June 12, 2007

Elite Camp a hit

K-State hosted its first ever Elite Camp, an event that allows the coaches to see some of the top prospects from the area as well as some from across the country they hope to lure to play in their program. The camp was limited to players entering the ninth through 12th grades in the fall of 2007 and is especially recommended for those who are college-bound.

K-State coach Frank Martin recently told GoPowercat.com his thoughts on the Elite Camp.

"Having an Elite Camp is extremely beneficial when you can have that caliber of players come in and you actually put them through a practice session similar to what we put our players through," the coach said. "It gives those guys a chance to see what we do with our guys and our teaching points. At the end of the day, recruiting is about building relationships, and any time you can spend time with guys you'd like to recruit or are recruiting, it is either going to strengthen that relationship or just help you understand if players are right for you and vice versa."

Martin also talked about the skill level of the players they had in the camp.

"Tremendous. Tremendous. I believe we had 42 young men. I could be wrong by one or two, but when we broke camp I'm pretty sure that was about the number. That's where we wanted it at. There were some high level players there, some high level players, and the kind of guys that if you get will help us win a lot of Big 12 games."

Florida Rams president Matt Ramker said there were six players who showed their skills as some of the tops in the camp.

"Our three from here (Kenny Kadji, Ray Shipman and Dago Pena), Marcus Denmon and Travis Releford from Kansas City and Terrence Boyd from Norman kind of separated themselves from the others on the court. They were playing at a high level throughout the weekend."

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