Ex-NBA players Marcus Liberty, Nick Anderson to host basketball clinic for kids

marcus-liberty-denverFormer NBA player and McDonald’s All-American Marcus Liberty will hold a basketball performance clinic on July 11 and 12 at Out-of-Door Academy, the Herald reported.

The camp, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, is for players ages 10-18.

The two-day camp is designed to improve players of all levels through professional training of basketball fundamentals mixed with sessions of performance, nutrition and personal development.

Liberty is the second-year head coach of the Thunder’s boys varsity team and said he is excited to work with young people.

“I love it. I get an opportunity to teach the game that has given me so much,” he said.

Liberty was drafted in 1990 by the Denver Nuggets after a standout career at the University of Illinois and played four years in the NBA for the Nuggets and Detroit Pistons before heading to Europe.

He played his first three seasons with the Nuggets, reaching a career high 9.3 ppg average in 1991-92 season. Liberty finished his career with Detroit Pistons, and holds career averages of 7.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg in 17.1 mpg. He appeared in total of 267 NBA games, starting in 63 of them.

nick-anderson-orlando“It’s important to show young basketball players what goes into being successful in this game, hard work and dedication in all aspects,” Liberty said.

Liberty is from Chicago and led his Crane High School Cougars to a sophomore city title as a freshman. He transferred to Chicago’s King College Prep High School as a sophomore and led the school to a state title in 1986.

“We didn’t play great last season, but it’s going to get better. We will have a more experienced team this year, and this camp will help that,” Liberty said of the Thunder.

Hall of fame announcer Dick Vitale and former Orlando Magic great Nick Anderson are also expected to be in attendance to speak to the kids.

Anderson was drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1989, and played for the team his first 10 seasons in the NBA. Anderson averaged career high 19.9 ppg for two straight seasons with the team (1991-92, 1992-93).

He finished his NBA career with short stints with Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies. Anderson played a total of 800 NBA games (636 started), averaging 14.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg in 31.2 mpg.


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