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July an important recruiting period for basketball

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This week unofficially marks the start of arguably the most important time in college basketball recruiting. High school kids and prospects across the nation will take to the basketball courts this month in a grueling month of elite basketball camps and AAU circuits.

During the next month, coaches will flood college basketball gyms across America to get a peek at the nation's best talent. It's an important time to evaluate, foster relationships and connections with the next generation of talent, and for the lucky few, it's a time to secure verbal commitments.

This month is just as important for high school kids as some try to add a star or two to their name and move up the major recruiting rankings. It's a pressure-packed environment filled with huge expectations and often times unfair results. Every single move and step they take will be watched, recorded and scrutinized by hundreds of college coaches, but right now it's the nature of college basketball.

In the past, head coach John Calipari has been outspoken in his disapproval with summer recruiting. He has publicly said he would prefer to do what college football coaches do and shut down the recruiting for a month. He would rather be on campus helping the kids he already has adjust to their new school, as well as give the current high school kids somewhat of a break from the year-round schedule they have to face.

But for now, that's not how things are done meaning Calipari has no choice but to be on the road doing what he does best.

Because this is part of UK's official website, we can't go into any great detail about the camps and tournaments because some of the kids could be prospective student-athletes. However, I wanted to at least give a rundown of some of the higher profile events going on.

Nike Lebron Skills Academy 

Akron, Ohio

July 5-8

adidas Invitational 

Indianapolis

July 6-8

NY2LA Sports Next Level Invitation

Mequon, Wisc.

July 6-9

Great American Shootout 

Duncanville, Texas

July 8-11

Nike EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam 

Augusta, S.C.

July 12-15

NY2LA Sports Summer Jam

Mequon, Wisc.

July 12-15

Team Breakdown Hoopfest

Miami

July 13-15

Hoop Group Jam Fest West Virginia

Morgantown, W.Va.

July 14-16

adidas Super 64

Las Vegas

July 22-26

Las Vegas Fab 48

Las Vegas

July 22-25

Las Vegas Live

Las Vegas

July 22-36

Double Pump Best of the Summer

Anaheim, Calif.

July 27-30

Nike Global Challenge

Portland, Ore.

Aug. 5-7

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