It's going to be more like a regular camp this year than it was last summer. We're going to have some good tournaments, and our focus is making sure these kids have a great experience while learning how to play the right way. —Jackson Emery
LEHI — Every college basketball player had to start somewhere, and for many of them, the process of developing into a collegiate talent began at camp. Basketball camps provide kids with the opportunity to learn and then refine the basic fundamentals while providing a means to compete against other top talent in the area.
With this in mind, former Brigham Young University Cougars Jackson Emery, Noah Hartsock and Charles Abouo are all participating as the lead instructors at the Cougar Alumni camp this summer. The camp will be held from May 31-June 3 at the XSI Factory in Lehi, Utah.
"I'm very excited to be part of this and we all hope to make it a great experience for kids that want to improve their basketball skills," said Noah Hartsock. "I remember when I was a kid, and going to camps was where I really learned that I could be a good basketball player and learned how to become a good player. I want to help provide the same experience here."
The camp will focus on key aspects of the game, including ball-handling, defensive footwork, teamwork, agility training and various offensive skills.
It will also focus on providing a lot of good fun for the kids attending.
"We plan to have a lot of fun with it and want to help kids find the same joy in playing basketball that we all have," said Jackson Emery. "It's going to be more like a regular camp this year than it was last summer. We're going to have some good tournaments, and our focus is making sure these kids have a great experience while learning how to play the right way."
This is Emery's second year helping run the camp. Last year he teamed up with Jimmer Fredette in a camp that attracted more than 450 participants.
"Jimmer wanted to come back and do the camp, but with his schedule it just wasn't possible," said Emery. "Last year a lot of the camp was more about meeting Jimmer and myself, but this year we'll be more focused on teaching and meeting other great former players like Noah and Charles."
While the focus was on guard play with Emery and Fredette as instructors, the addition of Hartsock will give participants some great instruction on how to play on the lowpost.
"That's definitely something that I think I can add this year that they maybe didn't have last year," said Hartsock. "I loved helping out at camps while I was at BYU, and helping out with Jackson and Charles, this is something we all have wanted to do for a while."
More information about the camp can be found at cougaralumnibasketballcamp.com.