Game Recognize Game

July 19, 2011

Eduardo Najera chats with a young aspiring basketball player at the NBPA's annual Top 100 Basketball Camp.

During the renowned NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Camp in June, several current and retired NBA players participated in the highly touted and exclusive Coaching Development Program held at the University of Virginia.

Designed to educate and provide hands-on experience to those interested in pursuing the coaching profession, an unprecedented number of players – several of whom expressed a need to have a ‘back-up plan’ as a result of the NBA lockout – came out to join their fellow teammates and opponents at the four-day coaching intensive.

Current and retired players included Tony Allen, Raja Bell, Steve Blake, Brian Cook, Stephen Graham, Royal Ivey, Eduardo Najera, Gary Neal, James Posey, Ime Udoka, Luke Walton, Samaki Walker, Reggie Williams, Chucky Atkins, Tim James, Sam Mack, Jeff McInnis and Awvee Storey.

Matched up with elite high school coaches to lead each group of campers, the NBA players worked intensively with the kids, coached teams, taught basketball fundamentals and led skill development stations in one-on-one and group settings.

In-between the on-court action, the NBA players hit the classroom and were educated by Brendan Suhr, who is recognized worldwide as a basketball coaching expert who has coached more than 2,500 NBA games.

Suhr gave the NBA players an inside look at essential coaching skills, including studying game film, scouting players and creating a coaching game plan, among numerous other coaching proficiencies.

Drawing on the talent of the nation’s most elite high school basketball standouts, the NBPA Top 100 Camp, started in 1994, is widely recognized as one of the top basketball camps in the country and exists to prepare rising juniors and seniors for both their professional and personal lives.