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Youth camps wrap up this week

The University of Hawai’i basketball team completed its annual summer camps for youth players this week.

Dozens of boys and girls participated in the two camps, which were held on June 4-7 and June 25-28 at the Stan Sheriff Center and other UH practice gyms.

Head coach Eran Ganot and his staff, including new assistant coach Jabari Trotter and director of basketball operations Jesse Nakanishi, provided most of the coaching. Several current players – including seniors Sheriff Drammeh, Jack Purchase and Brocke Stepteau – were also there to help.

“Camp is awesome,” Ganot said. “We got a great community here, great young kids. Now entering year four for our staff, it’s great to see them come back every year and see how they’ve grown, see how they’ve developed.”

Sophomore Samuta Avea participated in the camp when he was a youth player, and served as a camp “coach” this year.

“It’s a blast,” Avea said. “It’s only four days with them. That’s a short amount of time, but you really build a bond with the kids and you feel like you’ve known them for longer than it was. I was in this camp as a kid, so being able to teach them is a cool feeling.”

A shooting clinic for boys and girls, ages 6 to 17, is scheduled for June 29 at the Stan Sheriff Center. The clinic will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and walk-up entries will be accepted.

More camps will be scheduled in 2019.

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