Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan was all smiles on Wednesday, day two of his four-day basketball camp at the Langley Events Centre. Three hundred and fifty boys and girls between the ages of six and 16 took part. Gary Ahuja Langley Times

UPDATED: Raptors star hosts Langley camp

Three hundred and fifty campers hit the court at Langley Events Centre for the DeMar Derozan Basketball Camp

DeMar DeRozan’s first experience as a child at a basketball camp was much different from what was going on this week at the Langley Events Centre.

DeRozan, who grew up in Compton, Calif., remembers the camp having about 80 or so participants. And there was definitely no NBA star headlining the camp.

The Toronto Raptors star guard was talking to the media on Wednesday morning, stepping away from the jammed-pack basketball courts at the LEC, site of the DeMar Derozan Basketball Camp.

Three hundred and fifty campers, boys and girls ages six to 16, signed up for the four-day camp, which wraps up Friday (Aug. 11).

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, as well as local high school coaches, university and high school players were among the coaches assisting DeRozan.

Each camper also got to meet the Raptors guard and get their photo taken with him.

“(The turnout) has been great, more than I could have imagined, especially considering it is my first camp here,” he said.

“It is great to see these kids — still in Canada, but on the other side of Canada — going out there and having a lot of fun.”

DeRozan is coming off the best year of his seven-year career, averaging 27.3 points — which was fifth in the NBA — 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists. He also became Toronto’s all-time leading scorer.

DeRozan said seeing the support the team receives nation-wide reinforces the Raptors’ slogan ‘We the North.’

“It has always been exciting for me just to see different parts of Canada, just to experience the love that we get,” he said.

GALLERY

Last year, the team played an exhibition game at Rogers Arena, to a sold-out crowd.

“It was like a playoff game, just the intensity for a pre-season game, how loud the crowd was; it was crazy,” DeRozan said.

“You see why this city had an NBA team and should have an NBA team.

“To have a country behind us is great (and) today is a reason why it makes it so beautiful.”

DeRozan and his Raptors teammates will be back in B.C. next month as they hold training camp at the University of Victoria.

sports@langleytimes.com

 

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is in Langley this week for a four-day basketball camp at the Langley Events Centre. Three hundred and fifty boys and girls between the ages of six and 16 took part in the camp, which began Tuesday and wraps up today (Friday). Gary Ahuja Langley Times

Just Posted

‘Tis the season for Counter Attack in Langley

Langley RCMP are seeing more impaired drivers this holiday season compared to last

Bears will be flying as Giants get set for Teddy Bear Toss

Stuffed animals will be collected at Langley Events Centre, distributed through Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

Man accused of shooting at border agents loses final bid to appeal extradition order

Nathan Hall was arrested in Abbotsford following cross-border manhunt in 2013

Life advice from Cloverdale’s Elfreda Anderson, a 103-year-old world traveller

‘You name it, I’ve been there’ : Elfreda on life, love and always having a suitcase on hand

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Debt-to-household-income ratio rises in third quarter

Total household credit market debt grew to $2.11 trillion in the third quarter

B.C. Mountie told to resign after texting teenage sex assault victim

RCMP documents say Const. Brian Eden sent sexually inappropriate photos to 17-year-old girl

Family doctors should learn to treat addiction, not shun patients: scientist

B.C. Centre on Substance Use’s Dr. Evan Wood said efforts underway to change addiction medicine image

Update: Small fire near Maple Ridge tent city

Occurred outside camp Wednesday night

Four dog deaths investigated in Cranbrook

One vet suggests a parallel to these deaths and similar ones in 2016

Meningococcal disease outbreak declared in Okanagan

Five cases in last six months among 15- to 19-year-olds, including one in Vernon

Military life gives way to chance as author

Retired Chilliwack officer pens book about life in Afghanistan

Province rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops

KGHM Ajax had proposed a 1,700-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine, just southwest of Kamloops

Most Read