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Camp teaches kids basketball basics

December 26, 2019

first_img“By the time I see them they already have a lot of bad habits,” Smith said. “Seeing them here when they’re 5 all the way up until they’re 14 makes it a lot easier for us when they get to high school.” Smith said the focus of the camp included developing footwork, ball-handling and shooting skills. “I learned that on defense it really helps to get low,” 11-year-old Jase Harrison said. Smith said he hopes to expand the camp next year to three or more high schools. “Every coach I’ve talked to has been really supportive,” Smith said. “I think they realize that we aren’t in this to try to recruit young kids. It might come back to bite us, but at least we can see what we’ve done.” For more information or to register for the camp, please call (661) 233-5487, or (661) 557-0087. Vegas tournament: Smith and Humphreys brought their respective high school teams to this weekend’s prestigious Reebok summer league tournament in Las Vegas. The talent showcase tournament features 304 high school and club teams that play at 12 different sites. “It’s a great experience for the kids,” Smith said. “They get to play in front of college coaches and they get to play against some of the best talent in the country. They get to see how hard you have to work to compete at that level.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesBut the camp itself figures to benefit all area programs, including other rival schools. “I’m pretty sure we’ll wind up coaching against some of these kids, but it’s one of (those) things where we’d like to better the entire Antelope Valley,” Smith said. “We want to make sure the entire Antelope Valley is respectable when we get to the playoffs so our teams aren’t going against (perennial Southern Section powers) Long Beach Poly and Long Beach Milikan every time in the first round.” Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Mike Penberthy made a brief appearance at Thursday’s camp. He was among five coaches involved in the instruction, and will be at the next camp, too, Smith said. “I’ve never met a professional basketball player before, so it was exciting,” said participant Raven Doyle, an 11-year-old. Smith said the idea for the camp was born out of the realization that he and other area coaches were spending too much time in practices working on fundamentals he thinks players should already know before they start high school. LANCASTER – Sometime in early January, Highland High’s Jeff Smith and Lancaster’s David Humphreys will find themselves in their more familiar roles coaching rival Golden League boys’ basketball teams. But they have dedicated a portion of their summers to a collaborative effort, hosting two four-day basketball camps for boys and girls aged 5 to 14. The first D&J Basketball Camp, which was held at Lancaster, concluded on Thursday. The next will be held July 31 to Aug. 3 at Highland. Proceeds from both camps are split evenly, benefiting both programs. last_img

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