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Professional basketball player and Portland alumni returns to discuss youth basketball camp, career


Professional basketball player and Portland alumni returns to discuss youth basketball camp, career

By CHRIS LADD

Former Portland High School basketball standout Corey Brewer joined Portland PM on Monday afternoon to discuss his local basketball camp and career.

Brewer will be in town this weekend for his free basketball camp at Portland High School.

“I always love coming back to Portland and spending time with the kids,” Brewer said. “When we started the camp, some of these kids could barely walk. Now they are in high school.”

Registration for the camp took place in the early spring and the camp filled up fast. Kids from all over Sumner County attend the camp each year with the majority of the kids being from Portland.

“We want the kids to come out and have fun,” Brewer added. “We will teach the kids basketball and also how to be a better teammate.”

Corey’s former high school coach Tris Kington will be in charge of all of the activities that the kids do at the camp. The camp has drills on shooting, dribbling, defense, and a game of Simon Says at the end.

Brewer spent most of the 2017- 2018 season playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. As the Lakers were in a rebuild mode, Brewer had limited playing time for the Lakers. On February 28, his contract was bought out from the Lakers as he was able to find a new team.

It didn’t take long for Brewer to be reunited with former Florida Gators coach Billy Donovan in Oklahoma City. Over the last month of the season he started 16 of 18 games for the Thunder and averaged 10.1 points per game.

“It felt great being back with Coach Donovan,” Brewer added. “Unfortunately the season didn’t end the way we wanted it to.”

He is currently a NBA free agent and trying to find the perfect opportunity for next season. Brewer has been in Los Angeles working out with a trainer getting prepared for the 2018- 2019 season.

Brewer has had a busy off-season as he represented the NBA in India with their Basketball Without Borders Camp. He then had his Back-2-Back camp in Gainesville two weeks ago which raised money for the University of Florida Diabetes Institute.

He’s unsure what his plans will be after his playing days are over. Brewer mentioned that he would like to get into coaching at the NBA level and maybe some broadcasting.

“You never know, I might just want to come home and do nothing,” Brewer added.

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