Legendary UCA alum and NBA hall-of-famer Scottie Pippen is returning to his alma mater to host a youth basketball camp June 14-17 at the Farris Center.
The camp is for male and female athletes in grades second through twelfth and registration has currently met its maximum of 150 participants. The price for registration per camper before June 1 was $160 and after it is $180.
The camp is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day with registration and drop-off being from 8-9 a.m. and drills starting at 9 a.m.
The camp is designed to help youth athletes further develop their basketball skills through drills and other activities. UCA coaches and players, as well as other various coaches, will be assisting with the drills.
Pippen plans to be a part of the activities as well. It is easy for someone with his status to put their name on something and not be involved. However, that is not the case with Pippen.
“Scottie plans on being a part of camp each day. Those of us working camp will do our best with executing his vision of what the campers need to learn each day,” men’s basketball coach Anthony Boone said.
There will also be games, competitions and guest speakers throughout the camp.
Pippen used to host camps at UCA every summer but has not done so in many years. So, naturally, when he reached out asking if he could host one again this year, Boone was thrilled.
“Of course, we are more than happy to accommodate,” he said.
As for his players, they are very excited to have the opportunity to coach alongside Pippen. “They all know of the greatness of Scottie Pippen — his legacy is the main reason why they knew of UCA before we recruited them to come here,” Boone said.
He gave all of his players the opportunity to be a part of the camp if they had the means. One of those that will be helping is Jared Chatham, who said “it’s a great feeling.”
Chatham hopes to earn some tips from a former pro as he enters his final season at the collegiate level. “I’m definitely looking forward to learning a lot of tips from him and most importantly with me being a senior just learning what it’s like to play at the professional level and what I should expect.”
Born in Hamburg, Pippen was not offered any scholarships and walked on to the UCA basketball team after being discovered by the head coach, Don Dyer.
After experiencing a growth spurt where he grew 9 inches, Pippen became a star his senior year and garnered NAIA All-American honors in 1987, which attracted scouts for the NBA.
Pippen was drafted by the Seattle Sonics in the 1987 NBA Draft but was traded that night to the Chicago Bulls where he spent the majority of his career and garnered the most success. He quickly became one of the best players in the league.
Pippen and the Bulls won three consecutive championships two separate times. They are the only team in NBA history to do so. He also is a seven-time NBA All-Star, an eight-time member of the NBA All-defensive team, as well as a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Pippen was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and had his jersey retired by UCA the same year. He was inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.