Starkville junior high and junior varsity coach Tony Minor talks strategy with his team during a break in the action at the Starkville Sportsplex Friday night. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
Many teenagers spend the summer by the pool, on the beach or just being lazy.
The Starkville junior high and junior varsity boys' basketball teams are using the summer to develop its game and get better.
"Get the guys to play a lot of basketball and teach them fundamentals," SHS junior high and junior varsity head coach Tony Minor said. "That is the key. Summer time is for the guys who might not play that much during the season but we really learned from each individual playing games during the summer."
The Yellowjackets are participating in the Starkville Sportsplex high school summer basketball league and both teams took to the court Friday.
"Playing here at the Sportsplex is a good feeling," Minor said. "You have air condition, you don't have to travel far, come in right here and play a lot of teams we don't play during the season. It gives us a different look and different styles of basketball. I love playing here It's good for the guys and it's good for local people to come out and see the local talent people."
Minor's junior high team returns several 8th graders that are eager to make their mark on the Yellowjacket program. Minor looks forward to their play this season.
"John King runs the point for us and he has done a real good job," Minor said. "Willie Gay, Jalen Starks, Tony Elliot and Joey Claybrook didn't get a lot of playing time last year as 8th graders."
Also on his junior high team is Isaac Stansbury, son of former Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury. The younger Stansbury got a lot of playing time on Friday.
For Minor's 9th grade team, it is all about preparing them for the next level.
Tyson Carter, son of SHS's boys' high school head coach Greg Carter, is someone Minor is really excited about.
"He has a high basketball IQ," Minor said.
Many of these 9th graders and also the 7th and 8th graders will wear the high school uniforms in a few years and Minor has taken it upon himself to prepare them.
"(We are trying to) help coach Carter later on," Minor said.
(Editor's Note: This is a story in a series highlighting local basketball teams participating in the summer league at the Starkville Sportsplex. Other teams are scheduled to be featured throughout the summer.)
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