Juneau-Douglas grad and NBA star Carlos Boozer coming back to town

Former Crimson Bear to host basketball camp from July 18-22

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and NBA standout Carlos Boozer is coming home.

The 1999 JDHS graduate will be coming back to where his basketball career started as he hosts the Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp from July 18 to July 22 at Juneau-Douglas High School.

"It's going to be a great camp," Boozer said. "It should be a blast. (Crimson Bears boys basketball coach George) Houston will be there, there will be an array of coaches from college and high school. It should be fun."

The camp is for boys and girls age 7-to-16 and costs $265. Boozer said interested players can register through the camp's Web site at www.carlosboozerbasketballcamp.com or by talking with Houston.

Boozer said the camp will stress basic basketball fundamentals and he will also be talking to players about his experiences growing up in Juneau, going to college at Duke University and playing in the NBA.

"I'm going to share my experiences at high school, Duke and the NBA and give them a chance to ask questions," Boozer said. "It'll give them a chance to see where I was when I was their age and where I am now. Hopefully we'll have fun and enjoy it together."

Enjoyable is probably not the best word to describe Boozer's last season in the NBA.

After signing with the Utah Jazz as a restricted free agent, Boozer averaged 17.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per game before suffering a right-foot injury on Feb. 14. The injury ended Boozer's third NBA season.

The injury bug sacked the Jazz' chance of making the post-season as fellow stars Andrei Kirilenko, Jarren Collins and Keith McCloud all got bit by the injury bug.

"It was tough," Boozer said of his third NBA season. "It started out great, but we lost Andrei who is a big part of our team. Then Jarren got hurt and Keith McCloud. We were snakebit."

He said the doctor gave him clearance to play basketball last week and he is starting to work out with a trainer in Los Angeles.

Boozer added that he's looking forward to getting back to Juneau and doing some fishing and trying to coax his wife, CeCe, to take a helicopter tour of the glacier.

"My biggest message is to follow your dreams," Boozer said. "If you want to be a teacher, doctor, whatever, learn about it, get educated and never let anyone discourage you."

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