Eckerd hosts Cayman youth

Cayman basketball continues to make great strides and a recent camp proves talent is not in short supply.

Last week a group of players below 18 years of age accompanied some three chaperones to Eckerd college in Tampa, Florida.

There the Cayman contingent competed at the annual Eckerd college basketball camp.

The camp is a developmental one that focuses on building basketball skills.

Cayman showed great improvement from previous trips with more than half of the group earning awards from being named 5-on-5 five champions to winning all-star team and individual awards.

Micah O’Garro, 6, was especially impressive. Young Micah emerged as Cayman’s next best shooter wining the title of best shooter in his age group.

Notable young faces in Cayman basketball in the form of Tikko Moore, Brandon Glasgow, Alex Ebanks, Latorie Nixon and Amber Watson also stepped up and did well.

All have competed in the national U16 and U19 youth leagues.

National men’s basketball Head Coach Daniel Augustine, Manager Angie O’Garro and Technical Director Victor O’Garro were all present at the camp.

It has been a busy month for the trio as they arrived from Aaland along with the national men’s basketball team that competed at the 2009 NatWest Island Games. Cayman placed fourth in that competition.

The trio agreed that all of the kids performed to their standard and were very pleased with their performance and the amount of young Caymanians participating in an overseas basketball camp.

Coach Augustine in particular felt the group showed some of the best Cayman has to offer.

‘With the great mixture of boys and girls I saw I think that overall the camp was a success.

‘The kids we saw are just a few of Cayman’s upcoming stars and they are part of the future of basketball here in the Cayman Islands.’

Coach Daniel Augustine and Technical Director Victor O’Garro use Kings sports center as the main training grounds and scout other kids over the districts to see their skill level.

At the Eckerd camp the kids got to experience basketball abroad, socialize and play with other youngsters whilst having fun.

One of the highlights of the camp was Brandon Glasgow’s play in the finals of the 5-on-5 competition for his age group.

Brandon showed great enthusiasm and leadership (as he has done for the last few years in local basketball) and was one of the main scorers for his team.

Though Glasgow’s team came up short of the championship trophy Coach Augustine praised the efforts of the young man.

‘Over all the kids had a great deal of fun and some, like Brandon, learned a lot by playing an extreme amount of basketball in just one week.’

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