2015 SDA Elite Invational Basketball Camp

2015 SDA Elite Invational Basketball Camp

  • Sep 07,2015
The 2015 SDA Elite Invitational Camp was a huge success once again as it served to raise the bar for player development, coaching standards and talent exposure within Irish basketball.  Top 50 ‘U18 basketball players’ from all over the country came to compete against the best to push their limits of development, experience and learning. Once again, highly respected American and Irish Coaches came to share their invaluable experience and teachings to eager athletes wanting to get better. The 2015 SDA Elite Invitational camp was the most competitive camp within its 3-year history, and the hungry attitudes of each and every invited athlete resulted in increased skill development, decision-making ability and athlete exposure to top coaches both at home and abroad.
 
Casey Stevenson of Duke University (Raleigh, North Carolina) joined the SDA coaching staff this year and added invaluable knowledge & experience to the invited athletes. While working with Duke Basketball, Casey was critical in analysing game film, preparing scouting strategy and assisting in operations. Duke University Basketball is one of the most storied basketball traditions in NCAA history, mainly because Coach K (also USA Basketball Head Coach) has done such a fine job in creating a standard of excellence in the basketball world by attracting top student-athletes year after year.
 
Texan Coach Pete Schwethelm, formerly of prestigious basketball programmes such as Georgia-Tech and Lafayette came back again and added his huge experience to elite player development. Top Irish coaches Paul Kelleher and Matt Hall also returned alongside Orla O’Reilly (plays professionally in Spain) and Mairead McNally to round out the coaching staff in 2015.
The real stars of the 2015 SDA Elite Invitational Camp were, as always, the athletes who did a fantastic job. From the hardwood to the sport psychology lectures and scholarship workshops, every athlete gave 100% despite the onset of fatigue from such an Elite and physically demanding environment. SDA would like to sincerely thank and congratulate all 50 invited athletes who gave huge effort throughout the 4 highly intensive days.
 
Congratulations to 2015 SDA Camp male Co-MVP’s Jordan Blount (Cork) and Sean Flood (Dublin), who stood out both on and off the floor through their relentless work ethic and leadership skills. Jordan was also the 2015 SDA male 1v1 competition winner while Sean was the 2015 SDA Camp 3-point competition winner! Congrats to Bronagh Power-Cassidy who won the 2015 SDA Camp female 1v1 competition while her older sister, Saoirse was named the 2015 SDA Camp female MVP! This year Jenny Morrison was the lucky camper drawn out of the hat to win 2 NBA tickets to the 2016 UK NBA game.
 
As with every SDA Invitational Camp, each player received NBA apparel, SDA apparel, personal player profiles, individual player highlights on the SDA YouTube channel, and exposure to hundreds of high-school, prep-school and college coaches through the SDA network.
 
SDA is in existence to do 3 things: 1) to develop key skills in Irish youth athletes; 2) to expose Irish youth athletes to elite-level coaching; 3) to get top Irish youth athletes noticed so they can potentially pursue athletic/academic development abroad. So far SDA has facilitated 7 top athletes in furthering their athletic & academic careers in the US at top programmes. Former SDA athlete John Carroll (currently playing at Hartford University – NCAA D1) was back to help out this year and is tangible proof of the success of the SDA model.
 
“Youth basketball development in Ireland has a long way to go, but there is no denying the positive attitude and work ethic of Irish talent. Invitational camp models can expedite improvement and assist in supporting better coaching nationwide, and this is the true purpose of SDA”.  Paul Cummins
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