Four young men grabbed props at a recent overseas basketball camp.
Maynor Brooks, Dominic Martucee, Ezra McLaughlin and Arin Taylor earned kudos for Cayman. The quartet nabbed gold medals for their play at last week’s annual youth camp at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
All four are under 16 years-old with Taylor being among the youngest at age 12. The boys are fresh off of starring in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Under-16 Basketball League this summer. Brooks, Martucee and McLaughlin guided Bodden Town to a second straight championship in the boys division while Taylor led the Shockwaves to the boys final in the team’s inaugural season.
National men’s team coach Daniel Augustine was among the Cayman Islands Basketball Association officials with the youngsters. Augustine states that the camp has an important role in the development of young players.
“At the Eckerd camp the kids there showed they were on the right path,” Augustine said. “The camp is crucial because it is an ice-breaker for any child that wants to come through the youth programme in Cayman basketball. In the camp they learn what they need to do as an individual and it serves as a base for all of the programmes/leagues here.”
The young men were part of a contingent featuring 26 kids. All got personal evaluations from the Eckerd College Tritons basketball programme which detailed their competency in the areas of passing, dribbling, shooting, defence, rebounding and attitude.
Prior to the trip, youngsters like Daniel Quinland did a number of fundraising activities including a walkathon.