Deer Lakes' Parham hopes to learn from the best while coaching at basketball camp
Terence Parham will do more than coach at next week's Deer Lakes basketball camp.
In essence, he also will be one of the campers.
When the camp guest list includes the likes of former Georgia Tech coach Bobby Cremins, former N.C. State coach Les Robinson and former North Carolina star Jason Capel, Parham can't help himself.
“I'll be like a little kid in a candy store picking their brains about every little thing about basketball that I can,” Parham said. “I don't know that some of the young kids who may attend really understand the significance of some of these coaches and players, the impacts they had not only on their university but the college game.”
It's one of two “great opportunities” Parham is getting this summer, as the third-year boys basketball coach will travel to China in early July to work with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The United States Basketball Association camp, which will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, came to Deer Lakes through a connection Parham made with USBA founder Mark Thompson. The organization held a camp in Monroeville in the past and got in touch with Parham more than a year ago.
A camp didn't come to fruition last summer, but it did this year. The camp, open to students in grades 3-12, costs $125; registration can be completed at usbacamps.com/camp-pittsburgh.php.
Cremins won 579 games in 31 seasons at Appalachian State, Georgia Tech and College of Charleston; Robinson won 291 in 22 seasons at The Citadel, East Tennessee State and N.C. State; and Capel played on UNC's Final Four team in 2000, led the Tar Heels in scoring as a senior and later coached at Appalachian State.
The camp also includes Ryan Goodson, the former director of the Stephen Curry Skills Academy.
“It's a good deal for the area,” Parham said. “For me, it's a coach's dream to be able to have the staff that's coming work with kids. I'm definitely looking to nitpick and ask all the questions I can. Even with Steph Curry's camp director, (I want to) show some of the skills stuff that I do and get a look at some of the stuff he does.
“I think that's what it's all about: trying to grow as a coach. We can't ask our players to grow and not do the same. I think it's a win-win situation.”
Parham, a former Shady Side Academy coach who led Deer Lakes to the WPIAL playoffs last season, will travel to China shortly after the camp to work with the Flying Tigers, the defending Chinese Basketball Association champion. He'll work for six weeks with three age groups in the Flying Tigers' developmental program.
“It's a great opportunity, and hopefully skills continue to grow and we can continue to bring more opportunities to Deer Lakes and the A-K Valley,” Parham said.