Members of Kodiak High School’s boys basketball team traveled to Washington Monday for a basketball extravaganza.

Today, Kodiak begins a stretch of 17 scrimmages in nine days.

“They are going to get plenty of playing time. Probably more than they want some days,” Kodiak coach David Anderson said.

Eleven players and three coaches traveled to Washington, where the team will play schools with enrolments between 1,100 and 1,400.

The highlight of the trip is a five-day team camp put on by Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

“We will learn some stuff as a team, which is great,” Anderson said. “And the coaches will also probably benefit from some of the instructions that we are going to get down there.”

Anderson, entering his second season as boys coach, made two trips like this when he coached the Kodiak girls in the early 2000s.

“We ended the season last year on a fairly good note and heard other coaches talk about their summer programs, and we decided to pick it up another notch here and see if we can get kids to actually get into the gym,” Anderson said.

Kodiak advanced to the 4A state tournament by finishing second in the Northern Lights Conference Tournament after going 1-9 in regular-season conference play.

Anderson hopes the extra time in the gym will pay off come December.

“It gets them playing with the same people over and over again so you kind of get to see what players do, their motions on the court, and it also bonds the kids, too,” he said. “They get comfortable playing with each other and it helps the coaches, too.”

Early this summer, Anderson brought University of Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball coach Rusty Osborne to Kodiak for a three-day camp.

“We went over a bunch of his practices and the skills stuff they do,” Anderson said. “He put on a fantastic camp for us.”

Kodiak returns from Washington July 29, just in time for the Appleby Basketball Camp. The camp features former University of Washington men’s basketball players Ryan Appleby and Jon Brockman. Brockman currently plays for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.

The camp, open to fourth grade and up, is sponsored by Trident Seafoods and runs July 29 and 30 at the high school gym from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The camp is free, but people need to register at the Teen Center.

Mirror writer Derek Clarkston can be reached via email at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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