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Drillz and Skillz Breakthrough Basketball in Ironwood, Michigan

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Luther Wright H. S. and coach Tom Mott in Ironwood, Michigan hosted a Drillz and Skillz/Breakthrough Basketball skills clinic on July 22-24.

Over 65 players and coaches attended the intense 3 day workout. Footwork, position play, shooting, fast break were all topics that were covered.

A unique challenge presented itself when the hosting facility provided 2 gyms on different floors. The challenge was not in running the clinic or getting the players from place to place, it was whether I still had the stamina to run up and down 30 stairs at least 2 dozen times each day. I am happy to report I still do.

Ironwood is located at the entrance to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, about 15 miles from Lake Superior. Participants came from as far away as Washington, DC and were treated to nonstop basketball for 3 days.

Participants ages ranged from 11-17 and consisted of both girls and boys. One of the unique aspects of the Drillz and Skillz clinics is that it can accommodate such a diversity in participants without sacrificing the ability to teach and learn the game.


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Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.