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CWC cage camp showcases players
Riverton High School basketball player Caleb Richmond reached for the ball on Friday afternoon vs. Worland during a Central Wyoming College Team Camp game at Wolverine Gym. Liam Vincent, 20, was in the background. The camp had 18 teams in Riverton. The two-day event finished on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

CWC summer cage camp showcases players

Jul 15, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

There were 18 teams in Riverton for the two-day camp that featured a number of different divisions.

Dan Martin didn't have to move far for his new head coaching basketball position.

The former Shoshoni High School girls basketball coach is now the head boys coach for the Wranglers. Martin spent Friday and Saturday coaching games at the Central Wyoming College Team Camp. Max Mills is the Shoshoni girls coach.

Martin qualified his SHS girls for the Class 2-A 2012 state tournament in Casper earlier this year.

"Max Mills has done a fantastic job building this program up over the years," said Martin on Saturday afternoon at CWC. "I'm just excited to take it where he left it and continue to grow and move it forward."

Martin brought five to nine players to the two-day camp in Riverton. The Wranglers went to the Kemmerer camp earlier in the summer.

"With the summer part, true competitors always want to compete and try their best," Martin said. "That is the only way you can get better."

Games were played at Riverton High School and Central Wyoming College.

"We are really concerned about getting kids into the gym and having them work on their fundamentals," Martin said. "In the team camp, the kids really enjoy competing and building relationships with student-athletes from other towns."

Turnout

There were 18 teams in Riverton from Wyoming for the two-day camp.

The team camp had junior varsity boys, junior varsity girls, varsity girls and varsity boys divisions.

"The turnout for the team camp was good," CWC men's basketball coach Curtis Condie said. "It's hard because July is usually the time period set aside for AAU."

The Riverton boys put in two varsity teams and one junior varsity boys team.

The Riverton girls had a varsity and a junior varsity team in the field.

Three courts were used at Wolverine Gym. One full court was played on at CWC's Rustler Gym. The games are two 20-minute periods, with a running clock.

Off-season importance

"Summer basketball is huge," Condie said. "As a college coach, we are concerned with our team a lot during the year."

Condie will be going to Las Vegas later in the month for an AAU tournament.

"In the summer, it gives us a chance to watch kids play," Condie said. "Right now, it's the NCAA open period. So you have all these AAU tournaments going on. You have to go where the better players are playing. "

Condie said the AAU tournaments are very good recruiting places for college coaches.

"That is where I get a good feel for what kids can do in higher competition," Condie said.

Condie is getting prepared this summer to start his second year at the helm for the Rustlers.

"If you want to be known as a good basketball state, then you have to play in the summer," Condie said. "You just have to play. When I was a high school coach, we played 50 games every summer.

If you want to be good at basketball, then you have to work at it all the time."

Condie has signed Tyson Lone Bear from Wind River to play for CWC the 2012-13 season.

"There are some college kids that can play at the next level in Wyoming, but they have to get out and play to be seen," Condie said. "To play in college, your biggest summer is between your sophomore and junior year."

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