Hudson Bailey, a student athlete at Canora Composite School, has been invited to participate in a basketball program known as Centre for Performance Green Pod South.
Bailey received the invitation from Basketball Saskatchewan after attending its Centre for Performance tryouts involving players from across the province on September 7 and 8 in Regina.
According to information from Basketball Saskatchewan, the Pod will be coached by Tanner Brightman.
“Tanner is a former high performance coach with Basketball Saskatchewan having been head coach of our U17 Boys team at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg. Tanner is currently the head coach of the Luther senior boys basketball team in Regina and for the past three years has been the director of our Best in the West Coaches/Player Clinic,” said the information.
The selected players will be watched with the opportunity to possibly play for the Saskatchewan Basketball elite travelling team.
Bailey and the other players involved in the Pod will attend a home game of the University of Regina Cougars men’s basketball team versus the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The following day there will be special on-court sessions with Mike Mackay from Canada Basketball and Joerik Michels and Alex Sarama, who are world-renowned basketball trainers from Elite Athletes located in Belgium. Players will also participate in a two-hour combined group training session.
The strength and conditioning program began in Regina on September 16 and will run for eight weeks.
Further events and training opportunities for Bailey and the other players are still to be determined.
Ken Keys, Bailey’s coach at CCS, said this is a huge opportunity for a player from a small town like Canora.
“Only the best players available from all over Saskatchewan and especially Regina and Saskatoon were considered. Hudson has chosen to compete at the highest levels. He has been reaching out to the organizations that are attracting high level players with the goal of becoming an invited player wherever he chooses to play. Hudson's commitment, dedication and skill will take him far,” concluded Keys.