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Pro athletes team up to inspire the next generation

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(07/07/12) - They dream about being the next group of Flintstones to make it big. And this weekend, some of our areas most promising basketball players got some one-on-one attention from the pros.

Lead by Northern High grad Greg Burks and some other familiar faces, these Mid-Michigan basketball stars are being put to the test.

It's all part of the first-ever 'High School Basketball Combine' held at Mott Community College in Flint.

It's a chance for high schoolers to make their move toward the next level.

"I came out here to just prove myself. Show people that I'm better than what they think. I feel like I'm underrated right now," said Framar Harris, who will be a senior next year at Flint Southwestern Academy.

Harris was one of dozens of basketball players invited to Saturday's camp. "Improve on anything, you can always get better."

Burks hopes to be an inspiration to the next generation, and the city which has been plagued by violence. After college, Burks played seven season in Europe. "This jersey right here is one of them. All the guys here, they're wearing their jerseys, kind of like to show the kids where we've been, and then it's kind of a story behind all of it, so to speak."

Montrose High School junior Jimmie Hodge, says he's here to improve his defense and shot selection, but he's learning much more. "Do good in school, and they talk about preaching about school and make sure you have good grades first."

These players are learning drills they'll need to know in college.

Footage from Saturday night's games will go on a website, for coaches and scouts everywhere to see. "So that's going to open up doors for them, it's going to open up another avenue for them," Burks explained.

Harris hopes this is just the edge he needs to make one of his dreams come true. "I'm going to college for sure. But as far as professional hoops, if I make it I make it, if I don't I don't. I'm still going to go ahead and get my degree if I don't."

Flintstone Mateen Cleaves, and recently signed Golden State Warrior Draymond Green were also on hand to help mentor the athletes.

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