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Panthers host overnight hoops camp

LAGRANGE – It’s been a fun two weeks for former LaGrange Granger Justyn Olson.

Olson, who is heading into his senior year at LaGrange College, has been a staff instructor for a pair of basketball camps the past two weeks.

Last week, Olson helped out at the LaGrange College youth basketball camp, which lasted for four days.

This week, LaGrange College hosted a three-day camp for high-school players, and once again Olson was out there on the court, helping pass along his knowledge of the sport.

A handful of other LaGrange College players, as well as members of the coaching staff, have also helped out during the two camps.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Olson, who has had two outstanding seasons on the LaGrange College basketball team. “It’s great being able to teach baskeball to the kids, and just see them be able to enjoy learning from us. I think it’s a great opportunity for (the college players).”

The instruction for this week’s camp has been more advanced.

Last week, many of the campers were just getting started with the sport, but all of the players at this week’s camp already have a foundation in the sport.

LaGrange College assistant coach Jasen Jonus said the hope is that the players will return to their respective schools with some refined skills that will help them be better players.

“We did more advanced skill work this week,” Jonus said. “We always say we give them tools for the tool box they can take back home.”

Since it was an optional overnight camp, many of the players got to really get to know the LaGrange College campus over the past three days.

“They go on a campus tour,” Jonus said. “It’s a good recruiting tool.”

Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 or on Twitter @lagrangesports

The players scrimmage on Wednesday during a camp hosted by LaGrange College. Kevin Eckleberry | Daily News
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By Kevin Eckleberry

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