Jacksonville Daily Progress
Many Jacksonville boys, summer after summer, seem to flock to Fight'n Indian Basketball Camp.
Familiar faces abound at this camp, which took place for three days this week at the Jacksonville High Gymnasium, under the watchful eyes of Brent Kelley, JHS's head boy's varsity basketball coach and head boy's junior varsity coach Davin Nelson.
These boys seem to be wise beyond their years for continuing to choose this camp to attend because Kelley and Nelson have teamed up to make Indian varsity and junior varsity basketball the school's most successful sports over the past few seasons, and learning basketball from the Kelley-Nelson duo can only make one better.
“We do see a lot of the same kids each summer,” Kelley said. “It really helps us to get to know these kids at an early age and it allows them to get to know us and what we expect and are not willing to put up with.”
Kelley said that he is coming up on a milestone of sorts regarding Fight'n Indian Basketball Camp.
“Many of seniors next year (Class of 2014) were in the first camp that I did here in Jacksonville and it has been rewarding for me to see them grow through the years both as basketball players and as young men,” Kelley said.
Twenty three youngsters registered for this year's camp, which is up slightly from years past.
Kelley said that he basically follows the same teaching formula year after year.
“We try to teach a concept and then let them go out and have fun doing what they have learned,” Kelley said. “We've found this to be real effective and when you incorporate it in in a competitive type way the kids usually feed off of that and want to try even harder to succeed.”