Alcorn State to put on local basketball camps

Published 12:01am Sunday, June 16, 2013

LORMAN — Alcorn State men’s basketball coach Luther Riley will once again be traveling to the Miss-Lou hosting satellite camps in advance of his overnight camp in Lorman.

Riley will be bringing his satellite camps to both Franklin County and Jefferson County high schools, as well as Callaway High School in Jackson, this week. His overnight camp will go from June 23-26 in Lorman.

Riley said it was important to take Alcorn on the road to different communities in order to expose them to the school and teach them important aspects of the game of basketball.

“Anytime you bring a college staff and college players to a community, you would think young people would be excited,” Riley said. “Hopefully that will be the case this year. It’s all an effort to take our show on the road, if you will.”

Last year, there were more than 100 participants at each satellite camp, Riley said, including a stop in Natchez at Natchez High School. He said although the camp wouldn’t be returning to Natchez this year, he still wanted to make sure communities close by got exposed to Alcorn and the men’s basketball program.

“We wanted to stay in southwest Mississippi,” Riley said.

Franklin County High School will host the satellite camp Monday and Tuesday, and Jefferson County High School will host the camp Wednesday and Thursday. Riley will round things out with a stop at Callaway Friday.

Riley also said he’s looking forward to his overnight camp next week, and he expects a new aspect of the camp will generate positive results for young athletes.

“We’re going to do a lot of agility-performance exercises to incorporate with our fundamental basketball drilling,” Riley said. “It’s a fancy deal that I think the kids will enjoy.”

Alcorn State basketball signees will be on-hand to assist with the camp, Riley said, and he also reached out to the likes of former NBA star Penny Hardaway and current NBA point guard Eric Bledsoe to help, though he hasn’t gotten a response.

In addition to learning about basketball, Riley said the campers at his overnight camp would also get a college experience staying in the dorms and eating in the cafeteria.

“Anytime you can get the college experience while in high school — or even elementary and middle school — parents need to take advantage,” Riley said. “There’s a lot going on at college campuses that’s very positive.”

For more information about the satellite and overnight camps, call the camp director at 601-597-5462.