Breaking News – NBA Veteran Mike Harris Is Coming To Camp!

International superstar and decorated NBA veteran Mike Harris is coming to camp.  Not training camp . . . summer camp.  The 6’6”, 240-pounder announced late last week via social media, he will be re-joining HSBCAMPS summer staff for 2018.  The Hillsboro, Texas native is expected to coach at all of HSB’s upcoming Treasure Valley sessions in June, including the 5-On-5 Draft Camp June 4th – 6th, 2018 at Meridian’s Home-court.

Rice University’s most outstanding player of all time, the former Milwaukee Buck, Washington Wizard, Houston Rocket, and Utah Jazz standout has enjoyed a storied professional career that has literally taken him all over the globe.  Harris’s accolades and accomplishment include multiple MVP and championship trophies in the NBA’s D-League, China’s CBA, and Puerto Rico’s BSN.  A father, mentor and all around amazing human being, this will be Mike’s 4th trip to Boise to coach and his presence will be one that will not go unnoticed.

“Mike is all about the kids,” shared HSBCAMPS founder and former teammate Carson Sofro.  “We are truly blessed to have him, as I would argue there are few with his basketball resume or experience.”

Following the Draft Camp in early June, Harris will attend the Centennial (June 7th – 9th) and Capital High School sessions (June 18th-20th & June 25th-29th), as well as the 3rd Annual Girls Team Camp up in McCall (June 21st – 23rd).

“I am so incredibly excited to be back in Boise and on the court with the kids,” shared Harris.  “I love these camps and cherish all opportunities to give back to the game that has given so much to me.”

Camp prices range from $110 – $265 depending on the session length and location.  One of the areas most popular programs for 10 years running, sessions do fill up quickly and many are already approaching capacity.  With availability for boys and girls grades K-12, for more information or to register visit www.hsbcamps.com or email info@hsbcamps.com.

Alumni Tracker – HSB Seniors Commit To Play College Sports!

A big HSB congrats to these four – very cool!  Best of luck as your begin the next chapter in your respective athletic careers.  Here is an excerpt from the recent Mountain Express article.  Enjoy!

Four Wood River High School student athletes active in football, basketball, and cross country recently signed letters-of-intent to play college sports next year.

Kenya Schott, daughter of Gary and Cindy Schott, has been a three-sport athlete in soccer, basketball and track and field for the Wolverines. She bounced back from a knee injury suffered last fall in soccer to compete in distance events for coach Monte Brothwell this spring. She’s committed to Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wa.

Parker Bingham, a son of Kerry and Corinne Bingham, is planning to play football for the Carroll College (Mt.) Fighting Saints in Helena. The 6-2, 290-pounder was a first-team Great Basin Conference offensive lineman and second-team Idaho Statesman All-State line selection for coach Kevin Stilling.

Not only that, Bingham was a key player for the boys’ varsity basketball team of coach Andy Miles that posted Wood River’s first winning record in 23 years. Miles said, “Parker was the glue of the whole team. He brought everyone together.”

Rory Cole, daughter of Dwight and Holly Cole, plans to attend Maryland’s Johns Hopkins University, one of the leading research universities. This year’s Wood River co-valedictorian, Rory will study biochemistry and Spanish while playing basketball for the Blue Jays, an NCAA Division 3 Centennial Conference team.

Her long-term plans include medical school and volunteering with the Peace Corps.

Cole was a four-year varsity member and starter of the Wood River soccer and basketball teams. She has been a captain of the teams the last three years. Her senior year of basketball Cole scored 227 points and grabbed 210 rebounds, averaging 9.4 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Wood River varsity coach Matt Newhouse said, “Rory Cole embodies the true epitome of a student athlete.  At WRHS she took and mastered the most difficult curriculum in our school.  As an athlete she has modeled exemplary leadership and determination returning from two ACL injuries to compete at a very high level.”

Rory said, “I’ve worked my entire academic career to be accepted into a school like Johns Hopkins—it is a once-in- a-lifetime opportunity and I am so excited. I have been so fortunate to play with my teams in the Wood River Valley.

“I would not have the opportunity to be playing for the Blue Jays without the high school coaching staff. Every one of them has helped me with different aspects of my game and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn under so many of them.”

Cody Carter, son of Scott and Holly Carter, has agreed to play basketball for and attend NCAA Division 3 Cornell College in Mt. Vernon Iowa. The Rams are members of the Midwest Conference.

Carter has been Hailey’s top scorer the past two years and graduated as the school’s seventh-leading all-time scorer. He led Wood River’s hoops resurgence and was recruited by and offered academic and athletic scholarships to six colleges.

A post-season basketball All-Star, Carter led the 2014-15 Wolverines in points, rebounds and minutes played. He maintains a 3.4 GPA and has been active in the community via Idaho Drug Free Youth. At college he will focus on Kinesiology and either Psychology or some additional concentration.

Cornell Rams seventh-year head coach Chad Murray said, “Cody is a person of high character from a quality family. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have secured his commitment to our program.”

Wood River coach Miles added about Carter, “Cornell College has found a hidden gem in Cody. He will be a great addition to their program not only as a basketball player but also as a person. It was an honor and a privilege to coach Cody and to see him grow into the young man he is today.”

The Opportunity Of A Lifetime – My Summer With The Pros

This last summer I knew I had work to do. I’ve always found myself training to be the best high school player I could possibly be, but becoming a collegiate athlete would bring many new challenges and expectations.  Fortunately for me, I was presented the opportunity of a lifetime, and was offered an internship with HSBCAMPS on their national summer camp tour.

Spending eight weeks away from home definitely had me on edge a bit.  After the first few days, I quickly realized how different this was going to be from the usual summer activities I have become accustomed to.  However, spending two months being mentored, trained, and developed by professional athletes from around the world was something I certainly couldn’t turn down.  I would never forgive myself for something like that.

From day one I found myself training one-on-one with the pros, working out with, playing against, and guarding some pretty incredible athletes.  What stood out to me most, was the universality of the drills I have spent much of the last year perfecting in HSB’s Academy in Boise.  Although simple in nature, they perfect and replicate things that even the pros do on a daily basis.  The level of play and the speed at which they work are a little more advanced than what I was used to, but just to see athletes of that caliber doing the same drills that I have been doing really opened my eyes. It showed me what it takes to truly get to that next level and now I am more confident and ready than ever before.

With summer coming to an end and my departure for school just a week away, I am extremely satisfied with the improvements I’ve made in my game these last few months.  I  am also very grateful for the experience I was able to have this summer. Not too many 18 year olds can say they spent two months training and hanging out with professional basketball players.  So, thank you to Carson and everyone else at HSB for the impact you’ve had on me as a person and on my game. I will take the HSB mindset I learned here in Boise, to Oregon and put it to work as I enter my freshman year. I am as prepared as I ever could be and I look forward to my first season of college basketball.  Thanks again!

Tobin Gordon

My HSB Journey – Academy Senior Justin Goss On Four Years With The Pros

I came to HSB four years ago.  An incoming freshman with big basketball aspirations, my Mom registered me for an HSB summer camp in Meridian.  It was HSB’s first camp in the Treasure Valley, and needless to say, was a life changing experience.  I not only gained a tremendous amount of self-confidence and character, but had the opportunity to train and learn from players and coaches from around the world.  It marked the beginning of my amazing HSB journey.

Over the next few years I attended camps, was an active member in the Academy, and worked daily to perfect my skills both on and off the court.  It is incredible how long it takes to really master and develop the various aspects of your game from basic dribbling and shooting drills, all the way to the advanced mental and physical training associated with the Academy.  I was pushed from minute one and loved every second of it.

This summer, HSB invited me and a fellow Academy member, to intern with them on their summer tour through Texas, Wyoming, & Utah.  All I have to say is “WOW!”  Although there was a little bit of work involved, setting up and breaking down camp everyday, I got to spend an entire month on the road with the pros training, developing, and growing as a person.  It truly changed my life in every way possible.  How many kids get to say they have friends playing in the NBA and overseas?

As I begin my senior year of high school, I look back and think of the incredible places, experiences, friends, and coaches I have had the opportunity to meet over the years.  I have connected with people from all over the world and changed my game, my attitude, and my outlook on where I want to be in the future.  Back with the Academy this fall, I look forward to every day on the court, and hopefully another amazing summer on the road with the guys.

I would truly recommend HSB to everyone and anyone and want to send special thanks to all of the coaches and people within the organization that have made everything possible.

Thank You Carson Sofro and HSB!

Heartfelt Words – Boise High Junior Forward Trina Collins On HSB Academy

“Working out with you and Mike today reminded me why I play basketball. What you do for me and every other player you train is something I can’t thank you enough for. You touch so many players with your words and actions. I am so blessed and thankful to have someone who will push me as far as I can go and then make me go further. Training with you today was a better gift than my car, my scuba training, and the red velvet cupcakes put together because you make me a better player and person. You are a blessing to everyone you meet. Thanks again for never giving up on me or anyone else you train. Thank you!”

“HSB Ballin” J & D Doing Their Thing In Forney, TX

The Demps brothers have been “HSB Ballin” as they say, ever since we met them last summer. The Forney, Texas natives who attended both of our Dallas area camps last June, shot this video clip over the weekend, showing off their moves and reppin their new HSB gear they just ordered online. Short but sweet, I thought I would share it with all of you and welcome anyone and everyone to send all the videos and pictures they’d like. We always love hearing from our HSB faithful around the globe. J & D, can’t wait to see you guys again this summer. Thanks for the love and keep up the hard work.

Boise State Sophomore Guard Cinnamon Lister On Training At HSB Academy

It has been said that “good things come in small packages,” and Boise State sophomore guard Cinnamon Lister is living proof.  At just 5’5″, the Corona, California native has made her mark on Idaho’s Treasure Valley not only as a dedicated student athlete but as an integral member of BSU’s Women’s Basketball Program.  Always looking for ways to improve her game in the off-season, Cinnamon has begun attending weekly training sessions at our Academy in Eagle, and we recently got a chance to catch up with her about the experience. Here’s what she had to say.

As a Division I student athlete, you have have a list of options available to you in the off-season, so how did you get involved with HSB Academy?
Over the last two years, HSB has become somewhat synonymous with BSU Women’s Basketball.  A handful of players have worked camps and clinics and one of my teammates (Mandy Munns) recently started an internship with the Academy. Through Munns I was able to meet Mike and Carson and learn more about the program which really sparked my interest. I’m always looking for ways to improve my game whenever I can, and had heard from multiple sources about the caliber of training these guys offer. They weren’t lying lol!

With only a few sessions under your belt, what have you learned most about your game thus far?
Reps, reps, and more reps! My shot has never really been one of my strengths on the court, and these guys have spent some time breaking it down for me and helping me understand why.  They have given me some great tips on how to improve but it’s all about the reps.

In your opinion, how does HSB Academy live the brand encouraging Hard Work / Sacrifice / and the Belief that anything is possible?
The coaches want nothing but the best for every player and stress the importance of hard work and mental toughness on a daily basis. They want you to be the best you can possibly be.

This is not the first basketball academy you have worked with over the years. How does the training stack up?
Although I haven’t spent as much time with the coaches at HSB as I have with some of the others, these guys are the real deal. They have great knowledge of the game and know how to push you to your limits.

Most people don’t know you have a twin sister Jasmine who plays at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. One-on-one, who wins?
I’ll win for sure lol!

Some Fun Facts About Cinnamon:

Gotta ask, can you dunk?
That’s funny

Highest Scoring Game?
Fourteen in college and twenty-five in high school.

Basketball mentors?
I have several. My point guard coach Henry Mercadel, basketball trainer Pete Rivas, travel ball coach Brian Crichlow, and my high school coach Jim Leduc.

Any Basketball Awards Or Accolades?
Working on my collegiate honors but in high school, ranked 44th best prep point guard in the nation by Hoopgurlz.com, Four-Time All-Big 8 League Honoree, All-Area Third Team, Three-Time Team Defensive MVP, Two-Time Team Captain, and Four-Time Santiago HS Scholar Athlete.

Do you have aspirations to play at the next level?
Definitely! I would love to play overseas after school.

Kuna Senior Guard James Simmons On HSB Academy

A solid athlete, defensive stopper, and unselfish play maker are just a few of the words that one could use to describe Kuna High School senior guard James Simmons. A 6’2 shooting guard with collegiate aspirations, Simmons is perhaps one of the most intriguing and determined young athletes we have ever met. Tremendous potential, a rapidly developing jump shot, and a quick first step have placed this decorated Senior just a stones throw away from achieving a life long dream of playing at the next level. We have had the pleasure of training James on and off throughout the last several months, and got a chance to catch up with him recently about his passion for the game, thoughts on HSB Academy, and our journey we began together last fall.

James, you have been involved with quite a few programs here in the Treasure Valley. How did you come to be involved with HSB?
My journey to HSB was kind of unexpected. I was playing with my teammates at an open gym at school one night and was approached by Academy Director Carson Sofro, who said he was impressed by my game and wanted to know if I’d come in for a workout. Although I knew nothing about HSB or Carson at the time, the experience has been amazing, not only pushing me to my limits but showing me that I can exceed them.

You obviously think very highly of the Academy. What three things do you think you have learned most over the last several months?
Mental toughness, better ball handling, and more confidence not only in myself but my game. Carson and Mike really get you outside of your comfort zone and push you to your limits which has really paid off.

What would you say is different about HSB Academy from the other local groups you have played with?
HSB significantly differs from these other programs in their focus to improve every and all aspects of your game and making sure you have the tools you need to excel at the next level. They don’t tell you what you can’t do but rather prove daily that you can do all kinds of things you didn’t think were possible.

Would you recommend the program to others looking to improve their game?
Absolutely! I actually brought one of my teammates Scott Hukill who ended up joining the program.

Here are some fun facts about James:

Can you dunk?
Lol! Most of the time. On good days I can get it pretty clean.

What is your favorite food?
Chicken

Any Awards or Accolades?
S.I.C All-Star Team selection, two-year Letterman in football and basketball, four-year S.I.C. All-Academic selection.

Highest scoring game?
16 against Bishop Kelly

Favorite Athletes?
JR Smith & Kevin Durant

If you could play for any school in college where would you go?
University of Texas At Austin

North Forney Junior Guard Roy Neugent On HSBCAMPS

If you’ve ever met North Forney’s Roy Neugent, you will quickly learn two things about him. He can jump really high and may just be the fastest person you have ever seen. All kidding aside, our coaching staff still recollects about Roy at camp last year casually jogging down the floor as the rest of the camp frantically tried to maintain pursuit with every ounce of speed they had. One went as far as to say, “it was like watching a bunch of turtles chase a cheetah.” Although quiet in nature and never outspoken, the recent “Greater Dallas Power Player of the Week” nominee has not only captured our attention here at HSB, but that of scouts and rival coaches around the great state of Texas. Roy recently took a few minutes out of his schedule to sit down and share his thoughts on HSB, its coaches, and his experience at last summers camp.

Last year was HSB’s first in Texas. How did you get involved with the program?

My step-dad found the camp and decided to sign me up.  I love the game of basketball so we both felt it would help with improving my game.

How would you rate your experience?

It was great!  I was pushed everyday and absolutely loved the coaching staff.

What three things do you think you have taken from the program that have impacted you the most?

Have confidence in yourself and your abilities. always work hard, and don’t ever give up.

In your opinion, what would you say is different about HSB?

It was the first camp I’ve ever been to so I really don’t have much to compare it to.  I can say however, that all the drills and stations really helped me a lot, so much so I still work on many of them today.

Would you recommend HSB to a friend?

Yup . . . sure would!

A Few Fun Facts You May Not Know About Roy:
You can dunk right?

LOL!  First dunk was at age 15.

Being that your the fastest athlete we’ve ever had, what’s your 40 time?

40 time!?  I haven’t tested that since 8th grade.

If not your 40, you’ve gotta know your vertical?

Last I checked it was 34″.  I can reach 10’10 (WOW!)

What’s the most you’ve ever scored in a game?

20

Who’s your favorite athlete?

I’ve got two, my cousin Frankie Solomon and the Black Mamba Kobe Bryant.

If you could play collegiate ball anywhere, which school would you choose?

Duke would be #1 if I was good enough, or maybe Baylor (Sick New Uniforms)

Any awards or achievements of note?

I was named Most Improved player by my coaches, and was known as the best shooter on the team with the most hops.  I also won best athlete of the year for 2010-2011.

Collegiate Prospect Tobin Gordon On HSB Academy

Standing 6’3, Emmett senior guard Tobin Gordon has worked his way into a position of stature amongst the Treasure Valley’s high school basketball elite. A decorated player, dedicated student athlete, and all around great young man, Gordon joined HSB Academy last fall, hoping to fulfill his dream of playing at the next level. Just months later, he is taking the final steps in making that dream a reality. We got a chance to catch up with Tobin and ask him what his experience has been like training at HSB Academy and working one-on-one with the pros.

Tobin, you’ve been involved with quite a few of the programs here in the Valley. How did you end up with HSB?

Last fall, I was looking for a trainer to help me take my game to the next level. By some coincidence, my dad happened to see HSBCAMPS trailer parked over by the military reserve dog park and stopped to inquire. He figured the tall guy dressed in HSB gear (Carson) had to be someone important so the two engaged in conversation and a connection was made. I had my first session shortly after and have been working out with them ever since.

Has it been a positive experience so far?

Yes! It’s been extremely beneficial and great overall. Mike and Carson have really showed me how hard I can push myself and I’ve seen some substantial results.

What would you say are the three most important things you have learned and how have they impacted your game?

First, working hard every opportunity I have a chance to improve my game. Second, to be truly successful requires solid skill and mental toughness. And last but not least, you always have to have an aggressive mindset every time you step on the floor.

What would you say differentiates HSB from the other programs you have been to?

They don’t sugar coat anything. They tell you the truth, even when you don’t want to hear it, and push you to tackle your weaknesses head on. I think this is a tremendous tool for young basketball players, because everyone needs honest critics.

Would you recommend the Academy to friends or teammates?

Definitely! I would and I already have.

Some fun facts about Tobin:

Can you dunk?

I can! (I don’t know about this one lol)

What is your favorite food?

Pretty much anything or Italian.

Any basketball awards or accolades of interest?

2010-11 4A S.I.C. 2nd Team All-Conference
2011-12 4A S.I.C. 1st Team All-Conference
Double Pump West Coast All-Star Camp All-Senior Team Selection

Highest scoring game?

32pts

Favorite player?

Toss up between Lebron & Kevin Durant.

If you could go to school anywhere to play ball, where would you go?

UCLA