Young Bulldogs enjoy basketball camp

Kyle Riviere
The Ascension Catholic basketball camp was open to Bulldog students—both boys and girls. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The future of Ascension Catholic basketball was out on display last week as second-year Bulldog head coach Kylon Green and the school hosted their first annual basketball camp.

The four-day camp was open to only Ascension Catholic students—both boys and girls.

There was a nice turnout, and Coach Green said that he was thrilled with how everything transpired over the four days.

"It has gone smoothly," Green said. "Wednesday and Thursday, we went straight to the fundamentals. All age-groups went through the basics. We've been picking it up ever since and gradually progressing to more advanced drills."

After getting a crash course in basketball 101 for the first two days, things picked up on Friday evening. The campers finished the day competing in scrimmage games. The camp ended with more hot competition on Saturday.

Coach Green said that he and his staff thoroughly enjoyed putting the camp together.

"I love doing this," Green said. "I love giving back to this younger group because I'll have a chance to coach this group in probably two years. I enjoy working with the 8 and 9-year-olds and the guys that are going to be in high school, too."

He sees the camp not just as an opportunity for the kids to have some summer fun, but as a way for him to build a relationship with future players.

"Being the high-school basketball coach, I want to develop the program, but at the same time, the program starts from the ground up--from elementary all the way to the middle-school kids," Green said. "We want to develop these kids, and I look forward to seeing these guys once they get to the high-school level."

Besides being incredibly constructive for Green as a coach, he said that the camp can pay huge dividends for the youngsters participating.

"I think camps like this can be very beneficial because it helps the young players get interested in basketball--especially on the girl's side," Green said. "It helps them see what a fun game basketball is because a lot of them haven't participated in anything like this prior. So, it helps the kids get interested in the sport, and at the end of the day, everyone is having fun."

Green took over as Ascension Catholic's head coach last season.

The Bulldogs featured tremendous guard play, but a lack of size and a brutal schedule resulted in the team missing out on the playoffs.

Besides a district that featured the likes of White Castle, Southern Lab and Kentwood, Ascension Catholic played a whopping 14 upper-classification schools throughout the season.

All-district and All-Parish point guard Kaleb Winchester broke Lane Frey's school record for most career points. Winchester recently signed with Westmoreland Community College.

Though the Bulldogs will be without him in 2016, Coach Green is excited about the players he has coming back--guys like Jacoby Stewart, Kebori Hunter and some talented youngsters that will be coming in as freshmen.

"I'm very excited. I think the best word I can use is 'eager,'" Green said. "We have a lot of chemistry coming back. We're still going to have to be able to shoot the ball well. I think 3-point shooting and ball-handling will be our strong points."