May 23, 2006
Albany -- The Albany State men's basketball team doesn't have a head coach, but that isn't stopping the school from holding its seventh annual skills camp.
Assistant coach Chris Cameron and the Rams helping campers with the fundamentals this week, and having a little fun along the way.
Albany State hosting its basketball camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 18 this week.
The fundamentals camp has been around since 1999, and coach Chris Cameron says they've seen the results.
"Being in our 7th year, we had kids who started out the game at age 10, and are now in college," says Cameron. "We're bringing in a new crop of 8 and 9 year-olds now that will probably be with us for the next ten years."
Rams Senior point guard Frank Pinson says, "I went to about two camps like this every year when I was in high school, and I'm helping coach Cameron show some of the drills I learned. Coach Cam is a good teacher."
This is 12-year-old William Childs third year at the camp, and he says he's learned a lot.
"We do a lot of drills to help with our fundamentals," says Childs. "They teach shooting drills and defensive drills."
Pinson says "I teach shooting, so I'm teaching them techniques on shooting. How to get the ball off and perfect form."
With the ASU men's team helping run the camp, Coach Cameron says the players and the campers form genuine friendships.
"They're having a good time," says Cameron. "They love Frank Pinson, our starting point guard. The guys do a great job with the kids."
Pinson says, "I probably have 20 new friends now, working with the little kids. I love doing camp like this. I'd come back every year if I could."
Childs says, "It's going pretty good. We have a good time interacting with the guys. They teach us a lot of new things."