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Basketball camps start at Clayton State
by Maurice Dixon
June 11, 2013 11:31 AM | 3621 views | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye<br>Jonesboro rising junior Deantre Mack participated in Clayton State’s basketball camp last week.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Jonesboro rising junior Deantre Mack participated in Clayton State’s basketball camp last week.
Last week, Lovejoy, Westlake and Jonesboro were a few of the teams in action during the first session of boys’ basketball camp at Clayton State. While the coaches of these respective programs (Rick Francis, Darron Rogers and Dan Maehlman) are still in place, the faces on the floor were not all that familiar.

Gone are talents of Deangelo Anthony and Mike Harden, Tony Bagtas and Andre Elam, and Cameron Sutton, Doobie Okeke and Patrick Petty.

“It’s going to be different this year,” said Maehlman, who had seven seniors recently graduate.

However, the Cardinals will have rising junior Deantre Mack, a threat from 3-point territory, back on the roster. Jonesboro has also added North Clayton transfer Tracy Hector, who is 6-foot-5, to its lineup.

Unlike the Cardinals, the Lions and Wildcats will have more experience returning to the court. Westlake has 12 players returning and Lovejoy has eight.

“We will have a pretty experienced team coming back,” Rogers said. “We have about six guys coming back who played major minutes and started most of the season.”

Rising seniors Dominic Josephs, Raymond Saunders and Tyler Williams, and rising junior Jared Heard are expected to lead the way like they did at Clayton State.

“I was very pleased with how hard they worked,” said Rogers, whose team went 9-1 at camp. “They were respectful and coachable which is something that gives you a good perspective of how your team might look next year.”

Westlake will also compete at camps at Georgia Tech and Georgia State.

“We try to give our kids exposure on a Division-II level camp, Division I and high Division I every summer,” Rogers said. “That’s our way of getting our guys exposure and also our way of getting at least 30 games in the summer so it will be similar to a full season.”

The Clayton State camp was a little different for Lovejoy since rising seniors Jahir Cabeza and Jarron Shivers were not 100 percent.

“We’re primarily looking at these young guys trying to fill in the holes,” Francis said. “To see who has a good chance of being with us. Because of what I see, we may have to go with some guys who are playing football now to fill in the blanks.”

The Wildcats will participate in camps at St. Francis and Georgia Tech or South Atlanta. The next destination for the Cardinals will be at Lithia Springs on Monday.

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