Braswell keen to bring more stars south

16:00, Jan 24 2014
CJ Bruton
TAKING A SHOT: New Zealand Breakers star CJ Bruton shows off his shooting style to some Southland youngsters.

Breakers star CJ Bruton is loving what his good mate Kevin Braswell is doing for the sport of basketball in Southland and is only too keen to help him where he can.

Bruton is in Invercargill helping run Southland basketball camps, where the aim is to inspire the next generation of basketballers.

Southland Basketball Association development officer Braswell asked his former Breakers team-mate Bruton to come down to help with the training camps, and Bruton was quick to say yes.

"Any time he's been anywhere he's done good things with the kids. We've talked a lot about the upcoming kids and how we can be involved and this is a great way," Bruton said.

Braswell said he was keen to attract more players to Southland who had the profile of Bruton to continue to spread the basketball word through these sorts of training camps.

"I'm going to try to bring more of the guys up there that the kids see on TV all the time. I'm trying to help change basketball down here."

The youngsters were excited by the chance to meet Bruton yesterday, with the queue to get a photograph with him a long one.

Braswell said having that sort of profile in Invercargill helped build interest in the sport.

"Every kid knows him. In Auckland, kids wear his singlet more than anybody else. Having a camp like this with someone like him is amazing."

Yesterday's session at the SIT Zero Fees Velodrome was for 7- to 11-year-olds, while today and tomorrow there will be a camp involving about 40 12- to 19-year-olds.