Over 180 youth registered in the camp that took place from July 7-10, making it the most campers that its ever had.
“I think we have been fortunate enough to have kids that follow our basketball program and to have an opportunity to interact with some of our players and our staff,” Northwestern State head men’s basketball coach Mike McConathy said.
Demon and Lady Demon athletes such as recent basketball graduates Brison White and Trudy Armstead assisted in the camp, while most coaches and players hung around to sign autographs to youth who look up to them.
“I think that really adds to the interest level of the camp,” McConathy said. “To get a chance to see Jalan West, Brison White, Matt Killian, former player Gary ‘Chucky’ Roberson from here in Natchitoches and our staff, it makes a difference.”
Campers got an opportunity to learn how to use the basic fundamentals of basketball with many engaging games that worked on shooting, dribbling and quickness. The youth also had an opportunity to stage their own “dunk contest” with the Demon players judging and keeping score.
“Basically, we went through a lot of skill development work,” McConathy said. “We tried to work on dribbling, passing, shooting and have a lot of conversation of loving, sharing, caring and serving. We talked about doing the right kind of things, because there’s so many difficult choices and we need to encourage them to make the right choices.”
Northwestern State’s loyal representative Harris Wilson, Jr.---well known as “Coach Black”---spoke to the youth about staying in school and his more memorable road trips traveling with the school’s different athletic programs.
“My biggest memory of this camp is to get to reach out to the small kids,” Wilson said. “It was a great turnout.”
The Demons are in the middle of their final summer camp at Prather Coliseum this year as they welcome some of Louisiana’s best basketball players for the Demon Challenge Camp concluding July 13.