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Best Hoops Premier Basketball Camp

Mission is to:

-Provide a safe, fun and positive learning environment and basketball experience for each camper.


-Teach the importance of respect, teamwork, self-discipline, communication, and effort in basketball, academics and life.


-Properly develop and improve the fundamental basketball skills of each camper.


-Help campers develop an understanding of what it takes to become a better person, student, basketball player and leader.


-Instruct each camper on the proper rules, language and terminology of the game of basketball.


-Help campers build confidence, determination, and resilience in themselves and others.


-Hire highly qualified coaches, educators and players as camp counselors and mentors for our campers.


-Provide each camper with an organized, structured, and goal-centered camp experience.


-Help campers understand how to take what they've learned and implement it into their practice routine at home.


-Teach each camper the meaning of success and what it takes to be the best they are capable of becoming.


3 - Divisions:

-Grade School  (7-10yrs. old) 


- Middle School  ( 11-13 years old)


-High School  (14-18 years old)

Jamal Gomes 

Best Hoops Premier Camp Director 

 Bishop Hendricken Boys Basketball Coach


     For over two decades, Jamal Gomes has propelled Bishop Hendricken High School to the pinnacle of success not only in Rhode Island, but regionally, and nationally. In his twenty three years as head coach, Gomes has led Hendricken to a record fifteen Rhode Island State Championships in the last nineteen seasons. This includes seven consecutive state championships from 2004-2010; which ties the state record for most consecutive state championship seasons. 


     A proven winner, tireless worker, and innovative motivator, Gomes' teams have a proven record of sustained growth and improvement as each season progresses. The culture of family, tradition, loyalty, positive relationships, effective communication and teamwork that he has fostered has created a legacy that continues to grow. This work has allowed Jamal to guide his student-athletes to unprecedented levels of success. 


     In addition to his tenure at Hendricken and twenty-three years as co-director of Best Hoops, Gomes has led several camps for the regionally recognized Hoop Mountain Basketball Camp for over ten years.  Gomes was also afforded the privilege to work at the prestigious USA Basketball Regional Camp in Boston.  Gomes credits much of his success to his friend and mentor, Coach Steve Ceseretti, his supportive family, and the thousands of campers and student-athletes he's had the opportunity to work with over the years.


     Jamal says that he has two homes, Rehoboth, Massachusetts; where he resides with his wife, Tara, and his two daughters, Madison, and Avery, and Bishop Hendricken High School; where he works as athletic director, school counselor and men's basketball coach. 


       A graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School in 1991, Gomes was a three year varsity player. During his senior year, Jamal was awarded the Gatorade Player of the Year, the state of RI's top award for a high school basketball player and earned a full basketball scholarship to attend Stonehill College where he became a 1,000 point career scorer and captain of his team. After college, Gomes played professionally in Ireland before returning to Hendricken to begin his teaching and coaching career.


      Coach Gomes has enjoyed the great blessing of working with hundreds of outstanding young student-athletes, many who have gone on to compete at the collegiate and professional basketball level, and many who have achieved success in their daily lives, family lives and personal careers.


      On December 18th, 2018, Jamal received one of the great honors and blessings to be bestowed upon a coach.  The Bishop Hendricken community officially named their basketball court in Pepin Gymnasium in honor of Coach Jamal Gomes '91.  The evening took place in front of a sold out crowd with many of Coach Gomes' former players, family and friends in attendance to celebrate. Most recently, in November of 2019, Coach Gomes was inducted into the Stonehill College Athletic Hall of Fame.


Jamal Gomes

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  • Head Coach, Bishop Hendricken High School (2000-Present)

  • Stonehill College BA, Providence College M. Ed.

  • Athletic Director, School Counselor, Psychology Teacher, Former PE/Health Educator

  • Married to Tara, Daughters: Madison and Avery

  • Inducted into Stonehill College Athletic Hall Of Fame 2019

  • December 2018 Bishop Hendricken Basketball Court Dedication  Coach Jamal Gomes '91 Court

  • 15-Time RI State Championship Head Coach (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

  • Three Division (1) Titles, Fourteen Regular Season League Titles

  • Over 450 Career Victories

  • RIBCA Coach of the Year 2004, 2006

  • RIBCA Championship Coach of the Year 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

  • 2009 RI Sports Awards Boys Coach of the Year 

  • 2016 USA Today R.I. Boys Basketball Coach of the Year

  • 2016 National Federation High School Coaches Association Boys Basketball State Coach of the Year. 

  • Inducted into the Bishop Hendricken Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012

  • Camp Director - Best Hoops Basketball Camp, Hoop Mountain Basketball Camp

  • Camp Coach - USA Basketball

  • Coached many student-athletes that have gone on to compete at the NCAA Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and the pros. 

  • Girls AAU Basketball Coach (Ma. Illusions), DR Spartans Town Travel

  • USA Basketball Certified

  • NFHS Fundamentals of Coaching Certified, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Certified, Concussion Certified, First Aid/CPR Certified, Covid-19 for Coaches Certified, Protecting Students from Abuse Certified

  • R.I. High School Gatorade Player of the Year (1991)

  • BHHS Single Season Scoring Record (652 Points)

  • First Team All-State (1991)

  • First Team All-Division (1991)

  • First Team All City of Warwick (1991)

  • Converse HS All-American (1991)

  • Atlanta Tip-Off Club RI Player of the Year (1991)

  • Nominee McDonald's High School All American (1991)

  • RI State Basketball Team Champion (1989)

  • Captain and 1,000-Point Scorer, Stonehill College (1991-1995)

  • Professional Career - Ireland 

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