The annual Lone Star Hoops Basketball Camp has been held at Howe High School every summer since 1988 and continues to grow strong with increases in attendance every year. Lone Star Hoops puts out its own slogan as “the best li’l hoop camp in Texas.”


“There is anywhere of 100 to 160 kids there,” Howe High School Basketball Head Coach Derek Lands said.


Lands will start his 17th year coaching for Howe and running the Lone Star Hoops Camp. The camp focuses on the basics but could also serve as a preview of upcoming talent, which may one day be scoring points for the Howe Bulldogs and Lady Bulldog basketball teams.


“It makes you a good coach if you have good athletes,” Lands said.


The Lone Star Hoops camp is comprised of a series of basketball camps that provides student athletes in Howe Independent School District’s schools from grades 1 through 8 over 30 hours of fast-paced instruction with students grouped by ability and age. The lessons taught at the camp emphasize a positive approach to athletic competition.


The Lone Star Hoops camp offers individual and team instruction with the theme for the 2017 summer being “The World’s Greatest Game.” The camp focuses primarily on a mastery of basketball fundamentals and is intended for all ages and sizes of student athletes. Lands and the rest of the Lone Star Hoops camp staff say the camp tries to incorporate body, mind, spirit and work ethic into the development of the complete basketball player.


The camp offers what staff calls an atmosphere of total immersion. The Lone Star Hoops camp is the longest running basketball day camp of its kind in Texas. The camp will be held at Howe High School located at 200 East Ponderosa, at the intersection of Highway 75 and Highway 5. Lone Star Hoops will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with camp activities being held from Monday, July 10 through Thursday, July 13. Pick up and drop off arrangements can be made for early drop off and late pick up.


The basketball program will next travel to Arkansas for an annual basketball camp for players on the high school level.


“The following Sunday, we leave to go to Arkansas for team camp,” Lands said, adding that the camp in Arkansas will take place “Sunday through Wednesday,” and estimates the number of students attending to be around “probably 20-something going with us this year.”