Shemarr Parker exhorted youngsters as he manned a station at a youth basketball clinic that the Hancock College men's basketball program hosted.

The youngsters counted off the number each time one of their group members made a basket.

"I need it louder!,"" Parker, who will be a sophomore forward for the Hancock College men's basketball team next season, called out at one point. "A little louder."

The youngsters responded by indeed getting louder with their responses. "That's it!," Parker responded. "Good."

To another group of campers, Parker demonstrated shooting technique. He raised his hand as if to shoot and then told the campers, "Let (the ball) roll off your fingers."  

Parker, Hancock head men's basketball coach Tyson Aye and Aye's assistants, Josh Motenko and Vic Armendariz, all manned an eight-minute station at Hancock's Joe White Memorial Gym, with four groups of youngsters rotating to each one during a camp last week.

Coaches instructed the campers on a variety of basketball fundamentals, including shooting, footwork, passing and dribbling.

Before the drills started, Armendariz gave the campers a sort of basketball floor location quiz.

"Show me where the free throw line is," Armendariz told a camper. The camper stepped on the free throw line.

"You guys think he's correct?, Armendariz said. The emphatic response was "Yes," and Armendariz voiced his approval.

Campers then went on to find the mid-court line, the baseline and the three-point arc. After a camper stood where he thought was just beyond the arc, Armendariz said, "That's right. We need to know where we are on the floor."  

Motenko is the Bulldogs' lead assistant coach. Besides being an assistant coach, Armendariz also said he is the Bulldogs' new recruiting coordinator.

The clinic began Monday and is taking place through Thursday at Hancock's Joe White Memorial Gymnasium.

"The turnout looks good," Aye said as he eyed the approximately 30 campers, boys and girls ranging in age from elementary school to high school, before the clinic started Tuesday.

"It's better than the last two years. With school starting the middle of the next week, we moved it up a week and I think that helped."

Motenko spent his time at one station drilling youngsters on getting an entry pass into the lane.

"If you dribble right into the lane, you'll dribble into all these defenders," he told the campers.

"You have to dribble down," he said as a camper dribbled well to the left of the lane. "You might have to dribble all the way down," to the baseline to draw defenders away from the lane.

To get an entry pass into the lane, "Fake a pass, make a pass," Motenko told the campers. Motenko gave encouragement as youngsters, unguarded, consistently correctly faked a pass then tossed the ball to Motenko in the lane.

Meanwhile, Aye drilled one group on footwork. As groups of campers worked on their pivots, Aye varied his cadence to keep them alert.

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"Front pivot!," Aye called at one point. "Reverse pivot. Reverse pivot. Front pivot." Most of the campers pivoted correctly on all of Aye's calls.

At one point, coaches and the players played a game in which, if the back shooter made a shot before the front shooter did, the front shooter was out.

Before the clinic coaches' game, they asked the youngsters to get into groups according to who they think would win. Nearly half chose Parker. Parker delivered. He won.

The youngsters seemed to take to the clinic coaches.

"I think so," Trenton Peterson, 14, who will be a freshman at Cabrillo, said when he was asked if he was getting a lot out of the clinic.

"I'm just learning how to do things."

Dominique Sanders, 11, said she played youth basketball earlier in the year. "The coaches are really nice," she said. "I'm learning a lot of stuff."

Annalyssa Cota, 9, said what she was learning most at the camp was,  "shooting form and footwork."

She also said she had played youth basketball. John Sevcik, 9, said he hadn't played for a team before but thanks to what he was learning at the clinic, "I think I'd like to play, eventually."

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