Isaiah Gable Skills Camp a big success

by | Aug 9, 2021 | Basketball, Darke County News, Greenville, Schools, Sports

The 2021 Isaiah Gable Skills Camp 7th-12th grade campers and coaching staff.

Former Greenville great returns home to conduct Isaiah Gable Skills Camp for local athletes.

GREENVILLE – Greenville Senior High School graduate and standout high school and college basketball play Isaiah Gable returned home to conduct a basketball camp, the Isaiah Gable  for campers from grades two through 12 at Gettysburg.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Gable said. “With different rules with the NCAA I really couldn’t do it for the last few years. When that passed I was able to do this for the community. I love the game of basketball so it’s great to be able to bring it back to people around here.”

Several college teammates along with GHS friends Riley Hunt and Will Coomer helped with the local basketball camp.

“Isaiah is a great dude,” said Hunt. “He has always had a passion for helping others and you can see it today in the camp with how great he is doing with the kids and all the kids are loving him and just love seeing him here.”

“We started young and it was guys just like Isaiah and I and a few other guys, Clay Guillozet and Aaron Rich, we were always in the gym working,” Coomer said. “I know there are not always going to be guys like that and I wish I would have had guys that went on to college come back and show us. We didn’t have that so much so to be able to come back and give back to the community in that way is my way of giving back.”

Gable reflected on his days as a youngster playing basketball growing up in Greenville.

“We had camps through the high school – Greenville camps but we didn’t have players that came back that made if from the collegiate level, the pro level to come back and put on camps like this,” Gable noted. “That is what I wanted to be able to do. I wanted some of the kids around here to be able to look up not just me but I brought in some of my teammates and some other guys that I know that are really good at basketball. I wanted the kids to be able to look up to them and know that they can play collegiate basketball from around here and give them someone to look up to.”

Former GHS basketball coach, Kyle Joseph who coached Gable his senior season for the Green Wave.

“Isaiah is a great player but more importantly a great kid,” said Coach Joseph. “He has done a lot for me over the years so he was talking about wanting to get a camp to get some kids in, to get some work in – Isaiah wanted to know if I could help out and absolutely. I am very pleased to be here to assist in any way I can.”

The second grade through sixth graders had a morning session while seventh grade through 12th grade met for an afternoon session.

“We had a full camp,” Gable said. “I had to limit it to 25 and 25 for each session. We filled the sessions within a week.”

“I wish we could have done more people but with the size of the gym and availability I had to put a cap on it,” continued Gable. “Next year hopefully we’ll get a little bit bigger venue but I love this place, I love Gettysburg but hopefully next year we’ll get a bigger place.”

“Both sessions we were working on ball handling, shooting, passing,” Gable said of the day’s schedule of events. “The second group we did a little strength and conditioning, pushups a lot of jail workout things.”

Each camper received a camp t-shirt along with an Isaiah Gable Skills Camp bracelet with Colossians 3:23 inscribe on one side. “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

“It just reminds me we are not working for ourselves, we are working God,” Gable noted. “It is just a simple message to remind everybody that the people around us are bigger than basketball.”

Gable does see the possibility of coaching basketball in his future plans.

“I might get into the coaching world soon – one day,” Gable said. “I don’t know yet.”

The Isaiah Gable Skills Camp was sponsored by Jim Gable State Farm Insurance, Snap Fitness Greenville and Reflections Body Shop.

 

Former Greenville basketball coach, Kyle Joseph looks on as campers battle at the Isaiah Gable Skills Camp.
High school campers work on drills at the Isaiah Gable Skills Camp.
Isaiah Gable gives instructions to campers at the 2021 Isaiah Gable Skills Camp.
An Isaiah Gable Skills Camp camper nails a jumper in one-on-one drills.
Greenville High School friends (L-R) Will Coomer, Riley Hunt and Isaiah Gable.

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics.

Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award.

Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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