LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University boy’s basketball team will host three camps starting next week.
The Knights offer two youth camps, one in June and the other in July, and a one-day team camp. St. Andrews head coach Randy Hernandez started holding summer camps when he took over the program four year ago.
“We generally have 40 to 50 campers with a great deal of support from our town,” said Hernandez. “Campers will develop the fundamental skills of basketball while some of the more advanced campers will work more on their craft.”
The first camp begins June 25 and runs through June 27. The day is divided up into two age ranges. The younger campers, 5 to 13-years-old, will work from 9 a.m. to noon while the teenage campers, 13 to 18-years-old, will work from 1 to 3 p.m.
Campers will work on a variety of skills such as shooting, dribble, pivots, rip through and other fundamentals skills.
“During skills game our campers will be on different baskets — depending on their age — we have smallest goals for the younger campers,” said Hernandez. “They will play games like hot shoot, king of the hill, knockout and more.”
The Knights will also host a team camp of June 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hernandez and his staff use the team camp to try and recruit high-school aged players to St. Andrews along with working on team dynamics.
“Our team camp helps us recruit and scout players to help them get the opportunity to receive a scholarship at the college level,” he said.
The other benefit of the camps is it allows Hernandez’s team to give back to the community.
“Our players benefit in many ways during camp, but one of the biggest is learning by how to be good role models,” he said.
The Knights final youth camp will take place July 23-25. Campers will age be divided by their age into morning and afternoon sessions. Campers age five to 13-years-old will go from 9 a.m. to noon while campers, 13 to 18-years-old, will go from 1 to 3 p.m.
For information, contact coach Randy Hernandez at 910-277-5747 or [email protected] or assistant coaches Tahj Scott, 910-277-5753 or Kortez Smith, 910-277-5098.
Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]