A pair of former Jackson State men’s basketball standout represented the Tigers and the Southwestern Athletic Conference during the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Top 50 camp. Raeford “Gator” Worsham and Yettra Specks participated in the camp where the best former-players from the SWAC and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) received skill development training from current and retired NBA Players. The event, which took place at Morehouse College’s Franklin Forbes Arena and Archer Gyms.
Worsham played basketball for two seasons at JSU, after beginning his career at Arkansas State. While at JSU he averaged 13 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He was named to the SWAC All-Tournament team following the 2016 SWAC Basketball Tournament, as well as being an All-SWAC second team selection in 2015.
Specks ended the 2016-17 season as an All-SWAC second team member. During the season he was the only player on the JSU squad to play in and start all 32 games. He led the team in scoring (14.6 points per game), minutes played (36.7 minutes per game) and assists (2.5 assist per game).
The camp also had a JSU presence because Tigers legend Purvis Short (first round, fifth pick by Portland in 1978) was one of the presenters/coaches.
“The main focus is two-fold,” said Short, who is also currently the NBPA Chief of Player Programs.
“Number one, from a skill development standpoint, we would like to see them learn to expand their overall game. Number two, from an off-the court standpoint, we want them to develop a solid foundation as far as professionalism and leadership. They can make such a difference at their schools, in their communities, and just in how they treat one another.”
The camp covered a broad range of topics, stressing the proper defensive stance, how to run a more effective pick and roll on offense and the importance of leaving it all on the floor.