigned to every five camp participants.

    "I’ve read the country’s history. The Philippines was the best in Asia for a long time. We’d like to help bring back those glory days," said Compton, the camp’s project director, in a press briefing yesterday at the Wasabi Bistro and Bar in Makati.

    "I benefited from good coaching, starting when I was seven. Now we are bringing the same kind of program here. Excited ako kasi matutulungan namin ‘yung mga bata na ma-improve yung game nila," added Compton, an American citizen who grew up in the Philippines.

    Compton and Badolato will work with several other top trainers and players including NBA veteran David Wood, Coach E basketball camp founder Eric Altamirano and former PBA star Ronnie Magsanoc in the day activities.

    Evening sessions will feature Alaska coach Tim Cone and Kirk Collier, among others.

    Compton said the players, led by La Salle Zobel’s David Webb and Thomas Ian Babilonia of San Beda-Taytay, will get to mingle with the pros for six straight days, adding players like Rob Johnson, BJ Manalo, Dennis Madrid and Joel Co will share rooms with the camp participants, giving them a chance to share thoughts while outside the playing areas. Webb is the grandson of former PBA player and Sen. Freddie Webb while Babilonia is the son of former PBA center Guido Babilonia.

    The top 20 participants will play on April 12 in an All-Star game to be shown live on Studio 23. Three players will also be chosen to attend the Nike All-Asia Camp in China in June to be attended by top coaches like Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Compton said he is confident the camp will grow and eventually be able to accommodate more aspiring players from across the country.

    "We’re just starting and there are logistical issues. But with the help of our friends and sponsors we should be able to reach other areas in the country.

    "Basta gusto mong matuto, puwede kang makasali sa Elite Basketball Camp. Kahit sa Batanes ka pa galing o kahit sa Tawi-Tawi," Compton said.

    The Elite Basketball Camp is a program of the

    International Basketball Academy. Other programs under the IBA are the Coach E Basketball School, Academy for Coaching Excellence and School of Advance Refereeing. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Re: Elite Basketball Camp

    The players mentioned here are among those who were given special awards in the Elite Basketball Camp

    In Huddle : ‘Filipinos have what it takes to be in the NBA’

    First posted 11:47pm (Mla time) May 26, 2006
    By Beth Celis

    Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the May 27, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    BEIJING, China -- Every year around this time, Adidas Philippines selects the two best players from the 15-year-old and under category of the three-on-three Streetball tournament to send to the Adidas Superstar Camp where they undergo training under world experts and get the chance to play two-on-two with NBA cagers.

    This year, the anointed ones were 6-foot-5 Vince Fran of La Salle Greenhills, son of former PBA cager Raymund Fran, and 6-foot Kevin John Gamboa of Ateneo. The two left for Beijing this week to join 62 other players (aged 18 and below)from all over Asia, in the 5-day basketball camp.

    Aside from honing their skills and learning something new, Vince and Kevin will aspire to make it to the All-Star team which will undergo further training in Atlanta, Georgia in July.

    The All-Stars will be composed of 10 players culled from a group of 24 semifinalists who participated in the Beijing camp. The Philippines’ Ken Barracoso made it to this group two years ago in
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    At the Camp, we had the chance to interview NBA cagers Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and TJ Ford of the Milwaukee Bucks, Tracy McGrady’s personal trainer Wayne Hall, and legendary NBA coach and player KC Jones, who celebrated his 74th birthday last Thursday.

    What I found most interesting in the round of interviews conducted separately was the consensus among the four that the Filipinos basically have what it takes to make it to the NBA. Despite our height disadvantage.

    All of them agreed that there is a place for the small man in the NBA.

    For TJ Ford, who is considered Filipino-size at 5-foot-11, the intangibles come into play for the aspirant.

    “If you’re small like me, you have to work ten times harder and you have to be ten times smarter,” he said.

    He listed down confidence, personality, work ethics and belief in oneself as survival factors in the NBA.


    Wayne Hall, who has been T-Mac’s personal trainer for 10 years, cites 6-2 Carlos Arroyo of the Utah Jazz as a perfect specimen of the NBA small man.

    An NBA player has to be complete, he said. He has to be good in every aspect of the game, especially if he’s deficient in height.

    Hall, who said his claim to fame is the development of T-Mac, was in the Philippines with the NBA superstar six years ago when he was not yet a superstar.

    “I’ve watched the PBA. You have very good players,” he said.

    According to him, what hinders our development is the lack of facilities. Our drills, even those being used here in Beijing and other countries in Asia, are also way behind, compared to the United States.


    From a field of 64 players, most of them giants, our very own duo of Kevin and Vince have caught the attention of veteran coach KC Jones, who admits he has “developed an eye for talent.”

    “Give these boys three to five years and they’ll be a force to contend with,” KC said.

    Kevin and Vince played two-on-two with the two NBA cagers, the duo of Kevin and Dwight Howard versus Vince and TJ Ford.

    Kevin and Dwight won. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Re: Elite Basketball Camp

    10 hoop camp standouts make it to Atlanta

    First posted 03:44am (Mla time) June 01, 2006

    Editor's Note: Published on page A22 of the June 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

    BEIJING, China -- The top 10 players of the recent Adidas Superstar Camp will participate in the next leg scheduled in Atlanta, Georgia on July 4-19.

    Led by MVP Zhou Peng of China, the camp standouts came from the most promising basketball talents from the Asia Pacific region with players from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, the Philippines, Korea and Japan coming over.

    The 6-foot-7 Zhou will be joined by seven other Chinese players, an Australian and a Japanese in Georgia next month.

    It was the biggest superstar camp in Beijing with newcomer Japan swelling this year’s list of countries to eight after China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Korea and the Philippines.

    A total of 62 players attended with 20 making it to the All-Star Game roster, where the Dwight Howard team ripped the TJ Ford Selection, 88-72.

    “We learned many new things here, which we intend to share with our coach and teammates back home,” said Kevin John Gamboa of Ateneo de Manila University, who was sent to the camp together with Vince Fran of La Salle Greenhills.

    Both were personally handpicked by Adidas Philippines sports marketing director Goody Custodio to join the Beijing Camp.

    “We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to train under NBA greats like KC Jones, Dwight Howard, TJ Ford, Detlef Schrempf and NBA All-Star guard Tracy McGrady’s personal conditioning coach, Wayne Hall,” said the 15-year-old Kevin, who was joined in the trip by his father, Jojo, who played collegiate ball for the Ateneo.

    Supplementing the court training, a course initiated by and taught by Hall titled “Next Level Fitness,” was also offered.

    “Basketball is a physically demanding sport, but the ‘Next Level Fitness’ classes will help players by covering the importance of a balanced diet and appropriate physical training to improve their performance,” Hall said.

    With the correct training, the participants have the potential to reach higher levels of performance. Beth Celis Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Re: Elite Basketball Camp

    3 Webmasters to join Nike Camp
    By Gabby G. Malagar
    The Freeman 12/27/2006

    Only three University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters are joining in the Nike Elite Basketball Camp tryouts at the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit gym on January 28 next year.

    Coach Reggie Licanda said the three are Robinson Mohammad, Billy Connors and Pelayo Cabańero.

    The UC Junior Webmasters are the CESAFI juniors champion, defeating the UV Baby Lancers in the finals, 2-1.

    UC is among the four schools, which already named its participants to the Nike tryouts here in Cebu. The other schools are host Sacred Heart, USC Baby Warriors and USP-F Baby Panthers.

    Still expected to submit its line-up is UV.

    The Nike Elite Basketball Camp in Mamplasan, Laguna will be held March 30 to April 4 next year. It is the gathering of the best high school players nationwide wherein the best campers will be chosen into the All-Star game.

    The Nike Elite Camp director is Alex Compton. The other coaches assisting Compton are Eric Altamirano and Edmundo "Ato" Badolato. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Re: Elite Basketball Camp

    Elite cage camp listup ends Jan. 8

    The deadline for the submission of application forms for the 2007 Elite Basketball Camp tryouts in Western Visayas is Jan. 8 in Bacolod City.

    Coach Rommel Rasmo, who is assisting the International Basketball Academy facilitate the tryouts, yesterday said that the coaches should submit the applications to Dexter Dy at the Bacolod Visayan Lumber. The tryouts for high school players from Region VI, which is backed by Nike and IBA, is set from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 21 at the St. John's Institute Activity Center

    Project director Alex Compton earlier said there will be no limitations in the number of WV aspiring cagers who will be included in the camp, but only 80 slots are up for grabs nationwide.

    Compton said that they are staging the tryouts because they want to maximize the individual skills of the best young players in the country.

    The camp is scheduled from March 30 to April 4 next year at Brent International School in Mamplasan, Laguna with former Philippine Basketball Association mentor Eric Altamirano and 10-year National Basketball Association veteran David Wood among others being part of the coaching staff.

    Compton said that players from public schools will also be allowed to join the tryouts as long as they are enrolled this school year because they want to instill that education is important.

    Elite will shoulder the expenses, including the fare, accommodation, food, jerseys, shorts and shoes, of the cagers who will be chosen for the six-day camp that is open to players below 18 years old, he said.

    The mythical five after the camp, which has calendared skill-building workshops, scrimmages, truth talk sessions and an all-star game, will be sponsored by Nike to participate in the All Asia Camp in China, Compton added. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Re: Elite Basketball Camp

    Nike Camp starts today
    By Gabby G. Malagar
    The Freeman 01/27/2007

    The best high school players here in Cebu will convene on Sunday in the Nike Elite Camp at the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit gym along Gen. Maxilom Ave.

    The whole day tryouts, which aim to discover the best high school players in Cebu, will be conducted by ex-pro and coach Eric Altamirano. The tryout is sanctioned by the International Basketball Academy (IBA) headed by Fil-Am Alex Compton.

    Today will be the briefing of coaches at the SHS gym.

    Majority of the coaches under the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc. (CESAFI) including juniors champion University of Cebu (UC) Junior Webmasters are sending players.

    But it is University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers, which is sending the most number of entries as the school administration decided to field in the whole team.

    The other teams which will be joining are USC of Roland Remedio, USP-F of Camilo Go and SHS of John Hortillano.

    Cebu Nike Elite Camp coordinator Ramel Rasmo said that Altamirano and San Beda Red Cubs coach Edmundo "Ato" Badolato will jointly brief the coaches.

    Those who will be chosen from Cebu will be sent to Mamplasan, Laguna during the summer for a one-week camp and in the final day of the camp, the potential players will be divided into two teams to play in the All-Star Game.

    Transportation, board and lodging for all the players who will be sent to Laguna will be shouldered by Nike plus they will be given Nike outfits such as shoes and basketball jerseys.

    The coaches of the players, who are chosen will also be given privileges such as free board and lodging in Mamplasan and will be given Nike apparels but they will shoulder their own expenses in going to Laguna. Changing The Face of The Game!

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    Re: Elite Basketball Camp

    Wood back for elite camp
    SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
    The Philippine Star 03/08/2007

    Former NBA star David Wood returns for the second straight year to join Welcoat guard Alex Compton and coach Eric Altamirano in conducting the country’s only all-expense-paid camp for high school standouts at the Brent campus in Mamplasan, Laguna, on March 30-April 4.

    Only 80 Filipino players will participate in the six-day Nike-sponsored elite basketball camp. They will be chosen from 130 nominees in tryouts held in Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Pampanga, Baguio, Lipa and Metro Manila over five weekends. At least 500 players from more than 100 high schools signed up for the tryouts starting at St. John’s Institute in Bacolod last Jan. 21 and ending at La Salle Lipa last Sunday.

    Five high school players from Singapore and five from Malaysia are also attending.

    Compton, the project director, said the camp for 18-and-under prepsters addresses the clamor of parents and sponsors to organize an immersion camp that will take the future stars to the next level of competition in an intense environment.

    "We are looking to transform the landscape of Philippine basketball," said Compton. "There is no other specialized training available for top high school players in the country. We are focusing not only on basketball fundamentals but also values. Through our truth talk sessions, we hope to bring out the importance of hard work, discipline and integrity in leading towards success."

    Compton pointed out three elements that make the elite camp one of a kind.

    "First, it’s not an open camp," said Compton. "We’re inviting only the best of the best after exhaustive tryouts. Second, we’re not charging a single centavo. And third, it’s a comprehensive six-day camp where the kids eat, sleep and play together. We’re splitting the players three to a room with a senior or kuya as mentor."

    Among the kuyas expected in the camp are Tony Boy Espinosa, Dennis Madrid, B. J. Manalo, Ralph Rivera, Rob Johnson, Daniel Booker and Josh Manthe. Coaches invited to speak at the camp include Tim Cone, Norman Black, Kirk Collier and Chot Reyes.

    The camp will equip the players with the skills, strategies and mental preparation for a game. It will feature skills development drills, a variety of workshops and character building sessions to prepare the players for the game of life.

    Wood, 42, played for Chicago, Houston, San Antonio, Detroit, Golden State, Phoenix, Dallas and Milwaukee in a seven-year NBA career that ended in 1997. As an import, he led Purefoods to fourth place in the 2001 PBA second conference, averaging 20.6 points in 16 games with a high of 32. Last year, Wood was in Manila for the first-ever elite program that brought outstanding campers Mike Gamboa, Joshua Webb and Dave Marcelo to an All-Asia gathering with NBA stars Nate Robinson and Jason Richardson in China.

    The China trip assembled 60 top Asian high schoolers for 10 days. Gamboa, the shortest camper at 5-7, was picked among the top 20 participants by Robinson and Richardson.

    "This is a long-term commitment to Philippine basketball," said camp consultant Altamirano, a former PBA coach. "Nike has agreed to sponsor us until 2011. To prepare for this year’s camp, Alex spent two weeks with former New Jersey Nets assistant coach Ed Schilling in the US last summer. Ato Badolato of San Beda is also in the camp staff as a consultant."

    Altamirano pointed out that it’s no accident that the UAAP’s mythical first team last season was made up of elite campers, including Gamboa, Erwin Duran and Socrates Rivera.

    "We’re teaching the best to get better," said Altamirano. "Aside from the elite program, our group (International Basketball Academy) also has camps for kids (Coach E basketball school), referees (SOAR or school of advanced refereeing) and coaches (ACE or academy for coaching excellence)."

    Compton said Brent athletic director Charles Bates and coaches Ben Compton and Erwin Sanchez are making available the school’s dorm and sports facilities for the campers at no charge. "Everyone’s pitching in to ensure the success of the program because we know it’s good for Philippine basketball," said Compton.

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    Re: Elite Basketball Camp

    I gather that scouts, recruiters and the like will be barred from this activity. Of course, these kinds would do anything to have a buffet of the best high school talent right in front of their eyes ready for the taking!

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    Re: Elite Basketball Camp

    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyServinio
    * * *I gather that scouts, recruiters and the like will be barred from this activity.* Of course, these kinds would do anything to have a buffet of the best high school talent right in front of their eyes ready for the taking!
    That's great. We have the whole team under the eyes of our own scouts - Ato And Eric A.. ;D ;D
    Our fellowship will never cease!

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    Re: Elite Basketball Camp

    any news on the recently concluded nike elite camp?
    "Respect All, Fear no One!"

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