Day two in Pittsburgh, the midwest birthplace of Five Star Basketball Camp came to a close with yet another day of hard work and teaching.
Aside from the traditional fast break, shell defense and dribble, drive and dish drills that were on the agenda today, the players went through a rigorous workout in the infamous station 14 coached by Nick Robinson. Coach Robinson worked on core strength, leg strength and agility with various workouts that made the hilly campus of Robert Morris University look like a cakewalk. Additionally coach Brandon Scott of Limestone College in South Carolina worked the kids out in station 13, the drill that has been a trademark of Five Star Camp.
After morning drill sets concluded the kids were split up in to their respective teams and worked on offensive and defensive game plans.
At the conclusion of the day after three game sets, the Lakers led by coach Tyrone Asterino were the only team to be undefeated at 3-0, while the rest settled for a 1-2 record. Coach Asterino has the Lakers, led by 5’10” point guard Keandre Gibson from Dunbar HS in Maryland and 6’3” Walter Jeter from Carthage High School in New York gelling on both ends of the court. The speed of Gibson caused headaches all day for the coaches of the Heat, Knicks and Thunder as he utilized the skills taught in “Dribble, Drive and Dish” to slice his way through the defense and constantly dish to the open man.
The Heat, who started the day odds on favorites to run the table suffered two tough losses. Led by Dwayne Morgan out of Maryland, whom ESPN ranked #20 in the class of 2014 and coach DJ Estis. The Heat opened the day 0-2 only to earn a tough victory against the Thunder led by MOP candidate Roderick Mills of St Xavier in Cincinnati, Jair Williams of Maryland and Niklas Fisher. Morgan showed his toughness, suffering an ankle injury but insisting that he will be there for his team tomorrow, despite the recommendations of trainer Cameron Danish.
The players will go through more games tomorrow before playing the Orange and White Classic, which should be exciting.