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UVF at Nike Championship Basketball Clinic

by Office of Marketing | Oct 29, 2014
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The University of Valley Forge (UVF) men’s basketball team was invited to participate in the Nike Championship Basketball Clinic on Sept. 26–28.  The clinic provided the team the opportunity to learn from some of the finest coaches in the country. The sessions included practice drills, shooting suggestions and game play pointers.  

The clinic was held at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Penn. It began on Friday evening and ran until Sunday afternoon. Coaches from the area filled the gymnasium, notepads in hand, ready to jot down suggestions and ideas the speakers offered. The UVF team served as the three-dimensional demonstration for the coaches’ plays. 

On Saturday, the clinic began with Coach Jay Wright from Villanova University. Wright has been head coach for 13 seasons, since 2001. On Feb. 7, 2004, Wright won his 400th victory. He has received coaching awards over the years and has coached NBA players such as Randy Foye and Kyle Lowry.

Wright joined the UVF team on the court and showed them several plays. The UVF team followed every direction and move Wright explained. He complimented the team while they ran offensive and defensive plays, “You guys are smart, you’re doing a great job here,” he said.  

Freshman Thorne McIntosh was one of the UVF players at the clinic. As this season’s shooting guard, he was thrilled for the opportunity. “Everything’s been going good,” McIntosh said, “It’s a lot of information they’re throwing at us but I think everyone is starting to gel as a team and get to know each other better.”

The day continued with Coach Kevin Ollie from the University of Connecticut (UConn). Ollie has a championship mindset. He has been coaching at UConn since 2012 and won the NCAA championship in April 2014. Ollie stepped onto the court energized, ready to pass on his experience to the other coaches and his practice drills to the players. “As long as you learn you’re going to be successful,” he said. For Ollie, coaching goes beyond the basketball court and his lessons go beyond the game, as he challenges his players to become a better team and better individuals. 

The clinic also welcomed Coach Herb Magee as a last minute guest. Magee is the men’s head basketball coach at Philadelphia University. In his 47th year as coach, Magee’s career holds 922 victories and he led the Philadelphia University Rams to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2010. He is considered an expert in shooting. His techniques help students shoot accurately and successfully. He demonstrated how a well-positioned and well-shot basketball sounds and looks. Magee helped the players one-on-one and reviewed basics that are often overlooked, reminding them that the fundamental concepts are what great basketball is built upon.

UVF head coach Jon Mack was humbled and excited about the invitation and the entire experience. “This has been more than I anticipated,” he said. “Players had one-on-one time on the court with coaches who have proven successes. My favorite part was that they were reinforcing what it means to be a good teammate.”

In the upcoming basketball season, the Patriots will have more new players than returning ones. McIntosh is one of this season’s new starting freshmen. As a new Patriots student-athlete, he is looking forward to the possibilities of a new season and playing with his teammates. “It’s a new team coming together to reach one goal and becoming brothers and better people,” he said.  The UVF basketball season begins Nov. 2014 with the Salisbury Tournament. 

For more information, visit valleyforge.edu/athletics