Flatbush Takes Part in Basketball Team Camp

Flatbush Takes Part in Monmouth University Basketball Team Camp
Posted on 06/28/2019
Flatbush Takes Part in Monmouth University Basketball Team Camp

For High School students, summertime relaxation generally comes hand-in-hand with summer schoolwork in preparation for the upcoming school year, and that has proved no different for the boys hoping to secure a spot with the Flatbush Varsity Basketball Program. A select number of student-athletes from the 2018-19 program joined their coaches in honing their skills and challenging some of the local schoolboy programs on the Jersey Shore at the 2019 Monmouth University Boys Basketball Team Camp from June 24-28 on the Hawks campus in West Long Branch, NJ.

 Hoops Team @ Monmouth University

Over the course of the week, in addition to working as a unit on team skills during the morning sessions, the boys competed in the afternoons against a number of local public school teams including Brick Township, Shore Regional (Assistant Coach David Simhon’s alma mater), Raritan Township and Long Branch Township in addition to Early Riser AAU.

 Monmouth University
Flatbush v Brick

Head Coach Michael Gurock was really excited about the opportunity the camp provided for his returning players. "This was not a tournament with seeding and brackets, but really an opportunity for coaches to get their rising players some court action. The Long Branch coach shared with us how he graduated 8 seniors and we similarly have graduated 9 seniors, so this was an opportunity to bring guys up to speed with the varsity level. For our staff at Flatbush, it was an opportunity to look at some of the personnel we have hoping to return and see what kind of identity we want to have next season. I was not concerned at all with wins and losses, but rather seeing the guys mesh and taking a baseline assessment of what to work on over the summer and in the fall."

 Free Throw

The coaches were not the only ones who took away positives from the Team camp. Rising Senior Issac Sutton talked about how the tournament was good for this group’s confidence and realizing how they can compete at a high level.
Fellow classmate Eli Cohen said, “this is one of the best basketball experiences we could of had towards getting better.”

 Shabot Defends

Afterwards, Associate Head Coach David Simhon invited the team to his family’s house for a barbecue. It was an epic meal by the boys standards. Shared Coach Simhon, "What a week. This is the start of a long & wonderful journey. You guys battled and played tough all week. This tournament made us better you just don’t know it yet.”

 BBQ at Simhon's BBQ

Representing the Falcons on the court for the week-long event were, David Cattan, Nathan Shabot, Issac Sutton, Kal Abed, Alan Sassoon, Eli Cohen, Morris Dweck and Joey Dayon (serving as a player-coach for the boys).

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