NOTE: Erin Traczek has attended multiple Purdue basketball camps and recently wrote about her experiences at camp this summer. We encouraged you to write in with any question you may have had about Erin or the camp. Here are some of the responses to the many questions received...
Q: Among the players who helped out at the camp, who do you think is going to make the best coach down the road? SB and NC
A: I think Shereka Webb would make a great coach because of the way she really explained things and helped you get better during the drills.
Q: Can you explain what "hot shots" and "Mikan drills" are? -- TM
A: "Hot Shots" is a game where you shoot from different spots on the floor and the farther away you are the more points you get if you make the shot. "Mikan Drills" are quick lay-ups where you switch from your right hand to left hand and try to make as many as you can.
Q: How did you choose to start coming to Purdue for camps? Do schools send out invitations or do I have to contact them? -- Chell
A: I knew that I wanted to play at Purdue so I looked into the camps there. If you go on the Purdue Web site and look under camps they give you the information.
Q: In reading the camp story from 1999, there seemed to be awards handed out, like "Mr. Hustle" and "Most Improved". This being a day camp, were there similar awards for your camp, too? -- Anon
A: At the last two years of camp the only awards they handed out were to the winners of the individual competitions.
Q: Thank you for the look into Mackey! I assume the camp was in the Arena. Can you breifly describe the coaching staff and what you thought of each coach? Were Katrina and Jannon at the camp? Who mostly ran the show? -- Steve
A: Actually, the camp took place in both Mackey Arena and the volleyball arena. I really liked all of the coaching staff at the camp. I felt that each coach was there for their different talents. No, Katrina and Jannon were not at the camp. Coach Kelly Curry ran the camp for my age group.
Q: Were any games played, or are there just drills at your camp? - CS
A: Yes, they divided us into teams for a 3-on-3 tournament.
Q: Besides yourself, of course, could you see any players at the camp good enough to maybe one day play for Purdue? -- Shep
A: Yes, there were a few really good campers that could one day play for Purdue.
Q:The comment about the parents playing made me laugh. How did the parents get to play at your last camp? Is it a special parents' game, or do they get to play on the same team with their daughters? -- SL
A: Last year they had a four-on-four tournament with teams consisting of two parents and two campers. Since the mom of the other camper on my team played on a team with her younger sister, Emily Heikes played on my team.
Q: Katie Gearlds is my favorite player. Did she tell you what is wrong with her leg? -- AC
A: Katie didn't tell everyone, but if you asked she would tell you. She had just had surgery on one ankle and was going to have surgery on the other ankle the week after camp. She said she would be ready for the season.
Q: I love the article on the camp. Do the parents drop you off for the day, or do they get to sit and watch? -- Anon
A: I'm glad you liked the article. Actually, the parents participated in all of the drills with their daughters, if they wanted to.
Q: Purdue has spent some money on upgrades to Mackey over the past couple of years. Was anything noticeably different for you this year with respect to how Mackey looked? -- BR
A: The scoreboard looked new and Coach Curry said they had just got done repainting the court for next season.
Q: Given your view of basketball, from the secondary (high school) level to collegiate basketball to the WNBA, how would you describe the state of the game in terms of health, promotion, opportunity and fan involvement/appreciation? If you could change one thing about the game, whether it be a rule or a philosophy, what would be at the top of your list?
A: I love watching women's basketball. I don't think it will ever be as popular as men's basketball, but being a girl I enjoy watching the women play because I feel it is a better team game than men's basketball. I think there should be more WNBA and college games on TV, but overall I think the game's fine as it is.
Responses made by Erin Traczek.