High school basketball players feel sense of normalcy with Angelo State’s ‘Elite Camp’

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SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Angelo State Rams held their annual elite camp for high school males on Friday at the Junell Center.

Over 25 students from across the state attended the one day camp and received detailed instruction from ASU coaches.

“Where I’m from a whole bunch of parks they took the rims off of everything so I can’t even go anywhere to play basketball,” Denton High School Senior Cameron Stevenson said. “There hasn’t been any camps this year so I just wanted to come out.”

The camp had several health protocols in place to protect staffers and kids from COVID-19 (coronavirus). Masks, social distancing, small groups and two gyms were utilized to combat coronavirus.

Although the annual camp saw a decline in participation, Angelo State Rams head coach Cinco Boone was impressed with the kids’ dedication.

“I love the fact that these kids love the game enough and they’re excited enough to want to come during an uncertain time,” Boone said. “They want to come and they want to play because they love the game of basketball.”

The impacts of COVID-19 are unprecedented and the same goes for its effects on high school sports.

No basketball or social interaction ultimately means less practice time.

The ASU elite camp provided a sense of normalcy while learning alongside the Rams coaching staff.

“I come and play up on the courts out here sometimes like outside at the parks with my friends, but I came here last year and it was pretty good so I came back,” Wall High School Sophomore Dane Reynolds said. “It feels like we finally get something normal to do.”

And the elite camp is a common event for Angelo State. The university holds elite camps every summer for a handful of sports. The boys basketball elite camp is held every summer for high school males not only looking to improve their game, but also for a place to play at the next level.

“I think an elite camp serves as a purpose for them,” Boone said. “They obviously have Angelo State on their radar and so it’s great for them to be able to come on campus and see just how great the university is, how great the Junell Center is and great for recruiting for us.”

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