A trio of LaGrange Grangers are on the other end of the player-coach relationship this week.
The Blue Star Basketball Camp, which is being held at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center, kicked off Monday and goes through Thursday, and among the instructors are a trio of players on the LaGrange High basketball team.
That includes a rising senior in Danterrious Bray, who was one of the Grangers’ top players last season.
Mark Veal, an assistant coach at LaGrange High, said it’s good for the players to wear the whistle for once.
“It helps them get out there and take a little bit of a leadership role,” Veal said. “The kids look up to them. It’s good for them to get out there and do that.”
Bray, an explosive scorer who’ll be counted on to be a major contributor next season, is “kind of a quiet guy,” according to Veal.
“So he’s forced to talk,” Veal added. “That’s good for him.”
The Blue Star camp, which has been a summertime fixture in LaGrange for more than 20 years, kicked off on Monday, and it was a long day for the instructors.
In past years, the younger campers and older campers were divided, with some going to LaGrange High, and others going to the Mike Daniel Recreation Center.
This year, all of the campers are at the recreation center, and it was five straight hours of camp time, from noon until 5 p.m.
The younger campers, from the ages of 5 to 8, were on the court from noon until 2 p.m., and campers from the ages of 9 to 15 worked from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Most of the instructors were on the court for all five hours, and both camp sessions were fast-paced, with little down time.
“It went pretty fast,” said LaGrange High head coach Mike Pauley, who has been running the camp for two decades. “I know it was five hours, but it kept moving.”
More than 30 boys and girls turned out for the camp, and they’re divided pretty equally among the older and younger campers.
“We were really pleased with how it went,” Pauley said.
In addition to the players, Pauley, Veal and fellow LaGrange High coach Stephen Tuck - a former standout football and basketball player at LaGrange College - also served as instructors.
Also helping out was Kerun Hill, who was a standout player on the LaGrange team that lost one game and finished second in the state during the 2009-2010 season.