Become a Hoop Dreamer

Selection criteria

Hoop Dreams selects athletes based on the free decisions of the founding group, through checks and visions of potential candidates in league games, tournaments or training. Reports from coaches and sports clubs but also from parents, relatives, friends and teammates are useful and welcome. Teachers and professors of athletes can report deserving students (as long as they practice the sport of basketball); will be requested the school profits of the candidates in the formats provided by the evaluations of the institutions to which they belong.


For 2022, Hoop Dreams has already identified many potential Hoop Dreamers class of 2007 for players in men's leagues and 2006 for players in women's leagues. They are listed in the area of the site called Hoop Dreamers not in order of merit, but in alphabetical order. Contributions and reports contribute to the periodic updating of the list. In June 2022, the final list of the 5 Hoop Dreamers will be drawn up, that will have access to the programs dedicated to them. The choice will be free decision of the founding group.

Wild Card

Will be made available, at the total discretion of the founding group, up to a maximum of a further 5 wild cards in case of a high presence of deserving athletes.


The 5 chosen (plus any wild cards) will have free access to the Campus dedicated to their training, will be included in the program of control and analysis of physical parameters, will have high-level technical sports support, will be supported for their optimal physical development by dieticians and nutrition experts, sports trainers, masseurs, physiotherapists and professionals in general, with the aim of developing a harmonious and functional growth to the physical characteristics and technical objectives peculiar to each athlete. As far as school training is concerned, they will have access - at the same time as the Campus - to courses to strengthen the English language, with particular attention to basketball terminology. They will also have access to scholarships and the possibility of being included in school training programs combined with high-level sports practice, until the acquisition of a high school diploma, with the possibility of continuing the path of study/sport excellence, with dedicated university training programs until graduation, with the extension of the status of "Hoop Dreamer" up to 25 years of age.

Campuses in Italy and USA

For the first selected, in addition to any wild card, there will be free participation in the IBC - International Basketball Campus, a training campus of high sporting level that will be held in July 2022 at the Istituti Filippin in PIEVE del Grappa (TV), the prestigious seat of the La Salle training centers in northern Italy. Following this, the Hoop Dreamers will participate in the Hoop Dreams+ internship that will be held at Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, United States.


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