by Rob Tetro
Cicero-North Syracuse High School graduate and Connecticut Huskies forward Brianna Stewart visited the Fulton basketball summer camp June 27.
Fulton’s summer basketball camp is in its fourth year and is operated by boys and girls varsity basketball coaches Matt Kimpland and Derek Lyons.
Assisting Kimpland and Lyons with the camp is modified and junior varsity basketball coaches and current players in each of the basketball programs.
According to Lyons, the camp has grown in the four years since it began. This year, 60 campers between the fourth and eighth grades attended the camp.
Lyons suggested that current players in the program play a key role in the camp. He considers players on modified to varsity teams to be camp counselors because of their previous participation in the camp.
Serving as camp counselors also allow the current players to help develop the family atmosphere the Fulton coaches are trying to establish.
Lyons said that the camp is an eye opening experience for every player in the program.
Modified and junior varsity players watch the varsity teams play Friday nights during the season and see where they could end up.
Coaches believe that it’s a benefit to both programs that the camp allows varsity players to help junior varsity and modified players while they are helping the campers.
Campers rotated to and from five stations that aim to develop fundamental abilities. Though the coaches hoped to touch on as many fundamental skills as possible, campers took part in stations that aimed to develop ball handling, shooting, defensive slides, rebounding and footwork skills.
Stewart took part in a station that allowed players to try to score on her in a one-on-one situation. Given her length, the players faced next to impossible odds of scoring against her.
Lyons said Stewart is an incredible basketball player whose presence left everyone in awe with how helpful and caring she was towards the campers.
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