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Alcorn to host celebrity basketball camp

LORMAN — New Alcorn State University men’s basketball coach Luther Riley has a message for local parents: Don’t miss out.

Riley, who was named the Braves’ new hoops coach in April, is planning to bring his celebrity basketball camp to Alcorn State. And he’s trying to get many local children involved.

“Parents, if I were you, I wouldn’t miss out on this grand opportunity,” Riley said. “We have scholarships available for campers.”

The Luther Riley 2011 Celebrity Basketball Camp is open to boys ages 5 to 17 and takes place June 26-30. The camp will cost $135 for campers that will commute every day, and $200 for campers who plan to stay overnight. Overnight campers will stay in the school’s dorms on campus.

“I want every kid from ages 5 to 17 in Natchez that’s a young man to be at my camp,” Riley said. “But that’s only if you’re serious about basketball.”

The camp will feature L.A. Clippers guard Mo Williams and Sacramento Kings forward Demarcus Cousins, as well as other celebrities, Riley said. Riley himself is a certified Nike instructor.

“Anytime kids might be at the edge, where they didn’t make their high school or AAU teams, I can provide them that edge,” Riley said.

“I can show them how to actually improve their skills with my international experience. I’ve trained a countless number of pro, college and high school players.”

Riley said he’s been leading this camp long before he got to Alcorn, and he said he hopes to give local athletes a camp with a different feel to it.

“Since being named head coach at Alcorn, I decided to bring it here,” Riley said. “This is all about young people in the area and giving them something they probably aren’t accustomed to — a brand of teaching from the international skill level. I want to get them excited about the campus and our basketball program.”

And improving the skill levels of local talent is Riley’s ultimate goal, he said.

“It’s a way to enhance their skill levels and in turn, help the kids,” Riley said. “When it comes time for scholarships, I want them to be scholarship recipients.

“We also want to help get (Alcorn’s) name out in the community. We want Natchez, Vidalia and Ferriday to be really excited about Alcorn basketball and its entire university.”

Riley said camp scholarships are available, and to call 601-597-5462 for information on the scholarships and all other registration information.