Brighton Skills Clinic Results

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November 27, 2013

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The Pistons Academy of Youth Basketball concluded its first of three basketball clinics Tuesday as 57 young players gathered at Scranton Middle School in Brighton. In the 7:45 clinic, players in grades 4-6 participated in a brief evaluation period before finishing with a brief scrimmage.  “I liked the way the kids listened,” said Pistons Academy Coach Vickie Newberry, “They responded to our coaching and I saw instant results.  This is for sure a promising group.” In the scrimmage, 10-year-old Alex Gilleylan played a lot like Pistons forward Greg Monroe.  “Alex is a human [...]


Dan “Elevata” Thomas to host FREE Skills Clinic

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November 18, 2013

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Pistons Academy Coach Dan Thomas will be hosting a free skills clinic at 3pm this Sunday, November 24, at the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield.  This one hour skills clinic is open for boys and girls, ages 5-14. “Dan is our lead instructor for the Pistons Academy and is passionate about teaching the game the right way,” says Detroit Pistons Director of Fan Development, Geo Thomas, “This is a great opportunity to reach some young players and give them a quick sample of what Detroit Basketball is all about.” Coach Dan [...]


Ultimate Hoops is Ultimate Hit!

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August 20, 2013

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With a sold out audience of 140 campers, The Pistons Academy “Ultimate Hoops Week” started off with a slam dunk as Pistons star center Andre Drummond made a surprise appearance. “With 140 kids in attendance, we are going to have some amazing games this week,” Said Pistons Director of Fan Development Geo Thomas, “Already we have had some buzzer beaters and fantastic finishes.” White Division star Max Adamczyk proved that point early Monday as he took a tough drive to the basket with just seconds to go in an 11-11 tie.  He [...]


Ultimate Hoops Week Almost Full!

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August 13, 2013

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Players shoot hoops at least summer's Ultimate Hoops Week

The 2nd Annual Ultimate Hoops Week in Bloomfield Hills received 21 registrations on Monday and is expected to sell out by this Friday.  The Camp has a maximum enrollment of 130 campers. “The phones did not stop ringing today,” said Pistons Academy Coach Adam Banchiu, “Apparently, the word is out and parents want to be sure their kids are registered.” The Ultimate Hoops Week is the premier camp for the Pistons Academy Summer Camp Tour.  The week showcases every element of not only Detroit Pistons Basketball but Pistons Entertainments as well.  “Each day we give [...]


Camps Selling Out Fast!

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August 9, 2013

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As the summer of 2013 winds down, The Pistons Academy Basketball Camps keep revving up! The Rookie Camp in Bingham Farms scheduled next Monday-Friday has nearly sold out.  “As of 9am Friday we only had four roster spots remaining.”  says Camp Director Geo Thomas, “The Rookie Camp is one of the most popular events of the summer.  Boys and Girls in grades 2-4 will meet at Bingham Farms Elementary School from 9am-1pm to learn all about the basics of basketball.  As well, a special appearance from Hooper is expected!” To accomodate [...]


Pistons Academy Camp Returns to Southfield!

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July 29, 2013

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The Pistons Academy Basketball Camp will be making an encore presentation at the Franklin Athletic Club the week ofAugust 5-9. “We have had such great success at the Franklin Athletic Club this summer, we are excited to be back for an encore week,” says Camp Director Geo Thomas.  Pistons Academy had over 150 campers attend the two weeks at Franklin this July. Returning for the week will be camp favorite, Coach Dan Thomas who is also a member of the Detroit Pistons Dunk Team, the Flight Crew.  “Dan is almost always a [...]


Week 4 Tour Stop: Franklin Athletic Club

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July 8, 2013

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The Pistons Academy Summer Camp Tour continues this week with its first of two visits to the Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield. 75 Campers are expected to be in attendance, many of whom are repeat campers.  “So many kids have enjoyed the camp to the point where they just want more!” Says the Pistons Director of Fan Development, Geo Thomas.  “This will be another strong week so I’m hoping we can exceed their expectations.” Last week’s camp in South Lyon continued the “Piston” excitement as many enjoyed the events of last [...]


South Lyon Camp Roars with 40!

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July 2, 2013

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The Pistons Academy Tour Stop in South Lyon has been a huge success and the 40 kids attending are making this camp something special. “I see alot of team play and leadership,” Said Pistons Academy Head Coach Aaron Smith, “The kids are working hard and playing basketball the right way!” The day started with the skills combine where all campers were put through the same drills as the NBA Rookies.  One of the most notable stats taken was the vertical leap test where soon-to-be 9th grader Rashan Willis jumped “off-the-chart” with a 25″ [...]


Pistons Academy kicks off at Huntington Woods

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June 24, 2013

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The second week of Pistons Academy camps this summer started strong as more than 70 talented and energetic kids participated in preseason games at the Huntington Woods Athletic Center today. Click the “Camp News” tab above for stats from the 4-Ball and Free Throw competitions; more  statistics and daily summaries will be posted throughout the week!


Academy Awards is a Slam Dunk!

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March 12, 2013

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Over 600 people attended the 2nd Annual Academy Awards show last Thursday as players of the Pistons Academy were recognized for their efforts in the 2013 season. “It was a great opportunity to reward the kids for their amazing efforts this season,” said Pistons Academy Director, Geo Thomas, “So many of our players really take the game seriously and invest their time and effort to make their teams better.  This gives us a chance to return the favor.” There were six categories and five nominees in each category–Sportsmanship, Most Dedicated, Lady Piston [...]

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