MT. VERNON —
“I wanted our guys to kind of see the town of Oxford so we went and ate downtown on the square, and we walked around the square,” Gamber said.
The weekend wrapped up with a pair of Sunday games.
Pike, Fitzjerrells and Hawkins were all fixtures in the varsity lineup a season ago. Gamber said this event gives them a chance to not only hone their skills but emerge as team leaders.
“I thought that was a positive from Ole Miss was seeing how our guys kind of interacted with one another and how they push one another,” Gamber said.
Mt. Vernon is in the middle of its summer workouts. Players have been meeting at Changnon Gym throughout June for open gym activities. Gamber said the trip south breaks up some of the repetitive routine of the summer. The event also allows Gamber to see some of his players in a competitive environment, which helps him understand their strengths and weaknesses going into the second portion of the summer.
“We get to play against teams that we don't see during the year,” Gamber said. “The officials are officials we don't see throughout the year. It's really nice to get away from that standpoint. It's nice to spend time as a team that's not as serious as a situation as you have during the season.”
Mt. Vernon has one big summer event left for basketball. Players will travel down to SIU at Carbondale where they will see some mid-week action.
Players will spend the majority of the month of July working out in Changnon Gym as Gamber will use most of the team's contact days then. The coach said he likes to spend the month of June traveling with players and committing the month of July to honing their skills.