K-State's Dean Wade, a St. John native, assisted with the Danny Smith Basketball Clinic for grades K-7.

This is the eleventh year that St. John’s Danny Smith has held his basketball clinic for kindergarteners on up through seventh graders. Some coaches may shutter just thinking about the amount of work required for his eight day clinic, but oh no, not for Smith who relishes having his camp each and every year.

This year 99 students, 20 of them coming from other districts, had their first day on Tuesday, May 29th. For or six days they worked on their fundamentals, with two more days set aside for game days.

Of course with a large deference in ages, Smith needed help, lots of help.

From eighth-graders on up to high school players, former players attending college, and two very special people, his assistant coach Trish Wade and her 6’9” son Dean Wade. Wade, a former St. John Tiger and Kansas’s High School Mr. Basketball, is going into his fourth year as a K-State Wildcat and is well known throughout the country for his basketball skills.

Not only did the students have a good clinic, they also had a little incentive by getting their individual picture taken with Wade along with his autograph. Earlier in the clinic, they had the choice of receiving a basketball or T-shirt.

“The main goal of this clinic was to get as many kids involved as possible,regardless of playing experience, and to improve a positive learning experience for any level of player, whether they are beginners, or experienced players” Smith said.