Big name college coaches hold court on Grand Strand

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Justin Felder - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Convention Center turned into a Harvard of college basketball for a weekend.  Hundreds of coaches came to Myrtle Beach for a Nike Championship Basketball Clinic featuring big name college basketball coaches.

Each of the coaches spoke for over an hour about one of their specialties.  Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight spoke about attacking a zone defense and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim touched on zone defense itself.

Butler head coach Brad Stevens talked about playing with a smaller team than your opponent.  Lots of the coaches in attendance wanted autographs and pictures with the coach who led his team to the national championship game before falling to Duke.

"I'm just here to fill time around the legends is the way I look at it," said Stevens.  "It's a lot of fun to be here.  Hopefully I won't put too many people to sleep."

Coastal Carolina head coach Cliff Ellis also spoke, focusing on his version of the press.  He's happy to take time out to speak at events like this.

"I remember when I was a young coach, I had coaches reach out to me," said Ellis.  "I've always been one that likes to give back and I think clinics are a wonderful way to do that."

Area high school basketball coaches took a lot away from the sessions.

"When it comes down to it, they know it's about fundamentals, they know it's about team and that's what they come across with," said Myrtle Beach High School coach Craig Martin.

"It helps you to build on what you already do," said Lake City High School coach Willie Thomas.  "You learn some of the small things you don't do, you take it back and implement it to your program."

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