Detroit Public School League basketball coaches, in keeping with the DPS Office of Athletics’ emphasis on professional development, joined other local high school coaches Tuesday, Aug. 13 for the inaugural Michigan Elite 25 coaching academy, an exclusive instructional and guidance clinic conducted by the state’s premier college basketball coaches.
Speaking to a captive audience at U-D Mercy’s Calihan Hall, head coaches Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Jim Beilein (Michigan), Greg Kampe (Oakland), Ray McCallum (Detroit Mercy), Keno Davis (Central Michigan) and Steve Hawkins (Western Michigan) each talked basketball strategies and technique and shared on-court drills.
The event kicked off the Michigan Elite 25 basketball program, co-founded by former Michigan and retired NBA player Tim McCormick and sports marketing executive Michael Dietz. The program is designed to upgrade the quality of high school basketball in the state of Michigan, with the talent-rich PSL being a major target of that effort.
“I honestly believe this will become something very special for the state’s basketball community,” said McCormick. “I don’t know of any other states that put something like this on, but I think it’s needed. Frankly, the caliber of basketball in the area has dropped over the years. We’re taking the onus on us to help bring it back up to where it rightfully should be. A lot of it starts with core fundamentals.”
The program’s centerpiece is a camp for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors that will seek to invite the “Elite 25” in the state from each of those grade levels. Several PSL head coaches will be involved with the camp during three two-day sessions at Cass Tech High School on Aug. 17-18, Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 13, 20.