ALLEN – The Wesley Christian Youth Basketball Camp, under the direction of new head coach Dave Meddings and his staff and players, proved to be a successful event. Forty-six campers ranging from ages 5-15 spent productive hours on the campus in Allen during the camp held earlier in the month.
“Wesley is a special place and we wanted to share that with the community by putting on an affordable camp to allow area youth to better their basketball skills,” Meddings said. “I was pleased with the turnout of kids and I’m excited for the future of basketball in this area. There’s some good talent in the younger age groups here.”
The camp was split up into seven groups based upon ages and named after current and former NBA players. In order from youngest to oldest, the groups were named Tyler Ulis, Andrew Wiggins, Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.
“The kids were excited to represent a group that was named after some of their favorite players,” Meddings added. “I was actually pretty amazed that they knew (Tyler) Ulis so well and wasn’t as excited about Jordan and Bird. Of course I am starting to figure out that may have more to do with the Kentucky blue shirts on half the kids at camp.”
Players had a chance to work with some former Wesley Christian athletes and current college players as well as some of the incoming and returning players.
“The kids were excited to learn basketball from us and they worked really hard every day,” rising senior Moudy Elsheikha, who worked the ball handling station and finished runner-up in the dunk contest, said.
Below are some of the award winners as the camp gave away certificates, Nike gear, posters and many more prizes.
Hot Shot Competition Champions: Amber Hall (Ulis); Maddox Pugh (Wiggins); Ethan Hammond (Curry); Cameron Pente and Jaden Stewart (James); Justin Ramey (Bryant); Hannah Jarrell (Jordan); Will Gullett (Bird)
Broad Jump Winner: Hannah Hall (Ulis) 5 feet; Jamaree Knuckles (Wiggins) 4 feet, 9 inches; Carter Parsons (Curry) 6 feet, 6 inches; Cameron Pente (James) 7 feet, 1 inch; Christian Allen (Bryant) 7 feet, 1 inch; Aaron Hackworth (Jordan) 6 feet, 6 inches; Austin Shelton (Bird) 8 feet, 6 inch.
Combine Cones Drill Winner: Mason Case (Ulis) 5.14; Delilah Rodriguez (Wiggins) 4.16; Carter Parsons (Curry) 4.62; Cameron Pente (James) 3.70; Seth Hall (Bryant) 4.14; Caleb Tackett (Jordan) 4.43; Austin Shelton (Bird) 3.88
Half Court Sprint Drill Winner: : Mason Case (Ulis) 3.28 Maddox Pugh (Wiggins) 2.85; Carter Parsons (Curry) 2.80; Cameron Pente (James) 2.83; Justin Ramey (Bryant) 2.71; Caleb Tackett (Jordan) 2.63; Alex Osborne (Bird) 2.38
Camper of the Day: J.D. Wilkes (James) – Day 1, Byran Powers (Ulis) – Day 2; Seth Fitch (Bryant) – Day 3.
2 vs. 2 Champions: Wiggins/Ulis Division: Warriors; Curry/James Division: Blackcats; Bryant/Jordan Division: Splash Cousins; Bird/Wesley Division: Tune Squad; Most Improved Camper/Hardest Worker: Caleb Lawson (Bryant).
Most Outstanding Camper: Seth Fitch (Bryant).
Top Prospect: Adam Slone (Bird).
The three day camp will take place next year around the same dates.
After the campers were treated with a guest speaker that will be in the NBA draft next season, Meddings assured the campers with the free t-shirt they were given they would have free admission to all of the Circuit Rider home games.
“We want the community to get involved with what we are trying to do here at Wesley Christian and this camp opened some eyes to what we stand for,” Meddings added. “I want to thank all of my volunteers and coaches for helping make this year’s Wesley Christian Youth Basketball Camp a success story.”
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.