The man who was once synonymous with the Grand Bahama Sports Complex is settling into a new role that focuses more prominently on his personal basketball brand.
Noted National Sports Hall of Fame inductee and basketball guru Coach Gladstone “Moon” McPhee now intends to take his HOYTES development program throughout the country with a series of camps, wherever there is an interest.
Recently, McPhee returned from Exuma, where he staged a successful and well-attended camp in George Town, Exuma and it fueled his appetite to pass on his knowledge to more of the young boys and girls of the Family Islands.
“I just like working with the young kids. There is such satisfaction in getting them to understand the basics and to see them advance into more sophisticated skill sets on the court. Youngsters are appreciative and it is satisfying for me, to work with them. It always has been.
“Exuma was just great. It was a good venture and I am crafting the template for taking the camp throughout the country, going forward,” said McPhee.
The option therefore is open to the Ministry of Education, through its schools in the Family Islands, Local Government, sporting clubs and Christian communities. The HOYTES Development Program is based in Grand Bahama and includes the ongoing camp at the Gladstone “Moon” McPhee Park, and two tournaments annually.
McPhee’s résumé is unmatched in The Bahamas, in the category of basketball mentoring. Out of the hundreds of boys and girls who have passed through his camps and gone on to be successful adults are Yolette McPhee-McCuin, Jonquel Jones and Buddy Hield.
The former is his daughter. He groomed her and now she is a milestone achiever on the most renowned collegiate circuit in the world. Coach Yo, as McPhee-McCuin is fondly called, moved this year from Jacksonville University where she led her team to three successful years at the magical win number of 20 and a National Collegiate Athletic Association’s berth, to the University of Mississippi.
She is in Mississippi under a five-year contract.
Jones or course is the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) standout for the Connecticut Sun who dominated play in successive years in South Korea and China. She also has WNBA all-star status and is the all-time season rebound record holder.
Hield plays now for the Sacramento Kings, after being drafted and playing most of his first year for the New Orleans Pelicans. He is considered one of the top young prospects in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Such, sums up the coaching pedigree of McPhee.
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