Camping on the court: Davie High boys basketball camp draws 63
Published 10:44 am Thursday, July 20, 2023
By Brian Pitts
Josh Pittman’s first basketball camp at Davie could not have gone any smoother. Sixty-three kids participated from June 19-22.
“I thought it went really well,” said Pittman, who is heading into his second year as the Davie boys basketball coach. “We had an awesome turnout. This was by far the biggest camp I’ve ever done. The kids were engaged, the (Davie) players were engaged with the kids and it seemed like everyone had a wonderful time.”
Pittman gave out awards on the final day, including MVPs in all three divisions. The MVP of the NBA division was Mason Driver, a rising eighth grader at Ellis.
“He’s good,” Pittman said. “He looks the part. He’s just like his older brother Ethan (a rising sophomore). He competes. We thought he was the MVP of that group because he competed hard in everything that we did – when we did the drills at the beginning of camp, when we did the hot shots and knockouts. Although he was a little undersized, he still competed and played hard. Then when we played the team games, he gave us what we like. We like to see somebody playing hard, sharing the ball and playing defense. And that’s what I thought he did, and he did it every day.”
The other winners in the NBA division were Ben Reid (knockout champion), Aiden Horton (hot shot champion), Dashel Desnoyers (best camper) and Wade Ridenhour (Mr. Hustle).
The MVP of the ACC division was Jordan Crowley, a rising sixth grader at Ellis.
“I honestly believe Jordan is going to be a good one,” Pittman said. “I think he’s going to be one to watch. He’s tall for his age and he has very good ball skills. I was impressed watching him this week.”
Among the winners in the ACC division were Crosby Parker (hot shot champion), Luke McCraw (knockout champion), Tatum Willard (best camper) and Langdon Key (Mr. Hustle).
Braydon Gentry, a rising third grader, took home MVP of the Big East division.
“I like Braydon,” Pittman said. “He’s got a little feistiness to him. He plays hard. He’s vocal. He reminds me of his older sisters (rising senior Kenadi and rising sophomore Makenzie), and he plays with passion. He came to play every day and compete in every little thing that we did.”
Liam Ward (hot shot champion), Shapiro Hudson (knockout champion), Paxton Lanning (best camper) and Holden Allred (Mr. Hustle) were winners in the Big East division.