May 18, 2011
Albuquerque, N.M. --- When the calendar nears June, it means two things in the world of Lobo men's basketball. First it means players walk during graduation (like Dairese Gary, who not only is a two-time First Team All-MWC performer, but he graduated in just four years), and returning player get to head home for a few days to visit family. Second, it means it's time for the Steve Alford Summer Basketball Camps to start, and this year the camps will get to return to The Pit as well.
The Steve Alford Shooting Camp gets things started June 4-5 for boys entering grades 1-12. With younger kids in the morning session and older kids in the afternoon session, campers will be divided by both ability and age. The camp will focus on the fundamentals of shooting, including form and technique, through a variety of drills used by the Lobo team during the year. Of course, if anyone knows about shooting, it's the Lobo coaching staff. Steve Alford took part in a free throw competition during the season against other college head coaches, hitting 202 consecutive free throws without a miss, while Associate Head Coach Craig Neal advanced to the national Final Four in the assistant's bracket.
The shooting camp costs $75, and will take place in both the Rudy Davalos Basketball Center and The Pit.
The Steve Alford Individual Skills Camp runs from June 6-9, and is also for boys entering grades 1-12. The Individual Skills Camps are again divided by age, with younger campers in the morning session and older campers in the afternoon. The days are jam packed with fundamental drills, Lobo players as guest counselors, contests, tournament games, league games, and prizes, along with guest speakers, plus even more.
The shooting camps costs $150, and it will also take place in both the Rudy Davalos Basketball Center and The Pit.
Camp season ends with the always exciting Steve Alford Team Camp, which runs from June 16-19. Teams will be divided into three divisions: varsity, junior varsity, a freshmen, and the camp will take place in the Davalos Center, The Pit, and Johnson Center, the former home of Lobo basketball. Cost of the camp is $600 per team, and each team is guaranteed at least five games.
What makes the team camp great is it is run in conjunction with an officiating clinic, allowing for games to be more competitive. Team camp concludes with "Championship Sunday", and all teams will get to tour the newly renovated Pit, one of the most iconic college basketball arenas in the United States.