(June 6, 2014) The Stephen Decatur High School boys’ basketball program will present the fifth annual Seahawk Summer Basketball Camp, June 23-26.
Byron “BJ” Johnson, the school’s varsity basketball head coach, is accepting registration.
The camp was originally scheduled for June 16-19, but due to unforeseen problems in the Berlin school building, Johnson moved the camp to June 23-26.
The coed camp is open to children in grades 3-12 and will take place Monday through Thursday. Campers in grades 3-8 will practice from 9 a.m. to noon at the Berlin high school. Participants in grades 9-12 will have their training session from 1-4 p.m.
Athletes will receive a T-shirt, basketball and individual and team lessons. They will also participate in contests and two-on-two, three-on-three and five-on-five competitions.
The camp also focuses on fundamentals and development, ability and age grouping and post and perimeter development.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own drink and to wear comfortable playing shoes. Basketballs will be provided.
Johnson, the 2013-14 Bayside Conference South Coach of the Year, has 26 years of coaching experience with a number of those years leading local teams.
The Seahawks’ 2013-14 season ended with a 66-51 loss to the Westlake Wolverines in the MPSSAA 3A South Regional tournament championship game on March 7. After a 4-4 start, Decatur finished the season 18-6. The Seahawks competed in the Bayside Conference title game for the first time in program history. They lost 64-61 in overtime to Easton.
This was Johnson’s first season as head coach of the Seahawks. He was an assistant under Mark Engle two seasons prior.
Johnson has brought in several coaches to help run the summer camp this year.
“Our main goal in preparing campers for court action is to focus much of our basketball instruction on fundamentals. We have put together a list of skills that each player should be able to successfully complete by the end of camp,” Johnson stated in his camp brochure. “We feel that fundamentals are vital to the game of basketball, and without proper skills, players will not be able to attain success at the next level. Instrumental in our focus of fundamentals will be our coaching staff, who all have previous coaching and playing experience at the highest level of basketball.”
Joining Johnson will be Greg “Bubby” Brown, the 2001 player of the year in Wicomico County. In 2002 he was named the all-time leading three-point shooter at Wi-Hi. Brown also made All-Rookie First Team in the MEAC conference while at UMES.
Also on the camp’s coaching staff is Craig Winder. He set the all-time scoring record in Wicomico County in 2002. He was a JUCO college All-American and scored 1,000 points in two seasons at Cecil Community College. Winder also competed for the University of Texas for two seasons. In 2010, he played for the Adelaide 36ers (NBL-Australia) and for the NBA D-League champions, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets). He was the back-to-back scoring champion, logging 27.2 points per game, for UAE Dubai.
Early registration for the camp is recommended. The cost is $90. Registration will also be available at the door for $100. Make checks payable to Maryland Supreme Basketball, 9114 Croppers Island Rd. Newark, Md. 21841.
The high school is located at 9913 Seahawk Rd. in Berlin. For more information call Johnson at 443-373-9546.