“I think it helps us as a team, because it gives us live situations and it kind of makes us move and talk better as a team,” rising sophomore Trevor Yaeger said.
For some of the middle school players, summer practice and camp gives them a chance to gain exposure playing against better competition and learn from the older players.
“I think there might be a couple going into the seventh, but Calder’s the only one going into the sixth,” Alton Scott, father of rising sixth-grader Calder Calhoun, said. “They’re just kind of letting him hang out with these older guys, and try to hopefully learn a little bit. He plans on going out for the middle school team, and I think it’s possible. I just appreciate them giving him this exposure.”
Scott made the decision to get his son involved with Lunsford and GMC Prep basketball after noticing the recent success the program has experienced due to its structured year-round program.
“I’ve seen this team, the boy’s team, and it’s just incredible what he has come in here and done,” Scott said. “He’s just really built a powerhouse. I’m not any kind of sports expert, but it appears that he’s kind of got them into a league where they’re even able to compete against these larger, more highly-rated schools.”
Yaeger has also noticed an increase in the GMC Prep basketball performances in recent seasons, but admits it all starts in the summer when Lunsford stresses conditioning and fundamentals.
“I think all the drills we’re doing have things to do with our strengths, but can help us with our weaknesses too,” he said. “I think it does good to keep people in shape, and if they have something to do at the end of the summer you’re still in pretty good shape.”