After a hot day with no air conditioning in the gym, Witt talked about the camp and his future while wearing an old John Stockton Utah Jazz jersey and sporting a hairdo that Mike Miller would be proud of.
The Witts have already had camps in Wheaton, Morris and Swanville and will finish up their summer tour with one in Alexandria next week. Forrest is the head boys basketball coach at Alexandria.
“I went from not being too busy to being really busy,” said the affable Witt, who is in his fifth year of helping his brother out in the summer. “We have four sessions for each camp. In Swanville we only work with the girls team. It’s usually about three hours a day for each session.”
Most of the campers are in third grade up to eighth. Some of them have been around for a few years.
“This is a lot of fun,” Witt said. “It’s kind of fun to see them develop over the years as players. We try and teach the fundamentals and stress to them what’s important and what isn’t. It’s fun to have them come in as third graders and see them as seventh- and eighth-graders and how much they have improved.
“We follow them when they get into high school to see how they’re doing. They grow up fast.”
The brothers are two of the top four scorers in St. Cloud State history. Forrest is third with 1,774 points and Taylor finished right behind him in fourth with 1,770.
Forrest, a former sharpshooter who played for St. Cloud State from 1998-2003, started the camp in 2004. The Witts, who are from Morris, usually get a solid turnout wherever they go. The numbers have declined in recent years for various reasons.
The camp has been all over the state from Thief River Falls, Granite Falls to Houston, Minnesota.
“We’ve always had a good reception from the kids and parents,” Forrest said. “We try to make it fun, competitive and we want the kids to get something out of it. The first couple of years in St. Cloud we had really good numbers. It’s been anywhere from 25 to 65 kids. It’s hit and miss with schedules. We have to compete against St. Cloud State and St. Benedict and places like that. But it’s been a lot of fun.
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