2017-07-16 / Sports

Cramer skills camp benefits Dryden basketball program

BY AUSTIN VANDAELE
810-452-2655 • avandaele@mihomepaper.com


Steve Cramer talks with the younger students at the Cramer Basketball camp at Dryden following a drill on Thursday. 
Photos by Austin VanDaele Steve Cramer talks with the younger students at the Cramer Basketball camp at Dryden following a drill on Thursday. Photos by Austin VanDaele DRYDEN – For its second year in a row, Dryden High School welcomed back the Cramer Basketball Skills Camp. Run by former Hope College All-American Steve Cramer, the camp was split into two different groups – one with students entering grades 4-8, held in the morning, and the other with students entering grades 9-12 in the afternoon.

The morning group featured mostly fundamental skill development drills, building on the previous day’s lessons each day. As for the older group, Cramer focused more on expanding on the skills that the students already had in place, giving them all they could handle to help better their game.

“My biggest thing is, when I talk to the kids, I’m not going to waste your time. Everything we do will be something that you’ll be able to benefit from in a game situation,” said Cramer.


Seventh-grader Lucas looks to the basket during a post move drill as Steve Cramer helps with his footwork at the Cramer Basketball Camp at Dryden High Thursday. Seventh-grader Lucas looks to the basket during a post move drill as Steve Cramer helps with his footwork at the Cramer Basketball Camp at Dryden High Thursday. Cramer brings with him a newly-designed camp each time he travels to a high school, first talking with the coaches of the programs to see what they would like to see developed in their players, and then sitting down and planning out a specific camp to take to each school. Once finished with the camps, Cramer enjoys watching how his students have improved once they reach the regular season.

“It’s been very exciting for me to see the success of this program over the last couple of years and the results that Dryden basketball has had,” said Cramer. “To be a small part of their success and be able to follow and root for them has been pretty cool for me, too.”

For his camp at Dryden this year, Cramer focused on ball handling with the high school group, and ways that each student can better handle facing players that are bigger, faster and stronger than them. As for the younger group, in addition to the fundamentals, Cramer also decided that a focus on shooting would be good to teach to the students. Each day, the students would be put through specific drills that would build on lessons learned in earlier sessions while also learning new moves along the way.

“We had (Cramer) in last year and it was really successful and the kids really enjoyed it, and that’s why we brought it back this year,” said Dryden boys’ varsity coach John DelCampo. “We do it all the way down to grade four, because we want our young kids to learn basketball the right way.”

Overall, Dryden welcomed 44 students to the camp this year, with 24 in the younger group and 20 in the older group.

“We keep trying to bring in everything we possibly can for the kids in the program to make ours one of the best programs in the whole state,” said DelCampo. “The camp is taking what they have, and its making them a better player because it adds another dimension to their game.”

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