GPRC is pleased to welcome Steve Sir to the Sport Camp Program as guest coach for the Basketball Elite Camp being held August 18-20.
Steve has a ton of experience and love for the game of basketball.
Check it out:
Two Provincial Championships with Ross Sheppard High School (1999, 2000)
MVP U17 Canadian National Championships. National Championship winner with Team Alberta (1999).
Set the tournament final scoring record with 47 points vs BC
Las Vegas Big Time AAU Tournament highest scoring average (33.3 points per game)
Minnesota single season 3 point State record holder (156 3’s)
Mountain West All-Freshman Team at San Diego State University
Big Sky All-Conference at Northern Arizona University
Lead the NCAA in 3 point field goal % (48.9%) 2004-2005
Lead the NCAA in 3 pointers made per game (4.1 per game) 2005-2006
NCAA All-Time leader in 3 point field goal % (46.8%)
10 year professional career in Europe and Latin America (Switzerland, Germany, Romania, Mexico)
Member of Milwaukee Bucks NBA Summer League roster 2016
FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters Silver 2017
GPRC caught up with Steve and got him to answer a few questions, check it out:
1. Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your background? Where are you from?
I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Edmonton when I was 5. I grew up in Edmonton before spending my last year of high school back in the Twin Cities and then heading to San Diego State University and Northern Arizona University.
2. What experience are you bringing to the future GPRC Wolves in these summer camps? What are you most excited about?
My experiences at home in Edmonton, playing Division 1 basketball in the States and playing professionally has taught me a great deal about myself, basketball and how the game extends so much further than just the court. It brings people together, it teaches self discipline, finding ways to work with others and forces you to step outside of yourself for the betterment of the team and the experience.
How I would like to pass these experiences along to the campers would be that regardless of where I have been, elite players and genuine people have very similar characteristics no matter where they come from. They are consistent workers and diligent in their daily attention to details. A bad game or not making a team did not cause them to make excuses or feel sorry for themselves. It caused them to look inward, regroup and continue to find ways to improve. It may sound cliche but in a game where certain things are unfortunately out of your control, your effort, attitude and work ethic are aspects you can always have control over. You get out what you put in and that is not just on the basketball court.
3. What makes you passionate about your sport?
That is a difficult question to answer but I will give it a try. I was raised in a basketball family. My first word was ball and I have played basketball since I was 5. Outside of my two daughters being born, basketball has provided me my most exciting experiences while in the same breath, my most frustrating experiences as well. Basketball is not always kind and the game is rarely ever fair but what it teaches you is if you are are fortunate enough to play this wonderful sport, it is up to you to not to cheat the game. Basketball owes it’s players nothing. You give your absolute best effort because that is what the game requires and that is what you owe to basketball. This is not an easy lesson to learn but ultimately, passion for the game is what carries you through it and it is an aspect about the game I love.
4. What drives you to be a better athlete?
My Dad told me a story when I was teenager of a reunion he went to with his college basketball teammates. He said that to a man, every one of his teammates when asked to reflect on their college career said ‘I wish I would have just worked harder’. Ever since hearing that story, it has stuck with me.
Since hearing that story, I did not want that regret when basketball ended for me. We can make excuses for not getting the results we want but eventually, it turns inward and comes down to your effort.
There are many things I love about basketball but in the end, I love to compete. The opportunity to put all of your hard work and effort out there on the court is a special feeling. In order to do that to the best of my ability, I have always focused on being as prepared as possible. The chance to compete and the preparation required to compete at your very best continues to drive me.
5. Why do you think kids camps are important?
Some of my best memories with basketball are attending the basketball camps I went to growing up. The Golden Bears Camps at the University of Alberta were very special experiences. I made new friends, learned to compete at a higher level against older, better players, learned what it meant to be pushed outside of what I was used to and most importantly, playing basketball in the summer is really tough to beat.
Camps provide the chance to improve our individual skill level for our club or school teams, having a fun basketball experience in the summer and interacting with other athletes that potentially share the same passion for the game.
We are so excited to have Steve in Wolves Country! Welcome to the Pack!
For more Sport Camp information and registration, please visit gprc.me/summercamp