MILLEDGEVILLE — In its third year, the Larry Turner Basketball Camps for aspiring players between ages 6 and 18 will take place June 17-22 in the Sinclair Baptist Church gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
After strong turnouts last year, Larry Turner said he looks forward to giving back to the local youth through basketball this summer.
“I look forward to this camp every year,” he said. “I look forward to giving back to the kids.”
Unlike in previous years, Turner plans to host both the girls and boy’s camps together at one time, mirroring the structure of one of his other camps in Atlanta.
“I take a lot of things from camps overseas, and I use a lot of things I learn in my camp in Atlanta. I want it to be something exciting,” Turner said. “I try to think of something every year and try to change it and it was just a change that needed to be made. We’ll see the response and see how it goes.”
Once again Turner plans to educate campers on the newest and most effective basketball drills used by professional players.
“We’re basically having a pro camp so I’m just bringing some techniques and pro skills to give the kids and get a step up at their schools. I have a lot of knowledge I’ve picked up along the way in my seven years as a pro,” he said. “We’re doing more and focusing more on footwork skills. Basically, teaching the kids how to use their feet.”
Turner plans to teach the same drills and exercises to all campers, both young and old, to ensure that every player has the tools to continue their development in the future.
“I try to keep the camp basic, skill-wise,” he said. “To build the camp the way I want, I have to teach the little kids the same thing I teach the older kids, because I want them to grow and continue to remember what they learned. I want to keep the camp the same.”