Kim English returns to Columbia, coaches basketball camp

Saturday, June 22, 2013 | 5:30 p.m. CDT
Kim English returned to Columbia after his first season playing for the Detroit Pistons. He held a basketball camp for children in third through 12th grades at Hickman High School.

COLUMBIA — Kim English's rookie year in the NBA was short.

He didn't get to play much and his team didn't win much, he said. But that has only motivated English. 

Now back in Missouri for the summer after his first season with the Detroit Pistons, English is busy with off-season workouts, pick-up games with old teammates and kids' summer basketball camps.

Columbia's Kim English Basketball Camp was Thursday and Friday at Hickman High School. The camp was available to children in third through 12th grades. Other camp coaches included Missouri players Deuce Bellow and Corey Haith, along with future players Wes Clark and Torren Jones.

"The state of Missouri gave me a lot," English said. "So I think giving back, especially to the kids, is important. I think how much is given is how much you should expect to receive."

English is one of six former Missouri players currently playing in the NBA. College basketball gave him experience as a team leader that motivates him to become a leader once again, he said.

"The rookies are the bottom of the totem pole in the NBA," English said.

Of 82 regular season games, English played in half. His total playing time was 407 minutes; he scored 119 points.

"My first year was a great learning experience," English said. "But the only way I can move up is to work harder."

In July, English will travel to Orlando with the Pistons to play in the NBA Summer League. He said it's going to take a lot of work, but his goal is to play more efficiently and win more games. English plans to stay with the Pistons.

"I like where the organization is headed," English said.

Supervising editor is Katie Moritz.

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