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LeBron James was Camp MVP in 2001 as an underclassman and was one of the camp participants to be drafted out of high school.

The ABCD Basketball Camp was a youth basketball camp founded by Sonny Vaccaro that was held from 1984 to 2006. The camp gathered the highest ranked high school players of the United States, and was considered one of the top events of high school basketball.[1][2][3][4] ABCD stood for Academic Betterment and Career Development.[5]


The ABCD Camp was founded in 1984 by Sonny Vaccaro and was sponsored by Nike.[6] The camp took place every year in the month of July usually lasting 4–5 days, and was held in different locations in the initial years, among which the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine in 1992[7] and at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1993[8] before moving to the Rothman Center, at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, New Jersey, where the camp was held from 1994 until its final edition in 2006.[9]

The camp was sponsored by the corporations Vaccaro was signed to: from 1984 to 1992 Nike was the sponsor; in 1993 the camp was under the Converse brand, while from 1994 to 2003 Adidas was the sponsor.[10] After 2003, Vaccaro had a deal with Reebok[6] that lasted until the last edition of the camp in 2006.[11] Several college coaches attended ABCD Camp during their recruitment process of high school players: among them Bob Bender, Jim Boeheim, P. J. Carlesimo, Joe Harrington and Mike Krzyzewski.[9][12][13][14] NBA scouts also participated and in some cases, camp participants were drafted out of high school, for instance Kevin Garnett,[14] Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal, Tracy McGrady, Kwame Brown, Eddy Curry, Sebastian Telfair and Gerald Green.[15]


Camp MVPs[edit]

Year[16] Class Player High School State
1992 Seniors Antonio McDyess Quitman Mississippi
Underclassmen Felipe López Rice New York
1993 Seniors Willie Mitchell Detroit Pershing Michigan
Underclassmen Lester Earl Glen Oaks Louisiana
Stephon Marbury Abraham Lincoln New York
1994 Seniors Stephon Marbury Abraham Lincoln New York
Underclassmen Tim Thomas Paterson Catholic New Jersey
1995 Seniors Kobe Bryant Lower Merion Pennsylvania
Underclassmen Khalid El-Amin Minneapolis North Minnesota
1996 Seniors Dion Glover Cedar Grove Georgia
Anthony Perry St. Anthony New Jersey
Underclassmen Clarence Gilbert Dillard Florida
Stromile Swift Fair Park Louisiana
1997 Seniors Rashard Lewis Elsik Texas
Underclassmen DerMarr Johnson Maine Central Institute Maine
1998 Seniors Leon Smith Martin Luther King Illinois
Underclassmen Alton Ford Milby Texas
1999 Seniors Taliek Brown St. John's Prep New York
Avery Queen Maine Central Institute Maine
Underclassmen Apolinar Fernandez Artesia California
T. J. Ford Willowridge Texas
2000 Seniors Billy Edelin Oak Hill Academy Virginia
Mo Williams Murrah Mississippi
Underclassmen Lenny Cooke Northern Valley Regional New Jersey
Charlie Rodríguez Clovis West California
2001 Seniors DeAngelo Collins Inglewood California
Antonio Lawrence San Joaquin Memorial California
Underclassmen LeBron James St. Vincent–St. Mary Ohio
Sebastian Telfair Abraham Lincoln New York
2002 Seniors Travis Outlaw Starkville Mississippi
Charlie Villanueva Blair Academy New Jersey
Underclassmen Sebastian Telfair Abraham Lincoln New York
Darius Washington Jr. Edgewater Florida
2003 Seniors Shaun Livingston Peoria Illinois
Josh Smith Oak Hill Academy Virginia
Underclassmen Tasmin Mitchell Denham Springs Louisiana
Brandon Rush Mount Zion Christian Academy North Carolina
2004 Seniors Danny Green St. Mary's New York
Monta Ellis Lanier Mississippi
Underclassmen Derrick Caracter St. Patrick New Jersey
Greg Oden Lawrence North Indiana
2005 Seniors Damion James Nacogdoches Texas
Greg Oden Lawrence North Indiana
Underclassmen Kevin Love Lake Oswego Oregon
O. J. Mayo North College Hill Ohio
2006 Seniors DeAndre Jordan Christian Life Center Academy Texas
Taylor King Mater Dei California
Kevin Love Lake Oswego Oregon
O. J. Mayo Huntington West Virginia
Bill Walker North College Hill Ohio
Underclassmen William Buford Libbey Ohio
Drew Gordon Archbishop Mitty California

Notable players[edit]

Kobe Bryant was Camp MVP in 1995.

The players mentioned have at least 1 All-Star selection in the NBA or were lottery picks in the NBA draft.


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