Michael McBride, new head boys basketball coach at Trinity Lutheran High School, had a chance to see what’s ahead for his program when he held a basketball camp in the Bollinger Athletic Complex last week.
McBride, assisted by former Columbus East basketball coach Mel Good and returning players at TLHS, worked with 25 boys in two groups: elementary and middle schoolers.
“Obviously we’d like to see those groups bigger next year,” McBride said. “I’m fortunate enough to have coach Mel Good. He’s a walking encyclopedia of basketball. When I approached coach Good about basketball he asked what I wanted him to do. My response was ‘anything you want,’ so when we were putting this camp together he asked if he could run the little kids’ camp, and he is.
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“He’s doing a lot of drills and he lets them spend a lot of time just playing basketball, making sure they’re having fun and learning at the same time. He says he wants to let them shoot from where they want, but once it becomes a shot and they start throwing it, that’s too far and he’ll tell them to move in.”
McBride said lower baskets were used for the younger group the first day of the camp, but “(Good) said he’d like those taken down. He’d rather have them learning and shooting the ball as opposed to moving back and throwing it up.”
Levi Pottschmidt, an incoming eighth-grader at Immanuel Lutheran, said he has attended a bunch of basketball camps at Trinity. He said earlier this summer he attended basketball camps at Brownstown Central and Hanover College.
“I’m working on ball-handling and shooting,” he said, “I’m working on my footwork. I like to drive to the hole. We played knockout and scrimmaged (first day of camp). Basketball is a lot of fun.”
McBride said the middle school-aged kids had more intense drills.
“Basically it’s the same type of drills, just on a different level,” he said. “At the end we have this drill we do based on how it comes up. It could be 4-on-4, it could be 1-on-1.”
A.J. Harrell, who attends Seymour Middle School is a post player who worked on footwork and rebounding. He is left-handed and said he worked dribbling with his right hand.
Harrell, who attended the basketball camp at Seymour High School earlier in the month said basketball is fun and he gets to play with his friends.
During camp Tuesday, McBride called for the high school players to pay close attention to a defensive drill.
“They are often told that right now it is just summer time, and we said we were just using this summer period as evaluation,” McBride said. “We’ve not spent a lot of time on offensive X’s and O’s. I think it showed early on in the summer, but they’re understanding what we’re trying to do and the offense will be getting better. I told all of them if you want to play you have to be able to play defense.”
Charlie Hackman will be an eighth-grader at St. John’s Sauers and plays both guard and forward.
“I’m working on defense and some of the fundamentals and things like that,” Hackman said. “I enjoyed meeting new people and doing defensive drills.”