Baldwin boys basketball team begins summer program

BALDWIN — Basketballs were all over the high school gym this week as the Baldwin boys team started its summer program.

Josh Kutchinski, assistant coach at Mesa Community College in Arizona, and a veteran of several Panther camps in the past, will be conducting the ongoing program for the varsity players. Monday was the first day.

The goals of the camp will be covering instruction of fundamentals, offensive philosophy, defensive principles and conditioning.

“This is our summer basketball program,” athletic director Shawn Williams said. “Coach (Scott) Pedigo is taking the summer off. He has some family illnesses. I’ve got Josh in for three weeks to cover.”

Baldwin was scheduled to play at Frankfort Wednesday of this week, at the Grand Valley team camp this Saturday, at Mesick Thursday of next week and at Okemos the last Monday of the month.

Losing to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the regional finals has motivated the players to work hard and get ready for 2014-15, Williams indicated.

“We’re here every day,” Williams said, noting there are 16 in the camp for the varsity. “The guys are really excited. We’re getting ready for the season right now.”

The camp will be proceeded July 3-24 by the Basketball Summer League. It will be a four-week open format with games played 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays. Williams said high school, community and co-ed teams are invited to participate.

Former Panther Donte Hill, a coach in Japan, will be available during the summer to provide teaching, skill development and education about the game. Former players and coaches are also expected to come in and help out. Hill is from the Baldwin Class of 1995.

“He’ll come in and do another skills camp for us,” Williams said. “Other alumni will do camps for us.”