Beantownhoops: What is the most important thing players at this level can do to become a better player?
Walter McCarty: Fundamentals. Dribbling with both hands and being comfortable to do so. Some kids think it's just going to happen over night. It takes practice to become a better player.
BH: What is your favorite part about working with the campers this week?
W: Just watching them get better. I also try to give them things they can work on outside of camp.
BH: Being someone who has played at every level of the game, what is one thing that has helped you succeed at each step?
W: Work ethic. Being involved in every play at both ends of the floor. You see a lot of kids really get into it at the offensive end, but not at the defensive end. Being able to help at both ends is going to make the team better.
Along with Walter, Coach Brendan Smith of Boston Latin was on hand to help with player fundamentals and team play. It was clear throughout the week that this camp was all about the kids developing and ending their summer basketball season the right way. Here is a look at some of the players that stood out:
Joe Bandera- 8th Grade. Shooting guard. Hingham Middle School. Offensive player of the day on Monday. He has improved each day at getting his shot off through the drills at the camp. Real good shooter and finds a way to score. Says that the camp is helping him get better each day.
Bensley Joseph- 7th grade. Point Guard. Arlington MA. Lefty. Plays AAU for ASA. Has been playing up with high schoolers all week and has been standing out. His biggest strength are his handles quickness and court vision. Very good at penetrating and dishing for an easy bucket. This kid is a player.
James Larranaga- youngest camper. 8 years old. Point guard. AAU Boston Warriors. Real tough defender. Hustle player. Always covering best player has the lock down defense a coach is looking for. He said that he's learned very good passing fundamentals from the coaches at camp. And is finding the open man better through the triple threat drills.
Lolo Garcia- point guard. Newton MA 7th grade. AAU Boston Bobcats. Learned from camp that being fancy with things doesn't always stand out to coaches. It's about getting the basics down. Got better at passing and shooting through the past couple days. Good player. Smaller for his grade but says his heart makes up for his height. Very good handle. Good basketball IQ. Just a natural point guard. Played with the high schoolers during camp.
Henry Bechok- New London NH. 8th grade. 5'10 13 years old. AAU NH Bombers. Kid is a scorer. Can shoot lights out. Has great form. Smart with the ball rarely turns it over. Gets to the rim and finishes with both hands. Always goes somewhere with his dribble.
All in all a successful first camp for Walter and ASA. It looks to be a staple at the end of the summer and is definitely a camp that all players should look into being a part of in the future. For more information about ASA camps, please visit asahoops.com