This June, eight members of Asheville School's 2017-18 boys basketball program traveled to Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina to participate in the Mike Young Basketball Team Camp.
Asheville School Athletic Director Carl Boland, who is the head coach of the varsity boys basketball team, says that this camp provided a great opportunity for team members to play together in a competitive environment during the off-season.
"This was the first time some of these guys got to play together," Boland said. "It was great for our new players to get a feel for the team and to get a head start on building team dynamics."
The Blues played eight games over the course of three days and came away with a 6-2 record.
Participants in the team camp included five varsity returners: Ahmad Galimore '18, Sam Shealy '19, Titus Morrison '19, Ousmane Diallo '19, and Corey Henderson '20. Luke Mitchell '19 and Zach Drendel '20, who played for the junior varsity team last season, and new student Major Eason—a junior from Texas who earned second team all-state honors in his school's division after his sophomore year—also attended the camp.
"This camp made our team better," Boland said. "Corey Henderson really showed he was ready. He saw a lot of success on the court playing at a high level. Corey is going to play a big role for us this year, and he was able to prove that in June."
Boland plans to continue preparing the team for the winter season. "Most of our players are involved in a fall sport, so they will be participating in our strength and conditioning program through the fall," he said. "For the two or three players who are not playing in a sport before basketball, we will carve out time in the afternoons for them to participate in strength and conditioning training to prepare them for the upcoming season as well. We will also sponsor pick-up basketball games on Sunday afternoons."
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