Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00
Aspiring basketball players got the chance to hone their skills at the Bunky Reid All Stars Basketball Camp last week which was held at the Westbury Sports Center. The camp was run by Michael Jackson, a former All-Long Island athlete from Westbury High School, who ultimately went on to play collegiately at Division-I Hofstra.
“The best part is the joy of seeing the kid’s interactions with one another and the smiles on their face when they make a good play,” said Jackson, who oversees all aspects of the eight hour camp.
The boys, who ranged from ages five to 15, gathered in the morning to participate in drills which improved their skills in regards to offense, defense and passing. After, they split up the age groups and played competitive games which allowed them to put their newly refined skills to the test.
The camp has taken place each year since 2008, and Jackson believes it has been extremely successful in both teaching the younger children how to play as a team, while also developing their skills to play at the next level. The camp has been extremely beneficial to young basketball players in the past, and Jackson has allowed the kids to develop their skills while not being in an overwhelming atmosphere. Five of his former players have gone on to play at the collegiate level in recent years. Sheldon Hagigal (St. Francis), Ahmad Reid (Stony Brook), Brandon Williams (Molloy), Matt McLeod (Molloy) and Lamar Herron (New Paltz) have all used their time at the Bunky Reid camp to become well-rounded athletes and young men.
Jackson also runs the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) boys and girls teams that have had terrific success on the court. The teams had their playoffs at the “Yes We Can” Center last week and championship game on Friday, August 30. The teams have been playing games all summer at the center and Bunky Reid Park.