The sixth annual Darius Miller and Chris Lofton skills camp put on by Camp One is set for June 18-20.
The camp is for all skill levels and aims to give each player the fundamental foundation needed to raise their level of play.
Campers will be placed in small groups with kids of similar ages and skill level to allow maximum instruction. Each day campers will go through numerous stations focusing on fundamentals, participate in contests, as well as competing in 5-on-5 games. One can register online at thecampone.com or at the Tom Browning Boys and Girls Club. Cost is $125 per camper with camp time running from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with lunch being provided. With families of two or more attending, price will drop $25 per camper up to five campers. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club.
Miller is in the midst of a playoff run with the New Orleans Pelicans, returning to the NBA after a couple of seasons in Europe. The Mason County and University of Kentucky graduate appeared in all 82 games during the regular season, averaging 7.8 points per game and knocking down 41.1 percent of his 3-pointers. He brings a championship pedigree with a KHSAA state title with the Royals, an NCAA title with the Wildcats and a couple of German League titles with Brose Baskets Bamberg.
“We’re excited with Darius being back,” Camp One Director Julius King said. “He’s having his best year in the league and excited about the progress he’s made and some of the stuff he’s doing for himself.”
Lofton is in his 10th season overseas currently playing for LeMans Sarthe in France. He’s appeared in 18 games for the French club, averaging 8.7 points a game and knocking down 46.7 percent of his 3-point attempts. The SEC Player of the Year in 2007 still holds the record for most 3-pointers made by an SEC player with 431 in his college career.
“Chris and his team is getting ready to make their playoff push. We’re looking forward to those guys coming back home and working with the young kids,” King said. “Even though a lot of us may live elsewhere now, we really want to be part of youth basketball in Maysville, Camp One wants to give exposure to these young kids.”
The camp usually provides a homecoming of sorts as other players and coaches from the area get to come home as well and help with instruction.
“It’s always fun to have everyone come home around that time. We’re still not sure who can make it or not yet with some guys having other things going on. But it’s always good to go to Pasquale’s, Chandler’s and places like that afterwards to kick back and reminisce,” King said.
King said an additional location throughout the week for the camp could be added if camp enrollees continue to increase.
Camp One has really taken off over the past year or so, aiming to maximize exposure for younger kids looking to take their game to the next level. When they first started with an in-state combine from kids across Kentucky, King said they had about 22 people attend. The latest one they put on had around 175 kids.
“We’re starting to see kids from every corner of the state in some of our Kentucky events. We’re humbled by the growth, but we’re also not trying to forget where we came from,” King said.
Group rates for the camp are also available for teams, schools, siblings, and groups of friends. For Questions about group rates, contact Julius King (606-407-0365 at [email protected]) or Lamont Johnson (606-584-6462).