HAVING FUN AND GETTING BETTER –

Over 160 local youth participated in the first Keldon & Kaleb Basketball Camp at Brunswick High School over the weekend. (Dennis Smith)

Basketball has been a mainstay in the lives of brothers Keldon and Kaleb Johnson since they were 5-years-old. Both were standouts at Park View Middle and Park View High School before transferring to prep schools to further their basketball careers.

Youngest brother Keldon Johnson was selected with the 29th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft in June by the San Antonio Spurs after a sensational freshman campaign at the University of Kentucky while older brother Kaleb, who graduated after playing four seasons at Georgetown University, went to the NBA Summer League with the Brooklyn Nets.

Kaleb is still considering his options for the upcoming season as two NBA teams have expressed interest in him playing on their NBA G League teams and he also has overseas considerations. The two wanted to give back to the local community before embarking on their professional careers so they partnered with Charreko Walker, Brunswick High School boys basketball coach and family friend, to host the Keldon & Kaleb Johnson Basketball Camp at Brunswick High School.

Over 160 kids attended the camp over the weekend and a number of local coaches and former teammates assisted as the campers were broken up by age groups. In addition, several businesses in the area helped sponsor the event as Hardee Ford provided lunch for the campers both days while Tarrer Management Group helped run the camp, Shoe City provided camp T-shirts, drawstring bags and water bottles and The Omega provided book bags. In addition, the San Antonio Spurs sent sunglasses for the campers.

Ed Davis of the Utah Jazz also spoke to the campers on Saturday. “(We) just wanted to give back to the kids,” said Keldon Johnson. “The community has always been good to us.” Keldon said he is thankful to all of the coaches who have helped make him better through the years. “I say thank you to each of them,” he said. “They helped make me better. Without them, I would not be where I am today.” Keldon said the NBA Summer Camp went well and he looks forward to joining the Spurs for the pre-season camp. As for his upcoming rookie season, Keldon said he will give his all every day. “I just want to do what I am supposed to do,” he said. Keldon, who was flying out on Sunday night for several NBA workshops before the start of training camp, said he wants local youngsters to dream big. “Everyone’s path is different,” he said. “I want them to try and be better than me.” Kaleb and Keldon are the sons of Chris and Rochelle Johnson of Brodnax