Welcome to The Camp In The Capital
About The Camp
Rex Sports has partnered with St. Michaels University School (SMUS) to offer an all-inclusive 5-day basketball program at their beautiful and modern campus in Victoria, BC. "The Camp" is a Basketball program designed for 13 to 15 year old boys across Canada looking to improve their basketball and life skills while being coached by elite university-level coaches and players.
The goal of the Camp is to help young athletes become better all-around players and people. The camp will focus on skill development, game specific scenarios, mental approaches to the game, basketball IQ development, teammateship, among many other facets of the game. The Camp provides a tremendous amount of basketball development, but also focuses heavily on applying those skills to game situations during officiated 5-on-5 game play. The camps most exciting feature is the four day tournament that results in an eight-team playoff bracket and ultimately a Championship game played during the final afternoon of the camp. The camp's competitive nature naturally allows for awards to be presented, including Tournament MVP, Finals MVP, Top Defensive Player, as well as First and Second Team All-Star awards.
The coaches and male athletes will reside on SMUS’ campus with athletes in double occupancy rooms with a private washroom. They will have support from SMUS’ boarding staff around the clock and will enjoy 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. The Food Services at SMUS carefully plans each meal to ensure that there is a wide variety of nutritious food choices that are essential for a healthy body and an alert brain. This experience will give athletes the opportunity to pair on-court improvement with off-court personal growth.
The Camp in the Capital Overnight Basketball program is for intermediate to advanced level players in Canada who are serious about getting better at their craft. The coaching staff is made up of current NCAA, USPORTS, and CCAA coaches and players.
Meet The Coaches
Our coaching staff was carefully selected to ensure players get the most out of our program. Our coaches have a combined total of over 30 years post secondary and professional playing experience but we wouldn't have chosen them if not for their passion to help others improve their game. Our coaches have played and coached basketball all over the world and bring a tremendous amount of knowledge to this camp, both on the court and in life. This program will feature four coaches from the Mainland and four from Vancouver Island.
The Mainland staff is led by Bret Macdonald, the assistant coach to the Simon Fraser University Men's Basketball program (SFU). SFU is the only Canadian team in the NCAA. We are thrilled to have Bret’s experience and leadership in our program. Bret also has experience lacing up in the University Circuit (CIS) for both the UBC-O Heat and the UBC Thunderbirds.
Standing at 6'10 Luka Zaharijevic spent 5 years playing at UBC for the Thunderbirds before playing professionally for Palangos Kuršiai in Lithuania. Recently, Luka was named to the coaching staff of the UBC Men's Basketball program. Luka has tons of coaching experience at the youth and university levels and we are very lucky to have him at this program.
Josiah Mastandrea currently wears the red and white in his first year at SFU. Previously, he spent three years playing for the Douglas College Royals and was one of the most dangerous three point shooters in the College Circuit (CCAA). Josiah helped the team to three straight Provincial Championship games, winning two of them.
Rounding out the Mainland staff is Othniel Spence. Othniel led SFU in overall points per game and finished 10th in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) with 13.7 ppg in his senior year in 2019. Othniel is a natural leader and pure-athlete, his ability to stretch the defense with his outside shot, playmaking and exciting finishes at the rim made him one of the most exciting players to watch in recent memory at SFU.
Head coach for the Island is Dylan Marsden. Dylan is the one behind Rex Sports and currently an Assistant Coach for the Camosun Chargers Men's Basketball program. Dylan spent five seasons playing for the Chargers and was known for his three-point shooting and leadership. After his playing career, Dylan shifted his attention to coaching at the post secondary and youth levels, where he runs individual and group training programs year-round.
Joining him on the Island staff is current Camosun Charger, Jake Wilmott. Jake is currently in his senior year for the Chargers and is looking to lead his team to the National Tournament for the first time since 2015. Jake embodies the word “leadership” and is well known for his high basketball IQ which allows him to excel in multiple positions on the court both offensively and defensively.
Rounding out the Island coaching staff is Kazutoki Kobayashi. Kaz attended high school at Oak Bay before playing in the CCAA for the Camosun Chargers and VIU Mariners. Kaz turned into one of the top defenders in the CCAA throughout his career and helped the Mariners to two National Tournaments in two years. After his career in the CCAA, Kaz went on to play professionally in Japan for the Tokyo Excellence.
The Camp in The Capital hosts a unique tournament that will be played from Tuesday to Friday. Each of our coaches will become the head coach of an eight man roster, which will be announced on Monday night following the first day of camp. The afternoon game-play on Day One will be “King of the Court” style scrimmages used to evaluate each player in an attempt to create as fair as possible teams for the tournament. Once you have been placed on your team, you will join seven other campers along with your coach on a mission to become the Champions of the First Annual Camp in The Capital. Not only will your seven teammates and coach be your team for the duration of the on-court portions of camp, but you will also be a team for the off-court portion of camp. There will be a variety of daily challenges that will present opportunities for your team to win “Rex Points”. These points can be used to buy apparel, outside food and much more. Rex Points can also be used to purchase an extra timeout during gameplay, or gatorades for your team. A full currency rubric and menu for Rex Points will be available closer to camp time.
The tournament will be concluded by an eight team playoff bracket that will be presented on Thursday evening, set to begin on Friday morning and finishing with a Championship game in the afternoon. Earning a place in the Championship Game is a reward in itself as the game will be documented by professional videographers and photographers to capture all of the action. Winning the Championship Game in front of a packed gym full of players, fans, and coaches, is an experience that you are not likely to forget any time soon.