2018 Midwest Next-Level Preseason Boot Camp

With AAU now behind us, it is time to turn our attention to the start of high school basketball season. To help prepare for what could be your best season yet, Jim Dabbelt and Jim Clayton has combined to host an event that will get you prepared for the start of practice, both physically and mentally.

Coming October 6 & 7 will be the 2018 Midwest Next-Level Preseason Boot Camp, held in conjunction with the start of basketball practice. The event, will be held at Sports City U Academy in Hurricane, WVa, just minutes from Charleston. It is a one-day event, and you can choose which day to attend!

Jim Clayton is the founder and director of SCU, the nation’s top year-around basketball academy. Several of his alumni from his training academy have played in the NBA/WNBA, and he also spoke to the coaches at the NCAA Final Four in Columbus last spring. He is also a John Maxwell certified speaker on leadership.

Jim Dabbelt is the editor of The Dabbelt Report, considered the top girls basketball online source in Ohio. He also is now in Pittsburgh and is a co-founder of the #PittsburghTop100 with Sean Strickland. Both Jims have been in the game at a high level for over 30 years.

The Boot Camp will combine skill work with classroom style events for the kids, who will be invited from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. 40 girls each day will be accepted, and the event runs each day 9A-5P.

The morning will consist of hours of higher-level skill development, and a video introduction to college coaches. Each player will introduce themselves and conduct a 2 minute interview, and the link will be sent to all college coaches in the region, as a chance to introduce yourself to the coaches. It will be good for them to see who you are, hear you speak and how you conduct yourself on camera.

Lunch is provided for the girls, and during that 45 minute break, there will be 3 classroom sessions including Leadership Training, Social Media Safety for Athletes, and Recruiting.

After lunch, it picks back up again as the girls will compete in half-court transition 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 which allows them to have their game analyzed at a better level. Also in the afternoon, they will endure basketball-related conditioning, work with The Gun, and go through a Laser Ball Handling Workout.

As an added bonus, every girl in attendance will receive instructions on how to access Jim Clayton all year around to help fix your shot or other parts of your game.

Sports City U is only 3 hours from Dayton, Cincinnati, Wheeling, 3 1/2 hours from Pittsburgh, 4 hours from Cleveland, and 4 1/2 from Toledo. An easy day trip to spend 8 hours in the gym to prepare yourself for high school basketball.

This event will be open to players in classes 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 in the states mentioned above.  It does not matter what level of college recruit you are, this will be a chance to transcend your game to a higher level and be a better player, and a better leader for your high school team.

Jim Clayton will be handling the invites for West Virginia and Kentucky, Jim Dabbelt will be responsible for Ohio and Pennsylvania. You can also request an invite by emailing jmdabbelt@aol.com or texting (937) 476-7310. All registrations will begin to be sent out via email starting on Wednesday afternoon.


“Preparation is the key to success…and the reason for failure”