Prince, a former University of Kentucky star and 10-year veteran of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, isn’t just making a brief appearance. He is here every day for the entire six hours, participating in all the drills and working with each camper.
“When I was a kid in California, I went to basketball camps run by guys like Magic Johnson, A.C. Green, Michael Cooper – I felt I could learn a lot from them to continue on the path I wanted to be on,” Prince said. “I want to provide that same thing for these kids, and put smiles on their faces.”
He said one of his primary messages to campers is to keep working hard at their game.
“This is an easy age for them to get frustrated as they try to learn more, like dribbling with their weak hand,” Prince said. “I try to tell them over and over not to get frustrated, but to keep working at it. I’m 10 years into the league now and still have to practice myself.”
There’s no doubt about Prince’s basketball IQ. My question has always been whether he can transfer that knowledge to his younger teammates.
Prince’s influence on these young campers is great in itself. If the experience better prepares him to serve as the Pistons’ veteran leader, even better.
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