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Hi Potential Basketball Camp for diehards only

By: Matt Long
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For boys aspiring to play varsity basketball some day, Folsom High was the only place to be last week. Folsom High varsity boys’ basketball coach Mike Wall held his annual Hi Potential Basketball Camp. The camp is for serious players only, players who plan to play basketball in high school and beyond. A second camp is being held this week as well. About 40 players attended camp last week. This week 70 players are participating. The camp is for players in third through ninth grade. Camp staff includes Wall and his assistant coach Matt Mills, former Oak Ridge basketball coach Steve Scott, former Ponderosa basketball coach Dave Millhollin and his wife, Sheri and Todd Bragonier. “The whole camp is to teach these kids what they need to know to play high school basketball,” Wall said. “We teach them what we’re looking for in players that make our team and then what they need to play.” The Hi Potential Camp is just that, a camp for players with high potential. It’s not your average basketball camp that goes over the fundamental skills of shooting, dribbling, rebounding and playing defense. Campers receive instruction on their individual skills and performance evaluations, on among other things, their shooting. They have skills and drills to practice at home and information to help them improve their game on their own long after the camp has ended. “All these kids want to play high school basketball and if they don’t then they shouldn’t be here,” Wall said. “That’s how the camp is advertised. Seventy-five percent of these kids play AAU ball or at least want to do that too. We give them the drills and information that they can use going forward so they can achieve their goal one day of playing varsity basketball.”