Coming in the days after the Great American Shootout at the Bobby Knight Fieldhouse, Five-Star’s program had to make sure it brought all it had to keep the basketball at a high level as well as maintaining energy coming off a long tournament. The players were here but the question was what did they have left? It is hard enough to go through the four days of Five-Star but with many kids having played 3, 4, 5 even 6 games in the past couple days how would they fair at camp?
Day one showed that these kids came ready to play and with great attitudes toward improving their game. They showed up at the gym ready to play and give us all they had. We had one NCAA player make the move up to the NBA, Jordan Castillo; an eighth grader with a solid 6’1 frame. He has hung tough through the first two days and has shown that he is capable of playing with the upperclassmen at camp.
Day two is where us coaches begin to see separation between all the campers and the elite. Five-Star’s past so called “elite” carry names such as Jordan, James, Wade, Paul, Mourning, Ewing, Anthony and Malone. We will soon find out if any of our current campers have the drive, motivation and work ethic to become Five-Star elite.
We have played out our regular season with parody being the key ingredient. There is a 5-way tie for first at 2-1, with two teams at 1-2 and the Celtics bringing up the rear as the lone team without a win. That will make tonights situation tournament vital for seeding playoff teams for Day 3.
Jalil Abdul Bassit
Chris Boleware (Day 1’s Gatorade Camper of the Day)
Say tuned for what Day 3 has in store for us!