Basketball shooting camp held

Published 9:16 am Thursday, July 21, 2016

Davie’s 14-year boys basketball coach, Mike Absher, had planned to limit the number of campers for the Shooting and Player Development Camp to 36. That didn’t happen; Absher and his staff welcomed 44 kids to the three-day camp for boys and girls for rising sixth graders through rising seniors.

“We usually cut it off at 36, so that was good,” Absher said. “It was better than usual, which is a good thing.”

Absher’s staff included Tim Kenney, Bruce Wallace, Davis Absher and Carter Jones. The camp was held June 27-29 at Davie High for two hours each day.

“It’s a real specific camp,” he said. “It’s all skill development, with a primary emphasis on shooting. We try to teach them a lot of ball-handling stuff, too – things that they can take home and work on their own. It’s not really about team play or anything like that. It’s all about skill development.”

Davis Absher – who started at guard for the winningest Davie team ever in 2011-12, when the War Eagles won the conference tournament and reached the regional finals – completed his college career at Averett University last year. He was the connection to Jones, who was a two-time all-conference player at Averett. Kenney is a veteran assistant on Mike Absher’s varsity bench. Wallace is Davie’s junior varsity coach.

Now Davis is looking to begin a career in coaching. He is searching for an assistant position on the college level. He is also interested in teaching and coaching on the high-school level. Mike Absher’s other son, Drew Absher, is a two-year men’s basketball assistant at the University of Virginia-Wise. Drew is also the women’s golf coach.