Weems Returns for Basketball Camp


Former Missouri State Bear Kyle Weems took a break from his summer break for the sixth edition of his basketball camp at The Courts E-Zone.

“This is my second home,” Weems said. “I always want to take time to come back and reminisce. It’s some of my most exciting, fun three to four days of my summer.”

As always, the 2011 Missouri Valley Player of the Year invited MSU players to help out. Obediah Church and Abdul Fofana are two Bears big men passing a love for the game down to the little ones.

“For me, they’ve just got to love it first, then the rest will come,” Fofana said. “The skills Kyle is putting in for them is really good. But if you don’t love it, you can’t go further.”

Fofana followed his basketball dreams from West Africa to the American Midwest, and he hopes to go pro after school. But like Weems, the sophomore does not have an “NBA-or-bust” mentality.

“I think he made a great choice, and obviously he worked hard for it,” Fofana said of Weems’s career path. “I hope I put myself in a position where I can have a choice to make like he did.”

Weems is spending the summer at his new home outside Kansas City, preparing for his seventh season abroad. He spent two years in Germany, two in France and he will play his third in Turkey. He just inked a new contract, and his new team, Tofas Bursa, announced the signing Tuesday during his camp.

“My iWatch was going off pretty heavy in the middle of ball-handling today,” Weems joked. “But it’s a good basketball situation. It’s a good living situation for my family and I.”

He will move from the capital of Istanbul to Bursa, the fourth-largest city in Turkey. Once his two-year-old son is older and attending school, Weems will consider moving back to the States. But at 28, he said he has plenty of basketball left.

“That’s why I put the blood, sweat and tears in, to be able to provide for my family,” he said. “I’d like to play as long as I can.”

And in just a few years, his son could be among the youngsters running around at his dad’s basketball camp.

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