Ryan Read believes that Jared Dudley has a story to share with young basketball hopefuls.
And a chance for Valley basketball players of all ages to learn from the Suns guard as well as Read – who serves as Dudley’s full-time trainer and the owner of the specialized training company Thrive – will come up on September 22 at Scottsdale Community College.
The two friends from high school will be putting on a free basketball clinic, which will be broken up between two sessions that Saturday. If interested, people are encouraged to sign up at Thrivestrength.com.
The camp won’t just focus on basketball skills and fundamentals, but on the overall message that Dudley can convey to kids interested in the game of basketball.
“Jared has an amazing story to share with people who are interested not only in basketball but in athletic competition,” Read said. “Some people thought Jared wouldn’t make it; instead they just said he needed to be more athletic or more talented.
“But the guy just puts his nose down and works.”
Over the course of his career in the NBA, Dudley believes the work he has put in has paid off in more minutes on the court and more production while he plays. That was most evident a year ago when he averaged a career-best 12.7 points per game.
But he also wants his work ethic to show in the community as well.
“Ever since I’ve been here, we’ve always had a lot of people who were involved in the community,” Dudley said. “I’m trying to put my twist on it, and my twist is just to have a free basketball clinic.
“I wish I could’ve had that growing up as a kid.”
He has also promised to bring other Suns players into the fold for the one-day clinic. Dudley said that teammates like Goran Dragic, Kendall Marshall and Channing Frye will be there to sign autographs.