Alcorn’s Luther Riley to host 4-day basketball camp

Published 12:01am Thursday, June 21, 2012

LORMAN — Alcorn State men’s basketball coach Luther Riley has a simple message: Accomplish your goals at the Luther Riley Basketball Camp.

After hosting several satellite camps throughout Mississippi, including one in Natchez last week, Riley is set to host campers on the ASU campus Sunday through Wednesday.

Signup is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Davey Whitney basketball complex, and Riley said athletes will get a chance to experience more than just a typical basketball camp.

“We’re going to expose students to what it’s like to be on a college campus, and we’re going to show them the different areas of education on campus, whether it’s agriculture, biology, English or wherever,” Riley said. “All the while, they’ll be getting to learn the game of basketball.”

ASU is also planning to host several NBA and other professional basketball players to help run the camp, though Riley is remaining tight-lipped on which athletes will show up.

“We’ve contacted a few people,” Riley said. “We’ve got a couple of guys scheduled to be here, so hopefully they’ll keep their word.”

Riley said campers will also get to see the new student dorms ASU has built in the last year and a half, adding to the college experience he’s trying to promote with his camp.

“We have to do things like this to help bring this program back to prominence,” Riley said. “You have to promote your program. We should have some good players from all regions, and we want them to get excited not just about men’s basketball, but Alcorn State University.”

Even if an athlete already attended one of Riley’s satellite camps, Riley insisted that they won’t want to miss out on the overnight camp this coming week.

“You cannot miss out,” Riley said. “The experience they had (at the satellite camps) will be multiplied. We’ll also be exposing them to ACT workshops and things like that.”

Strong academics in addition to athletics is something Riley said he wanted to stress at his camp.

“In this day and time, the standards that the NCAA has set are pretty hard,” Riley said. “You have to stay focused on academics first. Without grades, there’s no athletics.”

For more information about the camp, call 601-597-5462.