The Mid-Ohio Pumas organization has always placed player development as a cornerstone of their travel basketball program. Case in point, on Monday, the initial session of Jr Pumas Academy tipped off at the Northside Christian Church in Worthington. The 8-week program consists of 90-minute sessions that feature skill and drill station work for boys and girls. Not only are the sessions full of fundamental drills and challenges, the program weaves in just enough competition to keep the player’s attention and excitement. On the first night, forty-five 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders filled the gym. The 4 instructors all appeared to be former players, including Westerville North standout Jack Gibbs. Although it was difficult to assess just how talented the kids actually were, it was clear that most of them were there to work hard and to develop. In addition to the younger kids, the program also offers sessions for older players as well. Below is a photo gallery of opening night.