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Future Cougar Basketball Camp a big success

By DAVID GRAVELY, 10341635_905829516110094_6862270533943755390_nSWT Sports Editor

Building the future is key to building a program, and the Cougar basketball team took that challenge seriously this past week hosting the 2014 Future Cougar Basketball Camp.

“It was a good week of working on fundamentals and basic basketball skills,” said Cougar basketball Head Coach Andrew Hart.  “These young men are the future of the Cougar basketball program, and we want to get as many young players as possible involved as soon as possible.  We want them to take ownership of the program early.”

There were 32 players ranging from third grade through eighth grade in attendance.  After working on basic skills each day, there were also competitions in free throw shooting, three point shooting, and eventually scrimmages between small groups.

There were three players from the third grade, Drew Edwards, Aiden Clarkson, and Austin Tremblay. Fourth graders Blaine Reedy, Steven Hutchins, Kiote Hayden, Garrett Knick, Ayden Tremblay, and Ayden Akers were joined by fifth graders Tyler Sutherland, Marcus Ratcliffe, Alex Spalander, Zane Stanley, Jayden Crouse, Marcus Calloway, Riley Huff, and Payton McDaniel.  Sixth graders Jacob Crabtree, David Hunley, and Jeremiah Williams were joined by seventh graders Zach Roark, Kaman Clarkson, and Landon McDaniel.  Eighth graders in attendance were Jack Cordle, Carter Akers, Julia Black, Zach Johnson, Cade Branch, Justin Knick, Josiah Williams, and Benjamin Poe.

“We were pleased with the work everyone put in this week,” said Coach Hart.  “The future looks good for Pulaski County basketball.  We want to get all of these kids involved with our AAU program now, and we want to find even more to get involved.  It’s an exciting time to be a Cougar.”

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