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IBA Bahamas hosts pre-season skills clinic for local players

Christian Gray, the player development coach for the GetMeRecruited organization, is shown at right working with some of the youngsters at the pre-season basketball clinic at the Doris Johnson Senior High School on Saturday. JEROME SMITH

International Basketball Academy (IBA) Bahamas hosted a pre-season clinic for high school basketball players on Saturday at the Doris Johnson Senior High School.

The clinic was open to players from grades 7-12, who wanted to brush up on their skills before the start of the high school basketball season.

“With this camp, we just wanted something to keep the players’ skills sharp ahead of the upcoming season,” said IBA Bahamas founder Denycko Bowles. “I know a lot of times when the guys go back to their high school teams, they tend to put aside all of the fundamental things that they learned over the summer and go back to some of the bad habits they had before the summer. The only way to raise the level of play in the country is to stay on the kids and continuously monitor their development to make sure that they are picking up the right habits and doing the right things on the court.”

GetMeRecruited Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lamont Taylor and player development coach Christian Gray teamed up with IBA Bahamas once again to host the clinic.

“The relationship between these guys and IBA Bahamas is one that continues to grow,” said Bowles.

“They are really doing a good service to these kids, trying their best to ensure that they get the exposure needed to take their games to the next level and also receive an education in the process.

They got out there with the kids and went back and forth with them for hours. They literally went from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with them going over a lot of skills stuff. It was a lot of teaching going on and we also had a lot of kids come out. Public schools, private schools, we even had two kids from Andros come out, so all in all I can honestly say that the kids got an opportunity to improve their games.”

According to Bowles, IBA Bahamas has several events planned for the upcoming year, including hosting the annual Super 60 basketball showcase, which expanded this summer to include junior boys and senior girls.

Both Taylor and Gray were in The Bahamas for the 2017 Super 60 Showcase and the IBA Skills Combine over the summer, and are likely to return once again next summer to assist with both events.

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