Gamepoint Basketball is an elite basketball club program that serves San Diego County, Riverside County and Orange County. Since 2004 GP has grown to include high school and youth programs with 32 teams. Founded by Charlie Mercado as a way to stay connected to the game and share on his passion with young athletes, GP puts an emphasis building young men as both players and people. Since its creation, Gamepoint has sent over 150 student athletes to play at the collegiate level at schools like San Diego State University, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Seton Hall, MIT, Stanford, Brown, Princeton, University of Nevada, Oregon State and Yale, just to name a few.
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Provide a positive, yet challenging environment where young players can hone their skills. We seek to instill confidence on and off the court, and make a positive difference in the lives of each one of our players.
MEET CHARLIE MERCADO, FOUNDER
After wrapping up his collegiate basketball career and graduating from Bethany College in 2004, Charlie Mercado knew he didn’t want to leave the game of basketball behind. Gamepoint was created in 2004 as an opportunity to give student-athletes in the San Diego area opportunities that he and his teammates did not have. He uses the experience gained from playing at the high school and college levels to assist the next generation of players. Since launching Charlie and the coaching staff have built a program that succeeds in player development and college prep.
– Charlie Mercado (Pictured with GP 12U Elite)
WHY PLAY FOR GP?
Our Passion Fuels Your Play
Gamepoint has developed strong relationships with recruiters, colleges, and tournament organizers to ensure our players get the opportunity to play against the best of the best and have the chance to be seen by recruiters from programs across the nation. To aid our high school players and their families in the recruitment process, GP developed a recruitment program that includes the creation academic and athletic profiles, to the identification of target schools and coordination of university visits.
“Gamepoint helped me improve my game by playing with some of the best players in San Diego and against some of the best competition across the country. I am grateful for the role Gamepoint has played in my development as a basketball player.”
– Johnny Dee, GP Class of 2012
University of San Diego all-time leading scorer
Gipuzkoa Basket Club, Seville, Spain
A GAME FOR ALL
It doesnt matter who you are or where you come from, Gamepoint Basketball was created for all that love the game and want to play it too the best of their abilities. Each year, GP Student-Athlete Scholarships are provided thanks to the generosity of donors. Scholarships help cover training, travel and uniform fees. GP also uses donation dollars to offer reduced registration rates on a need basis.