Ex-NBA stars may take part in basketball camp at Sequoia Pathway Academy


nick-sheppardFormer professional basketball player and current Sequoia Pathway teacher Nick Sheppard is set to host a basketball camp at the school this weekend,  CopaMonitor reported.

Sheppard is to host this kind of event for the first time.

He played several years of semi-pro basketball in addition to short stints with LA Lakers and Phoenix Suns. He didn’t appear in any season or playoff games for either team.

The basketball camp is part of a national camp brand, the Ray Wear 5 Basketball Camp. Sheppard, who played collegiately at Louisiana State and Pepperdine, knew Wear from his college days at Michigan State.

A power forward or center for most of his career, the 6-foot-11-inch Sheppard said he wants to focus on the fundamentals of basketball for his camp – the triple-threat position, dribbling and passing – but said he and his fellow instructors will tailor the drills they do to the skill level of the campers that participate.

He hinted that there may be other former pro basketball players that show up for the camp; Sheppard has worked with former Chicago Bulls guard Craig Hodges and former Utah Jazz swingman Bryon Russell at past camps for his own organization, TPA Hoops, which is co-sponsoring the camp.

The cost for the two-day camp, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at Sequoia Pathway Academy is $189.

Registration is available at raywear5.com. The registration fee includes a pair of shoes, reversible jersey, a camp T-shirt, shorts and a bag in addition to the instruction.

Sheppard said one of the keys he emphasizes to those he teaches in both his camps and in the classroom is the amount of hard work it takes to achieve something great, adding that “it takes commitment and dedication”.

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