By Deanna Bonn
Butler County Times Gazette
El Dorado resident Owen Giffin was accepted to the USA Basketball Gold Camp in Omaha, Nebraska which will take place over Labor Day weekend. He is the son of John Giffin and Sariah Wilson.
The camp is one of three regional camps put on throughout the east, west and midwest. As part of the application process, he submitted an application, his report card, and game footage.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Giffin. “A ten-time gold medalist coach will be there and I am excited.”
“Not everyone who applies is accepted,” said his father, John Giffin. “This is the same organization that forms the Olympic team and various age groups for International Fiba competition.”
“Watching Owen grow his skills and be recognized for his commitment is so exciting,” said his mother Sariah Wilson. “I’m really proud of him.”
Giffin will be entering 8th grade at Sunrise Christian Academy/Core Prep Academy this fall. The school has a special program designed for middle school students who want to play basketball after high school.
At just 13 years old, Giffin stands 6’1” tall and weighs 220 pounds. He plays a combination position of guard and forward. In addition to his school team, he plays on two other club basketball teams: Primetime Express 2026 in Winfield and Buddy Buckets KS 2027 in Bel Aire Some of Giffin’s accomplishments include being named to the Honor Roll at Sunrise Christian Academy in December 2021. He is a key reserve and second youngest player for Primetime Express 2026 that is 10-0 with two 1st place finishes with Mid-America Youth Basketball (MAYB) Wichita for the 2022 summer season. He was selected to the Kansas Christian Athletic Association (KCAA) 7th grade All-Tournament team, 2021-22. He averaged 21.5 points per game in the tournament.
He was a starter as a 7th grader on the 8th grade KCAA Junior High Boys’ Basketball regular season and postseason tournament champion Sunrise Christian Academy Junior High Boys Basketball team for the 2021-22 season. The team went undefeated in November and December 2021 winning the Wichita Hoops League.