USAO will host two separate basketball camps for any youth
interested in improving his or her basketball skills in an intense week-long program.
USAO will host two separate basketball camps for any youth interested in improving his or her basketball skills in an intense week-long program.
Brisco McPherson Basketball Camp
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Brisco McPherson will offer his annual camp June 7-11 and July 12-16.
The June camp will include a Mini Camp for boys and girls ages 6 through 11 and the Day Camp, available all day for students 12 through 16 years old. The Day Camp will not be available in July.
The Day Camp is $110 and includes instruction, a camp T-shirt and lunch. The Mini Camp is $60 and includes a T-shirt and daily three-hour sessions.
Student participating in either will be instructed by McPherson, Assistant Coach Vinson Metcalf and members of the USAO men’s basketball team.
USAO has hosted a basketball camp for 24 years now.
“It’s just one of the longest running camps in the southwest,” McPherson said.
McPherson has coached the USAO Drovers for 19 seasons and led them to the NAIA National Championship game in 2001 and 2002, winning it all in 2002. McPherson was part of the Drovers first basketball team as a student in 1973.
Laci Tompkins Basketball Camp
New this year will be the Laci Tompkins Basketball Camp, directed by the head women’s basketball coach at USAO. The camp will run from June 14-17.
Tompkins’ camp is just for girls and is open to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Girls going into third grade through 12th grade will have camp in the morning. The charge is $65 and includes instruction and a camp T-shirt.
Younger students will participate in the two-hour afternoon sessions. Registration is $40 and also includes a T-shirt.
The camp will focus on overall basketball skills, including ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, team play, offense and defense.
“We’d love for everyone to come out,” Tompkins said. “We really want all the young girls in the area to get good attention and get started on the fundamentals and really improve on their game.”
Tompkins is also a former player at USAO, having excelled in both basketball and softball. She joined the program as head coach in 2009, coming directly from Redlands Community College, where she led her team to the national tournament.