While it's probably true that none of the 45 players who attended the Lake Oswego youth basketball clinic on Monday, June 7, were taller than 6 feet, that doesn't mean the event wasn't big-time.
That's because this clinic — held at Lake Oswego Junior High — was highlighted by the presence of 6-10 Enes Kanter, a 12-year National Basketball Association veteran and a current center for the Portland Trail Blazers.
While leading the 90-minute clinic Kanter — along with help from Lake Oswego boys head coach Marshall Cho, and Kevin Mills and Sandi Winn of Lake Oswego Junior High — took the boys and girls through shooting stations, one-on-one competitions and games, along with a question and answer session at the end.
"Kids naturally gravitated toward him," Cho said. "He was … so approachable and not afraid to mix it up with the kids."
Cho said that Kanter's appearance — set up by coach Jonathan Yim of the Blazers — at the camp echoed a stop he made two years ago.
"Yim … reached out to me to tell me Enes wanted to do a free camp as he had … two years ago," Cho said. "This was the first of many he will do across the country this summer."
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