Massey, Purlee starting camp

From the Register-Mail:

Rob Purlee and Evan Massey are ready to turn basketball into a fall sport in the Galesburg area.

Purlee, the Knox College men’s basketball coach, and Massey, the legendary Galesburg High School girls basketball coach, have joined forces to create the Knox Basketball Shooting School, an offensive-minded clinic that will serve early teens starting next month.

“We had talked different times about it and over the last year, we’ve talked often about it. His schedule and my schedule never worked out but now the fall is a pretty good time,” said Massey, who won the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Girls Basketball Coach of the Year award earlier this summer. “We will be able to do it and get done before our seasons.”

The camp, which starts Sept. 13 and will run Sundays and Wednesdays until Oct. 7, will be led by Purlee, Massey and Knox assistant Bobby Wheat.

The primary focus of the shooting school is to teach boys and girls entering sixth through eighth grades the fundamentals of shooting. Massey believes shooting the ball well at a young age often translates into later success.