It’s no secret Ohio is a stop on every major college women’s basketball program’s recruiting radar. It’s also no secret the annual Ohio Girls Basketball Report Skills Camp is one of the state’s – and country’s – “must see” events. July 5-8, OGBR’s infamous event will be held for the 10th time. It’s the longest surviving summer girls basketball exposure camp in the country.
It’s no secret Ohio is a stop on every major college women’s basketball program’s radar when it comes to recruiting. It’s also no secret the annual Ohio Girls Basketball Report Skills Camp is one of the state’s – and country’s – “must see” events.
July 5-8, OGBR’s infamous event will be held for the 10th time at Denison University in Granville. The camp is the longest surviving summer girls basketball exposure camp in the country.
Designed to showcase Ohio’s best seventh, eighth and ninth grade girls basketball talents, the camp has been called the “best basketball SCHOOL in America” by several NCAA D-I coaches.
Over the last nine years, the camp has hosted 2,320 players and this year had to turn away 67 applicants. It’s easy to see the appeal.
OGBR executive director Tom Jenkins runs the event, while several of Ohio’s and the nation’s top coaches staff it.
The 4-day, 3-night camp is instructed by a “Whose Who” of coaches. All told, the camp staff has a combined 589 years of coaching experience and has earned 85 trips to the Final Four and 38 state championships.
“The OGBR Skills Camp has gained its reputation as the best of its kind because of one reason and one reason only,” Jenkins said. “The working staff. (The players) know they will not get cheated at the Denison oval.”
Coaching names of note this summer include:
Dante Harlan – Mt. Notre Dame
Bobby Brown – Toledo Start
Scott Rogers – Indian Hill
Pete Pullen – Dayton Dunbar (boys)
Jerry Hester – Defuniak Springs, FL (boys)
Paul Barlow – Hathaway Brown
Felicia Oliver – University, NJ
Cayll Smith – Riverside, FL (FL Hall of Fame)
Will McKinney – Columbus Africentric
Greg Mauk – Lima Bath
Danny Young – Shaker Heights (boys)
Andy Marx – Cin Oak Hills
Andy Booth – Wadsworth
Greg Noftz – Marion Harding
Greg Gooding – Jackson Center
Denise Duncan – Cleveland Shaw
Some of the former pro players working the camp are;
Amy Sherry – WNBA
Megan Duffy – WNBA
Larry Sykes – NBA
Paul McMillan – Europe, South America and Asia
Latreece Bagley – Europe
According to Jenkins, the camp, which is NCAA certified, will attract upwards of 100 college scouts and coaches. Last year 77 Division I college coaches attended.
Jenkins said every Big Ten and Mid-American Conference school will be represented as well as 80-percent of the Big East and half the SEC, ACC and Atlantic 10.
In addition to basketball, the camp is designed to teach life skills and skills needed to succeed at the collegiate level. Player guides are issued and exams are held on the content.
For obvious reasons, this not just a normal camp.
“Don’t be surprised to see a player or two go home during or after the first day,” Jenkins said. “It has happened every year but one in the previous 9 years. This camp has its foundation in structure and discipline. There is an expectation that all of us will help one another with the difficulties this school demands. Remember it is a privilege to be here not an entitlement.
“We are ready for camp to start…are you?”
LONG DAYS: So how much work goes into pulling this event off? The numbers are staggering. According to Jenkins, the following hours have been spent on organizing and finalizing the camp. Work started in December.
320 hours of corresponding and communication with high school coaches, club coaches, college coaches, campers parents and staff
62 hours in organizing room lists and dorm assignments
87 hours in preparing 270 Players’ Guides
108 hours in preparing 96 Staff Coaches/Counselors Manuals
52 hours in preparing 100 College Coaches’ Packets
34 hours spent deleting and adjusting all the camp material because of cancelled campers
56 hours on campus setting up for camp