Approximately 80 campers in grades 3-12 enjoyed working on their skills during the 3rd Annual Mike Smith Basketball Camp held June 4-7 at Van-Far High School.
Van-Far graduate and current professional basketball player Mike Smith returned to his alma mater to help youngsters work on their ball handling and shooting technique.
“This year’s camp was a lot of fun,” Smith said. “The kids took in a lot of information and drills that will allow them to improve their game on a daily basis. These kids worked very hard for me and I enjoyed seeing them learn and improve their skills during the camp. We allowed them to play some games during camp so it was an amazing feeling seeing them play and use some of the things we taught them during competition. Overall, I am very proud of every single kid who attended because our camp is not an easy one, but these kids fought and pushed through it. It was a great four days.”
There were three different age groups at the camp. The 3rd-5th graders were grouped together as well as the 6th-8th and 9th-12th.
Smith said there were about 25-30 kids on average in each session.
His helpers included his brother Matt Smith, sister Alicia Smith, Marshall Corbin, and Joe Basinger. Smith has rented out the Vandalia Area Aquatics Center the evening of Friday, June 13 to celebrate the camp time with the campers.
“I felt like they all should be rewarded for their hard work,” Mike Smith added.
The Smith family’s DNA Basketball Training is holding a two-day clinic in Hannibal June 23-24. Those interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Smith recently finished up his professional season in Belgium as one of the top scorers in the league.
He said he’s recently signed a two year deal to return to that country with the Eurocup team Belfius Mons.