Local boys attend exclusive basketball camp

Sooke's Scott Dickie, Jonah Phillips and Lucas Blatchford all took part in the All Island Invite Camp (AIIC) this past weekend.

Scott Dickie (EMCS)

Scott Dickie (EMCS)

Three EMCS students, Scott Dickie, Jonah Phillips and Lucas Blatchford, all took part in the All Island Invite Camp (AIIC) at St. Michael’s this past weekend. All three players reported back that the camp was a worthwhile pursuit.

“They each had fun, learned a lot and got to put into practice, through a tournament setting, the fundamentals taught in morning sessions,” reported Glenn Dickie. “All felt the quality of the Islands top prospects attending the camp was awesome, the level of competition brought out the best in their game, learning curve was steep.”

The primary benefit of basketball camps, according to Chris McLaughlin, the UVic Vikes centre, is the opportunity to develop their skills. Second up is teamwork. For those interested in getting a scholarship, McLaughlin recommends practice and playing in as many camps as possible.

Terrell Evans, a UVic Vikes guard, added the value of discipline to the list, emphasizing that it’s not all about the athletics. Academic performance matters as well. If you don’t get the grades, you don’t play. Communications also become an integral part of the play once you get to the post high school level.

With notes from Glenn Dickie