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Petal High School Hosts Jason Otter's School of Basketball

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Today marked day one of a unique basketball camp at Petal High School.

Jason Otter's School of Basketball strives to make talented basketball players even more dynamic.

By improving skills such as balance and rhythm, the nationally recognized trainer helps these players hone other aspects of their games.

"We're going to teach efficiency of movement, and really off the dribble and out of triple threat, and we're going to talk about how to re-route muscle memory," says Otter.

The former professional European basketball player says providing young players with a strong foundation, gives them an edge against more physically gifted athletes.

"You always hear, well he's not fast enough to play at this level, he's not quick enough to play at this level. What we're going to do is teach them how to move, then talk about things that allow them to be successful against faster, quicker, stronger, taller, longer athletes."

More than 950 Division I college basketball players are products of Otter's camp.

Despite working with NBA players like veteran swingman Jason Richardson, Otter downplays the significance of his role.

"I always tell the kids, I'm not a basketball trainer. I want to teach them how to go home and teach themselves."

Petal's Russell Thompson is a camp participant.

The senior point guard demonstrates a strong sense of accountability to his team.

"This summer I really put it on myself to work hard, and be a leader of the team and be a captain. If you don't want to work, then why even do it?"

While the camp's primary focus is basketball, Otter hopes it makes players successful on and off the court.

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