The NBA is coming to Richmond

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Three NBA players will hold basketball camps this summer at the new SportsQuest facility in Chesterfield County.

SportsQuest CEO Steve Burton held a press conference Wednesday at the Weinstein JCC on Monument Avenue to announce the players are coming to train at the facility, and then hold week-long summer camps.

One of the goals of the sports academies at SportsQuest is that professionals will come to the facility, work on their own game with VP of Sport Development Tony Tucker, and then also share some time with the other members of the academy, or athletes who sign up for the week-long camp.

Omri Casspi, a rookie with the Sacramento Kings, will hold a "Dream Camp" from June 20th through the 23rd.  Casspi is the first Israeli-born player in the NBA, and he's coming to both work with Tucker, and help the community.

Chauncey Billups, a veteran with the Denver Nuggets, will hold a Point Guard Camp from July 17th through the 21st.  A former NBA Finals MVP, Billups started training with Tucker in 2001.

The other camp, from August 14th to the 18th, will be with a TBA NBA player.

The brand new facility at SportsQuest, which will hold 15 basketball courts, is expected to be finished next spring.

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