LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – 16-year-old Alex Hunter isn't one to brag but he does get a kick out of telling his buddies he's friends with 2-time NBA all-star David West.
“I tell my fiends I can call him. Sometimes they don't believe me.”
But it's true.
Hunter plays for the AAU program West helps run with his brother Dwayne in Garner, North Carolina. Together along with dozens of volunteers back home, they coach basketball to kids from second grade to high school.
Four of their teams from the Garner Road Basketball Club are in Louisville this week playing in the Eddie Ford Kentucky Hoopfest.
“My brother took over the program when I was in college. When I got to the NBA, I felt it was great way of spending my summer,” said David, the 12 year NBA vet.
West credits AAU for his own development as a basketball player and as a person. To give back to something that gave him so much, he has pumped over a million dollars into the Garner Road program. He cares about each player deeply and says at times watching them play on the court isn’t always the easiest thing.
“(Watching them) I have to humble myself and say I'm not a player. I'm a motivator. I'm a coach. I'm an instructor trying to help. “
So far, the results speak for themselves.
“Not only do we help student athletes, we have directors of boys clubs, lawyers, fireman, and business men,” said his brother Dwayne. “We have guys that are doing things the right way.”
And those are the guys that David West, NBA Superstar proudly calls friends.
“Some get star struck at times but after the second time, I let them know, look man: We know each other, we are cool. We have a good relationship.”
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