The success of the recent Orlando
Magic camp has Cayman’s chief basketball mind eyeing more international
Technical Director for Cayman
basketball Victor ‘Voot’ O’Garro states exhibition matches with other countries
is the next step for local hoops.
“The camp was a great thing for the
development of our youth program as it reintroduced international basketball.
Since 2004 we’ve had no international exposure. But with the Arts and Recreation
Centre coming on board last year and the Magic camp starting since then we can
re-introduce an international flavour to basketball in the Cayman Islands.
“Guys like Vince Carter can promote
Cayman basketball. Now we’re trying to bring in an international team, which
would be very good for the standard of basketball here.”
The Magic camp, put on by the
Cayman Islands Basketball Association, ran over five days at the ARC in Camana
Bay. Over 70 kids between the ages of seven and 17 came out to learn basketball
techniques. Orlando Magic star Vince Carter was the featured guest this year
alongside a collection of coaches from Central Florida. The inaugural camp was
held last year and featured former Magic great Nick Anderson at Camana Bay.
O’Garro, who was here six years ago
when the Lions Centre hosted local hoops and NBA players like Travis Knight,
slated that a Jamaican side is slated to be among the first to challenge
“Due to a lack of funds a Jamaica
team was unable to come at this time. However a match with them should happen
in a few months. We used to do a one year in and out system with Jamaica. In
that set-up we’d send a team there to face their guys one year and vice versa.
We want to re-new that partnership so we’ll see how it goes.”