August 01, 2007

Hoops camp identifies prospects

Players showcase talents at Native Elite Sports hoops campThe 18-year-old Knife Chief of Claremore, Okla., was among a select group of Native boys' and girls' high school basketball players invited to participate in the annual NES camp, which allowed top athletes from across the United States to show their skills in a gymnasium on the Omaha Reservation.

The July 27-28 camp entered its second year, during which organizers have quickly moved to become NCAA certified. This year, some 10 coaches from Division I and II colleges attended and scouted for players, said Webster.

The NES sports showcase is one of the few Native venues to provide such an opportunity specifically for urban and reservation youths. And young people arrived pumped and ready to play.

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