|Hoops players keep high tops laced this summer
RELEASED: July 3, 2003
DANVILLE, KYThere's no rest from the hardwood for several Centre College men's basketball players this summer.
Eight members of the team are participating in the Kentucky Basketball Academy's Summer Select League in Lexington.
The league is made up of eight teams with current and former players from schools such as the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Missouri, Eastern Kentucky and several other area colleges.
The Colonels say competition is fierce, but will ultimately improve their skills.
"The biggest thing is confidence," said James Booker, who will be a senior shooting guard in the fall and is also a member of Centre's track and field team. "It keeps me motivated to work on my game."
Kyle Roby, a junior point guard, recently got a big shot of confidence when he went head-to-head against UK point guard Cliff Hawkins.
Booker and Roby are teammates in the league, which is in its second year of existence. This is Booker's second year in the league, Roby's first.
Each team consists of players from different schools.
"This league helps you tremendously," said Centre sophomore Coy Zerhusen, who plays on a team with former UK point guard Saul Smith. "Some of these guys will probably end up in the NBA. We figure if we can guard and score on the guys in this league, we can do it versus the players in our conference [Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference]."
Centre went 18-9 last season and only loses one starter. Centre welcomes a stellar and big (10 newcomers) recruiting class in the fall.
Other Centre players in the league this summer are John Patterson, Rob King, Jordan Sucher, Jason Atwell and Matt Jacobson.
Admission is free to the games. For more about KBA, the Summer Select League and directions to the facility, go to http://www.playkba.com/.
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