NBA basketball player and Liberty County High School alumnus Jordan McRae returned to Liberty County High on Friday, June 24, to host a basketball camp, presented by South Georgia Elite and open to kids ages 8–16.
The camp centered around basic drills while offering kids the opportunity to interact with the NBA star. It also gave them exposure to NBA trainers.
McRae is currently on the roster of the Metropolitans 92 in France. He played college basketball at the University of Tennessee and was drafted 58th overall in the 2014 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs, then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
McRae won a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016 and set the NBA G League former single- game scoring record (61). After spending time in the G League and overseas, he signed with the Wizards in 2018. In March 2020, he signed with the Pistons before signing with his current team, the Metropolitans 92.
While he’s traveled all over the world, McRae has always had a heart for giving back to the place where he grew up.
“We just want to try and bring experience back to the community,” he said about hosting the youth basketball camp. “We want to be able to bring knowledge down here, because we didn’t have it when we were younger.”
McRae credits all of his success to good, old-fashioned hard work, and he hoped that his example would resonate with the campers.
“We want everyone to know that if you work hard and stay focused, it’s possible,” he said.
Brandon Holden of South Georgia Elite was one of the camp’s coaches, and he had high praise for McRae and all of his accomplishments, as well as his heart for his hometown.
“One thing about Jordan is that he always gives back to the community,” Holden said.
Coach Rico Wigfall also worked with campers for the day.
“I hope that everybody who comes here has fun and that they learn something,” Wigfall said.
In addition to McRae, South Georgia Elite and the camp’s coaches, several parents attended to show support for the kids.
Coretta Frazier, whose son attended the camp, assisted with the event. She said her son plays AAU basketball and has attended one of their camps, adding that he was ranked among the Top 20 sophomores in the Class of 2025.
“He was the number one three-point shooter in the state of Georgia,” she said.
Following his basketball camp, McRae attended the Friday Night Lights football skills camp that evening before hosting the Liberty County Legends basketball game on Saturday. (See related story).