INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA will
host close to 250 prep basketball players between grades nine and 12 at
its sixth annual First Team Summer Conference, August 9-12 in Tampa,
First Team Summer Conference provides male basketball prospects with
resources to help them and their parents navigate the collegiate
recruiting process and understand the role athletics plays in the
The three-and-a-half day
conference features sessions on recruiting, education, life skills,
health and physical fitness, mock recruiting situations, study habits,
preparation for college, time management, table and social etiquette,
setting and achieving goals, nutrition and training, transition from
high school, and understanding the student-athlete’s state high school
Other conference highlights
include guest speakers from all levels of basketball, including current
and former student-athletes, who talk to the First Team participants
about their experiences. Past speakers include former coaches and NCAA
student-athletes such as John Thompson, Reggie Minton, Bill Raftery,
John Lucas, Charles Barkley, Jarrett Jack, Michael Curry, Clark Kellogg
and Doug Collins.
"This is a
special year for the NCAA First Team Summer Conference," said Anne
Little, director of the NCAA First Team Program. "For the first time,
we will have participants from all over the United States and this
year's conference will feature another big first--program alumni.
Several former First Team participants who recently completed their
first year as college student-athletes will be joining us in Tampa,"
First Team is a year-round
NCAA program designed to help highly talented prospective
student-athletes and their parents as they experience the NCAA
recruiting process. Participants receive monthly communication, attend
the Summer Conference and remain in the program throughout high school.
New candidates complete an application process, which is reviewed by a
committee to determine selection. Program participants are identified
based on their athletic ability and recommendations.
a part of the First Team program was an invaluable experience to me
both as a student and as an athlete," said former First Team
participant and former Ohio State University student-athlete Mike
Conley. "I learned how to handle life situations, as well as how to use
the sport of basketball to further my education as I continue to excel
at each stage of my career."
totally impressed with the efforts made by First Team to educate my son
in every area of life, whether it was sports, building relationships,
education or just how to confront situations that most teens his age
would encounter,” said Regina Conley, Mike's mother. "Personally I
can't thank Anne Little, Greg Turner and Duke Pryor enough for being a
part of the "village" that helped Michael to become the young man he is
The First Team program is the
result of recommendations from a subcommittee of the NCAA Basketball
Study Group, later named the NCAA Basketball Issues Committee. The
subcommittee, which was created in 1998, asked that education
initiatives be developed to address negative influences impacting the
game of basketball, including a year-round mentoring and educational
First Team conferences have
been held in Portsmouth, Virginia (2006), Colorado Springs, Colorado
(2005); Charlotte, North Carolina (2004); Tampa, Florida (2003) and in
Indianapolis (2002). The NCAA partners with the National Federation of
State High School Associations and the National Association of
Basketball Coaches on the First Team program.
For more information on First Team, visit www.ncaafirstteam.org.