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Josh Huestis Hosts Sold Out Basketball Camp in Great Falls

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Hometown hero Josh Huestis returned to his stomping grounds of CMR High School Monday afternoon, and even after one day of his youth camp, the kids are already learning a ton.

"It was pretty tough at first - I was nervous and shaky, but then I got used to it," said Geraldine freshman basketball player Dani McKelvy.

Getting a chance to learn one-on-one from an NBA player isn't something that Montanans get too often - but the Oklahoma City Thunder forward is in the Treasure State to give kids that experience.

"It's just an opportunity for kids to come out here and learn," Huestis said. "This is something that me growing up here, I wish there would have been more of. Just trying to give back and help kids along and try to help kids get better at basketball so we can see more of them where I am."

Kids from all around the state in 4th-12th grade started out Monday morning in drills and training to get a taste of what it's like to play at a higher level.

"I wish kids understood how many hours he spent in this gym, at the Peak," said CMR boys basketball head coach John Cislo.  "He was constantly in here and it was hours and hours and hours a day."

"It's pretty awesome cause he plays for the NBA and he's really good and I want to go to the WNBA when I'm older," McKelvy added.

Even with all the skills practice - Josh says the main thing he wants to instill in the campers is what it takes behind the scenes to make it far.

"I'm really open about how I got there, the work it takes, the dedication. Just try to give any knowledge that I have because my path, it wasn't the easiest and there's been a lot of people who have been there before to teach me so if I can just help just a couple kids even just figure it out and make their path a little bit easier, that's what I want," Huestis explained.

Huestis also fit the camp into his busy schedule. The Thunder forward was in Orlando, Florida last week for the NBA's Summer League. He said he was able to make time for the camp during the offseason because giving back is something he values.

Huestis had his work cut out for him getting to all the campers.

The camp has three locations: North Middle School, West Elementary, and CMR, where he jetted around to give campers feedback.

He said he's already seen improvements from players and that his camp will only get more intense as the days progress.

"As we keep going [throughout the week] we're just going to increase the difficulty of drills and things like that," Huestis said. "We have competitions every day so as we move along there will continue to be competition. Things will move a lot quicker because there's less time explaining things, then on Thursday is just a competition day. We're going to have the finals of everything, champions, and be able to give out prizes so it'll be a lot of fun."

The camp will continue on through Thursday - and then Josh says he encourages kids to take what they learned and go perfect it at local gyms.

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