Ex-NBA player Marcus Liberty to host performance clinic at Out-of-Door Academy

Special to the HeraldJune 28, 2014 

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LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Former NBA player and McDonald's All-American Marcus Liberty will hold a basketball performance clinic on July 11 and 12 at Out-of-Door Academy.

The camp, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, is for players ages 10-18.

Liberty is the second-year head coach of the Thunder's boys varsity team and said he is excited to work with young people.

"I love it. I get an opportunity to teach the game that has given me so much," he said.

Liberty was drafted in 1990 by the Denver Nuggets after a standout career at the University of Illinois and played four years in the NBA for the Nuggets and Detroit Pistons before heading to Europe.

"That experience is huge. I learned a lot from all my coaches," Liberty said.

The two-day camp is designed to improve players of all levels through professional training of basketball fundamentals mixed with sessions of performance, nutrition and

personal development.

Hall of fame announcer Dick Vitale and former Orlando Magic great Nick Anderson are expected to be in attendance to speak to the kids.

Training will be provided by Rodrick Miller, CEO of GLC athletics, and nutrition will be taught by health coach Kelly Lavieri.

"It's important to show young basketball players what goes into being successful in this game, hard work and dedication in all aspects," Liberty said.

Liberty is from Chicago and led his Crane High School Cougars to a sophomore city title as a freshman. He transferred to Chicago's King College Prep High School as a sophomore and led the school to a state title in 1986.

Liberty brings a basketball pedigree to Out-of-Door Academy.

"We didn't play great last season, but it's going to get better. We will have a more experienced team this year, and this camp will help that," Liberty said of the Thunder.

The cost of the camp is $175 for early registrants and $225 for regular registrants. For more details, visit MarcusLiberty.com or call 941-444-9542.

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