Brooklyn is New York City's most famous and populous borough. Their is no shortage of talent that flows out of Brooklyn from art in the form graffiti, culture in the form of the various ethnicity's and especially sports in the form of legends.
Who knows if Brooklyn's born Jair Bolden will be the next big thing to come out of New York but he has plenty of time to refine his skills, 5 years to be exact. He has 5 years until he graduates high school! This 6"2 13 year old soon to be 8th grader will no doubt play basketball for his middle school for this upcoming season.
"The kid has skills" says Coach Vince Walden of the IMG Academy basketball program in Bradenton, FL. Jair at IMG through a New Jersey Nets connection is ending his summer camp stint at IMG, he goes back to Brooklyn to play in AAU tournament, after AAU tournament. When Jair was just 11 years old playing in the New York and New Jersey High Hoops Tournament he lead his Brooklyn USA team to victory over the Brooklyn Kings 28-27 all the while scoring 12 points. He has participated in HOOPGROUP, Kings of New York, Staten Island Stingrays and many more tournaments in the N.E.
Coach Walden: "Being so young and having such raw talent means this kid can be dangerous. Jair has a great work ethic but now is the time and age where the intensity needs to be turned up and it has been. I challenged him to work on his movement, his foot work and changing his mindset to that of a premier guard. Facing the basket foot work, middle drive attack drills and stop and pop shots."
"My ball handling, court vision and shoot has improved drastically. IMG has the best facilities I have ever played in. I'm going to miss my experience here, the coaches I met and the friends I've made. I like how all the coaches make it competitive, all the time."
Contrasting New York Basketball to Florida Ball, Jair said "NY ball is more dribbling, flashy and banging in the middle. I would say it's more focused on individual skill of the player. I love NY ball but I appreciate Florida ball cause kids can shoot down down here and they have a team ball atmosphere. It took me some time to get used to but I think I have found a way to merge the two styles."
A lot of people do not agree with the statement 'Practice makes perfect' rather some say 'Perfect practice makes perfect' especially when a person has 5 years to practice perfect. Jair being only 13 years old has the time to perfect his craft.
Jair one day hopes to play D-I college ball like his father (Joel Bolden).