Weekly Feature

2011-04-28 / Sports

National hoops powerhouse to bring one-day clinic to area

One of the premier high school basketball prep programs in the nation will be giving Western New York a glimpse into its greatness this summer, thanks to an assistant coach with roots in Clarence.

Big Red Basketball will present the inaugural Oak Hill Academy One-Day Basketball Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Clarence High School, 9625 Main Street, Clarence. The camp, which is open to boys and girls entering grades 7-12 in the fall, will be run by current Clarence varsity boys basketball coach Todd Banaszak and 1997 Clarence grad Bryan Meagher, an assistant coach with Oak Hill Academy. Lucas and Micah Kurtz will assist in running the camp.

The clinic, which will cost $75 before July 1 and $90 afterwards, will focus on skills and drills student athletes can use to increase their basketball knowledge, skills, and overall physical strength and agility. The clinic will take place in the gymnasium, classroom and weight room.

Athletes will be put through stations that will introduce them to drills — which can be done throughout the offseason — that will increase their basketball effectiveness.

Academic importance and a guest speaker will conclude the day, along with a session on how to introduce your student athlete to the college experience. Parents will be welcome to attend and learn how to introduce your son or daughter to the college basketball programs around the country.

Banaszak said that the current goal is to have a former NBA player in to speak to the campers about what it takes to become a successful basketball player, with current Oak Hill head coach Steve Smith being a guest speaker if the first option falls through.

Oak Hill Academy, located in Virginia, has produced many NBA players, with recent alumni including Carmelo Anthony and Brandon Jennings. Oak Hill is currently ranked in the USA Today’s

Top 25 high school basketball programs.

For more information, contact Banaszak at TBanaszak@clar.wnyric.org or at 407-9086 ext. 2301.

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