November 15, 2011

Red Claws get ready: They all have a story

By Steve Solloway

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At 5-foot-8, Tyc Snow is by far the shortest player on the Maine Red Claws’ training camp roster, but he showed off some of his skills Monday during the team’s media day.

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"Man, this is a big state. I was up in Presque Isle. Do you know how far that is? The people were wonderful to me."

Darren Cooper, another cousin to Wright but not related to Hayes, started his college career at Portland State, paying to play. The school had run out of basketball scholarship money. He ended up scoring more than 1,000 points, and got scholarship help along the way.

Jonathan Dupre grew from 5-8 as a high school freshman to 6-6 when he graduated. He went to Pepperdine and now is 6-8. "I remembered what it was like to play at 5-foot-8," he said. "People look at me and say I must be a basketball player. I must be good. They don't know how hard I had to work."

Which brings us back to Snow, who is still 5-8, the little man with the big heart. He had poor grades in high school and had to go the junior college route before transferring to Mississippi Valley State. He didn't leave until he got his college degree in physical education. Now he's his own company: Tyc Snow Basketball Training, Inc.

More than 90 youngsters from northern Virginia have attended sessions that "focus on the mental and physical ability one must develop to become a pro basketball player" according to his website.

"The biggest difference between basketball players is from the neck up," said Snow before turning away. He got his tryout, got his invitation to training camp because the latter day Tychicus got his message out.

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