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UAB's Haase Hosts Basketball Camp

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It's the kids that own floor at Bartow Arena; for a few days at least for the Jerod Haase Basketball Camp.

"It serves a lot of purposes," Jerod Haase, the second-year UAB basketball coach said.  "We're trying to get the kids to enjoy the game, enjoy each other's company, enjoy the coaches here and have a lot of fun while they're doing it. We're also trying to get the interest in UAB basketball up."

From little ones to olders ones, campers range from ages 8-18.  So what's being taught?

"Defense, how to handle the ball, how to do things in a totally different way," Drake Hogland, 9, said.

Six current players and one former player help to lead the drills.   These coaches are aware that they are highly influencial on the kids.

"I actually came to UAB (camp) when I was 7th grade," UAB forwad Jordan Swing said.  "I really enjoyed it.  I know how much of an impact the coaches had on me when I was that age, so I try to have the same kind of impact on them now.

Sure they teach you basketball skills at this basketball camp.  We found one kid who should be hanging out with us tv guys, because, unprompted, he was able to breakdown Coach Haase's gameplan compared to a former UAB basketball coach.

"I think he's a transition coach," A.J. Sands, 9, said.  "Instead of Mike Davis, he used to slow it down.

But they're two different coaches.  They're both really good, 'cause Coach Haase he transitions.  They get the ball and hustle down the court.   Pass it, drive it to the hole."

T.V. is in his future.

"I'm going to be like Reggie Miller," Sands said.  "He played basketball and now he's an analyst too.   I'm going to try to do both."

Camps will run from June 10-13 and June 24-27. The day camps will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost per camper, per session is $225.

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