NBA local Ryan Anderson bringing skills back home with basketball camp in Folsom

By: Patrick Ibarra
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El Dorado Hills native and 2006 Oak Ridge High School graduate Ryan Anderson will bring his NBA basketball skills back to the Sacramento area next month, hosting the 2009 Ryan Anderson Basketball Camp at Vista del Lago High School in Folsom Aug. 3-6, 2009. The camp will be for ages 8-17, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, and cost $275. Anderson, who finished his rookie year this past season with the New Jersey Nets, wanted to give back to the community he grew up in after experiencing overwhelming support from fans along his early professional journey. “The inspiration behind the camp is all the support that my family, friends and the community has given me over the years,” Anderson said. “I wanted to be able to come back home and put on a great camp for the kids. This will allow me the opportunity to meet with the kids and share my appreciation with them.” Anderson, who attended several similar camps in his basketball blossoming days, is excited to be on the other end of the whistle this time around. “This is a dream come true,” he said. “When I was a kid I remember attending basketball camps and I had a great time and learned a lot. Now I get the opportunity to put on a camp and help mold their basketball development. I am so excited.” Campers will be separated into two categories: 8 to 13-year-olds (youth) and 14 to 17-year-olds (high school). Aside from a wealth of learning from some of the area’s best coaches, and some instruction from Anderson himself, campers will also get to take a photo with Anderson, be part of an autograph session, and get a camp T-shirt. “I would like this camp to be a skill development camp where kids will get better at basketball,” Anderson said. “I have assembled a great coaching staff and the kids will learn a lot and get better, all while having fun.” Anderson led the Oak Ridge Trojans to the 2005 Division II state championship, then spent two seasons at the University of California, Berkeley before entering last year’s NBA Draft. His rookie season with the Nets he averaged 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. The experience, he said, was “unreal.” “This was a great experience that was so much fun,” Anderson said of his inaugural NBA season. “I got to play the game that I love against the best players in the world and on the biggest stage. It was totally a dream come true.” Yet he said not much is different about who he is, despite the amazing experience. “Not much has changed in my life, other than it is a longer trip home,” he said. “I am still the same Ryan.” In a big move, Anderson was traded to the Orlando Magic in the offseason right before this year’s NBA Draft along with teammate Vince Carter, whom Anderson said has played the role of his mentor. The move keeps the California native on the east coast, but places him in a much better home for a shot at the playoffs and a possible NBA championship, and possibly, more playing time in his young career. “I am excited about playing for the Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic,” Anderson said. “I am looking forward to playing with Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis. I am also excited to play with Vince Carter again.” Anderson will be providing a question and answer session during the camp where campers attending, in a position much like he was in just a few years ago, will get an opportunity to learn more about the once local athlete. An athletic trainer will also be on site during the camp. For more information, visit