Bay Area Hoops has been involved in different events throughout the year. This year our youth organization Bay Area Hoops Elite, which is a Elite group built of Talented Middle Basketball Players presented their first annual Basketball Clinic this past Saturday at Strawberry Crest HS. The clinic which was open to grades 3rd to 8th focused on skill development. Campers also received shirts, bags and certificates for their attendance.
This was an experience necessary for all 3rd through 8th Graders that want to put their game to the ultimate test with vigorous training and drills. Kids got to listen to Michele Taylor of Lets Move Health and Fitness Inc. Taylor talked about their goal which was to promote physical activity, good nutrition and bringing awareness to our community and surrounding cities by providing education related to the prevention of childhood obesity.
Coach Andre Lewis and Coach Edward Lamar made strides in getting young athletes to learn the fundamentals of basketball. Kids had fun competing in events such as the free throw competition which was won by CJ Crews, the 3pt competition where Josiah Taylor and Jamar Hart was crowned champ and the Knock-out champ was Jordan Daughtry. Coach Edward Lamar said “The players did a great job in their performance and the parents really loved the atmosphere of the clinic”.
Coach Lewis mentioned that “This clinic was a good experience for the kids who wanted to learn all aspects of basketball and not just the basics. We wanted to show them the proper ways of shooting, passing and dribbling but also letting tem know its more then just basketball.”
There were some notable standouts that look to have some promise in years to come.
Jadyn Strawder: This rising 8th grader has lots of potential to be a very good player. At 6’3″ Strawder’s visible length shows promise at the SF position. He demonstrated versatility in his drills and used both hands at the basket well.
Jordan Lewis: Very active and shows a lot of passion for the game. The rising 4th grader keep people involved and stayed aggressive.
CJ Crews: Upcoming 5th grader was very fundamental. The left handed guard shot the ball well all day.
Jacob Channer: This Rising 7th grader was very smooth and used both hands equally. He will be a hard check for a lot of defenders in the future.
Andre Bonilla: Rising 5th grader was very tough, willing to learn and showed max effort.
Jordan Daughtry: The Rising 8th grader displayed quickness and was solid using both hands. Good IQ!