Newell-logo Pete Newell Bigman Camp - The Draft Review

From 1976 till it’s final camp in 2011 Pete Newell’s Big Man Camp was for a time the best instructional camp for post players. Yet the word “best” doesn’t really encapsulate the true weight of what the Big Man Camp meant for basketball. The professional alumni list is a literally a who’s who of some of the best players in NBA history. Anyone doubting the acclaim of his camp look no further than Newell’s hall of fame resume page which cites his Big Man Camp.

Often the Big Man Camp was a stamp of assurance. Often college players in newspapers and in NBA scouting notes would contain the phrase “Attended Pete Newell Big Man Camp”. It wasn’t strange for NBA draftees to leave right after the handshake with the NBA’s commissioner or co-commissioner and book a flight to Hawaii and later Las Vegas. For some those destinations might seem ideal for tourism. But for those emerging players the hunt was for basketball knowledge. What was so amazing is that Pete Newell gave this immense knowledge for free.newell hd

For over 32 years Pete Newell and a host of coaches provided young players with not just an understanding of core fundamentals and concepts. But an mental approach to taking the core fundamentals, footwork and using them as building blocks to more complex moves.

Sadly on November 17, 2008 Pete Newell passed away at 93 years old. What’s amazing about Peter Newell is the Big Man Camp despite it’s immense prestige was but a blip on a resume littered with accomplishments and honors. From a multi college championship winning coach, NBA General Manager and scout to an gold medal winning Olympic Coach. Pete Newell lived a basketball life that could fill 4 lifetimes. Bobby Knight might have said it best “I think Pete probably understands the game better than anybody ever.”

Pete Newell Big Man Camp - NBA Drafted Participants
Alaa Abdelnaby Michael Doleac Alvin Jones Hakeem Olajuwon Tim Thomas
Tom Abernethy James Donaldson Charles Jones Michael Olowokandi Jason Thompson
Mark Acres Kevin Duckworth Jumaine Jones Jermaine O'Neal Bob Thornton
Rafael Addison Chris Dudley Ozell Jones Shaquille O'Neal Otis Thorpe
Greg Anderson Michael Dunleavy Jr. Sasha Kaun Jose Ortiz Wayman Tisdale
Ryan Anderson Acie Earl Adam Keefe Scott Padgett Robert Traylor
Rafael Araujo Mark Eaton Shawn Kemp Ruben Patterson Gary Trent
Isaac Austin Evan Eschmeyer Tim Kempton Anthony Pelle Jake Tsakalidis
Milos Babic Doug Edwards Jerome Kersey Mike Peplowski Nickoloz Tskitishvili
William Bedford James Edwards Randolph Keys Will Perdue Kiki Vandeweghe
Jonathan Bender Obinna Ekezie Albert King Sam Perkins Nick Vanos
Benoit Benjamin Sean Elliott Bernard King Tim Perry Loy Vaught
Winston Bennett Dale Ellis Rich King Chuck Person Jake Voskuhl
Roberto Bergersen LaPhonso Ellis Stacey King Bobby Phills Samaki Walker
Walter Berry Francisco Elson Greg Kite Ed Pinckney Gerald Wallace
Carlos Boozer Chris Engler Jon Koncak Scottie Pippen Rasheed Wallace
Corie Blount Danny Ferry Raef LaFrentz Dexter Pittman Bill Walton
Cal Bowdler Marcus Fizer Sean Lampley Olden Polynice Chris Washburn
Sam Bowie Alton Ford Andrew Lang Mark Pope Kermit Washington
Shawn Bradley Don Ford Jerome Lang Vitaly Potapenko Christian Welp
A.J. Bramlett Greg Foster Keith Lee Tayshaun Prince Bonzi Wells
Randy Breuer Jeff Foster Gary Leonard Kurt Rambis Mark West
Frank Brickowski Rick Fox Rashard Lewis Zach Randolph Rodney White
Kwame Brown Adonal Foyle Alton Lister Blair Rasmussen Jahidi White
Mike Brown Todd Fuller Brad Lohaus Theo Ratliff Jerome Whitehead
P.J. Brown Dan Gadzuric Grant Long Zeljko Rebracca Eddie Lee Wilkins
Stanley Brundy Dean Garrett George Lynch Bryant Reeves Corlis Williamson
Mark Bryant Pat Garrity Todd MacCulloch Don Reid Brian Williams
Greg Butler Chris Gatling Don MacLean J.R. Reid Herb Williams
Andrew Bynum Kenny Gattison Mark Madsen Jason Richardson John Williams
Marcus Camby Armon Gilliam Danny Manning Stanley Roberts Pete Williams
Jason Caffey Horace Grant Shawn Marion Clifford Robinson Greg Wiltjer
Michael Cage Paul Grant Sean Marks Rodney Rodgers Dontonio Wingfield
Elden Campbell Stuart Gray Fernando Martin Sean Rooks James Worthy
Antoine Carr A.C. Green Kenyon Martin Malik Rose Howie Wright
Kenny Carr Kenny Green Tim McCormick Doug Roth Lorenzen Wright
Joe Barry Carroll Sidney Green Dan McClintock Brian Rowsom Sharone Wright
Terry Catledge Steve Hamer Jelani McCoy Jamal Sampson Vincent Yarbrough
Kelvin Cato DeVon Hardin Xavier McDaniel Ralph Sampson Korleone Young
Duane Causwell Al Harrington Jim McIlvaine Rony Seikaly Tim Young
Tyson Chandler Donnell Harvey Chris McNealy John Shasky Wang Zhi-Zhi
Eric Chenowith Brendan Hawyood Chris Mihm Casey Shaw George Zidek
Pete Chilcutt Alan Henderon Darius Miles Danny Schayes  
Keon Clark Cedric Henderson Chris Mills Steve Scheffler  
Jason Collins Sean Higgins Terry Mills Dwayne Schintzius  
Jarron Collins Nene Hilario Eric Mobley Purvis Short  
Wayne Cooper Tyrone Hill Eric Montross Bobby Simmons  
Austin Croshere Roy Hinson Chris Morris Lionel Simmons  
Pat Cummings Donald Hodge Chris Mullin Doug Smith  
Eddy Curry Dave Hoppen Gheorge Muresan Elmore Smith  
Erick Dampier Tito Horford Troy Murphy Jabari Smith  
Samuel Dalembert Marc Iavaroni Lamond Murray Larry Smith  
Yinka Dare Zydrunas Ilgauskas Jerrod Mustaf Michael Smith  
Antonio Davis Antawn Jamison Larry Nance Reggie Smith  
Dale Davis Robertas Javtokas Swen Nater Pape Sow  
Mark Davis Jason Jennings Mamadou N'Diaye Ryan Stack  
Brad Daugherty DerMarr Johnson Ken Norman Ed Stokes  
Andrew DeClercq Ervin Johnson Charles Oakley Stromile Swift  
DeSagana Diop Ken Johnson Ed O'Bannon Maurice Taylor  
Vlade Divac Steve Johnson Patrick O'Bryant Etan Thomas