OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson University head men's basketball coach Gary Stewart is serving as an assistant commissioner of the East Region of the inaugural NCAA Basketball Academy taking place this week at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. Session I is taking place from July 22-25, with Session II occurring July 25-28.
The NCAA College Basketball Academy is a new developmental boys basketball academy for prospective student-athletes in the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022. The academy was created in response to recommendations from the Commission on College Basketball that was chaired by former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleezza Rice. With input from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the academy is designed to give prospective student-athletes a sample of the college basketball experience.
The commissioners and assistant commissioners will serve as directors for their respective locations, and they will play integral roles in the development of drills, game rules and life-skills programming for participants. They also will monitor games, make roster changes and mentor academy coaches at each site.
Serving as commissioner of the East Region is former Boston College, Rhode Island and Kennesaw State head coach Al Skinner, while serving as assistant commissioners with Stewart at UConn are former Princeton and Fairfield head coach Sydney Johnson and former Loyola Marymount assistant coach Patrick Sandle.