Knutty, Wilson return to help at Whitney hoops camp

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Whitney High held its annual Whitney Wildcats Boys Basketball Camp last week and two of its former boys basketball stars came back to help out. Derek Knutty and Jordan Wilson, both playing ball in college now after graduating from Whitney in 2009, were at the camp on June 17. The camp was for those in grades 4-10 and there were about 25 participants. ”We had a great turnout with three times as many kids as last year,” Whitney varsity boys basketball coach Bryce Newell said. “The camp focuses on fundamentals, hard work and having fun . . . (Knutty and Wilson) spoke to the campers about the importance of hard work and dedication on the court and in the classroom. “Our camp continues to grow and has developed a reputation as a great way to improve individual skills, compete against quality competition, and receive high–level coaching.” Knutty plays basketball for St. Michael’s College in Vermont while Wilson plays in Rocklin for William Jessup University. Both are on full-ride scholarships. “(Newell) called me up and asked me to come to the camp and talk to the kids about the effort it took to get to that level,” said Knutty, who had 26 points and 15 rebounds in one game last season. “So Jordan and I talked about all the things we had to go through. It’s a whole new experience from high school to college.” Knutty averaged about 13 minutes a game for St. Michaels as a freshman. “(Playing in college is) a whole new experience,” said Knutty, 6-foot-7 and 203 pounds. “Everyone is my size and quicker and stronger and faster.”