Ex-NBA ace passes on advice to pupils

The ex-NBA star, John Amaechi OBE visits Bury St Edmunds County Upper School to give a masterclass coaching session to the the basketball players of the Bury St Edmunds County Upper Basketball Academy.      FL; ANL-140510-171117009
The ex-NBA star, John Amaechi OBE visits Bury St Edmunds County Upper School to give a masterclass coaching session to the the basketball players of the Bury St Edmunds County Upper Basketball Academy. FL; ANL-140510-171117009
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Ex-NBA star John Amaechi OBE gave a coaching session to 40 players from Bury St 
Edmunds County Upper School earlier this month.

Pupils ranging from the under-13s to under-19s teams from the school’s Basketball Academy all gained valuable tips from the legendary figure.

After being told at the age of 17 that he was too late and not athletic enough to play basketball in the UK, Amaechi found himself playing in the NBA and is the only Briton to have his jersey hung in the US Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Stockport-raised power forward led the England team to their first and only ever medal (bronze) at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

County Upper School basketball coach Billy Beddow was delighted to have Amaechi coaching his pupils.

“Amaechi has always been a role model for me in my basketball career,” admitted Beddow. “I saw that he was offering free coaching sessions, and decided to make a video of why he should come to County Upper.

“He accepted the challenge and it is an amazing opportunity for the young players.”

Following the coaching session, Amaechi delved into his illustrious career and his current work in the game.

The former Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets player answered questions from players and parents, and revealed that whilst playing in the NBA he would drink tea before a match to remind himself of being at home.