Coach keeps it simple at Hardin-Central basketball camp

Kysor Hughes (with ball) drives in for a layup during the Hardin-Central boys basketball camp Monday in the Hardin-Central gym. The camp will conclude on Friday. (Photo by Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News)

By Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News

When it comes to teaching ideas at this week’s Hardin-Central boys summer basketball camp, Bulldogs Varsity Coach Kirk Thacker used the keep-it-simple approach.

For their session on Monday, the Bulldogs focused on fundamental skills, Thacker said during an interview that evening as the boys went through their paces in the Hardin-Central gym.

“I’ve had to explain everything on how we do our footwork and how to follow through on shots,” Thacker said. “It’s been (a) very, very basic camp.”

As of Monday, Thacker had 15 players attending camp, including junior high players. Those campers included Kysor Hughes, who’ll be a junior this fall. Hughes, whose older brother Hunter also attended, liked that the camp started on Monday.

“We’ve been working pretty hard on the fundamentals,” Hughes said.

According to Thacker, Hughes is the lone returning starter from last season, when Hardin-Central went 6-19, including a forfeit win over Breckenridge.

The Bulldogs finished the season by winning four of their last nine ballgames, including a two-point win over Orrick in the first round of the Class 1 District 13 Tournament. Based on the personnel Thacker has seen in camp and the players he expects to join the program later, he said he expects this season to be “much like last year.”

The complete version of this story appears in the Friday, June 22, 2018, print edition of The Richmond News.

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