Grant Nelson from Alabama uses the camp to express his appreciation
Grant Nelson from Alabama uses the camp to express his appreciation

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Grant Nelson’s first basketball camp in Alabama was met with great acclaim.

The Alabama basketball star felt that conducting a technique training session was the best way to say “thank you” to the city of Tuscaloosa and West Alabama.

“I knew I wanted to do something in the area. I wanted to give back to these kids for all the support they gave me while I was in Alabama,” Nelson said. “I just love coming here and giving back to the community. My agency helped me connect with some people in the area and it all worked out perfectly.”

Nelson hosted over 100 campers ages six to 18 at Tuscaloosa County High School on Sunday afternoon.

Nelson transferred to Alabama from North Dakota State last season. In his first season at UA, the Devils Lake, N.D. native helped the Crimson Tide reach the Final Four for the first time in program history. Remembering Alabama’s run in the NCAA Tournament is a moment he’ll never forget, but Nelson wants to help young players find love, not as fans, but as competitors.

“I just want them to have fun. I want them to come here and get some basketball experience,” Nelson said. “Hear from a guy who did this for a couple years in college and got through it all. I just want them to have fun.”

His Crimson Tide teammate Clark James also helped train and develop the young players.

Centric Sports Group helped Nelson organize the camp. Centric Sports Group helps athletes run camps across the country and assisted Alabama football players Ryan Williams and Justice Haynes, among others, at their camp at Hillcrest High School on Saturday.

By Aurora