CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi men's basketball program wrapped up a strong 2012 summer camp season this weekend, concluding with the team camp on Sunday, July 1. Hundreds of youngsters visited the campus and learned more about the game of basketball from the Islanders' staff.
"This was a solid turnout for our summer camp sessions," head coach Willis Wilson said. "It's always so enjoyable to get to see the campers – from the youngsters who are just getting started in the game to the high school players who are trying to advance to the next level. An added bonus is getting people from the Corpus Christi and surrounding communities out to see our beautiful campus and to meet our players. All in all, it was a great summer."
The camps encompassed skills at all levels – from the week-long day camps and competition camps to single-day camps focused on big men and guards. The team camp saw 20 high school teams sign up to visit the Island University for two days of games, lectures and learning from a coaching staff with nearly 100 years of combined college basketball experience.
This year's camps saw a wide range of individuals. Included in the camps' participants were descendants of Dr. James A. Naismith, who invented the game of basketball in the late 19th century. The family brought a replica basketball of the first one ever made. Also in attendance were the children of Jarvis Sanni, who played under Wilson and Associate Head Coach Marty Gross.
"Some of the stories that we heard from campers this year were fantastic," Wilson added. "There are so many great people in the Coastal Bend, and we have really enjoyed getting to know them and getting them introduced to our basketball team."