TENNERTON – Former Buckhannon-Upshur stand-out and West Virginia Wesleyan All-American Tanner McGrew is holding his first basketball camp and he is bringing some big-name friends with him.
McGrew will hold the three-day camp starting today (Monday) and concluding Wednesday at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.
The camp will feature two sessions per day for both boys and girls, one for sixth to eighth graders from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and a second session for freshmen to seniors from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
McGrew recently finished his first season in the NBA G-League with the Salt Lake City Stars, an affiliate with Utah Jazz.
McGrew said holding the camp is simply a way to give back to the community that has supported him during his basketball career.
“I wanted to do a camp last year, but it just wasn’t feasible,” noted McGrew. “This year I was here in Buckhannon for some of the summer and I had more connections. I decided I wanted to try again this year, and if I was going to do it, I wanted to do it right. For me, it’s a chance to give back to the community and hopefully the kids will appreciate the level of talent coaching at the camp.”
Scheduled for the camp are former Fairmont State Falcon and NBA G-Leaguer Jamel Morris, former WVU Mountaineer Juwan Staten who is currently playing with the Helsinki Seagulls in Finland and former Buckhannon-Upshur all-stater and West Virginia State High School Player of the Year Hanna McClung, who just finished her freshman year at Lenoir-Rhyne.
McGrew was hopeful of getting one or two more coaches on board at press time.
“A lot of these names will resonate within the community, that is what I was going for,” explained McGrew. “I didn’t want it to be random people that nobody knew. I want these kids that attend the camp to understand its not crazy to believe that they can play at the next level. The coaches coming in are proof of that.”
The camp will focus on skill-work and basic fundamentals on the first two days and McGrew hopes day three will be a day of games that will be filmed for the campers.
“I really want to work on the fundamentals,” stated McGrew. “Fundamentals will take you so much further in the game than all the crazy stuff you see. The NBA players didn’t get to where they are by starting with the hard stuff. They mastered the fundamentals and got really good doing a few things first. We are going to break down how to practice and train properly. It’s not going to be simply throw the ball out and let them play.”
The camp is sponsored by Microtel, Jenkins Ford, Sunset Graphics, Wendy’s and Stockert Youth Center.