Players Take Home a Lifetime of Memories from Bob Hurley Hoop Group Skills Basketball Camp


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The Hoop Group Skills Invitational Camp has been underway for three days and Coach Bob Hurley has the campers off and running.

Tyrell St. John and Walker “Dubs” Wilson, both fourteen years old, have been coming to Hoop Group camps for 4 years and speak highly of their experience here in the Poconos.
St. John, a member of the Stanford Peace AAU team, said that, at the Hoop Group camps, he’s learned skills that he can carry with him as his basketball career progresses.

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“[Camps] show you a lot of stuff you have to work on and it gets you good exposure,” said St. John. “Working with Coach Bob Hurley is a good experience because you can learn a lot from a coach as big of a legend as him.”


Wilson also had good things to say about his time at camp so far.

“It’s fun because you get good experience and you gain the knowledge of basketball out of it,” he said. “The experience that I had from it, from the other players I’ve met, the coaches and all the drills we ran, I can take them home with me.”

Wilson all talked about Bob Hurley and the lasting impression the legendary Coach has made on him:

“He teaches you the history of basketball and the real basics without the fancy stuff, which is something that is more valuable to my game.”
Whether it’s dribbling the ball 20,000 times or taking 50 free throws to see how many you can make, the players here at the Bob Hurley Hoop Group Skills Camp are learning not only valuable basketball lessons, but life lessons as well.

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Jerome Hairston Continues to Soar for East Coast Fusion

Jerome Hairston

Since winning the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest, Jerome Hairston and his AAU team, East Coast Fusion has been on the road competing at different tournaments always battling to get to the top.

“We played in Richmond, we did okay as a team but weren’t in good enough shape to pull it out,” said Hairston of their second place finish. “We played at the Bob Gibbon’s where we lost in the quarters.”

On assessing his own game Hairston said he played well in the tournament, at times though winded and having to conserve energy seeing as the team was playing without some of its players, Hairston said he stuck to penetrating to the hole and dishing out because his shots wouldn’t fall.

Overall Hairston has performed well in all the tournaments he has played in during his junior year of high school so much so that the 6’3” guard from Salem, Virginia has caught the eyes of some Division 1 colleges.

UNC-Ashville offered, Providence, Colorado, South Carolina, Clemson and George Mason are all in contact,” said Hairston.

As to which schools are the frontrunners Hairston said, “My favorites are probably Colorado, South Carolina and [UNC]-Ashville. Mainly because of the relationships those coaches have worked to get me.”

Hairston says he’s hoping to choose and sign with a school during the first period of signing this upcoming season. He has visited UNC-Ashville already and will be heading down to Clemson Universities practice facilities to practice with his new high school team, Christ School, an all-boys college preparatory school.

With a big summer ahead of Hairston he says he’s always trying to be in a gym or a park working on his game.

When discussing which part of his game he was trying to work on, Hairston said he’s working a little bit of everything.

“Defense, stamina, I’m always looking to better my handles but lots of stuff without the ball.”

Hairston and East Coast Fusion will be competing in various tournaments in the month of July including the Hoop Group Jam Fest in West Virginia.

Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest Day 1 Recap Trees Court

During Day 1 of Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest at Trees Court, teams took the floor to start off the festivities.

Ryan Richards led the way for the 716 Crusaders with 17 points in their 53 to 41 win over Spiece.

2011 Pitt Jam FestMartins Wolverines had a strong showing, winning 62-25 over the 716 Crusaders (U17). Stedmon Lowery’s 13 points lifted the Wolves to victory.

Drill 4 Skill and Team Loaded went down to the wire in their match-up, but Drill 4 Skill was able to pull out the 66-65 win. “I enjoyed the event. I got see talent and it helped me see where I am,” said James Daniel of Team Loaded.

In another close game, South Florida Elite pulled out the win over Basketball Stars of America 49-45, behind a strong performance from Josh Floyd (13 points). “It’s pretty good. I’m from Florida so it was a nice little change,” said Floyd. Floyd, a sophomore,  is drawing interest from the University of Miami.

East Coast Fusion was the only team to put on 90 points on the evening, getting the victory over Atlantic Arsenal, 90-67. Wake Forest commit Andre Washington was the key defensively, keeping guards away from the basket and blocking shots. “There is always great competition for the four years that I’ve been a part of the events,” said Washington of coming to Hoop Group.

The night wrapped up with DC Assault, who pulled out the victory over Maryland’s Finest 55-47.