City scores Bruton for training camp

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Last updated 05:00 15/01/2014
CJ Bruton
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LEGEND: CJ Bruton in action for the Breakers in pre-season.

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New Zealand Breakers star CJ Bruton will be in Invercargill next week to try help inspire Southland's next generation of basketballers.

In a Southland Basketball Association promotion the Breakers point guard will join his former Breakers team-mate Kevin Braswell in running the association's junior training camp next week.

The training camp will involve a session for 7- to 11-year-olds on Friday at Stadium Southland from 9am to 3pm. There will then be a two-day camp for 12- to 19-year-olds on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.

Last year, the camp was run by Southland Sharks coach Paul Henare, with the special guest being his fellow Tall Blacks assistant coach Pero Cameron.

With Henare currently with the Breakers as an assistant coach, Braswell has taken on the development officer role at Southland Basketball.

Thirty-eight-year-old Bruton has carved out an astonishing career in the Australian National Basketball League, playing more than 500 games from 1994 until now.

He has won six ANBL titles with three different teams, including playing a lead role in the Breakers' three-peat in 2011, 2012 and last year.

Bruton was also part of the Australian team that attended the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.

Southland Basketball Association general manager Jill Bolger said the camp was limited to 60 so those who were keen to attend should register their interest through Southland Basketball.

The 7- to 11-year-olds' session costs $40, while the two-day 12- to 19-year-olds' camp is $130, or $240 for two siblings.

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- The Southland Times

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