The Pistons Academy Skills Clinic at the South Oakland YMCA continued this afternoon as six players punched the clock and went to work. “These kids really want to work and learn,” said Coach Geo Thomas, “I was impressed with how quickly they are catching on.”
Today’s clinic started with some core drills where players worked on shooting, ball handling and rebounding. Byron Scott was by far the most improved shooter of the afternoon. “He is starting to develop a soft touch on his shots,” says Coach Geo, “He is our only center in the clinic and for big guys, that takes a bit to develop.”
Shooting-wise, Eoin Papaikolas was very consistent and hit many shots during warm-ups and made a nice free-throw in the scrimmage. He is a veteran shooter with very good form.
In the rebounding drills and in the scrimmage, Dorien Claxton was strong and gathered in many caroms. “Nobody chins the ball better,” added Coach Geo, “He definitely gets the chin-it part of the rebound.”
Defensively, Julian Vanner and Michael Apone were brilliant. Both players had six steals and displayed excellent timing when stealing the ball. Julian had a tough job in guarding Byron who is four inches taller. But he was definitely up to the task.
In the 3-on-3 Scrimmage, Daniel Gul was on fire and scored all eight of his team’s points. “He was in a zone today and couldn’t miss,” said Coach Geo, “He was really dialed in.” Gul also won the Flinch contest and earned a Pistons Training Camp Jersey.
For more information on the YMCA Skills Clinic, contact Coach Geo Thomas at 248-371-2048 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are still 5 weeks left of the clinic and we have room for three more players! The Clinic meets at the Royal Oak YMCA every Monday from 5-5:50pm.