McGrew to give back to hometown by holding basketball camp

Tanner McGrew puts his polished post game on display, scoring on a pretty hook shot for his BC CSU Sibiu team in Romanian professional league play. PHOTO SUBMITTED

TENNERTON — Attention to all West Virginia basketball community members, a new, amazing opportunity for kids in fourth through twelfth grade, interested in furthering their development as players, has been created by one of Buckhannon’s own.

Professional basketball player Tanner McGrew is teaming with fellow former MEC standouts Jamel Morris and Will Vorhees to put on an individual basketball camp that will be held at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, starting June 1 and running through June 3. These outstanding local players will use their wealth of knowledge and experience gained from all levels of basketball to shape the future of the game in the local area. 

In addition to being an exceptional basketball talent, McGrew is also a very hands-on mentor with years of experience working with youth. Prior to his time as a standout basketball player and musician at West Virginia Wesleyan College, McGrew worked at the Stockert Youth Center, where he was head counselor for his final two years. For over seven years, Tanner educated and inspired the youth of Buckhannon in athletics, the arts and other aspects of life.

In life, the phrase “know your role,” is a simple motto to live by. Throughout his career, Tanner McGrew has had a variety of roles on as many teams. Most athletes have one or two skills that they excel at and struggle with others. Coaches will constantly tell players to “know your role” or “stick to what you are good at.” In skill development, it is a player’s responsibility to help them improve by identifying their weaknesses, creating a plan and implementing goals and strategies to grow. The members of the Tanner McGrew Training staff take pride in combining skill development and resistance training/conditioning to help athletes of all levels increase performance.   

When asked about his expectations for the camp, McGrew seemed to be excited at the prospect of giving back and making an impact through the game he loves. “I have some big goals for this camp, but one of them is to force me to hire another coach! The only way that can happen is if we keep spreading the word. Buckhannon is our camp’s home-base, but I would love to see athletes from all over the region come and participate,” said McGrew. “The camp’s coaches have experience in 12 countries, including the NBA, the German BBL and the USA national team. It’s a huge honor for me to be able to provide the youth of North Central WV with instruction from some of the highest-level players around. If you don’t believe me, take a look at their bios and see for yourself.” 

The staff will split campers into two age groups, with fourth through seventh graders playing from 9 to 11:30 a.m., while campers that fall in the eighth through twelfth grade range will play in the afternoon session from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

If interested, visit tannermcgrewtraining.com to register online. In-person registration for the camp will be held 8:30 a.m. for the younger age division, while registration for the older age division will be held at noon at Buckhannon-Upshur High School on June 1. Be sure to take advantage of the family discount by signing up multiple athletes at once. Price of admission to the camp covers camp T-Shirt, basketball and 3 days of coaching from professionals around the region.

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