GALLATIN - Bringing in 39 schools and 81 teams, Gallatin High School produced another winner of a summer team basketball camp for the 20th consecutive year. At the camp, put on by Green Wave head coach Bobby Luna, teams from all over the state of Tennessee competed for three straight days playing as many as three games a day. Local teams included Beech, Gallatin, Pope John Paul II, White House and Portland. Most schools played nine varsity games mixed in with plenty of junior varsity action.
Camps like this one give teams a chance to build their depth, develop chemistry and create bonds between teammates on and off the court. Teams may have one or two more camps this week, but with the TSSAA mandated dead period approaching (June 25- July 8), basketball will quickly be put on the back burner for most athletes.
All in all, the three days were a success for each team. Coaches saw how their teams responded to adversity, and players saw what they need to work on in the coming months.
"We've done this long enough to where we have a pretty good routine down," said Luna. "This camp takes a lot of good people to make it work. Coaches, officials, it all runs smooth because of everyone involved. It's a great opportunity for the teams involved to get experience to work on things and for our kids. It's good to play close to home in a quality high school camp."
Luna added that the camp was beneficial for his team.
"It was a great experience for us," he said. "Several of our games, five out of the nine varsity, were decided by six points or less. The only way to get that experience is in camps like this. Those games will be invaluable for us. From a team standpoint, we were able to find a couple extra guys that can help us out, but we still need to see progress from others."
Gallatin will wrap their team summer work on Thursday, June 22, in Mt. Juliet with their last day of play.