Gregory Kelser’s hoops camp adds another location

By: Jon Malavolti | Online Only | Published May 25, 2011

As Gregory Kelser added an east side location to his youth basketball camp circuit last year, he wondered what the response might be.

It was so overwhelming that the former NBA player and current Detroit Pistons analyst has decided to add an additional east side camp this summer.

“We thought the response was terrific,” Kelser said.

Kelser will now hold three separate camps — at Grosse Pointe North High School July 18-22, at Grosse Pointe South July 25-29 and at Birmingham Groves July 11-15.

“From the response we got from parents and children, we thought it would be worthwhile,” he said. “We’re thrilled we’re able to do at both (Grosse Pointe) high schools.”

It’s no surprise that the interest and demand has continued to grow in Kelser’s camps.
There may be few in the area that can match his experience and expertise with the sport. Kelser starred at Michigan State University before playing in the NBA for nearly a decade. He’s remained immersed in the game working as an analyst, currently covering the Detroit Pistons for Fox Sports Detroit and also various games for The Big Ten Network.

“At all of my camps, we try to provide the very best basketball instruction,” Kelser said. “My experience with basketball today, at just about every level, one thing that seems to be lacking is the fundamentals of the game. You see great talent in athletes today, but the thing that seems to always go missing (is) the basics. I’m big on that, and so are my coaches, so we try to teach that and instill it every day.”

He added that two other important focuses of the camp include having fun and stressing the importance of education, which is especially important to Kelser, noting that academics and athletics “can coexist.”

“It’s important to me that kids are also aware that it’s not just basketball we’re providing. We also have an interest in their education,” he said. “We will always spend time talking about that.

“That’s my message. I reached my dream, my goal. But if you look at it, I played basketball 18 years, but I’ve been a broadcaster for 25 years. Look at what’s more sustained, and that would not be the case without education.”
Kelser said he continues to put on the camps because he enjoys working with children and helping them reach their goals like he did.

“Basketball has been an integral part in my life. It has opened many opportunities for me … attending college on a scholarship … and playing in the NBA. Basketball has been tremendous for me. I love watching youngsters try to develop their skills and try and have the same dreams I had.”

All three camps run for a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fees are $225 per camper. Visit www .gregorykelser.com for more information and to register for a camp, or call (248) 342-2735.