About Jr All American Camp
The Jr All-American Camp is the premier basketball exposure venue for the nation’s best young ballers! Are YOU one of them? Are you a future All-American? If you want to test your skillz against the top players in America then THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!!!
The TOP 300 rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade BOYS and TOP 300 rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade GIRLS (100 in each grade) will compete in Atlanta, GA! Will YOU be there?
How do you get in?
The Jr All-American Camp brings together the best middle school players in the US. If you would like to participate in the national camp you MUST first attend a regional camp in your area. If you have game and our regional camp coaching staff feels that you were one of the better players there, then you will earn an invitation to the prestigious national camp in August. So now what? GO now to our Regional Camps page, find the next camp near you, then sign up! And maybe we'll see you in August among the next All-Americans!!!
Clay and Chris Wright
Founder and President
Clay Dade is the founder and president of the Jr All-American Camp and its other related national venues, the Freshman All-American Camp -- for the country's elite rising 9th-grade boys -- and the Sophomore All-American Camp for elite rising 10th-grade girls. These basketball camps were established to provide early exposure and expert instruction for young prospects with high future potential. The camps are part of a growing segment in grassroots basketball. Similar camps that have come before are either inconvenient to get to for the majority of players; regional in focus and participation; or lack quality instruction, organization and execution. At the request of parents, coaches and players, Clay and his staff sought to offer an alternative that would surpass the others' shortcomings. Ultimately, the mission of these elite camps is to improve the state of American basketball. Clay believes that it starts at the root core – with the young developing player – with greater emphasis on skill development, knowledge of the game all in a highly-competitive, most challenging setting.
Ray, Bill Walton and Clay
In 2003, Clay began plans for the first 24-hour high school sports cable television network. SSPN has evolved from start up concept to a premier digital multimedia service with programming that will be available soon to millions of people who will be to enjoy anytime, anywhere on multiple platforms such as cable, satellite, on-demand, wireless, broadband (SSTV.com), mobile phones, iPods, PSPs, and other emerging technologies. Scholastic Sports Productions, the production arm of SSPN, has organized and executive-produced two debut projects. Showcase high school basketball games featuring top-ranked teams televised nationally. In February 2006, Montrose Christian of Rockville, MD played Dallas South Oak Cliff. In March 2006, then-undefeated USA Today No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (40-0) met No. 12 Montrose Christian in an historic game. A sold out crowd witnessed Montrose Christian upset the nation’s top-ranked team on a buzzer-beating layup, ending Oak Hill’s perfect season. Millions of fans were riveted at home as they watched the thriller on TV. The game featured 2007 College Player of the Year Kevin Durant, then a senior. Fourteen Division I players played. That game achieved some of the highest ratings ever for a high school game on national TV.
Ray, Nick Calathes and Clay
Prior to Express Hoops Video, Clay founded and served as president of Hoop One, a sports marketing and event management firm. He is responsible for establishing many successful camps, all-star games and programs that served as effective exposure venues for high school student-athletes pursuing scholarships to colleges. He has been credited with helping identify hundreds of today’s best players in their early years. They include include former NBA all-star Steve Francis, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and many others. Express Hoops Video has been used by every NBA team, major colleges and has also been seen in telecasts and coverage of the NBA Draft by TNT, CNN and ESPN. Clay has made numerous guest appearances on national and local sports television and radio shows providing expert basketball analysis and commentary. He was interviewed on ESPN’s The Life, in the episode covering the 2002 Jordan Brand Classic high school all-star game.
Clay and Mike Beasley
Clay was a scouting assistant in basketball operations with the Orlando Magic. He worked with Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway, and many other players during his tenure. He was responsible for all college video scouting, some advance scouting duties and on-court workouts with players on the injured list. The idea for Express Hoops Video came from his experience working with the Magic. He recognized the need NBA teams had for video on emerging talent and saw there was none available to them anywhere. He anticipated the trend of teams drafting high school prospects and international players on potential and designed a service that would meet that need. College teams also benefited with the NCAA’s stringent recruiting rules which limited in-person evaluations of prospects. With no start-up capital, Clay set up a worldwide network of video distribution.
Clay began his career in sports working in marketing for the Charlotte Rage, a former expansion team in the Arena Football League. He also worked in sales for Pepsi in the Charlotte, NC area.
Clay is a native of Washington, DC. He holds a B.S. in business administration-marketing, from Winthrop University and a Master of Sports Administration, M.S.A., from Ohio University. In 1985, Clay earned a scholarship to Wake Forest University and would back up Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues - the shortest player in ACC and NBA history. Clay was a Street & Smith magazine high school All-American and nominated to the McDonald's All-American team.
Clay and Nolan Smith
· Professional players he has coached include Steve Francis, Lonny Baxter, William "Smush" Parker, Casey Jacobsen, David Hawkins, Sharrod Ford and many more.
· 2006, created Jr All-American Camp
· 2003, started Scholastic Sports Programming Network (SSPN)
· 2000, all 29 NBA teams used EHV
· 1997, secured Detroit Pistons as first NBA customer
· 1995, founded Express Hoops Video
· 1993, hired as scout with the Orlando Magic
· 1993, graduated Ohio University, Master of Sports Administration
· 1990, graduated Winthrop University with BS in Business Administration
· 1988, helped lead Winthrop to its first Big South Conference championship