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June 16, 2014

Bulldog basketball busy this summer

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

While the GMC Prep boys’ basketball program emphasizes the training necessary to become top-level players, Lunsford also stresses the most important focus should be on academics.

According to Scott, Lunsford considers the player’s schoolwork a vital ingredient in a young person’s life.

“He stresses the academics just as much as the athletics,” Scott said.

For a young student-athlete like rising sophomore Chase Sheffield, Lunsford’s summer basketball program gives him an opportunity to get better athletically, while getting ahead in school by taking optional summer classes.

Sheffield, despite juggling homework and basketball, believes the summer workouts will give him the skills needed to compete well for the Bulldogs this season.

“My academics always come first before my sports do, because my academics are going to get me a much higher percentage than my sports will, so that comes first,” Sheffield said. “By getting my good grades in class, the staff allows me to get to my summer workouts for sports while doing school, and I’ve found it very flexible with my schedule.

“Practicing year-round in the summer, fall and winter helps me improve as an athlete,” he added. “I work on my skills in the summer to help for the next season.”

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