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Big names run youth basketball camp
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Campers work on dribbling skills under the watchful eyes of former local players who took their games beyond high school. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Former high school basketball player Jordan Johnson held his first Dream Chasers Basketball Camp at the Liberty County YMCA Saturday.

Johnson played at Bradwell Institute and First Presbyterian Christian Academy, helping the latter win a state title. After high school, he started his collegiate career at East Georgia State College. He finished his junior and senior year at Tennessee Tech. After college, Johnson played professional ball in Ecuador where he led his team, H.R. Portoviejo to the Ecuador National Basketball League title.

Johnson recruited former teammates and friends to assist at camp and talk to the campers about the importance of working hard and pursuing their passion of the sport.

Former BI Tiger Jon Blair, who played professionally in Europe and Asia; former Tiger Jalen Watson, who played in the pros in London; former Faith Baptist Christian Academy and Corker University player JaQuez Motley; and former Liberty County High School and NBA player Jordan McRae helped with the camp.

Campers, ages 7 to 16 stared in awe as the pro players towered over them, teaching them basketball fundamentals. Participants soaked in the knowledge learning to perfect the dribble, pass, layups, offense and defense.

Johnson said dreams were attainable, "If you work hard and surround yourself with people who are positive." Johnson said he didn’t want any of the campers to hang out with the wrong crowd and to stay away from drugs. He introduced his mother Felicia Lynette Johnson and said that his mom was the best influence and biggest fan.

She spoke with the campers and said anyone chasing their dreams should stay focused work hard and always pray.

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