Coaches Eddie Broughton and Leandra Johnson have spent the last week coaching young basketball players at the Western Oklahoma State College Summer Skills Camp in hope of instilling the importance of the fundamentals of the game of basketball

By Ryan Lewis -

Eddie Broughton Sr. brought his basketball knowledge to Western Oklahoma State College one year ago to take over the reigns of the Lady Pioneers basketball program and turn the struggling team into a contender.

In just one season, Broughton has transformed a two-win team into a nine-win team and there are even higher expectations for the team going into the 2017-18 season with Broughton recruiting top talent from around the state and beyond to come to Altus and make this team better than it has ever been.

But that is still months away. For now, Broughton is taking those same methods he uses to coach college players and focusing them on children who dream of one day playing high school or college basketball.

His hope has been to provide a one-of-a-kind basketball camp experience for local children in an attempt to teach them the fundamentals of the game, and he is using his many years of expertise as a coach on the college level to do just that.

Alongside his assistant coach Leandra Johnson, Broughton instructed area youth on how to properly pass, shoot, dribble, and defend. While each player must develop their own shot, Broughton and Johnson were on hand to help correct any form or release issues.

In addition to receiving instruction from coaches Broughton and Johnson, all attendees received group and one-on-one instruction from many current and former basketball players of Altus High School and WOSC.

Former Bulldogs Bree Barker and Kiandra Knight were just two of the many guest instructors at Broughton’s camp.

“I have enjoyed helping Coach Broughton with the kids. At the camp, they have learned the basics of the game of basketball as well as some more advanced skills,” Barker said. “They can carry what they have learned all the way to college if that is what they are looking towards and I am glad to have been a part of that.”

Coaching children in the game of basketball is not only something that benefits the younger players but also something that benefits current college basketball players. It provides the players with the experience of leading drills and sharing their first-hand knowledge of the game and gives them some insight into what it would be like to be a coach.

Broughton and Johnson have seen that and have personally experienced the impact it makes on young lives.

Broughton first got his start as a coach following his final year of eligibility at St. Gregory’s University when he returned to Altus to coach under Rolando De La Barrera as an assistant and helped lead the Pioneers to their first 20 win season in 26 years.

Broughton has been helping change programs ever since and is now sharing that knowledge with younger players in hopes of building up local programs and creating a deeper love for the game of basketball.

By Ryan Lewis

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