Annual basketball camp is huge success

Each summer, over one hundred students flock to the campus of Grambling State University to improve their basketball skills. The Larry Wright Boys Basketball Camp affords students the opportunity to build upon the skills they already have and to learn more about the game of basketball, said Larry Wright, GSU’s head men’s basketball coach. Lazarre Robinson, who will be a senior at Wossman High School in Monroe, said that at the camp he learned that it takes techniques to win a game. "I enhanced my handling skills. Also, I learned that it takes more than one player to win a game," he said. Robinson, a center on his team, said that he heard about the camp from his coach, Dale Zimmerman, and that he would recommend this camp to others. Jamar Sykes, guard at Ruston High School, said he learned more than the game of the basketball. "They taught us the importance of respecting our parents and others," he said. "Attending this camp was a great experience and a great road to success," said Sykes. Seventeen-year-old Travay Wilkes, who recently moved to Ruston from Detroit, Michigan, said that he learned about the rules of the game, key rules on the court, new moves, and life lessons. Another camper who enjoyed the camp and would recommend it to others is Grambling High’s Nick Chaney. "It was a fun experience. I learned to keep my feet should width apart when shooting free throws," he said. Chaney, who has attended the camp twice, is a point guard, shooting guard, small forward, and power forward (positions 1-4). Because the camp has garnered such a good reputation, parents are glad to bring their children to it. One such person is Jerald Honeycutt. said that he brought his son, Colby, to the camp because of the history between him and Grambling. "This is a great opportunity for him." Honeycutt attended GSU’s basketball camp during his ninth- and tenth-grade years of high school. He said that he will continue to let his son attend the camp annually, and when his other son is old enough, he will send him to the camp as well. Honeycutt is currently playing in the Japanese Basketball League for the OSG Phoenix. Also, he has played on NBA teams such as Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Portland.