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Invitation Only

June 5, 2006

Albany -- Deerfield Windsor point guard Andre Young receiving a big honor, as the junior has been chosen to attend the exclusive Nike Hoops Jamboree basketball camp.

One-hundred and twenty of the best underclassmen in the country descending on St. Louis for four days to hone their skills and improve their game.

Andre Young has two years left of high school basketball, as says the camp is a big step forward towards playing college hoops.

"It's going to have the top players, so I'm pretty excited about that," says Young. 

"I want to see where I fit in against everyone else. Hopefully I do well."

Young grabbing the invitation after playing well in a tournament in Nashville over the weekend with his Columbus-based summer team, and says he's very fortunate to have the opportunity.

"There's a whole bunch of talented players in Albany, Georgia, and they don't have the opportunities that I have. Hopefully one day a couple of them will be able to have this opportunity, because they're very talented also."

The Deerfield team falling in the state championship game last year, and Young says the knowledge he acquires at the Jamboree could be the difference this season.

"It should help me out a lot, because it'll give me a lot of experience playing against top-notch players. Hopefully I'll develop as a basketball player and I'll become better and come back and help our team to a state championship."

The Nike Hoops Jamboree runs the 14th through the 17th in St. Louis.

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