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Konkol’s second Tech camp a success

June 30, 2016
Campers compete in a shooting contest at this year’s Louisiana Tech men’s basketball camp held at the TAC. – Tech Talk photo by Chelsea Billups

Campers compete in a shooting contest at this year’s Louisiana Tech men’s basketball camp held at the TAC. – Tech Talk photo by Chelsea Billups

Chelsea Billups
Staff Reporter | cdb082@ latech.edu

This summer the Louisiana Tech basketball program held its second annual basketball camp for students in grades from kindergarten to high school.

Tech’s director of men’s basketball operations Andy Fox is the coordinator of the men’s basketball camp.

“We will have about 700 to 800 kids coming to campus for the camp.” said Fox

Not all of the campers are Ruston residents, he said. Fox said it was great that so many will be exposed to the campus and Ruston. Two parents new to the camp, Tayama Bookershine of Minden, and Katie Seymore of Chatham, both learned about the camp online.

“I really like how the coaches gathered the kids on the first day and established their points. The boys immediately know which line to go to when they’re told” said Bookershine.

Seymore said her 5-year-old son loved the camp.

“I signed him up so he could learn new skills and I like that he’s having a good time,” Seymore said.

Though Fox was a part of camp last year, he said his influence on this year’s camp was much greater.

“Because camp started two days after I got here, this is the first year it’s really been our own format,” he said.

Jonesboro resident Melinda Henderson brought her 7-year-old son back for a second year and has noticed a change in him.

“He’s more confident than last year,” Henderson said. “He comes to the games and is familiar with the players so I really like the player interaction with kids during camp.”

This aspect is something Fox enjoys as well.

“I like that the kids can build relationships with the players,” Fox said. “The players are a big part of camp and it gives the kids a chance to see the player and coach interaction as well.”

Tech senior Kevione Moten is a Lady Techsters player who helped out with the camps.

“I coach them to communicate better and I enjoy the hard work and dedication the kids provide,” said Moten.

Seven-year-old Cameron Bookershine has been playing for three years.

“My favorite part is shooting,” said Bookershine.

Another first-year camper, nine-year-old Peyton Dearman also enjoyed shooting.

“Shooting is the best part because I learn how to shoot better,” Dearman said.

At 10 years old, James Meyers is one of the older boys at camp.

“My favorite part is scrimmaging; my brother and sister don’t like playing, so now I have people to play with,” Meyers said.

Fox said no matter the age, each camper can benefit from the camp.

“We incorporate drills that the men’s team actually works on in practice,” he said.

There are three levels of the camp: Junior Bulldogs, Youth Day Camps and High School Elite Camps.

“The Elite camp is a great chance for us to recruit potential players,” Fox said. 

The camps allow the kids to see what it’s like to be a Louisiana Tech Bulldog for a few days. With half of the camp sessions complete, the program is anticipating the arrival of the new JR Bulldogs on July 11.

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