Clayton St. high school camp off to great start

By Jeffery Armstrong

The second day of the Gordon Gibbons/Clayton State High School Team Basketball Camp produced intense, end-to-end action reminiscent of regular-season tournament play.

Several county schools are playing in this camp, scheduled to last until Thursday. Clayton schools in the camp include Lovejoy, North Clayton, Riverdale, Forest Park, Morrow and Mt. Zion.

Clayton State assistant men's basketball coach Cory Baldwin was pleased with the progress of the teams in the camp.

"This has been a good summer so far for our camps," he said. "Teams like North Clayton and others are playing better now than earlier in the summer. It's great to see these teams get better as the summer goes on."

The camp is actually in three different sites this week: Clayton State, Forest Park High and Babb Middle School. Also helping CCSU with camp activities are Adamson Middle School and Morrow High.

"We have been getting help from a lot of people this week," said Baldwin. "We like to help the community out and it's nice that others, especially all the coaches at the other sites, are helping us hold this camp."

Clayton State head coach Gordon Gibbons said this camp is always good for recruiting on campus.

"When these kids see our campus and participate in our camps, they get that much more familiar with our school," he said. "We may not recruit all of them, but we hope to be at least a part of their thought process in terms of a college education and a basketball career."

Lovejoy head basketball coach Mac McConnell said the proximity of Clayton State is a big plus for his team.

"I like the fact that this camp is close and we don't have to stay anywhere overnight," McConnell said. "We can play a lot of games in a week's time. There's also good competition."

Forest Park head coach Lamar Oglesby echoed McConnell's statement about the competition. Other schools involved in the camp include state AAAA champ Griffin, Riverwood, Dunwoody, Woodward Academy, Lithia Springs and Salem.

"We've had some pretty good opponents this week already," said Oglesby. "This camp is good for the kids n they get to play a lot in the summer against great competition. It should only help us in the fall."

Games slated for tonight include Morrow vs. Dunwoody at 6:15 p.m. (Court A); Riverwood vs. Mt. Zion at 7 p.m. (Court A); Forest Park vs. Lovejoy at 7 p.m. (Court B); Griffin vs. Riverdale at 8:30 p.m. (Court A) and North Clayton vs. Lovejoy at 8:30 p.m. (Court B).