David Gale: It is a huge opportunity for upcoming basketball players to have youth development camp

2021-02-16 23:02
Third youth development camp took place in Druskininkai | Photo by: D. Kerevičius

Prior to the men’s national team camp, the young talents gathered in another “bubble”. The third camp of the LKF project “Generational Talent” (Lithuanian version for a Jr NBA development camp) took place in Druskininkai over the weekend, with the participation of the most promising young Lithuanian basketball players. Athletes and coaches lived and practised in the ‘bubble’ conditions, and had to test negative for COVID-19 before the camp.

The practise in this camp were held in English for the first time, because David Gale, the head of Kėdainiai “Nevėžis”, was in charge of the camp.

“I would like to thank the Lithuanian Basketball Federation for giving me the opportunity to be here, to be able to work with these children and see how the program is built in Lithuania, I enjoy being in this country. I am very grateful for this opportunity.

I think there are a lot of talented kids in this camp, some of them are particularly talented, some are talented in ball handling, others are talented individually, reading a game, playing together. Several children played with incredible energy. One thing all children can improve is to slow the tempo. But the whole slowdown comes with time, sometimes even professional players have to slow down the pace of their game. So I think that’s something that all kids can work on. You should slow down a bit and then the game will be easier.

Today we worked a lot on defence, learned specific techniques, as well as worked on the things we started yesterday – moving with the ball, without the ball – we taught children to read the game”, – added David Gale

GIRLS’ TEAM ROSTER

Vardas Pavardė Krepšinio mokykla
Karolina DrakšaitėKlaipėdos V.Knašiaus KM
Emilija Dapkūnaitė Marijampolės SC
Danielė Paunksnytė Plungės SRC
Gustė DziatkauskaitėKauno KA „Žalgiris“
Emilė JankūnaitėRadviliškio ŠSPC
Rosita RusovičiūtėMarijampolės SC
Justė MockevičiūtėKlaipėdos V.Knašiaus KM
Augustė KerulytėVilniaus KM
Gėla KačinskaitėŠiaulių KA „Saulė“
Akvilė BabraitytėKauno KA „Žalgiris“
Urtė ŠiaučiūnaitėPanevėžio SC
Emilija VaitkutėKlaipėdos V.Knašiaus KM
Rusnė UtkaitėVilniaus KM
Viktorija BreivėPalangos SC

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5 camps alike were organised to take place in 2020-2021. At the end of the season, boys and girls teams’ are waiting for an exam – participation in the U14 Baltic Cup.

“Generational Talent” is a long-term project, which is taking place for the sixth time. It is co-financed by the FIBA ​​Youth Development Fund. All project participants receive sportswear and detailed physical and medical examinations. According to them, specialists make individual recommendations on what needs to be improved, how to eat and what regime to follow. Specialists supervise young basketball players all year round.

BOYS’ TEAM ROSTER

Vardas Pavardė Krepšinio mokykla
Zigmas KeršisTartu Ülikool korvpallikool
Matas LiotisasKlaipėdos KM
Majus BulanovasKauno KA „Žalgiris”
Daniel LavrinovichVilniaus KM
Kajus MikalauskasKlaipėdos KM
Matas DeniušasSostinės KM
Jordanas JančiauskasKauno KM ,,Perkūnas"
Artūras ButajevasKlaipėdos V.Knašius KM
Edvinas PaulauskasVilniaus KM
Adomas PociusSostinės KM
Rokas NorutisŠiaulių KA ,,Saulė"
Tautvydas RudysKretingos SM
Arnas VaištarasPlungės SRC
Nikita ČikunovKlaipėdos V.Knašius KM

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