In partnership with MSA Woodland (Michigan Sports Academy) and the MBA (Michigan Basketball Academy), the Pistons Academy summer camp tour, presented by Kroger, makes it’s first-ever stop in Grand Rapids.
Our Grand Rapids campers continued to raise the bar on Tuesday, as they picked up right where they left off following Monday’s action and took their energy to an even higher level. “Our entire staff has been thoroughly impressed with our camper’s basketball skill, knowledge of the game, and positive attitudes this week,” said Camp Coach Bryan Bollin. “Every summer, we see thousands of kids and this week’s group is right up there with the very best we’ve ever had,” he added.
Day 2 began with Camp Director Aaron Smith telling the story of how he earned a Championship ring in 2004 as a member of the Detroit Pistons front office. Coach Aaron’s message focused on being a good person, having good manners, and always putting school work first. He explained that by doing the right things and being a good person, he was able to achieve his dream of being a member of the Detroit Pistons. Campers had the opportunity to take a picture with the Championship ring and see firsthand what an NBA World Championship ring looks like.
Players continued to work on their skills in our morning skill stations and the action picked up in our regular season 5-on-5 games. Following Tuesday’s games, here are the standings in our 5-on-5 competition:
RED DIVISION 5-on-5 STANDINGS
Team 11: 6-0-1
Team 10: 5-1-1
Team 9: 2-5-0
Team 12: 0-7-0
WHITE DIVISION 5-on-5 STANDINGS
Team 5: 5-1-0
Team 7: 3-3-0
Team 8: 2-3-1
Team 6: 1-4-1
BLUE DIVISION 5-on-5 STANDINGS
Team 3: 7-2-0
Team 1: 6-3-0
Team 2: 3-6-0
Team 4: 2-7-0
Regular season 4-Ball action continued on Tuesday, and we also had several “spotlight” events, as campers cheered on their favorite teammates in our Girls All-Star Game, the Red Division Dribbling Relay, and the White Division All-Star 4-Ball game against the coaches. To view the 4-Ball standings following Tuesday’s games, please view the document below:
Tuesday also marked the official start of our camp-wide Free Throw Competition. Players earned points based on the number of free throws they made, with some shots being worth more points than others. The top 64 shooters at the end of the week will be placed on the official camp bracket and have the opportunity to shoot for an award in this trophy event. For a complete look at the scores in our Free Throw Competition, please view the document below:
Over the course of the day, there were a few campers that really caught the attention of our staff:
Coach Geo Thomas had an opportunity to step back and watch several players throughout the day. “The kids this week have been great and every day there are so many who stand out. Today was no different. Players like Magnolia Cummings, Jack Edwards, Ellie Wikander and Harris Mand are always working hard – even when nobody is watching them. They are the real deal in the world of youth basketball.”
Coach Bryan was also impressed, stating, “Gabe Salyer, Lexie Stotenbur, Carson Schick, and Priya Patra have shown leadership on the court and consistently do whatever it takes to help their team win.”
PLAYERS OF THE DAY:
Congratulations to our Players of the Day in the Red, White, and Blue Divisions: Lillian Dyer (Red Division), Jarvis Stevenson (White Division), and Steph Jones (Blue Division).
Please check back later in the week for the next “Impossible Question” and your opportunity to win autographed Detroit Pistons merchandise.
Write your answer on a 3″ x 5″ piece of paper and turn in at check-in on Tuesday. Correct answers will be placed in a raffle for one of two $50 Nike gift cards!
The Detroit Pistons Extreme Team will be on site Wednesday to put on a dunking show! Family and friends are welcome to attend the show beginning at 2:15pm.
Camp check-in starts at 8:30am. All players must check-in upon entering the facility.
Lunch orders must be placed in the morning at check-in.
Camp will dismiss at 3pm Monday-Thursday. Camp will dismiss at 2pm on Friday. There will be an awards ceremony at 1:30pm Friday.