KINGMAN - Kingman High boys basketball coach Ron Anthony concluded the first Kingman Summer League Friday afternoon and as with all things new, there are areas for improvement.
"I'm pleased with the success we've had," Anthony said. "We will see what it looks like next year. Hopefully our numbers will be a little higher. I will work out the little bugs that I had and then we will go from there."
This year, Anthony had 25 players sign up and at one point had close to 30 players participating, but averaged around 21.
The league was open to Kingman students entering grades 6-12.
He started the planning process in April by sending out flyers to various schools.
"I wanted it to be from 1 to 3 p.m. to have all of my sixth grade, seventh grade group and have two games in each gym and then from 3 to 5 p.m., I'm going to have my high school kids," Anthony said. "I wanted my high school kids to coach and to be a referee for the younger guys.
"That way, they get to learn how it's like to coach, how it's like to be a referee, and then come back and play."
For Anthony, who just completed his first year as head coach and guided the Bulldogs to an 11-16 mark - a five-game improvement over the 6-20 2011-12 season - the idea of a summer league came from his playing days at Phoenix East High. The school had a summer league and all the feeder schools sent athletes.
"We would show them our offense, so they would be running it," Anthony said. "By the time they came in as freshmen, they already knew what type of offense it was. They already knew what we were going to run and the style of basketball we were going to play."
For incoming players such as Andrew Plummer and Jordan Dupee, the summer league gives them an opportunity to work on their game and have an idea of where they need to improve before the start of practice.
"I had a blast. Everyone got better from the first week," said Plummer, who spent last year on the junior varsity squad and will be a junior at KHS this fall.
"They teach us a lot. They teach us where to go in terms of the offense and you get to learn by seeing it done," said Dupee, who will be a freshman at KHS.
With Lee Williams and Kingman Academy coming into the mix, the summer league has the potential to grow beyond just Kingman High School.
"I wanted to have a night league where (LWHS and KAHS) could have their freshman and sophomore teams and I would have my freshman and sophomore teams and we would have six teams and all play every night," Anthony said. "It's all about planning, since I know more now after my first year and having a real summer with them."
Anthony learned about a year ago that he was going to be named head basketball coach. Since then, it's been learning on the fly for him.
But with a year under his belt, he knows what works, what doesn't work and what needs to be improved.
"It's been such a learning process," he said. "I'll put it out a little more next year and see if we can have a weekend summer tournament and I could invite some teams."
Posted: Friday, July 5, 2013
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In all respect to Mr. Anthony. After seeing some home and away games the coaching was less than mediocre. But this comes from the athletic department.in most games the bench would close the losing gaps. The combination of players were misused.. instead of complaining I would love to help in any way.
Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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I watched every home game last year and I hate to say it but the coach did not impress me at all! I think doing a camp is excellent but we all know how it works in Kingman. If you have a know name your son will play based off a name and not fundamentals. Kingman use to be a great team back in the 80's.... I know Mr. Dykman and Mr. Cave are still around. Let old school show new school what's up!!! Please don't let this guy coach again, I say the 1st 5 games Kingman will loose the first 4, we need a coach to put Kingman back on the map that will observe all kids and talents.