Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 24, 2014

Lots of individual instruction highlights JC Basketball Camp

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress


A late morning ban of thundershowers that took up shop in Jacksonville on Monday may have put a damper on outdoor sporting events in the city, but it was business as usual inside of the Curtis Carroll Fieldhouse on the campus of Jacksonville College.

The college's boys and girls basketball camp kicked off on Monday morning with the morning session hosting boys and girls in grades 1-5.

The older kids were not forgotten either, as a Shooting Camp was held from 1-4:00 p.m. for those in grades 6-12.

As promised, campers received plenty of one-on-one instruction from four members of the JC basketball coaching staffs that have played or coached basketball for most, if not all of their respective adult lives.

In addition to head men's basketball coach, Jody Bailey — the man with the whistle — serving as camp director, Leasa Ailshie, head women's basketball coach, and the school's assistant hoops coaches, Ryan Glenney and newly-hired Karlee Wilson, were also on hand providing instruction.

We've got a real good bunch this year,” Bailey said. “The kids are for the most part working hard and are learning a lot of basketball, which was our mission.”

Individual and group drills focused on dribbling, proper shooting and defensive skills during the morning session.

As all ways, team work was also a big part of the message.

With nearly 30 campers in attendance, the size of the group made it easy for each participant to receive quality time with one of the four instructors.

During a lay-up challenge, Glenney showed a keen amount of enthusiasm as “High Fives” were abundant as his bunch seemed to excel as they shot into a goal located directly in front of the area that is normally the visitor's bench region on game night at the fieldhouse.

The camp is scheduled to continue through Thursday.