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McLemore returned to Sacramento last week to prepare for the upcoming season, but also to host his first annual youth basketball camp at the Courtside Basketball Center in Rocklin. Cowbell Kingdom caught up with the second-year guard to discuss the experience as well as what he’s been up to since the end of Summer League in Las Vegas.

This morning, Sacramento Kings star Ben McLemore hosted his firstSunnyD Ben McLemore Basketball ProCamp at Courtside Basketball Center in Rocklin. Of the many sports camps I have attended, this was one of the most well-run camps I have attended for budding basketball stars.


Over 140 boys and girls in grades 1 through 12 attended the camp, where they received instruction regarding the fundamental skills of basketball from Ben McLemore and other local coaches.

I’ve always been a big believer in the power of sports to elevate individuals and to create leaders both on and off the court. And so I’m immensely proud to partner with Courtside Basketball Center in Rocklin to promote the love of basketball to kids and adults of all ages and abilities.

Recently, Courtside Basketball Center won readers choice Best Recreational Facility in Rocklin and Loomis. The annual publication hosted a dinner at Sunset Event Center in Rocklin. Courtside is honored and humbled by this award and we appreciate the support from our community.

Kings forward Jason Thompson is hosting his second JT Elite Basketball Skills Camp this week at Hardwood Palace in Rocklin. Thompson is noticeably slimmer than he was at the end of the season, which he attributes to a changed diet in addition to his offseason workouts in the the Philadelphia/South New Jersey area.

Thompson said there are 300 campers this week and the focus is on skills on the court and life skills away from basketball. Thompson also talked about the Kings and where he might – or might not fit in the Kings’ future.

The four-week league features eight teams, which include Christian Brothers, Granite Bay, Placer, Antelope, Nevada Union and Bella Vista, as well as the Thunder and Wildcats. The idea is to allow incoming freshman and freshman coaches to get acquainted with one another ahead of tryouts in the fall.


The inaugural Ben McLemore Basketball ProCamp presented by SunnyD will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 6 at Courtside Basketball Center in Rocklin. Participants will learn fundamental basketball skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with the King. Each camper will receive an autograph from McLemore and a team photo with the NBA player.

Courtside is a modern, completely redone indoor space and a fully equipped basketball building. It has 5 hardwood courts, wireless scoreboards, 4 bathrooms, and windows all around to give the building a very "open feel." The building even offers its guests free WiFi during their visit. The entire remodeling process took about 4 months which consisted of laying the hardwood floors piece by piece, painting the inside, installing 10 adjustable baskets, mounting scoreboards and other technical and mechanical pieces throughout the building. Biagi moved the process through quickly so that this beautiful space would be open for play in 2014. 


Courtside Basketball Center did as promised and officially swung open its doors with a ribbon cutting and public welcome Friday.

The five, new hardwood courts were already alive with young cagers engaged in competition as vendors and Courtside officials and employees introduced the new sports complex located at 1104 Tinker Road in Rocklin. Also on hand were co-hosts Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce.

At Courtside Basketball Center’s Grand Opening, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and the Rocklin Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new facility to the area. Jacob Biagi, owner of Courtside Basketball Center and Hotshots Youth Basketball League, received a California State Legislature Certificate of Recognition Business Excellence Award from the Chamber. 


In January, Biagi and Browning brought a lot more hardwood floors to Rocklin with the opening of Courtside Basketball Center at 1104 Tinker Road. Their center, based in a warehouse, has five new maple courts and electronic scoreboards. This might look like an in-your-face dunk against Hardwood Palace, which has eight courts just a block away at 1091 Tinker Road, but Biagi said the two businesses are actually complementary.

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