Angelina College Basketball Holding ‘Elite’ Clinic Camp Open to Girls and Boys Ages 14-18

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Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

Having already conducted a camp geared toward younger players, Angelina College head basketball coach Kyle Manary and his staff are holding a skills development clinic designed to prepare high-school aged hoopsters for the upper levels of the sport.

Manary will hold the three-day “Angelina Elite Camp” for male and female players ages 14-18 from June 20-22 at Angelina College.

“Our goal is that every player leave understanding what high level College and NBA/WNBA basketball is all about,” Manary said in a released statement.” Each group will have their “position specific” time and then we will combine all of the groups to show them how their individual work fits into the team. Every single player will leave our Elite Camp with the drills and knowledge that I have taught to over 120 NBA players and over 100 Division I College All-Americans. Each group will be divided into guards, wings and bigs. We will teach each group to master their position individually then within team concepts.”

The cost of the camp is $75 for all three days. Campers are responsible for their own lunches.

Skills addressed include ball handling, passing, floaters, weak-hand development, NBA ball screen reads, positional game shooting, one-on- one NBA/WNBA moves, three-on- three spacing and playing off penetration, among others.

Players are encouraged to bring their own basketballs, shoes, a reversible jersey, shorts and whatever else he or she would bring for a gym workout.

Each day’s schedule will follow the format listed below:

 9-11 a.m. – Guards/Wings

 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Bigs

 3-5 p.m. – Combination work with guards, wings and bigs

Manary, whose basketball background includes working with and developing more than 120 NBA players such as Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and others, will offer a free advanced-skills clinic from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the old gymnasium on the Angelina College campus. Manary also worked with the Dallas Mavericks and spent time as a Division I assistant coach.

Manary has asked all who plan to attend to contact him at kmanary25@hotmail.com.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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