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Da'Sean Butler Hosts Basketball Camp in Morgantown


Those who can't do, teach.

Apologies for the cliché in this instance, but as Da'Sean Butler roams around his own basketball camp on a pair of crutches, it will fit quite well.

The former West Virginia University basketball player is returning to Morgantown for three days of camp in which he will use the lessons he's learned over years of playing the sport to teach some younger athletes the nuances of the game.

"The big thing with me was that I always wanted to go to a camp where I could work on a player's individual game and spend a lot of time working on their skills," says Butler. "I feel like it's important to have one-on-one time with some of the players."

Butler is currently recovering from his third knee surgery since his collegiate career came to a close at WVU. While his own physical instruction may be limited, he is hoping to use this opportunity to teach the camp-goers as much about the mental aspect of the game as the skills they'll need to perform on the court.

"The camp I have right now is probably about 60 players and I have a bunch of coaches, so everyone can get individual time with each coach. Hopefully we'll make these kids better, that's the main goal for me," he says.

Butler is inviting friends of his in the game to come out and serve as coaches. Some of the names, like Kevin Jones, John Flowers and Truck Bryant, are familiar to WVU fans, while teammates from his D-League Austin Toros will be new to the area.

He is also trying to get former San Antonio Spurs teammate Danny Green to attend, but has not yet solidified those plans.

By bringing a variety of coaches at different positions, Butler hopes he can better serve all of the kids who show up to the camp and teach them lessons based on each individual's experiences in basketball.

"I'll have the coaches talk to the kids and explain to them their careers. I have coaches from all levels of basketball and they can help the kids understand exactly how tough it is," he says.

The camp begins on Friday, Aug. 3 with a one-day session for campers under 13 years old. On Saturday and Sunday, the camp is open to those 13 and older. Both camps take place at the WVU Coliseum with registration set for 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Butler believes that by separating the age groups, he can put focus on exactly what each level of player needs, whether that's fundamentals for the younger athletes or preparation for high school and college ball with the older crowd.

"I want to continue this every year so they can come back to the next camp if they want to continue to get better and I can help them understand how tough it is to be a college athlete and how hard you have to work to be a good player even if they're just in high school or about to go in the eighth grade," says Butler.

You can sign up for the camp here and join Butler and his pals in the first annual Da'Sean Butler Elite Basketball Camp.

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