Royce O'Neale basketball camp

Royce O'Neale, left, will return to Harker Heights to host a free camp to teach the fundamentals of basketball to those that attend.

Royce O’Neale, a small forward for the Utah Jazz and graduate from Harker Heights, will host a basketball camp on July 27 at Harker Heights High School.

“His dad and I played college ball together,” Knights head coach Celneque Bobbitt said, “and this was pretty much a kid that we raised in the neighborhood.”

The camp was free to the first 100 kids who registered and filled up in three days.

“None,” Bobbitt said. “There are no spots left. Registration went live late on July 3, and (O’Neale’s) mom emailed me on July 6 and said it was filled up.

The camp has been in the works for a couple years now after O’Neale’s mom and Bobbitt wanted him to host his own camp after he was drafted to play overseas.

“He went overseas to play,” Bobbitt said, “and I told him he should come back and host a camp, because he would come down every year to help with Cory Jefferson’s camp.

“Once he got called up by the Jazz, his mom and I really started talking about it.”

Participants will learn fundamental skills and get the opportunity to meet O’Neale, Jefferson and professional players TaShawn Thomas and D.J. Stephens, along with Utah Jazz coaches and and other special guests.

For Bobbitt, this camp is an important part of showing kids that they achieve their dreams through hard work.

“(O’Neale) came up through the Killeen school system,” Bobbitt said, “and he wasn’t always a physical specimen. He had to work for it.

“He came from the bottom and made it to the top, and everyone wants that journey.”

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