Alcorn head coach West to conduct Miss-Lou camp this week

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 17, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; Additional duties may cause for a different plan next year.

But for now Natchez native Sam West will conduct his Miss-Lou Basketball Camp this week at Martin Gym in Natchez as he enters his first year as head men’s basketball coach at Alcorn State. But don’t think the camp will end.

It just may assume a new identity.

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&uot;Maybe an Alcorn State University camp in Natchez,&uot; said West, a Natchez native and longtime North Natchez High School head coach. &uot;As for the Miss-Lou camp, this will probably be the last year to do that. This is our 11th year. I’m just really excited about the camp. We just try our best to make it as wonderful as we have in the past. We’ve helped lay a foundation.&uot;

The camp for basketball players in grades one through eight will feature sessions in the mornings and afternoons Monday through Thursday with the boys in the morning and girls in the afternoon. It’s not just about fundamentals of basketball &045; West will bring in a number of guest speakers to talk about things much more important than basketball.

&uot;It’s a lot of fun and fundamentals,&uot; he said. &uot;That’s what we’ve based the camp on. It’s a lot of discipline. We bring in people &045; doctors, lawyers, teachers, insurance agents and policemen &045; to come speak to the kids about their futures.&uot;

The number of participants for the camp is at 30 right now, West said, but those interested may sign up Monday when the camp opens at 8 a.m. There are regulars at the camp &045; teams from Jefferson County, Huntington, Trinity Episcopal and Natchez High &045; successful programs that come through the camp.

&uot;It’s been real good for theMiss-Lou,&uot; West said. &uot;We’ve had kids from Natchez and Vidalia, public and private and black and white. I don’t know of any other camp that has done that. It’s been great. We look forward to this being the biggest and best since we’ve been there.&uot;

Cost of the camp is $40 per person. Morning sessions run 8-11:30 a.m., while afternoon sessions will go 1-4:30 p.m.