Visiting Coaches Mario Davis (left) and Johnathan Weekes.
Trinidad Coaches give boost to Next Generation
Sat, 04/02/2016 - 12:04am
THE children of the Next Generation basketball camp got a boost when two Trinidad-based coaches and former players visited over the last few days.
Johnathan Weekes and American-born Mario Davis were on hand to lend some support and give the young campers some insights into the game of basketball.
Though they primarily deal with the 15-25 age group, they were impressed to see the younger basketballers and their enthusiasm about the game.
According to Weekes, at this age it is about the basic skills and having fun.
However, he stated that in order to keep them in the sport, an athlete pathway must be developed so that one knows “what happens to them when they get to 12 years old, 14, 15, 18 that is the pathway we have to develop and Zahir (Motara) has the passion”.
Weekes and Davis are the founder and co-founder of a programme in Trinidad called Labs Skillz Elite and once a year there is a camp for the basketballers who are trying out for scholarships.
“Six guys got a scholarship last year,” said Weekes, who also mentioned that they saw a Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Premier League Game on Thursday and they saw about 10 guys who have a legitimate chance in their opinion to get a scholarship. (CG)