Karaoke, side stepping, gliding, just what you would think of in a basketball camp?
If it is Scott Stewart’s YMCA Basketball Camp you do.
All were part of his loosening up for other drills that also included high stepping at his camp at the Marco Island Charter Middle School this week.
At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (today) David Ward, former 10-year NBA player with the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets, will speak to the campers. The public can also attend.
The camp focuses on conditioning, agility, strength training, and scrimmages, in more of a fun atmosphere. When Scott suggested implementing karaoke with dance steps, the boys and girls, ages 7 to 15, looked a bit skeptical, but off they went. Slide and guide routines were additional moves for defensive drills.
The camp runs through Friday.
This is Scott’s fifth year with the YMCA, coincidentally starting when he began to build a basketball program at the First Baptist Academy in Naples.
FBA will be in its third year of varsity competition, this year playing Class 2A with Southwest Florida Christina Academy and Community Christian of Port Charlotte its main opponents. Two of the teams will make the state playoffs.
Not quite the way Stewart might have wanted it with such limited competition in its class, but he says , “It won’t be a walkover. Both teams are talented,” he said.
In his early teams some FBA middle schoolers played on the varsity. This year he expects to have sophomores, juniors and a senior on the team that went 13-10 last year for its first winning season.
A major key to FBA’s success will be junior center Austin Williamson, a 6-foot-8-inch, 225-pound center who averaged 17 points and 13.5 rebounds a game last season. Also back will be two-year starter Adam Smith who Stewart calls his combo guard, who can also play forward.
“We should be able to compete with a lot of teams,” Stewart said. “We played in the summer FGCU (Florida Gulf Coast University) tournament and weren’t intimidated. We need to keep improving.”
Stewart will have two more camps, July 18-22 and July 25-29, at North Collier Regional Park. Cost is $120 per camp, or $200 for both. Registration can be done at any county park, or by calling Stewart at 596-8600, ext. 659.