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Whittell hosting free basketball skills camps on Sundays

Anthony Gentile
Forty-two kids ranging in age from 5 to 13 took part in the first basketball skills camp at Whittell High on Sunday, Jan. 17. The camps will continue Sundays at Whittell.
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Phil Bryant has run basketball camps and clinics for three decades, and saw a need for something similar in the Tahoe Basin. The Warriors boys basketball head coach began free weekly basketball skills camps at Whittell High, with the first last Sunday, Jan. 17.

“We do not take attendance and encourage any interested players to join us on any Sunday at no cost,” Bryant said. “It is our way of providing positive community service and helping the game in our area.”

Forty-two players ranging in age from 5 to 13 came to the first camp last Sunday. The camp will take place Sundays from 4:30-6 p.m. at Whittell, and is open to all kids in the Tahoe Basin.

At the camps, Bryant directs all drills with the help of Warriors’ varsity and junior varsity players. Drills include ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting and other aspects of fundamental basketball skills — the sessions also feature form running, balance and body control.

“We are emphasizing developing and enhancing basic basketball skills and there will be very little games played,” Bryant said. “There will be some three-on-three and drills that include offense to defense transitions as well as defensive footwork and movement.”

The next camp will take place Sunday, Jan. 20. Whittell High is located at 240 Warrior Way in Zephyr Cove.

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