By Doug Gorman
Anyone who has ever attended a Clayton College and State University men's basketball practice knows head coach Gordon Gibbons believes in putting his squad through intense workouts based around sound fundamentals.
Last season the Lakers translated their hard work into a Peach Belt Conference regular-season title.
This summer, Gibbons and the CCSU coaching staff want to help middle school and high school players get a taste of a college basketball practice by attending the Offensive Skills Camp.
The first Offensive Skills Camp is planned for this Saturday and Sunday.
"You always hear coaches talk about players needing to become more fundamentally sound," Gibbons said. "At this camp we do a lot of teaching.
The camp simulates a typical practice at CCSU.
Gibbons began the offensive skills camp while coaching at Florida Southern. Now, as he gets ready to head into his third season as coach at CCSU he has brought the idea to Georgia.
The veteran coach came up with the idea for the camp because of an NCAA ruling which allows basketball coaches to conduct workouts with groups of four players during the off-season.
Campers will be divided into groups of four and put through the same type of workout as members of the Lakers.
Clayton State assistant coach Corey Baldwin is excited about the upcoming Offensive Skills Camp.
"We have had several coaches from the area call us to tell us they are sending players," Baldwin said. "Coach Gibbons will be very hands on at this camp. It's a good chance for us to break down their game and help players improve."
Saturday's session runs from 9-4. Sunday's camp runs from 1-4.
Admission is $ 100. If a team brings three or more people the price is reduced to $80 per camper.
High School coaches are invited to come watch the camp free of charge.
"We hope this camp grows each year," said Baldwin. "It's a good opportunity for players who need to work on their game before trying out for their team."
The Clayton State coaching staff is quick to point out that all players can benefit from attending the two-day event regardless of what position they normally play.