As a child, Bueche native Brandon Bass was a big fan of basketball superstar Michael Jordan. That’s where he discovered his love for basketball.
After the loss of his mother during his fourth grade year, Bass left Devall Middle School to attend Rosenwald Elementary in New Roads. He later moved to Baton Rouge and attended Capitol High School.
At the age of 15, Bass made it his goal to make it to the NBA.
On Friday, August 2, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon, Bass, NBA’s Boston Celtics power forward, held a free basketball camp at Devall Middle School, where he attended fourth grade. Forty-eight children, ages 8-15, attended the camp, which began with prayer, stretching, and Bass’s motto: “God. Grind. Greatness.”
Students were then broken into three groups by ages: 8-10 instructed by Anthony Roman, 11-12 instructed by Al Clevins and Alfred Williams, and 13-15 instructed by Waitari Marsh. The coaches led the participants in passing and dribbling drills followed by games of 1-on-1, 3-on-3, and ‘knockout.’
Basketballs autographed by Bass were given as prizes to the winners of the competitions, but all of the participants received a t-shirt, autographed picture, and smoothie from Smoothie King.
“I wanted to come back and inspire you guys. Hard work pays off; it did for me,” Bass told the group of students attending the camp.
Bass, a 2003 graduate of Capitol High School, played basketball for LSU. During his career, the 6’8” basketball star has played for the New Orleans Hornets, the Dallas Mavericks, the Orlando Magic, and currently the Boston Celtics.
Three basketball camps were held by the Brandon Bass Reach Back Foundation: Point Coupee Central on August 1st, Devall Middle on August 2nd, and Capitol High on August 3rd.
Dannton Jackson, Xavier’s men’s basketball head coach, who also assisted in the Brandon Bass Reach Back Foundation, said Bass was “retracing his childhood steps.”
“All are special places in my heart and helped mold me into the man and basketball player that I am today,” said Bass.