The Russellville Cyclones basketball team had a good showing at the Big Red Team Camp at Hendrix College last week.
The Cyclones went 4-2 overall with wins over top-tier programs across the state.
"Anybody and everybody you can think of that's good at basketball in Arkansas in the 5A and 6A is there," Russellville head coach Kyle Pennington said. "It's good to compete against what you know is going to be the best come fall and early winter."
It's a chance to see where you measure up.
Russellville defeated Watson Chapel, Little Rock Parkview, Fort Smith Northside and Searcy. They lost to Little Rock Christian and Bryant in close games.
"I thought we played really well," Pennington said. "And this was without Grayson Sims, who was out after hip surgery."
Sims drained over 30 3-pointers for Russellville last season as the team picked up its third-straight 5A-West Conference title.
"I'm proud of the leadership of Donyae May and Marcus Jackson at this camp," Pennington said.
Russellville left for the NWA Shootout in Fayetteville on Monday.
"We've played in the central part of the state," he said. "Now we'll get to play the northwest part of the state. I'm interested to see how we perform up there."
These team camps are a breath of fresh air for the program after last year's coronavirus outbreak canceled all summer workouts for the basketball program.
"I can't explain to you in words how important it is for the chemistry of a team," Pennington said. "Everyone has to grow up, and the maturation of a team is huge. Now when the season rolls around, you feel more prepared and more connected as a team. This team camp stuff is invaluable to our team."