June 11, 2014
Vanderbilt's Heather Bowe and associate head coach Tom Garrick work at the scorer's table during this week's camp.
NASHVILLE -- Even during the basketball off-season, Vanderbilt's Memorial Gym is buzzing with activity, with numerous team and individual camps being held throughout the summer months.
The Vanderbilt women's basketball team is hosting three camps, beginning with Team Challenge Camp that took place this week and concluded on Wednesday.
Team Challenge Camp featured instruction from the Vanderbilt coaching staff and players. Many former Vanderbilt stars -- including Merideth Marsh, Jasmine Lister, Tiffany Clarke, Gabby Smith and Elan Brown -- were also involved with the camp in various capacities. Additionally, former Vanderbilt stars Abi (Ramsey) Browning and Rhonda (Blades) Brown, who are now coaching high school basketball, were on campus with their respective teams. Brown is the head girls coach at Brentwood Academy and Browning is an assistant at GPS (Chattanooga).
The Team Challenge Camp included an hour-long skills session with Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb and other members of the Commodores coaching staff on Tuesday. Participating teams were able to play three games each day at historic Memorial Gym and the Vanderbilt Practice Gym during the three days. The Team Challenge Camp was open to high school, junior varsity, and AAU teams, and all campers received a T-shirt.
This weekend, June 14-15, the Vanderbilt WBB program will host Elite Camp for grades 9-12, and many of the top high school players in the nation are expected to be on the Vanderbilt campus to take part in the two-day event. The camp runs from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, and will include two sessions on Sunday -- from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and from 1-4 p.m. The camp is designed to teach advanced fundamental skills of all players. The tempo of this camp will be fast-paced and extremely competitive.
Next month, the Vanderbilt women's team will host an Individual Skills Camp from July 14-17 for players ranging from kindergarten through 8th grade. The camp will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, and will emphasize individual moves and shooting, as well as lectures, stations and game situations that will improve each player's all-around game.