COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA: Harrison Barnes led a Life Skills session Saturday at the Central regional during a break in the full slate of action packed games Iowa West Field House.
Barnes cited his experience on the road to his current NBA career with the Sacramento Kings as provided words of wisdom for the young, elite players of the tournament. Among topics covered in the session were being responsible on social media, being a professional, and fostering life relationships. He also gave advice to young players seeking success on the court:
It starts with the fundamentals. Mastering the basic shots, and then you can build out your range and build up your game so that you can make those highlight plays. But it starts with mastering the basics.
– Harrison Barnes, Sacramento Kings
We are honored to welcome in @NBA star Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes), who is taking the athletes at the Central Regional through a Life Skills lesson today! #JrNBAGlobalChampionship pic.twitter.com/HyosyTyUaD
— Jr. NBA (@jrnba) May 11, 2019
Jase Richardson of Billups Elite had the play of the day. On the way to his team’s first win of the day, Richardson made an eye-popping, no-look pass over his head to Christian Hammond for the easy finish.
Billups Elite will continue their quest for the Central Regional championship against Oz Elite tomorrow morning at 9:45 CST on Flo Sports. The other boys semifinal matchup will be between last year’s Jr. NBA Global Champions, Drive5 Power Elite, and MBMW. That game will take place at the same time on Eleven.
Four girls teams remain in the hunt as competition moves to Championship Sunday. Colorado Elite, Missouri Phenom, Kansas Mavs, OHLDE Elite will battle for the right to go to Orlando in August.