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Top basketball players from Oakland County, and all over the state gathered in Dearborn Heights this week for Tim McCormick’s Michigan Elite 25 Basketball Camp.

The camp, which is hosted by former University of Michigan and NBA Center Tim McCormick, brings together the top 25 freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in the state to learn to be better players, and better people.

In addition to running drills and learning techniques, players have daily lectures and classes from guest speakers, including former Detroit Pistons point guard Lindsey Hunter and former U-M player Austin Hatch. Classes are designed to prepare players for real life, and subjects include respect, motivation, nutrition, sexual education, substance abuse and decisions and consequences.

Oak Park head coach Jamie Thomas had nothing but good things to say about the camp.

“Tim McCormick does an excellent job running the Elite 25 program. He teaches the kids to be socially responsible, academically responsible and athletically responsible,” Thomas said. “It doesn’t matter how you’re doing athletically if you’re not being responsible in the classroom, or when no one is looking at you socially.”

So students learn responsibility in all three areas. As the new Oak Park head coach, Thomas says he benefits from the program as well, having several other coaches from around the state to learn from and bounce ideas off.

Hunter said he likes the program because “It gives the kids a taste of what college life will be like.” Hunter added the camp teaches “Life lessons that they may not get in a regular camp.”

Hunter’s son, Caleb, is a freshman this year at Southfield Christian, and Hunter said he “Is young and works extremely hard, and he has a chance to be a good player.”

Hatch had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at the camp, and his message to the kids was to “Be appreciative of opportunities to play the game and never take it for granted. Always work hard, stay humble and be thankful you’re able to play this game, because a lot of people in the world would do anything to be in that position.”

Hatch, who survived two plane crashes, each of which resulted in the loss of loved ones, had the entire room in tears after his speech.

Some of the local athletes taking part in the camp included Dylan Alderson (Clarkston), Charles Anderson-Louie (Southfield Bradford), Carl Bow (Hazel Park), Marlo Brown (Southfield Christian), Spencer Brown (Walled Lake Northern), Demetriess Champion (Country Day), Nate Davis (Stoney Creek), Jason Dietz (Troy), Geordan Duncan (St. Mary’s), Michael Flowers (Southfield), Jordan Flowers (Southfield), Jordan Graham (Farmington), Kameron Hankerson (Novi), Trendon Hankerson (Novi), Amauri Hardy (Southfield), Jacob Joubert (North Farmington), Spencer Littleson (Rochester Adams), Foster Loyer (Clarkston), A.J. Massucci (Royal Oak Shrine), Taylor McCaskill (Troy Athens), Chase McCormick (Birmingham Seaholm), Jack McGuire (Walled Lake Northern), Giovanni Miles (Novi), Tristen Mysen (Oxford), Kobi Russell (Cranbrook), Hunter Schattler (Rochester), Bobby Walton (Oak Park), Brock Washington (Southfield Christian), Bryce Washington (Southfield Christian) and C.J. Wilson (St. Mary’s).

The camp began Monday, and runs through Friday at Hype Recreation Center. For more information on the camp, check out its website at www.michiganelite25.com.

Last Updated: 8/7/2015 11:20:16 PM EST