Ingles to host basketball skills camp in Greenville

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:01 am on Thursday, January 03, 2013

GREENVILLE — Former Greenville High School basketball star Zach Ingles is using his talents to help area youths with their offensive basketball skills.

Ingles — who played college hoops at Eastern Kentucky and professionally overseas — is hosting the Sports Galore Basketball camp Saturday at Greenville High School from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The camp will focus purely on learning how to create opportunities and to score points.

“It’s is going to be all offense,” Ingles said. “We will focus on dribble moves, shooting, learning ways to score and more.”

Ingles — currently an assistant coach at Grand Rapids Community College — knows a little about scoring.

He is 20th all-time in the state of Michigan with 2,130 points, fourth with 254 three-pointers, fourth with 518 free throws made and fourth in free throw shooting percentage at .841. Ingles was first all-time in free throws made when he graduated in 2002.

Ingles said learning to score can keep a player in the game for a long time.

“A lot of people at the college level talk about potential. If you can learn to score you can play forever,” Ingles said. “Scoring is tough. Anyone can play defense and rebound, but it’s tough to learn how to score and do it the right way. If you can score there will always be a spot for you.”

The camp is for area kids entering first grade (flexible) through kids entering eighth grade.

“I’ve been giving lessons and this is a good way to reach area basketball kids,” Ingles said. “With the middle school seasons, the boys season is already done and the girls season is just starting, it’s the perfect time to do this. The boys can stay involved in the game and the girls can get ready for their season.”

Ingles hosts a four-day summer camp in July, as well. That camp focuses on all aspects of the game.

The cost for Saturday’s camp is $20 and walkups are welcome. Ingles is hoping for a good turnout, but will be ready to teach no matter how many show up.

“If we get 10, we get 10. If we get 20, then that’s great,” Ingles said. “We will go from there.”

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