Griz help local athletes with skills on the hardwoods

Griz help local athletes with skills on the hardwoods (6-25-14)

MISSOULA, Mont. - This week's Grizzly basketball overnight camp started Monday and continues through Thursday.  The camp is led by new head coach Travis DeCuire along with several other current and former Montana players and coaches.

"It's been positive, the turnout has been great," said DeCuire.  "Sometimes with the turnover, you're kind of concerned about whether you're going to get good numbers with the camp. We had team camp a week ago which was really strong. So for us, the more kids we have on campus the better. So it's been fun."

The Griz staff focuses on teaching fundamentals to these local athletes, as well as giving them insight they might not get anywhere else.

"You're learning from guys who play at the Division 1 level and guys who coach at the Division 1 level," said Griz senior guard Jordan Gregory.  "That's instruction that you don't usually get, so it's a unique opportunity for Montana players to get to come out here and learn a lot from some good players."

"A lot of these kids want to go where they are, and so they know the skills they need to get there, so that's why it's beneficial," said Hellgate high senior Rhett Baerlocher.  "You can go learn what they know and then be able to get to the level they're at."

Players aren't the only ones who enjoy the camps though, Gregory says helping the kids is something he likes doing and wants to continue with.

"I mean, I think it's something I would definitely like to get into when I'm no longer playing basketball," said Gregory.  "It's fun seeing guys get better and understand the concepts of the game more and more as the week gets by. So it's been fun seeing the guys grow as players."

And as far as future camps go, DeCuire says he would like to step away a little and let his staff practice on being future head coaches.

"As a head coach you want to be involved as much as possible," said DeCuire.  "But it's also an opportunity for the assistant coaches to take on a directors role. So it's an opportunity for them to practice as well."

The next Griz basketball camp will be for "K" through 7th grade and runs July 7th through the 10th.

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