Dwight Powell Diary: Amar’e Stoudemire Camp, Day 1
One of the top bigs of the class of 2010 writes from Phoenix, AZ.
Dwight Powell, a rising senior at the IMG Basketball Academy, is one of the top recruits in the country. He plays AAU with Grassroots Canada. Schools in the ACC, PAC-10 and SEC have expressed interest such as Vanderbilt, California, UCLA, Stanford, Virginia and even Harvard. The 6-9, 220-pound forward is spending a few days this summer participating in basketball camps, including the NBPA Top 100, Harvard Camp, Amar’e Stoudemire Skills Academy and LeBron James Skills Academy. Powell, also a 4.0 student, will give SLAM a first-hand account of the camps throughout the summer.—Franklyn Calle
Amar’e Stoudemire Nike Skills Academy Day 1 (Sunday, June 28)
Day one started bright and early, despite getting very little sleep. Because of the Harvard Elite Camp on Saturday, I didn’t get to sleep until 1:30 a.m. and was out the door to this camp at 6:30 a.m. But this is the life we chose… “we” being hundreds of high school basketball players from across the country hopeful of playing at a higher level. I arrived in Phoenix at 10:45 a.m. Pacific time and was transported to the hotel.
Like many camps around the nation these days, the first stop upon arrival to camp is the equipment room, where we pick up our gear. Since we are at a Nike camp, we received all Nike gear and Amar’e Nike shoes. Naturally, we are expected to exclusively wear Nike gear, which won’t be too difficult with the amount of stuff that we received. After I got my gear, I was introduced to the player lounge. The player lounge is basically a relaxation room with a big screen TV, a Wii gaming system, magazines and snacks – not too bad of a place to spend our down time.
At 4:45 p.m., we all assembled in a ballroom within the hotel for orientation.
Surprisingly, there were only about 20 players. We were introduced to the staff and informed of the camp rules. We then had dinner followed by a short break.
At 6:45 p.m., we hopped on the tour bus and drove about 10 minutes to the gym, where we began skill work. Because of the low volume of players, we were able to work out in groups of four with one or two coaches in each group. We rotated stations, getting extremely detailed skill instruction on everything from rebounding to shooting form.
Nearing the very end of the workout, we played a controlled 3-on-3 scrimmage with refs. At this point, it’s around 9:30 p.m. Pacific, and I had been up since 6, so when I heard that we had snack and lights-out next, I was first on the bus.
Thankfully, they don’t have us waking up too early, so I will be able to catch up on a bit of sleep. With two workouts and a photo shoot tomorrow, I’m going to need it!