Toughness Tuesday at Elite Skills Camp

July 31st, 2018


The Pistons Academy summer basketball camp tour, presented by Kroger, makes it’s annual stop at the Elite Skills camp at Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield.

Tuesday was all about toughness at the Elite Skills camp inside Franklin Athletic Club, as campers received a message on what it really means to be a “tough” player and person. When asked who the “toughest” players in the NBA were, we heard the popular names like Draymond Green and former Pistons’ big man, Ben Wallace. Campers were quick to point out how they hustle for the ball and play good defense. However, as Camp Director Bryan Bollin pointed out, there’s much more to being “tough” than hustling and playing hard. Being tough is all about putting your best foot forward no matter what situation you are in.

Tough players do not complain about a bad call or their teammates performance. They control their own effort and attitude and help elevate others to their level. Tough players listen to their coach and do whatever they can to help the team improve. Tough players do not take plays off and they always practice with a purpose. Tough players do not fight their opponents or talk trash – they compete as hard as they can and respect their opponent – win, lose, or draw.

However, a basketball player cannot expect to be tough on the court without being tough off of the court as well. Tough people respect others, have a positive attitude, and give their best effort in everything they do. Whether it’s doing chores at home or completing school work, tough kids are the ones that take pride in everything they do.


On Tuesday, campers were put through an NBA-style skills challenge as they were they were tested in a 3/4 court speed dribble, a :30 layup drill, and a :30 elbow shooting challenge.
To view the results for each camper, please view the following document: Skills Testing Results – Elite Camp

All week long, campers will be shooting free throws worth various point totals. The top 64 players with the most points at the end of the day Thursday will be placed in our Pistons Academy Free Throw Championship taking place on Friday.
To view each camper’s free throw score following Tuesday’s initial round of shooting, please view the following document: Elite Camp Free Throw Scores (Tuesday)

Regular season action began in our traditional 4-Ball shooting competition. Several teams scored some impressive wins on Tuesday. The race for camp MVP also got started, as campers were working hard to earn MVP points. These points are handed out based on performance, effort, attitude, and sportsmanship.
To view the camp leaders and 4-Ball standings through Tuesday, please view the following document: Elite Camp Standings (Tuesday)
*Note: 4-Ball standings for the Chauncey Billups Division will be posted on Wednesday.


Congratulations to Mekhi Conner, our Player of the Day on Tuesday. Mekhi was giving maximum effort in the “Blitz” conditioning drill and has been a great teammate through the first two days of camp.


Camp check-in starts at 8:30am. Players will not be allowed to enter the gym before that time.

Lunch orders must be placed at check-in.

All campers must wear their jersey to camp each day.

Franklin Athletic Club offers pre/post care for $10/daily. To inquire, please contact Laura Barrick at 248-352-8000 ext 314.

Camp will be dismissed at 3pm on Monday-Thursday. We will dismiss at 2pm on Friday.

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