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Blue Raiders Conduct Hoops Clinic

October 9, 2001 · MT Media Relations
The Blue Raider basketball team is getting set to begin fall practice on Saturday, but some team members took time out of their schedule on Sept. 29 to help tip off basketball season at the newly-opened Blackman Elementary School.

Assistant Coach Gerald Harris and players Lee Nosse, Steven Jackson, and Jermale Wilkerson headed over to the school to conduct a clinic with several Blackman students to help kick off basketball season at the school.

"Several parents were there along with their kids to ask questions and see what sort of things we were teaching the players," said Harris.

"Its good to see that so many kids and parents were there to take an interest in basketball. Hopefully several of these young players will take a genuine interest in the game and continue to learn and get better."

Harris indicated that over 100 youngsters took advantage of the free clinic. He also said that he and the MT players conducted drills at four stations during the afternoon. The stations included drills and activities to teach ball handling, defensive principles, free throw shooting, and rebounding.

"The kids had a good time and we hope that they learned a few things about basketball along the way. The most important thing with young players is to try and teach them the right way to practice the skills that they are trying to learn. It's also important that they have fun and enjoy the game."

The Blue Raiders will begin their fall camp on Saturday, Oct. 13. The team will continue with workouts until the season begins in earnest with an exhibition game against Tennessee Temple on Nov. 6. The exhibition series continues with a game against West Florida on Nov. 12 before the regular season tips off on Nov. 17 at home against IUPUI.

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