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Clinic brings big name coaches to area

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory will give a discussion on pick and roll offense during a coaching clinic at Drew High. (Special Photo)

Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory will give a discussion on pick and roll offense during a coaching clinic at Drew High. (Special Photo)

Georgia Minority Basketball Association Coaches Clinic

When, where: Saturday, Drew High in Riverdale

Time: 8 a.m. registration, clinic from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $25 (members) and $35 (non-members) and lunch will be provided.

Line-up: Anthony Grant (Alabama), Brian Gregory (Georgia Tech), Ron Hunter (Georgia State), Lewis Preston (Kennesaw State), Cliff Warren (Jacksonville), Nitra Perry (Kennesaw State) and Sharman White (Miller Grove).

Information: www.mcaofga.com

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Georgia State coach Ron Hunter will talk about fastbreak offense at the coaching clinic at Drew High on Saturday. (Special Photo)

RIVERDALE — Coaches are always looking for ways to improve their teaching and techniques.

With the start of preseason practice just weeks away, the Georgia Minority Basketball Association is hosting its inaugural coaches clinic on Saturday at Drew High.

The coaching lineup is filled with coaches from various levels, including Div. I coaches. Headlining the all day clinic will by Alabama coach Anthony Grant and Brian Gregory of Georgia Tech, two coaches from major conferences.

“This is definitely a good opportunity for coaches to put up some good nuggets for the season,” said Robert Alfonso Jr., the associate managing editor for HoopSeen.com, an online recruiting service.

“We have a lineup of coaches that are taking the time out of their busy schedule to share their knowledge and some good information,” said St. Francis coach Cabral Huff, who is the GAMCA vice-president. “We have coaches coming to talk hoops. They will be giving us drills and other nuggets about the game. It is happening at a time when practice is about to begin, so everything will still be fresh on your mind.”

Huff said all coaches are welcome to the clinic, and the name of the organization shouldn’t confuse people.

“I don’t think you can beat this, where coaches can give you some tidbits and motivation just before the start of the season,” Huff said. “We just wanted to make sure all the coaches come out because this is a way to learn. Georgia has a great pool of coaches and athletes, let’s get them together and learn from each other.”

GAMCA is charging coaches $25 (members) and $35 (non-members) and lunch will be provided. A similar clinic like this one would typically start at about $100, according to coaches.

“This is a great benefit for everyone involved,” Drew coach Jarrod Davis said. “You have some coaches with Div. I knowledge that will be sharing it with you all in one location.”

Huff said Drew was chosen because of its central location. He said the goal is to expand it to a two-day event in the future, which will include other coaches.

“It is close to the airport, and that will help out on travel,” Huff said. “I don’t think you can beat this, where coaches can give you some tidbits and motivation just before the start of the season.”

The lineup includes Grant talking his defensive philosophy and Gregory will discuss pick and roll offense. Georgia State’s Ron Hunt is talking about fastbreak and early offense. After a lunch break, Kennesaw State’s Lewis Preston is delivering special situation drills to help a team in various scenarios. The Owls’ women’s coach Nitra Perry will talk zone offense

Jacksonville’s Cliff Warren will talk player development. Miller Grove coach Sharman White, who has lead his team to the last five state titles, will talk about basics of building a rock solid defense in practice.

“All these coaches offer something in building skill development,” Davis said. “We are excited about hosting this event.”