Players show desire to learn at basketball camp

Basketball players keen to learn from SFU Clan coach Bruce Langford at Penticton Basketball Camp

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY Clan coach Bruce Langford guides Penticton’s Emma Terris during the Penticton Basketball Camp this week at Pen High.

It’s all about the coaching.

That’s why Summerland’s Lexi Corday and Kelowna’s Hannah Walline come to the Penticton Basketball Camp. They want to learn from Simon Fraser University Clan women’s coach Bruce Langford, who was in the Peach City this week with assistant coach Jessica Wallace and a few of his players.

“I’ve always liked it,” said Corday, who is in her third camp. “They know a lot about basketball. They are really helpful.”

The camp attracted 41 players, who get valuable instruction from the five-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport national champion-winning coach.

Corday placed importance on working on her shots and said she has seen improvement. Every time she attends the camp, which is in its 35th year, Corday said she has gotten better.

It’s the same for Walline, who represented Team B.C. for the first time with the under-17 squad this year.

“I really enjoy having Langford,” she said. “Good coaching, good competition and I enjoy being coached by other players.”

Walline said there has been a lot of skill work in the camp.

“Langford makes sure everyone can do the drills,” she said.

Walline has also enjoyed improving her skills with the other players, saying there is a great atmosphere. She has focused on her ball handling and said Langford is good at finding different ways to work on that skill.

Fred Fedorak, organizer of the Penticton Basketball Camp, has been impressed with how Langford works with the players.

“The manner in which he is instructing is very constructive,” said Fedorak. “He’s got the kids working really hard.”

Fedorak added he is disappointed more kids didn’t take advantage of attending the camp to learn from Langford and his players.

“That to me is very impressive. That is so special,” he said of what the campers get to experience.