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MORGANTOWN - Kevin Jones is trying to make the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster as an undrafted free agent, despite an injured left heel that's keeping him out of the NBA summer league.
Under those circumstances, he could easily occupy his time with something other than a basketball camp for kids.
Yet later this month he'll be playing host to a three-day event at George Washington High School.
"For me to come back to the state that's given me so much and have an opportunity to meet new people and help kids who are trying to live the same dream that I'm trying to live, that's exciting for me and something I wouldn't want to pass up," said Jones, the fifth-leading scorer (1,822) and third-leading rebounder (1,048) in the history of West Virginia men's basketball.
Overlooked in last month's NBA Draft, he signed a three-year, partially guaranteed contract with the Cavaliers Wednesday. He learned the same day that the heel he injured in a pre-draft workout for the Sacramento Kings needed three weeks of recovery.
That meant no summer league, where he might have earned a roster spot. Jones said he still was promised an invitation to training camp in the fall while being encouraged to do as little as possible so he wouldn't aggravate the heel.
His camp is July 27-29 for boys and girls ages 7-16. It costs $150 per person. The first two days run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and includes lunch. The final day is 12:30-3:30 p.m. with an all-star game and awards ceremony.
Jones said former teammates Da'Sean Butler and Truck Bryant will participate and that he's trying to confirm other names from his era.
Jones wants to have drills that will help skills and contests that will strengthen competitive instincts, but he also wants to stress the importance of the determination that he has flexed to reach this point.
"Keep working hard," he said. "Whatever they do, they're going to have people tell them what they think of them, what they can't do, all that stuff.
"You can't worry about that. You have to have self-confidence and push forward to reach your goal.