ANNA — The sound and sight of scores of basketballs bouncing in and flying around Anna High School gym signaled the start of the Anna ISD basketball camp on Monday, June 12. The popular four-day camp for incoming first-through-eighth grade boys attracted 93 participants, after a pre-registration tally of 65.

Anna Coyotes head coach Kyle Phifer said the camp was about “having fun, learning the game of basketball, being around their friends and creating program-continuity in Anna.” He called the program “huge,” adding, “A lot of the kids get to know me. It helps me get to know the kids, for the parents to get to know me. And the parents get to know our coaching staff. It’s big-time.”

On hand to help out with camp were Coyotes assistant coach Marcus Mitchusson, Austin College assistant coach Andre Bryant, as well as just-graduated Anna seniors Dillon Lewis, Keamoni Mattocks and EJ Smith.

“It’s good for the little kids to get to see them and be a part of those guys,” Phifer said of his former players, “and for them to give back a little too.”

This was Phifer’s ninth camp overall. Next season will be his second at the helm of Anna boys basketball.

Age-appropriate instruction in basketball fundamentals — shooting, dribbling, defending and rebounding — was provided over the first three days of camp. Day 4 was All-Star Day, set aside for awards and competitions. MVP honors went to one camper in each of three age groups. Grade 1-through-3 MVP was Sam Henson, whose favorite player is Russell Westbrook of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Grayson Stewart claimed the MVP prize for Grades 4-through-6 and Grade 7-through-8’s MVP went to Jaden Smith.

Anna girls basketball camp is slated for June 26-29.