LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Braydon Hobbs said he's had fun helping at the Bellarmine basketball camps the last few weeks, but he's not ready to stop playing to become a counselor full-time. And luckily he probably has a number of years of hooping for a living still ahead of him.
The 2012 National Division II Player of the Year is back at his alma mater for the first time since he graduated two years ago. One of my all-time favorite players, the New Albany High School grad is a 6'5" passing savant. He started all 133 games during his four years at Bellarmine and helped lead the Knights to the 2011 national championship. And he is using basketball to see the world.
"I graduated on a Saturday and on Monday I was on a flight to Australia and then went straight from Australia to Spain," said Hobbs. "I played nine months in Spain and then back to Australia with a different team, then went home for two or three days, then went and played in Hungary."
Hobbs used those two or three days home to get married and then decided to take his first extended break from professional hoops to stay home this summer. He's been a counselor for all four weeks of Bellarmine's camps along with lifting and playing with current Knights. Then it will on to the next stop on his basketball odyssey. All the more ironic given the fact that one of the reasons Hobbs played at Bellarmine was its proximity to home.
"I didn't want to go four hours away to Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tennessee and mom gets on me all the time. Two days after I graduated, I'm on a 24-hour flight to Australia and since then, I've barely been home. It's been a great experience for me and my wife. I've been to 25 countries in two years and stayed at least a night in 19 of them. It's been a great experience."
The current Knights will be bolstered by the addition of two veterans transferring in with one year of eligibility left. Chris Whitehead, a New Albany grad was announced Wednesday as a transfer from Fordham. And Josh Sewell has been on campus this summer, working out with the team and helping with the camps. Sewell is a former Kentucky All-Star from Trinity High School who has graduated from Miami University with a degree in Pre-Law and Public Administration after missing most of the last two seasons with injuries. He'll be working on a Master's degree with the hopes of going to Law School after he helps Bellarmine back to the Division Two heights.
"Leadership is one thing I can contribute to the team," said Sewell. "At this level, everyone can score, so I want to do the little things, whatever it takes to win because it's the little things that ultimately make a big difference, especially when you're talking about winning a National Championship."
When asked if he is 100% healthy after battling ankle and back injuries, Sewell said not quite.
"I'm not 100%, but I'm certainly close," said the 6'4" guard. "It's rare that you find players at this level that are 100% physically, so mental toughness is the one thing that's going to get me through the season."