BOONVILLE — “Close to 35” rising second- through ninth-graders turned out of the Yadkin Valley Basketball Academy camp at Starmount High School Monday.
The younger campers learned basketball skills and techniques under Starmount coaches Rocky Hortona and Isaac Rose as well as several returning Starmount players.
Horton said he wanted the camp to packed with things the campers could use. “Two days,” he said. “Short and sweet. I want to teach them proper technique; footwork.
“That translates into better rhythm and shooting.”
Horton said Rose brought back a dot drill from a camp at Wake Forest University that was new to the academy. Several colored dots were on the floor late Monday morning.
Horton said the dot drill emphasizes ball handling and footwork. “They learn how to make a move on each dot,” he said.
Horton also used a program called Coach’s Eye to record and replay how each player is performing. The campers went into the locker room to actually see how they positioned their feet and how to control their off hand when shooting the basketball.
“They’ve never seen anything like this before,” Horton said.
The groups were small enough and the coaches numerous enough to pull players who were struggling with certain techniques off to the side at times.
The camp ended Tuesday.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.