Recognizing the need for more point guard centered development, 2 years ago Jason Dawson developed the PG 24 Primer Camp, a 3-day event designed exclusively to enhance the skills for aspiring point guards in grades 6th-8th. Having run the point at the collegiate level himself, Dawson is well aware of the developmental needs of floor generals.
Where as other camps place a heavy emphasis on games and basic skill and drills, Dawson’s camp involves a significant amount of classroom work designed to enhance the player’s basketball IQ. “PGs need to understand the game,” said Dawson. Also, campers were required to complete homework assignments as well, and were treated to several guest speakers, most of whom had enjoyed some success running the point at various levels. Moreover, over the course of the 3 days, camp participants worked on various skill areas including, shooting, passing and dribbling, all in a very competitive environment.
Although a majority of the participants live in the central Ohio area, Dawson hopes to draw players from across the state in the next few years. As with any camp, there were several players who stood out, including Gahanna’s Sean Jones, DJ More, Derrick James, Noah Lawrence, Jeffery Schoney, Javo Jordan and Cory Hudson. There were also a couple of 6th graders who stood out as well such as John Mobley Jr. Toledo’s Elvis Syroka and Isaiah Campbell-Finch. From what we saw the short time we were in the gym, Dawson has developed a great program, which will only grow going forward.