'This is the future of Northview's basketball program' was instilled into the heads of several elementary and junior high boys participating at a basketball camp at North Clay Middle School this week by Knights' assistant coach Tony Trout.
"We want to get the young kids out and see what Northview basketball is all about," head coach Mitch Lancaster said Friday.
They definitely did get a chance to see what it was about while taking part in 3-on-3 games and drills with some of Northview's current players and recent graduates, including Logan Whitman and Zack Keyes who had also been helping with Jon Crooks' High Intensity camp at the YMCA in the mornings. It wasn't easy for the camp participants though.
"If you're not sweating from running up and down the court, then I haven't done my job," Trout explains to seventh and eighth graders just before the final day of camp.
Trout made references to Steve Alford, the superstar of Indiana University's 1987 NCAA national championship team, when explaining what drills the kids needed to work on alone in their driveways.
He explained that the kids had already taken the next step in becoming better basketball players by coming to camp, but it also takes dedication outside of camps and practices.
"We just want them to have fun learning and learn the fundamentals of the game," Lancaster said.
They will have more opportunities to practice their game and take it to the next level in the coming three weeks as they can choose to participate in a 3-on-3 league at North Clay Middle School.