Local kids come eager to learn at Jacksonville Indian Basketball Camp

Jacksonville Indian head varsity basketball coach Mark Alexander, right, makes a point during the skills portion of the Jacksonville Indians Basketball Camp on Tuesday morning at John Alexander Gymnasium.

Local kids came ready to learn this week as the split-session Jacksonville Indians Basketball Camp took place at John Alexander Gymnasium.

In the Monday-Wednesday sessions, youngsters took part in a skills camp. On Friday and Saturday the focus was strictly on shooting.

“This format worked well for us last year,” Jacksonville head varsity basketball coach and camp director Mark Alexander said. “Parents can choose which camp, or camps, they would like their child to attend and it also allows flexibility for those that may not be here all week (due to the July 4 holiday).”

Alexander was excited to report that all-but-one individual that had signed up for the skills camp, also attended the shooting camp.

“That is really amazing,” Alexander said. “The kids really worked hard and they were very focused on learning and in getting to be better basketball players.”

With many of today's players focused primarily on shooting — after all, basketball is all about scoring points — Alexander added that often one thing — listening — that can make any player better is often overlooked.

“If I had to define this group, I would say that they are good listeners,” Alexander said with pride. “Everyone wants to score points, of course, but if a person will just listen to the coaching that they are given, they will improve. That's a proven fact.

“This bunch didn't have to be taught how to listen; they came ready to listen and the results shows,” he said.