Adrian Penland has made it his platform and profession to spread his love of the game of basketball.
The West Hall High graduate, who played professionally overseas for nine years, has a growing following and list of clients.
And each year, more and more parents are enlisting Penland to teach their kids the basics. He also works with more advanced talent, helping get high school players to the next level.
This summer, Penland is busy with his camps for aspiring basketball players.
These camps continues to grow.
The camp has made its stops throughout the surrounding area, but its primary location is at the Mulberry Creek Community Center in Flowery Branch.
Next week, Penland will leading a camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14-18 at the North Hall Community center.
“You get more of a crowd,” Penland said. “You only come there once a year. Participation is plenty. Those areas have supported what I’ve been doing.”
Penland’s camp focuses on ball handling, defense and eventually incorporates team play.
When they get out to play, some of the young athletes look to incorporate the skills learned in the morning sessions of camp.
With his reputation and background, Penland doesn’t have a hard time bringing in other top talents to help with coaching and instruction.
Penland, 40, wants to empower athletes through basketball.
The former Spartans and Lander University standout ia a passionate ambassador of basketball
One of those helping the cause is 2021 Flowery Branch High graduate Ashlee Locke, who will take her game to Mercer University in the fall.
“I like working with the kids,” Locke said. “(Penland) is engaging and genuinely cares about the next generation of basketball players.”
Penland is hoping to instill some of the fundamentals he learned from his extensive playing experience in Europe.
“The same structure I saw overseas is the same thing I am doing here in the United States,” he said.
Those life lessons of basketball, being able to serve as a catalyst to greater things in life, has also been instilled by some of the other instructors.
One of his camp instructors is Buford High graduate, Brandon Green, who is entering his junior season at the University of Xavier of Louisiana.
“This is close to home,” Green said. “This is for the community, where I am from. It helps me give back. Basketball isn’t just basketball itself.”
There are several opportunities for the next generation of basketball players to get quality instruction and training with Penland.
For more information or to contact Penland, go online to www.adrianpenlandbasketball.com.