“I’ve already had a camp in place in California that has been running for five years and we have our own facility now, so I’m trying to bring the same concept to Reno,” Shiloh said. “We want to start with camps and clinics and then grow into leagues and kind of expand that way.”
With his academy already established in his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif., Shiloh was looking for the next location to spread his basketball IQ. Inherently, the perfect fit for Shiloh’s newest site was Reno.
“This is where I went to school. I went to college here and played for UNR. It’s just natural for me to bring something here,” Shiloh said. “I’m actually living here now and this is where I’ll be raising my family. This is where my wife’s family is from and I know a lot of people out here. It’s just a good place for me to be right now and a good place for me to help teach basketball.”
Boys and girls ranging from the ages of 7-17 are invited to take part in the Kyle Shiloh Basketball Clinic this Saturday and Sunday as Shiloh’s personal basketball camp, Basketball Universe Academy, is partnering up with Showcase Basketball to present the clinic. The lessons will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at Evelyn Mount Community Center in Reno with the cost of the camp set at $75.
Shiloh will be partnering up with Jeff Christensen, currently an assistant coach in the NBA Developmental League, who is also full of basketball knowledge.
“Jeff used to work for the Bakersfield Jam, a D-league team and then he started working for me at my academy in California,” Shiloh said. “After that he left and ended up getting a job here with the Bighorns and we just kind of came together. I told him that I was trying to bring my academy out here and he said that he wanted to run some camps, so we kind of came together and we’re going to be doing this together all year. I have worked with Jeff in training for my professional basketball career, and I have witnessed him successfully working with all ages and genders on many different skill levels, from amateur to professional.”
Shiloh will combine Christensen’s experiences with his own to offer participants a high level of basketball leadership.
“It’s my fifth year playing overseas so I’ve been doing it for a while,” Shiloh said. “I’ve been to Italy, Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, pretty much everywhere. It’s definitely a learning experience and something that I can share with other people because not everybody gets to do stuff like that. It’s definitely something I can share with others and use what I learned over there to help people here.”
No matter the level of basketball smarts or the distance traveled around the globe, it is the passion behind the camp that makes it special.
“We’re just trying to establish what the academy is about. We’re trying to instill the basic fundamentals of the game,” Shiloh said. “We want to teach them about learning how to have fun at the same time as competing and learning how to compete. We’re looking for a high level of basketball and I think that’s something that Reno really needs as far as a program that establishes a high level of basketball and a consistency.
“I just kind of want to be a mentor for the kids. We’re trying to teach them the things that I never learned growing up. I’m trying to use my life experiences to help them not make mistakes and kind of grow through the sport of basketball.”