Nike Basketball Camp stops in Lexington

Former University of South Carolina forward Carlos Powell conducts a defensive drill with a Nike Basketball Camp participant. Thomas Grant Jr. photos.

Since 2014, Jason Harman has served as camp director for the Nike Basketball Camps throughout the Midlands and parts of Georgia.

The camps are designed to help young people from pre-teens to 17-years-old refine their basketball fundamentals through daily drills and instruction from the counselors provided by the Lexington High School alumnus.

Harman was back in familiar territory this week at Northside Christian Academy, where he serves as boys’ basketball coach. An estimated 30 boys and girls spent four days working with Harman, along with assistant coach Lucas Hargrave, former University of South Carolina forward Carlos Powell and former Dreher standout and White Knoll and Lower Richland head coach Keturah Jackson.

The camp concluded Friday.

Nike Basketball Camp Director Jason Harman brings a young camper upfront for a basketball drill.

“A lot of camps just kind of roll out the balls to players,” Harman said. “They’ll play a lot of five-on-five and there’s not a lot of instruction given. But that’s the main thing that we want to differentiate what we’re doing with Nike camps and all the Nike camps are like this run that are run through Elite Hoops. There’s really a heavy emphasis on drills and helping kids get better. That’s the big emphasis here.”

Campers don’t just measure their progress among themselves. Harman said they run a Living by Numbers program where scores in various drills are compared with others around the country.

In addition, their statistics are paired with other Nike Basketball participants around the Palmetto State with the top players invited to the State Invite Camp Aug. 3 and 4 in Columbia.

Camp counselors (from right to left) Keturah Jackson, Lucas Hargrave and Carlos Powell.

From there, Harman said players can get an opportunity to attend the Southeastern Nike Basketball Camp in Atlanta, Ga. during Labor Day Weekend.

The Nike Basketball Camp returns to Cardinal Newman High School July 15 through 19. A boys’ basketball camp is scheduled for July 22-26 at Northside Christian. To sign up, visit

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