UBC’s McKay returns to hoop camp

Basketball School, also known as Hoops and Hustle, is accepting student-athletes for its summer program

Basketball School, also known as Hoops and Hustle, is accepting student-athletes for its summer program.

The June 29-July 2 camp at Fulton Secondary is for boys and girls who will be in Grades 4-12 this fall. The College Camp for Grades 4-7 will go from 8:30 a.m.-noon, while the Pro Camp (Grades 8-12) goes from 1-5 p.m. daily.

Head coach Dale Olson played for the University of Victoria Vikings under Ken Shields and has been at Fulton for 22 years, and involved in Hoops & Hustle for 28 years.

“The importance of going to basketball camp in the summer is enormous,” said Olson. “Basketball players are made in the off-season. We’ve had head coaches from several universities and the results have been phenomenal as many provincial-level players have emerged from this camp.”

Visiting coach will again be Spencer McKay, assistant coach of the UBC Thunderbirds in vancouver.

A five-time Canada West all-star and three-time All-Canadian with the University of Victoria, McKay remains the Vikings’ all-time leading scorer, averaging 18.4 points a game over five years.

Following his time in the CIS, McKay, a native of Oliver, played 16 years abroad in Hungary, Belgium, Austria, Spain, France, Portugal, Mexico and Taiwan.

He also spent 1985-95 with the Canadian national team, highlighted by a seventh-place finish in the ‘94 world championships.

McKay graduated from UVic with an education degree in 1991 and continues to run his Nothin’ But Net camp in Oliver.

After retiring as a player, McKay remained in Europe for another seven years, coaching at the International School of Brussels.

Camp cost is $125 and campers receive a T-shirt and basketball.

Call Olson at 250-545-1348 (ext. 145) or 250-550-4105 (cell) to register.