(June 20, 2014) Aaron Wyatt, a local, professional overseas basketball player, will conduct a basketball training camp this summer for young athletes ages 13-18.
“I work with kids a lot, with local clubs in the area, when I’m overseas,” Wyatt said. “I want to help kids get to where I am at, or further. I want to help them get to the next level.”
The camp, held in the Ocean Pines Recreation Department gymnasium, will focus on skill development, agility and fundamental conditioning training.
“It is a skills development camp. If you want to get better at basketball, this is the camp for you,” Wyatt said. “I can’t wait. I have so much stuff planned for [athletes]. It’s going to be fun.”
The camp will be offered Monday through Thursday. The first training session is scheduled for June 23-26. Other camp dates are: July 7-10, July 21-24, Aug. 4-7 and Aug. 18-21. Players ages 13-15 will train from 5:45-7:15 p.m. Teens 16-18 will practice from 7:15-8:45 p.m.
Each camp will be different, so athletes are encouraged to participate in more than one.
Players will get personalized instruction as only 10 athletes will participate in each camp per week. Wyatt will work with five athletes to help them improve their basketball skills, while at the same time, Derek Jarmon will train the other five campers in strength, speed, conditioning and agility. Players will then switch and work with the other coach each camp day.
Drills will be conducted on indoor and outdoor courts.
At the end of each evening, the group will discuss what they learned that day. At the end of each camp week, players will receive a report card.
“I think we can bring a lot to the kids around here,” Wyatt said. “I want to show them what hard work can do.”
“We both feel the camp, run by two locals, is something different for this area,” Jarmon added. “We feel we can offer something a little different, something to give them more of an edge.”
During Wyatt’s off-season from international ball, he comes back to the area and is trained by Jarmon. The two have been working together for several years.
“He knows what he is talking about. He has the same vision as me,” Wyatt said of Jarmon.
“We both hope to leave a lasting impression on [the young athletes], not only for basketball,” Jarmon said. “We hope they learn that if they want to get better at something, it takes time, effort and sacrifice. I hope we’re able to give them that push they need.”
The cost is $100 for Ocean Pines residents, $110 for non-residents. There is a $10 sibling discount. A $10 discount is also offered to those participating in multiple training sessions.
For more information, call the Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks Department at 410-641-7052.
Wyatt said he plans to offer the camp annually.
Wyatt grew up in Whaleyville. He played ball at the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department during the week from 5th through 8th grades and on the weekends in Berlin. He attended Buckingham Elementary School, Berlin Intermediate School and Stephen Decatur middle and high schools. He played on the Decatur varsity high school basketball team for four years and for the football team in 10th through 12th grades. He graduated in 2004. Wyatt was the first male basketball player to score 1,000 points at the school and was named to the All-Bayside Conference team his sophomore, junior and senior years.
His mother, Angie, also went to Decatur. They both wore No. 35 while playing basketball for the school. They are the only mother and son in Decatur history to score 1,000 points, Wyatt said.
Wyatt went to Cecil Community College and the basketball team won a national championship during his second year there. After Cecil Community College, Wyatt transferred to NCAA Div. II Georgia Southwestern for one season (2007-08) and his senior year, he went to NAIA Campbellsville University in Kentucky. Wyatt majored in physical education and minored in recreation sports at both schools.
He has played professionally overseas in Israel, Kuwait City, Chile, Australia and Germany.
The 28-year-old said he plans to return to playing internationally after the summer.
“It’s not just about basketball. You learn so much about the culture where you are playing,” he said. “You learn a lot about people.”
Jarmon and Wyatt went to high school and played football together. While Wyatt played basketball for Decatur, Jarmon participated in indoor and outdoor track. He graduated from Decatur in 2005. Jarmon earned a physical education degree from Salisbury University. He graduated from the school in 2009.
He was a teacher at Glen Avenue Elementary school in Wicomico County for two years. He has worked with numerous athletes around the area, focusing on strength, conditioning, speed and agility training. He was also the Ocean Pines Recreation & Parks program coordinator for two and a half years.
Since August 2013, Jarmon has been a PE and health teacher as well as the athletic director at Most Blessed Sacrament School. He also coaches the school’s JV boys’ basketball program.