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San Angelo Central boys basketball camp starts off strong

The camp will last until Thursday afternoon.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The San Angelo Central High School basketball team started the annual boys basketball camp Monday morning.

Bobcats head coach CJ Villegas said the overall turnout was good for the first day. This camp will last until Thursday afternoon and it’s divided into two sessions: the morning session is for incoming third through sixth graders while the afternoon session is for incoming seventh through ninth graders.

“They're learning the fundamentals of basketball," Villegas said. "So we put a strong emphasis on F.U.N. because that's supposed to be fun. The technique and the fundamentals is what you have to have in order to have success, so we're working on dribbling, passing, shooting and playing a few games as well.”

Villegas said their goal is to provide tools for every participant to take home with them as they improve their game. As first vice president for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (TABC), Villegas is hopeful for a normal season this year as the pandemic continues to ease up.

“We do have a strong connection with the UIL so hopefully things kind of lighten up a little bit," Villegas said. "This is a great opportunity for us because we did have camp last summer. So just being here and being able to host camp in our gym is an awesome setup so I'm really thankful for that.”

Three coaches from the Central boys coaching staff are guiding the participants this week. Villegas said they will teach them some of their terminologies in case they plan on playing for the bobcats in a few years.

“We’re super excited that we're in the gym and we get to coach these kids," Villegas said. "I think that's the most important thing and we missed it last summer so we're glad to be here. We're glad to bring it to our community and we're very thankful that the parents and guardians sit through the basketball camp. Just teaching them the game of basketball allows us to enjoy that process.”

Villegas is optimistic for the 2021-2022 season at San Angelo Central.