SFA Basketball Camp numbers rise after historic season

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The SFA Men's Basketball team has kicked off their summer basketball camp, and the number of kids attending has grown after their historic season.

Some kids even say the team has inspired them to pick up a ball and shoot some hoops.

"Our numbers are up. We've almost doubled enrollment from last year," said head coach Brad Underwood.

Over 150 kids are in the camp. They say their hands are full, but in a good way.

One reason for the boost in enrollment is because of the Jacks season, and their Cinderella run in the NCAA Tournament.

"I think it's a pretty common theme. I think that everybody wants to talk about a certain play or Desmond's 4-point play," said Underwood

There is one kid who says he came to camp specifically because of what he saw Desmond Haymon do on the national stage for the Jacks, as they advanced in the NCAA Tournament.

"Well I really only tuned in for the NCAA's and whenever he hit the three and got fouled for the four-point play, I kind of went crazy around the house. It really influenced me to come here, and be like him, and get better at basketball," said Christian Adams, a 13-year-old from Nacogdoches.

Adams said meeting his hero Haymon, who was coaching at the camp, was no disappointment from what he expected.

"It was really fun and he gave me his number so I can workout with him, so it's great," said Adams.

They've got kids from all over that state of Texas that have come to participate in camp just because of what they witnessed last season.

"When I saw they had a winning mentality it made me want to be a part of it, so I decided to come to the camp," said Terrian Chism, a 15-year-old from Daingerfield. "I'm learning a lot from the campers, and the coaches. Their influence is influencing my game to an elevated level."

"I think the post season run and the year itself has helped. For the kids to walk in, see our players here, and get to know them has been a big part of what this camp has been all about," said Underwood.

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