FRIDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
-Walz BBall camp teaches attendees "next level" skills.
(Normally we would run a reader-submitted article this Friday but wanted to get this report on the Jeff Walz Elite Skills Camp to you A.S.A.P. WE do have a great reader article for you Saturday.)
The 50 attendees at Jeff Walz's 2012 women's basketball Elite Clinic skills camp on Thursday, June 14th. got the word early.
|Bria Smith on her way to teach the campers "next level" skills.|
|Shooting and dribbling were two of the many|
areas covered and taught by the UofL staff and players.
The girls were eager and attentive learners. Whether it was "5-on-5-on-5" drills or free throw shooting, the campers were competitive and worked non-stop during the four hour camp.
|Morgan Turner prepares to run a drill.|
(She's going to be one to watch down the road. Remember the name.)
Also there with me was CARDINAL COUPLE columnist Jenny O'Bryan. Although all the girls were hard-working and quite skilled at what they were doing....several stood out and caught our eye.
|Kiesler has a effective outside jumper in addition to|
her paint skills.
-- Nora Kiesler is a local player and a double threat for Assumption H.S. in hoops and volleyball. WE were impressed with her shooting and ability to mix it up on the boards. She's just a sophomore next year and you'll be hearing her name quite often the next three seasons.
-- Morgan Turner will be a force for Meade County (KY) high school for the next three years as well. A wing that has a smooth outside shot and passes well...the colleges will be lining up for her services and she should be one of the elite in the 2015 recruiting class.
-- Sabrina Haines travelled from Arizona for the camp. They may eventually put her picture next to Webster's Dictionary listing for "smooth". The soon-to-be sophomore has all the skills. Keep her name on your list of those to watch.
These are just four of the many participants that were turning heads and drawing praise from those of us watching.
|Cardinal front-liners discuss strategy before a drill|
One opinion, of course...but the group of young ladies on the hardwood at Cardinal Arena on Thursday afternoon truly fit the description "elite".
Taking it all in with a watchful eye, encouraging advice and his usual wit and style was Coach Walz.
"What will impress me in this drill and what I'm looking for is how well you do without the ball." Walz tells a group one moment. "Skill development is a year round process" Walz preaches to the next group. He constantly observes, suggests and teaches.
Few do it better.
|The competition was intense under the rim|
For this Thursday, though...the talent level was truly elite and CARDINAL COUPLE will keep a close eye on the progress and careers of the young ladies today who displayed their abilities. We appreciate the chance to watch, observe and report on a group of girls that will be thrilling fans and frustrating opposing coaches for the next several years.
They believe, Coach Steph, they believe...and they did
|Photo by Charlie Springer - UofL Card Game|
Heal well and completely #25. Gotta have those Butler Bears representing!