UWF hoops camp offers chance to showcase skills

Three courts are set up inside the University of West Florida Field House on a Thursday afternoon.

The action is nonstop.

It’s like March Madness. Only it’s June.

But there is a purpose to it all here at the Shoot for the Stars Team Camp put on by UWF head coach Jeff Burkhamer and his staff.

On the surface, it’s about providing teams with an opportunity to compete against teams from all over the region and even out of state. It’s also about players gaining valuable experience that will benefit them when the high school hoops season rolls around.

“It’s a really good experience for everyone,” said Navarre’s Elijah Proby, a rising senior for the Raiders. “We’re all trying to get better and work hard.”

This is the third year of the camp. It’s grown each year. Starting with 18-20 teams the first summer, there were 31 this time, forcing some games to be played in the school’s rec center Friday.

“We had a lot of success with team camps we had at other places we’ve been, and we are excited about how much it’s grown,” UWF assistant head coach Brian Benator said.

Read the full article in the June 27 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options.

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