Players from across W.Va. flock to B-U for McGrew’s basketball camp

Players gather for a photo with McGrew and training staff during the basketball camp PHOTO SUBMITTED

TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur High School and West Virginia Wesleyan College alumni, professional basketball player Tanner McGrew teamed up with fellow former MEC standouts Jamel Morris and Will Vorhees, as well as two notable female hoopers in Stephanie Anderson and Emily Stoller, to hold an individual basketball camp at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, that started on June 1 and ran through June 3. These outstanding local players used their wealth of knowledge and experience gained from all levels of basketball to shape the future of the game in the local area.  

In total McGrew and staff welcomed 82 campers from across the state to Buckhannon. The camps four coaches Morris, Vorhees, Anderson, and Stoller split campers into two age groups, with fourth through seventh graders playing from 9 to 11:30 a.m., while campers that fell in the eighth through twelfth grade range playing in the afternoon session from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The campers worked on individual skills with professional instruction by the camp’s coaching staff, before getting the opportunity to test some of the skills they had been working on in a competitive game setting.  

The Tanner McGrew Camp was joined by a surprise guest on the last day of camp, McGrew’s good friend and Mountaineer basketball legend Kevin Jones. Jones spoke to the attendees before taking time to meet with and take pictures with campers.  

McGrew expressed how happy he was with the turnout, as well as touched on plans to make the camp an annual event, saying, “It was an awesome turnout with so many high level coaches. I was honestly shocked by the number of kids we had. I can’t wait to make this an annual event in Buckhannon.” 

McGrew continued, expressing his desire to make a lasting impact on the community that raised him, saying, “I have so much love for Buckhannon, and I just want to give back in any way I can. The people of Buckhannon made this possible with their sharing of posts, word of mouth, and trusting me to lead their kids in the right direction. I also want to extend that reach into surrounding areas that may not have access to coaches with the experience we do. We had kids from Preston County down to Hurricane and everywhere in between. That is my goal for the camp in the future. I learned a ton and will be sure to make adjustments to give all the campers the best possible experience.” 

I just wanted to thank our sponsors and volunteers, without them, none of this would have been possible. I wanted to offer a special thanks to Rick Reynolds the Buckhannon-Upshur High School athletic director for always freeing up the gym for my events. Our sponsors, Highpoint Construction, SureStay Plus by Best Western, Sunset Graphics, CPImagery helped me make this camp a reality with their generous support. And of course, I have to thank my mother Sheri McGrew who graciously helped with the camp registration process on the first day.”  

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