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William Carey Hosts High School Basketball Shootout

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High school basketball takes the court at William Carey.

The university is hosting more than 150 men's and women's basketball teams throughout the month of June, something local coaches say will pay dividends come next season.

"It gives kids a lot of experience, working with each other, gets them in the habit of running up and down the floor and learn the fundamentals, so just a good thing to try to get them to gel together and work together," says Collins women's head basketball coach Barbara McNair.

"Today will be a great experience for some of them, because a lot of them haven't played anywhere except at the junior high level, so today will be a great experience for them," says Lumberton head women's basketball coach Michelle McGill.

Collins and Lumberton round out Monday's field of five teams.

McNair says participating in the shootout helps her younger players.

"It's good for the kids that are making the transition from middle school, because they get the opportunity to play at the more upbeat tempo."

As well as the veterans.

"There's more exposure for them, because they get the opportunity to play with the best of the players, and also gives other coaches an opportunity to look at them and see what they're working with."

But the tournament doesn't just benefit the high schools.

"It gives them the chance to play against competition that they won't normally see in their area. Plus it gets them on our campus and we like that."

William Carey head women's basketball coach Tracy English says the shootout's focus transcends his recruitment efforts.

"The more ways we can get people on our campus, the better. We're not just recruiting basketball players, we're recruiting college students."

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