My First Moments at the Adidas All-American Camp
In the past, many players have made or broken their careers at a camp like this. Lenny Cooke got demolished by Lebron James back in high school and he never recovered. Tracy McGrady went from a no-name to a first-round NBA Draft pick because of how well he played. Countless others received Division 1 scholarships or at least put their names on the map because of their performance at a camp like this.
A few days before I left, my dad called me and said, “Ryan and Tony aren’t going to the Adidas camp, do you still want to go?”
I thought, Are you kidding me?! I’ve been training for this moment for years, and you’re wondering if I don’t want to go to this camp just because my Gym Rat teammates Ryan and Tony aren’t going?!
Instead, I politely responded, “Yes, of course.”
I took the plane out of Philadelphia and headed to Suwanee, Georgia. The gym was right outside of Atlanta, and the camp was actually featured in the book Play Their Hearts Out by George Dohrman.
Getting to the Adidas Camp on the first day had me feeling like a king. When I got to the airport, a bunch of basketball players huddled around a guy holding a sign that said, “Adidas Superstar Camp.”
I walked up to the guy and, with a touch of pride in my voice, said, “I’m here for the camp.”
He responded, “Ok, hang with these guys. We’ll be leaving shortly.”
These were my first moments at the Adidas All-American Camp.