By Seth J. Walker
Southfield, Michigan- The Lawrence Tech Blue Devils held a girls’ basketball camp Thursday, with guard portion held in the morning and the post player portion held in the afternoon.
After weeks of advertising on Twitter, the camp drew a turnout consisting of girls from multiple age groups. Many were wearing Blue Devils shirts, in honor of the host teams. Others were seen wearing Pr1de shirts, identifying them as members of the Pride travel basketball team, which has produced current Blue Devil, Cherilyn (C.J.) Banas, entering her senior year in the fall.
“Most of them were just local, Michigan kids from the Clarkston and the Brighton area,” Blue Devils head coach Kylene Spiegel said. “We were able to grab a couple (of) kids of Fort Wayne, two. So that’s kind of neat we were able to spread the word, via social media and just recruiting contacts to have about 40 kids total for both guard and post camps.”
According to Spiegel, many of the girls took part in both camps, which seems to indicate how both the men’s and women’s basketball games have evolved over time with players becoming less defined by playing only one position and instead developing the ability to play and defend multiple positions; something that current Blue Devils such as Nicole Buckingham and Alex Ruster have developed the ability to do.
“I think it speaks a lot for the women’s game,” Spiegel said. “Even last year, we only had three kids at post camp. So I think that kids are really seeing that if you can play both sides, both guard and post, you’re developing your game, and you’re more marketable in high school and at the college level as well.”
The Blue Devils are coming off a season were they reached the NAIA Division II national tournament for the second time in three years. This experience meant a lot to Blue Devils graduate assistant/assistant coach Kaylee Patton, who’s first season as a coach came in one filled with milestones and achievements for the program. Patton is part of the “Tiffin connection,” as she played under Spiegel at Tiffin University and also played with current Blue Devil, Rachel Price. Patton considers her relationship with Spiegel to have grown since joining her staff last year after graduating from Keiser University.
“We’ve definitely gotten closer,” Patton said. “It helps a lot in season and off-season knowing what she wants and how she wants it done.”
The Blue Devils will soon look to build on their success from last season with the addition of guard, Kendall Fisher from Indianapolis, a player Spiegel sees as a high-potential one, who could possibly make an immediate impact.
“Kendall’s going to bring that defensive intensity right away to our team, and she also can get to the basket and score,” Spiegel said. “She not only creates for herself, but she creates for other and that’s been fun just to see, to having her here this week during camp, working our kids out, and doing a doing a little open gym.”
The Blue Devils will return to action this fall. Stay tuned then for all of the women’s college basketball coverage featuring Lawrence Tech and other local teams for the 2018-19 season right here at Sports Source Media. You heard it from me, Seth Walker.