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Stressing fundamentals and character development, Bill Farrell and his assistants put the campers through daily drills designed to teach the fundamental skills of ball handling, shooting, pivots, jump stops and rebounding.

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Youth hoop camp draws record numbers

A field of 70 aspiring basketball players, from third to ninth grade, passed on video games, television, the Internet, girl and boy friends and texting to fine-tune their hoop skills in the town-sponsored Fall Break Sports Camp. The camp, which was hosted by retired Paradise Valley High School head coach Bill Farrell, was held Oct. 3-6 in Wilson Dome. During the four days, Farrell stressed the fundamentals of the sport to the young campers using what he calls “traditional” approaches. Others might glowingly label his strategies “old school.”

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