Wild Wednesday at Rookie Camp

June 26th, 2019

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The Detroit Pistons Academy summer basketball camp tour, presented by Kroger, makes it’s annual stop at the Rookie Camp in Bingham Farms. This camp, for players entering grades 2-4, is designed to teach the fundamental skills and techniques needed for competitive play. 


Day 3 of the annual Rookie Camp featured some exciting action in the 5-on-5 games and many different skill stations. “In the morning session, we really focused on defensive principles like staying between the player you are guarding and the basket, as well as how to properly close out and contest shots,” said Camp Director Bryan Bollin. “Later in the day, we focused more on offensive skills and worked through various shooting drills,” he added.

Wednesday also featured a “Dunk Contest” as the coaches squared off to see who the campers would crown as the Coach Dunk Champion. Coach Jordan thrilled the crowd with several high-flying dunks, including an alley-oop from one of the campers and a dunk from just inside the free throw line!


Congratulations to ELLA LAMB on being named Wednesday’s PLAYER OF THE DAY for being a good teammate, hustling during every drill and displaying great energy and enthusiasm!

Other top performers on Wednesday:

Coach Dustin on Winston Lu: “Winston has great energy and is always one of the hardest workers on the court. He has a will to win that rubs off on his teammates.”

Coach Max on Julia Penrice: “Julia did a great job in the White Division relay races and also the 5-on-5 games. She really contributed to her team’s success today. She also displayed great sportsmanship.”

Coach Jordan on Sophia Lossia: “Sophia has a very positive attitude and works extremely hard. She won a lightning game on Wednesday and really shot the ball well.”

Coach Bryan on Laksh Aggarwal: “Laksh leads by example on and off the court. He does a great job of taking what the coaches talk about and putting it into action. All of the coaches have really been impressed by Laksh this week.”

Coach Ava on Alicia Myrick: “Overall, Alicia is just a really great teammate and is always encouraging the other players on her team. She also does a great job of listening and following directions.”

Coach Ava on Claudia Whitelam: “Claudia has been a lot of fun to coach and watch play this week. She keeps a positive attitude and never gives up. You can tell how much she loves basketball and being around her teammates.”

Coach Kait on Tiger Zhu: “Tiger was new to camp on Wednesday and immediately fit in. He earned the respect of his teammates by working hard. He is also very respectful of the coaches.”

Coach Troy on Landon Semaan: “Landon was super helpful at lunch today, cleaning up trash and making sure the lunch room was in order so that the Blue Division could return to the gym on time.”


Camp check-in begins at 8:40am. All players must check-in at the camp entrance each morning.

Lunch orders must be placed in the morning at the check-in.

Campers should wear their Pistons Academy camp jersey each day.

Camp dismisses at 1pm on Monday-Friday. There will be an awards ceremony at 12:30pm on Friday. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

A special guest will be visiting camp on Thursday at 12:30pm. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

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