AURORA | Growing up, Tyrei Randall remembers well how basketball camps helped him love the game more.
Last week, the junior-to-be at Rangeview High School and his teammates on the school’s boys basketball team had the chance to share that love of the game with a new generation of youngsters in the city.
In the midst of capping a successful summer season — in which they won the Denver East league championship — coach Shawn Palmer and his Rangeview boys basketball team lent their time as instructors for the annual Hoop Scoop Basketball Camp at Aurora Hoops Park, an event sponsored by nearby Restoration Christian Fellowship.
“When I show somebody something, it shows I know it, but if I don’t know it, I obviously need to know about it,” Randall said. “It was a lot of fun. We coached against each other and were making fun of each other, so it was a lot of fun doing it with teammates. The kids were very excited and just running around and having fun.”
Palmer said about 10-14 of his players were out for each of the four days of the camp, which was free for the 80 or so local kids who participated. Campers got free breakfast and lunch in addition to instruction and game action.
Last year, Rangeview players and coaches held a one-day shooting clinic at the camp, but got much more involved this time.
“It helps them in a lot of ways; if they can teach something they have to know it and understand it and it gives them an idea if this is something they might want to pursue in the future, coaching or working with kids,” Palmer said. “It helps them get a sense of understanding that these kids need help just like they needed help when they were grown up. It also helps them as far as being positive role models and good influences.”
Randall said the bond was further strengthened for a team that has big expectations for the upcoming 2014-15 winter basketball season despite the graduation of its two most veteran players, Colorado State signee Jeremiah Paige and point guard Trey Bridges.
A senior core of Jalen Davis, Tarren Storey-Way, Tim Wyatt, plus Randall and a few others ready to make a name for themselves at the varsity level should make its mark.
“I feel like we’re going to do great after what we did this summer,” Randall said. “We’ve got a lot of things to improve on, but we’re going to be tough to beat…We’re a great offensive team, but we do need to get better with our defense and stopping people from getting into the paint and rebounding.”
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