D.A. Layne back with NBA skills camp
by Carlton D. White
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June 03, 2014 04:00 AM | 2448 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Wanting to set an example for young players, former Wheeler great and 1998 graduate D.A. Layne will host his second annual “In the Layne” NBA skills camp for boys and girls ages 9-14 from June 23-26 at Wheeler High School.

The camp, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, will focus on basketball fundamentals of dribbling, defense, shooting, etc. along with a life skills component to help student-athletes stay on the right path and learn how to balance the workload between basketball and academics.

“The life skills part is one of the most important pieces we can teach these kids,” Layne said. “We want to sit down and educate them on leadership and what it means to be a leader and to keep their lives going in the right direction.”

Joining Layne as part of the camp instructors is retired NBA small forward and current NBA TV commentator Dennis Scott along with current Washington Wizards small forward Chris Singleton.

Scott was the No. 4 overall pick by the Orlando Magic in the 1990 NBA Draft who went on to have a 10-year career in the league. The 1990 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year from Georgia Tech, Scott is remembered as one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters who at one point held the single-season 3-point field goal record and record for most 3-point field goals in a game.

“It’s great to have (Dennis) help out with the camp,” Layne said. “Dennis is like a big brother to me. He’s one of my mentors and an NBA legend as a 3-point shooter. I reached out to him to see if he wanted to help out and he was one board.

“He’ll do some drills and talk to the children about life and I think it will mean a lot to the campers to have him there.”

Singleton played part of his high school basketball career at nearby Cherokee High School before having a stellar career at Florida State where he was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and ’11. The 18th overall pick to the Wizards in the 2011 NBA Draft, he’s averaged 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game in his NBA career.

“Chris is a local guy who went to Cherokee High School, so he’s from the area,” Layne said. “He played in the ACC at Florida State and now he’s with the Wizards.

“Putting both of these guys in front of the young people at the camp will help to reinforce and show these kids that their future is possible as long as they stay focused and work hard.”

Last year’s camp featured NBA shooting guards MarShon Brooks of the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Murphy formally of the Utah Jazz.

“Last year we had a great turnout for the camp,” Layne said. “We had a lot of kids show up and they had a great time. Hopefully, this camp can continue to grow and get bigger every year.”

After graduating from Wheeler, where he played all four years for current coach Doug Lipscomb, Layne became a three-time All-SEC guard at Georgia from 1999-2001 and was recently honored as an SEC Legend. He ranks as one of the most productive and highest scoring guards in Georgia basketball history.

For more information on the “In the Layne” NBA skills camp, please visit “inthelayneskillscamp.blogspot.com,” call (404) 759-5988 or email inthelayneskillscamp@gmail.com.



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