Young local basketball players inspired by Cleveland Cavaliers

Local kids in a basketball camp at Liberty High School talked about their idols, the Cleveland Cavaliers

Kids who look up to the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting trained in Youngstown.

LIBERTY, Ohio (WYTV) – From Kyrie Irving to LeBron James, kids of all ages rocked their Cleveland Cavaliers gear at a basketball camp at Liberty High School.

One player wore his brand-new 2016 Championship t-shirt. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA finals, shocking many young fans who have yet to see a Cleveland victory.

“It felt good. It still hasn’t hit me yet that they won because I’m so surprised,” said Kris Scandy, a ninth grader at South Range Local School District.

Even though these elementary and middle school students were just playing pick-up game at the camp, they were trying the same moves as the NBA champions that they idolize.

“Oh yeah, I tried one before in practice, then I did a LeBron spin move — up and in and one,” said Chante Clinkscale, a Niles ninth grader.

“Kyrie Irving — I like the way he handles the ball and he’s a good shooter. I try to be like him,” Scandy added.

The camp director, D’Aundray Brown, used to play for the Cavaliers’ developmental team. He says the championship isn’t just great for the city, but it also gives these younger players hope.

“You got LeBron, obviously local kid from Akron. It’s just inspiring to them, knowing they can come from Youngstown, anywhere they want to, they can win an NBA Championship.”

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