Three days of fun, relaxing basketball gives way to fundamental instruction
The Eudora High School boys basketball team took to the court this week for three days of fun, laid-back basketball.
The high school basketball camp, which was held in the evening Monday through Wednesday and may continue Friday evening, provided the team with some structured work on fundamentals and a chance to play some games, said head coach Chad Eshbaugh.
"They have a pretty good grasp on my coaching style and what I expect," Eshbaugh said. "So camp will work quite a bit on our offense and scoring and we're going to play a lot."
Junior center Wes Hinman said the camp was running smoothly and was helping the team prepare not only for the fall season, but also helped in the team's Thursday night league games as well.
"We're working on introducing drills to the freshmen and the new players," Hinman said. "We're getting them used to the plays and reminding the returners of the offense. It's been going pretty good."
Although the camp was designed for the boys to have fun with the game while preparing for the upcoming season, Eshbaugh said it was beneficial to both the players and himself because it showed what was in store for the fall and helped the boys get motivated to work hard.
"All positions always start out up-for-grabs," Eshbaugh said. "The guys with varsity experience have the advantage of earning some more minutes. But I will be interested to see who else will step up and earn their minutes."
The Cardinals will return starters Hinman and senior Matt Fisher, as well as their sixth man, junior Zach Tyler and a couple others with some varsity minutes last season, Eshbaugh said.
"This year's junior and senior classes look good," Eshbaugh said. "We'll be relatively young and we'll be small, but it's a good group a very hard working team."
But it's a little early to say whether the Cards will be tough in the Frontier league this season, Eshbaugh said, because that would depend on how hard the team worked in the off-season.