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The Lake News Online
  • Lakers basketball clinic stresses fundamentals

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  • Camdenton's new head basketball coach is already making his preparations for the next season. Coach Jared O'Quinn and the Camdenton Lakers have been busy this summer, wrapping up their summer games with a 20-10 record.
    Coach O'Quinn is already making his mark, too, arranging for a boys basketball clinic held at Camdenton, led by coaches and players from the Drury University Panthers.
    That's the 2013 NCAA Division II national basketball champion Drury Panthers, who secured their first ever title with a 74-73 win over Metropolitan State with a second half comeback on April 7, finishing the season with a 31-4 record and a 23-game win streak.
    Coach O'Quinn met with the coaches earlier this summer through a basketball camp his kids were attending, and asked whether they would be interested in hosting a clinic.
    The answer was a yes, and assistant coaches Steven Gum and Brandon Kimbrough made the trip from Springfield on Thursday, June 27 with players Shane Rudman and Ian Carter.
    Coach O'Quinn knew he had a good thing going, with national champs coming to town, but he didn't expect the turnout the clinic received.
    "We had 65 kids here today," Coach O'Quinn said. "I was surprised with the numbers. We just wanted to give guys a chance to get in the gym and work."
    The 65 kids who showed up got quite an opportunity, too. The Panthers ran the boys through a number of drills to improve ball-handling, passing, and shooting, and offering kids one-on-one tips on the side.
    "We're just trying to teach the fundamentals," Coach Kimbrough said. "We want to give these guys an opportunity they might not normally get."
    The boys were also instructed with some techniques from Drury's own motion offense, which is a very similar style to the one run by the Camdenton Lakers. Even Coach O'Quinn learned a thing or two while watching the drills.
    One thing seems to be certain: Coach O'Quinn is off to a strong start with his Lakers.
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