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Khalil Kennou, 17, has traveled to the United States from London, England to work on his shot this summer. Kennou was one of more than 20 players, age 8 to 17, who turned out for this week's ProShot Camp at Starmount High School.
Khalil Kennou, 17, has traveled to the United States from London, England to work on his shot this summer. Kennou was one of more than 20 players, age 8 to 17, who turned out for this week's ProShot Camp at Starmount High School.
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BOONVILLE — More than 20 basketball players, from age 8 to 17, showed up for this week’s ProShot Camp at Starmount High School.


“It’s crazy the amount of stuff they’re learning,” Starmount head men’s coach Rocky Horton said before Tuesday’s session started. “They’re actually learning the biochemistry of shooting.”


Horton said “a lot of people can shoot and shoot and shoot and keep missing. This will help them understand why they’re missing.”


Horton said the campers will also take home things they can practice.


For Khalil Kennou, a 17-year-old from London, England, home is a long way away. Kennou is in his third week of attending ProShot camps.


“He saw me on YouTube,” ProShot instructor Paul Hoover said. “I told him to come on out. He’s getting better.


“He’s traveled halfway around the world to get a jump shot.”


Kennou, who will participate in one more ProShot camp next week in Mount Airy, said the lessons are “going well. There’s been a couple of hiccups.”


Kennou said London “is not a recommended place to grow up playing basketball. What’s taught there is way different.” He said he is considered “a really good shooter over there; but not overall.”


Kennou, who has one more year of school in London, said he hopes to earn a scholarship and play in the United States the following year.


ProShot conducts more than 600 camps each year. About 18,000 participate in the camps in the course of a year.


Hoover, who has been teaching shooting for more than 20 years and traveling with ProShot for five, said he “always thought it was neat you could change a player in a matter of moments.


“We’re trying to change the world one jump shot at a time.”


“He does it in a way anyone can understand,” Horton said. “From eight to 17. It makes sense. They go home and use it.”


Horton was asked how much of the camp he was going to implement with his own team. “Everything,” he said. “Nonstop. We’re going to use it all.”


Those interested can still register for next week’s clinic in Mount Airy. For more information on the ProShot Camp in Mount Airy, contact Horton at 755-7860 or at yadkinvalleybasketballacademy@gmail.com.


The clinic at Starmount was sponsored by 21 Motors and Buttonwood Chiropractic. “They’re support actually helps us bring this all together,” Horton said.


Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or Twitter @elkinareasports.


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