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Team Hurricane players learning from the best

Easy does it: Bob Hurley, a former top college coach from the United States, giving shooting tips to Team Hurricane players during his visit to the island

Team Hurricane Basketball Academy players have had a busy summer learning the game in the presence of two legendary, Hall of Fame coaches, Bob Hurley Sr and Syracuse University’s Jim Boeheim.

As part of Team Hurricane’s US Coaches Mini-Camp Series, Hurley led a three-day clinic for the young players at Warwick Academy and Bermuda College.

An “old school” coach who demands toughness, discipline and an attention to detail, Hurley brought his trademark enthusiasm and passion for teaching the fundamentals of the sport.

He put the players through their paces with an assortment of shooting, passing, and defensive drills.

“What I most admired about my three days with Team Hurricane was the joy in which they play the game,” Hurley said. “This was fun. Starting with younger ones all the way up to the ones in high school, we had what you call camaraderie.

“We were all on the same page. They were a hardworking group and I hope they learnt some things and had some fun.”

Hurley guided, mentored, and coached students, student athletes, faculty members, staff, parents, and stakeholders at St Anthony High School in New Jersey for more than 40 years.

In August 2010, Hurley was only the second high school coach to be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, along with such legendary names Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone.

Hurley was also presented with the 2017 ESPY for Best Coach at the sports award show.

Shortly after the camp Team Hurricane headed to Syracuse for the fifth year in a row, to attend Syracuse University and the Jim Boeheim Basketball Camp from August 1 to 5.

Over the course of five days, Team Hurricane players had the opportunity to learn the game in the same way the Syracuse University is coached by coach Boeheim. Eleven youngsters travelled to Syracuse, and included for the second year in a row Lady Hurricane, Kayla Raymond, who participated in Quentin Hillsman Elite Basketball Camp for girls.

“I enjoyed meeting different people and seeing what we have in common,” Raymond said:

Team Hurricane is a free youth basketball programme for players aged 5 to 21. The programme runs year-round and offers life-enriching opportunities for young people.

To enrol your child, contact Doug Reed at 504-1962. Team Hurricane Basketball Academy’s next training session will be September 7 from 2pm to 4pm at Warwick Academy