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Kansas City-grown NBA star spending offseason with local kids

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 18:07:53-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Kansas City native and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Landry Shamet will be spending some of his offseason working with kids.

After showing plenty of promise in his first year in the NBA, Shamet is bringing his skills back home.

On June 21-22, Shamet will get his first basketball camp underway in Wichita at Wichita Hoops, located at 5260 Toler Drive. Shamet said he hopes to give kids an experience like he once had as a basketball player at a young age.

"My passion is young kids, you know, elementary, middle school kids that are still trying to figure out everything that's going on, who they are, what they want to be," Shamet said.

With no limit on his dreams, Shamet said he hopes to teach local kids more than just the game of basketball.

"I think the biggest thing is it has to start with you and your confidence in yourself," Shamet said. "You know, that's one thing that's really important to kids to build at a young age is just that self-confidence that they can attain what they want to attain. If you know, you do what you have to do, it's not easy."

Shamet graduated from Park Hill High School and went on to play at Wichita State University. In 2018, Shamet was drafted to the Philadelphia 76ers. Midway through his rookie season, Shamet was traded to the Clippers, where he helped lead the team to the playoffs.

"I'm really happy with how the year went overall, you know a lot of really good experiences that I can learn from," he said. "I'm happy with how I played, happy with how our team kind of ended up."

This offseason, Shamet is focused on improving himself and the young lives he can impact both on and off the court.

"I don't take it lightly though at all," he said. "I think it's important for me to be a good role model and know I'm always being watched and just put a good image out."

Shamet will host his second kids camp on July 22-23 at his alma mater, Park Hill High School in Kansas City.

The camp is for boys and girls ages 7 to 17. Click here to sign up.