Saturday marks the first day of autumn, which means basketball season is right around the corner.
To help get area players ready for the upcoming season, the Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner is coming to town that day for a special clinic called "Funky Feet."
It is being presented by http://www.lvbasketballrankings.com with sponsorship help from the A-Town Throwdown (the boys basketball tournament at SportsFest), the Select Competition Basketball League, the East Side Youth Center Elite program and several other organizations.
The clinic (from 7 to 9 p.m.) is open to boys and girls from the cadet level to collegiate and the cost is $65 per camper (prepaid) and $75 at the door. Campers will be separated by skill and age.
Toomey Anderson, the former Parkland High and Muhlenberg College player and area coach who founded http://www.lvbasketballrankings.com along with another area standout, Danny Hargrove, said he wanted to do something to boost local hoops.
"After coaching and evaluating a lot of the area players, we noticed many of them lacked proper footwork," Anderson said. "We wanted to get out the message about the importance of good footwork, so we decided to set up a camp. A conversation arose through mutual friends that Evan was looking for an opportunity to work with the youth in our area, so we presented him this idea of 'Funky Feet.'
"He loved it and we are extremely excited to have someone of Evan's caliber come here."
Anderson said he has appreciated the cooperation of Moravian College coach Jim Walker, Allen High coach Doug Snyder, Liberty coach Chad Landis and others who have allowed him to host events in the past.
"But we wanted this to be more about the grass roots of player development, so we decided to take it to a rec center," Anderson said.
The East Side Youth Center is located at 1140 E. Clair St. in Allentown.
Turner is a former college All-American at Ohio State. After being the Naismith Award winner and Associated Press player of the year, he was the second pick overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.
In three seasons with the 76ers, he has averaged 10.1 points per game with his best season being last year when he averaged 13.3 ppg to go with 5.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
He started all 82 76ers games last year.
Turner will be lecturing, demonstrating and evaluating the campers and stressing the use of proper footwork.
All campers will get a T-shirt, and a picture with Evan as well as his autograph.
Anderson said that many college coaches and top individual player development trainers in the area will also be working the session.
For more info, go to http://www..lvbasketballrankings.com.
MUHLENBERG'S SUPER SATURDAY
The Muhlenberg College's men's basketball program is hosting its fifth annual shootout for high school teams on Sept. 28.
The one-day event will feature 32 teams and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall and in the adjacent fieldhouse.