Wilkins’ basketball camp a slam dunk

Published 5:57 am Saturday, June 21, 2008

By Staff
By KEVIN TRAVIS, Sports Editor
Donovan Forbes certainly got the message that Damien Wilkins and Francis Williams were trying to get across.
Forbes, who will be attending Washington High School, was one of over 100 campers to participate in Wilkins’ second annual basketball camp, held Friday at P.S. Jones Middle School.
Wilkins, a Washington native and a star with the Seattle SuperSonics, was happy to return home and hold the basketball camp. He’s looking to return the camp to a one-week format next year.
Wilkins, who worked up a sweat during the camp, said he enjoyed himself.
Sisters Rachel and Jordan Cantrell were glad they went to the camp.
Jordan Cantrell, a rising senior at Washington High School, was impressed Wilkins continues to return home.
James Williams, 13, won a Wilkins’ jersey during the morning session for younger campers.
Francis Williams, the camp director, was pleased with the day’s events.
The camp director, who won state high school championships as both a player and a coach, is happy he can impart some of his wisdom on to the younger generation.
Dakuan Spencer, who goes to Washington High School, was happy to take in that knowledge. He was also grateful that Wilkins held the camp.
Spencer’s Pam Pack teammate, Mike Godley, was equally impressed with Wilkins.
Calvin Daniels, the Pam Pack’s all-time leading scorer, helped Wilkins out during the camp.
A few coaches from the area, including Washington Pam Pack boys’ coach Joe Lawrence and Southside High School girls’ coach Bill Lake, assisted at the camp.
All in all, the camp was a slam dunk.