Nick Johnson Hoops Camp Helps Kids Reach Goals

Two famous ex-Wildcat basketball players, Nick Johnson and Kaleb "Zeus" Tarczewski attended the Nick Johnson Basketball Camp at Sal Pointe High School in Tucson, Ariz. 

Johnson and Tarczewski only played together briefly when their careers overlapped in 2012. At that time, Johnson was a senior and Tarczewski was just starting his basketball career at the University of Arizona.

Johnson and Tarczewski talked briefly about how they came choose their jerseys. Johnson, whose jersey number was 13, picked the number as an homage to his father, Joey Johnson, who had the same number when he played basketball. Johnson wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Tarczewski took a more casual approach, he said he chose the jersey number 35 because it was available at the time.

Johnson, who started the basketball camp, said he had always wanted to give back to his community and so the Nick Johnson Basketball Camp came to be. He explained that the idea really came into action one day after a game, and Tarczewski tagged along with him. 

Johnson, who was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 2014 NBA draft and later traded to the Denver Nuggets, now plays for Bayern Munich in Germany. Tarczewski plays for the Oklahoma City Blue, an NBA development league.

I asked them how old they were when they first dunked a basketball. Nick said that he was about 11 or 12 and Zeus was 13!

They really made me feel like I should try to improve.

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