Prestonsburg hoops camp held


The Prestonsburg High School boys’ basketball program hosted its camp at two separate gyms.

PRESTONSBURG – The Prestonsburg High School boys’ basketball program wrapped up its youth basketball camp last week. Over 100 young basketball players in grades 1-10 attended the camp.

Doug Hopkins, Brent Rose and James DeRossett served as camp directors.

“Our basketball camp was a huge success,” said Hopkins. “We had 51 boys from grades 1-5 at the elementary gym and Coach DeRossett had 37 campers from grades 6-10 at the high school. This was a great turnout. We hope that the kids took something home that will help them in the game of basketball. It’s like Coach Rose said, we are not going to make you LeBron James overnight, but will teach you something to get better. We had dribble relays every morning, then followed that up with station work. We had numerous agility dribbling/shooting drills and competitions. We also played a three-on-three tournament throughout the week.”

Multiple coaches helped make the Prestonsburg camp a huge success.

“We need to give a big thanks to Coach James DeRossett, Coach Brent Rose, Coach Dock Johnson and our helpers – former high School players Jarrin Hall and Chase Ousley – for making the camp a success,” Hopkins added.

“This is one of the best parts of the summer for me. Getting to teach basketball to the young kids is extremely gratifying for me. Just seeing a smile on their face or giving a high five. It’s things like this that make it priceless.”

Members of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department also took time out to make an appearance at the Prestonsburg youth basketball camp.

“I wanted to give a little more than basketball at the camp, so I invited Sheriff John Hunt,” Hopkins confided. “The sheriff was out of town, but was able to send some deputies in his place. These deputies done a wonderful job talking about teamwork and how the sheriff’s office is there to help the youth of this county. They were able to take questions from the campers. A big thanks goes out to them and Sheriff John Hunt for the camp appearance and his dedication to the youth of this county. At the end, the campers wanted to take a selfie with the deputies.”

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