HAZEL GREEN, Ala. — Alabama is home to Kira Lewis. He jumpstarted his basketball career at Hazel Green High School where he was the Huntsville Region Player of the Year and a finalist for Alabama Mr. Basketball. He earned a status as a four-star recruit and chose to play for the Crimson Tide over programs like Kansas and Indiana.
He was First Team All-SEC...and in 2020 was drafted 13th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans.
On Saturday, Lewis got an up-close and personal viewing of those he's inspired - those local aspiring basketball stars who he hosted in a camp...right back where it all began...at Hazel Green High School.
“It definitely brings back memories, being at a young camp of my own,” Lewis said. “When I was little, maybe coming to a camp here or at UAH or somewhere. So, it brought back a lot of memories. These people put a lot in me so I just want to give it back and pay my appreciation to them. Show them I care just as much as when I was little. Just felt that it was the right thing to do because this community gave a lot to me so I just want to give it back.”