Take Note: Hailey Dunham Is Prepped For The Point

Sept. 14, 2006

What up Trojans??

It's your freshman HD #3 coming at you from the first weeks of college. Not many people can say they started their college careers off while also commuting to and from a basketball camp, but that is exactly how it began.

Due to the recent unfortunate injuries of Camille LeNoir and my fellow freshman Jacki Gemelos, the coaches put me up to the task of learning the point guard position. With a great mentor like Jamie Hagiya, who has taken me under her wing, I feel confident that I can step up and help the team.

Classes officially started on Monday, August 21, which happened to be the second to last day of the Point Guard College. PGC is definitely one of the best basketball camps in the nation. So Jamie and I packed our bags and set off for Pomona the weekend before school. Despite having no idea as to what we were getting ourselves into, we were sure eager to find out.

Right off the bat we sat through a two and a half hour classroom session conducted by the head of the camp, Dena Evans. Coach D commands respect instantly by the amount of knowledge she has of the game. I can't even count the times she made a statement and I thought to myself, 'Wow, that's exactly right,' or, 'Yeah, the defense does do that.' Everything that came out of her mouth made perfect sense, and right away I had a better understanding of the game.

The word 'college' is a part of their camp title for a reason. I took about four pages of notes at every classroom session, and then got to apply what we had learned when we got to the gym. We woke up every morning at 7, had three classroom sessions and three basketball sessions with food in between, and went to bed around 12:30 a.m.

A goal of the camp was to learn how to be a better point guard, which meant stepping out of our comfort zones and becoming great leaders. One thing you must understand is that the coaches never told us everything we had to do, they merely gave us guidelines to follow. Every time we stepped foot in the gym, it was on us to organize the groups for a drill called 'SCHAPE shooting.' The term 'SCHAPE' stands for the six intangibles of the game: Spirit, Communication, Hustle, Approach, Precision, and Enhancement. Every time we heard the word we knew we needed to raise the energy level of the gym. This was achieved by talking, encouraging others, using names and using rhythm claps. As the camp went on and we continued to do these sorts of drills, I found myself becoming way more comfortable with my voice, and the effect it had on others. I saw that my teammates were responding to how I said things, both negatively and positively. One of the coaches at the camp told me for every one negative thing you say to a teammate; it will take about seven positive comments to make up for the earlier one. That statistic at first seemed a little far-fetched, but being thrown into situations where the point was to get you frustrated, I experienced its truth first hand.

I had taken roughly 30 pages of notes by the end of camp, and on top of that, I had to take notes at my first two days of college at USC. I learned more in the camp's five days than I could have learned anywhere else, and I can't wait until I get to apply it all in practice and games at SC. I want to thank Coach Dena Evans and her staff for the opportunity, and just say that this season is going to be a special one. We are going to do everything possible to make sure we send these seniors out on a high note. So keep up with your Women of Troy.

Special shout out goes out to Coach D, Coach Boucek, and of course, Coach Farmer. Thanks for teaching me so much.

Keep it TROJAN,

Hailey Dunham

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