Kids gain skills at basketball camps
Fernie Castillo / The Prospector
The alarm clock
buzzes away, marking another day of work at the Tony Barbee basketball camp.
Most boys and girls, ranging in age from 7 to 18, would prefer to be in bed at
9 a.m., but not the campers. All were awake before the first whistle was blown.
“I used to wake
up at five in the morning for football practice,” 13-year-old Josh Bush said. “So
I was equipped to do this.”
Bush and his
peers made the early morning trip to the Don Haskins Center. Each had different
skill sets pertaining to their age, but all shared one common trait that
brought them together.
basketball,” 7-year-old Devin Jordan Howard said. “Basketball is fun and it’s a
This love for
the game was echoed throughout the campers, who went through the various drills
and contests to showcase their talents. The court was filled with the bouncing
balls and squeaking shoes, ready for the next whistle to be blown.
“We had a lot
of competition during the camp,” Bush said. “Beat the buzzer and hot shot were
competitive and helped improve my shooting and dribbling.”
and the lessons taught the campers valuable life lessons, UTEP head men’s
basketball coach Tony Barbee said.