The Lamar Men’s Basketball team hosted two camps back-to-back in June for player ages 6 to 17-years-old.

The coaching staff and players hosted the four-day camps Monday-Thursday June 12-16, and June 19-22 to teach new skills to the up-and-coming players from the local area.

“We like to teach proper fundamentals of basketball,” Tic Price, men’s head coach, said. “That is where it starts from and ends at.”

The young men learn dribbling, correct shooting techniques and defensive schemes in the morning and work their mental skills in the afternoons.

“Right after lunch, we engage campers with motivational speeches on basketball topics,” Price said. “We always talk about being a student athlete and not just an athlete.”

Price said he wants the campers to learn why it is important to keep their grades while attending school now, not just in college. NCAA has strict eligibility rules and the camp teaches them the techniques and rules to follow.

These kids are being informed on what it takes to be a student athlete and then a professional,” he said.

After the inspirational message, within each division they are split up to compete against one another while putting their knowledge of their new skills to the test. The campers are separated by ages and camp divisions 6-9 NCAA, 9-12 NBA East, and 13and up NBA West.

While the campers are competing against one another, current players are coaching them in the process.

“I want the players to get experience with coaching,” Price said. “Get experience on having a little brother and teaching them.”

Overall, the camp is about learning new techniques and putting a good foot forward towards education while enjoying the game of basketball, for campers, LU players, and staff.

Price looks forward to the 2017-2018 basketball season and supportive fans. For more information on the yearly basketball camp go to www.lamarmeensbasketballcamps.com.

Karisa Norfleet, UP Contributor

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