GREENVILLE — Coming off one of its most successful high school varsity seasons paid big dividends with the youth summer basketball camp at Greenville High School.
“I thought the season that we had last year got a lot of these younger kids excited,” Greenville head varsity boys basketball coach Michael Bashore said. “We wanted to start out with the younger kids and build a nice foundation.”
The camp ran two sessions a day for four days last week with the first group made up of third through fifth graders and the second session sixth grade through ninth grade.
Haden Bush won the jump shooting contest for the younger players with Noah Walker winning for the older boys.
“We want to teach them their basic skill sets, their dribbling, their passing, really work on their foot work, their jump shots, the basic skills that would help them get better in the long run,” Bashore said.
“We had two of our varsity kids help all week, Allen Tabler and Clay Guillozet,” Bashore said. “The kids really took to that, and they did a nice job. The kids really enjoyed that.
“We tried to give them some drills they could do when they are away from here, that they don’t need to be in the gym, that they can do in their own driveway, that will help them get better,” Bashore said. “They don’t even need a basket … they can just shoot in the air.”
Assisting coach Bashore was Greenville junior varsity boys basketball coach Bart Schmitz and eighth grade boys coach Josh Gilmore.
“We have been really pleased with the knowledge they have gained,” Bashore said. “They have all gotten better every day. They are better on day two than they are on day one, especially with the younger kids. By day four they were picking up on things they could barely do the first day.
“They have learned a lot,” Bashore said. “Hopefully they can take what they have learned and move forward with it.
“From the fifth grade on up they are going to start playing in leagues this fall,” Bashore added. “We just want them to try and get better every day. That’s what we teach our varsity kids, and that’s what we teach our young kids, too.”