Photo Gallery: Summer fun at Memorial

It was just an ordinary hot summer day, a Wednesday in the middle of July. But it turned out to be a busy day in Memorial Gym. VandyMania's Whitney D gives a glimpse of what was going on over on 25th Avenue.

First, the women had the floor. Starting at 9 a.m, the Offensive Skills Improvement Camp was in session. Former Vanderbilt star Ashley Earley has been working the basketball camps this summer while she prepares to play professionally overseas this winter.

Liz Sherwood, who transferred to Vandy last summer from UConn, has finished her year in purgatory - that is, she sat out the 2004-05 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules. She's been in town all summer, attending summer school class and working the camps.

At the end of each day at camp, the camp counselors give out the daily awards. Senior Nicole Jules, adorned with a monkey around her neck, gave out three awards to her campers for a job well done.

Afterwards, there was a chance to get autographs and photos. Sophomore post Carla Thomas was one of the players on hand to sign posters for campers.

Here's a closer look at Nicole and the monkey.

After the campers left the gym, it was the men's turn to take over. Andre Foushee, who handles media relations for the men's basketball team, needed head shots and a few action shots for the media guide. So Vanderbilt photographer Neil Brake arrived on the scene to take the photos. First, Neil took action shots of the newcomers to the team. Freshman Kyle Madsen was first.

After Kyle and fellow freshman George Drake were finished with their action shots, they posed for a photo. Don't pay any attention to the numbers on the jerseys. This season's uniforms aren't ready yet, so they posed for the photos in uniforms that were already on hand.

Since the goal supports had been taken down for the girls basketball camp, the players had to pretend to shoot at a goal that wasn't actually there. Redshirt freshman Davis Nwankwo didn't have any trouble doing it.

Neither did Ross Neltner, who transferred to Vandy this summer from LSU and will sit out the 2005-06 season.

After action shots, the rest of the team came into the gym, wearing a motley assortment of t-shirts.

Don't worry. Alex "Red" Gordon hasn't changed his number. The #50 was one of the jerseys on hand for the head shots.

After his photo was taken, Shan Foster took a look at it on the display of Neil's digital camera. Then Neil packed up the improptu photo studio, and the gym became just a gym once again.

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Photographs copyright 2005 by WhitneyD for

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