One of Hong Kong's brightest young basketball prospects attended the five-day Nike Asia Training Camp in Beijing last week. So Yi-chun, a Form Five student at Jockey Club Ti-I College, was the only Hong Kong representative at the camp, where 60 boys from around the region took part in sessions conducted by world-class coaches. Yi-chun is well-known for his exploits in the Nike Summer League, Jing Ying competition and the adidas Streetball Challenge. 'It was a great experience and I learned a lot of new moves and tactical play that I'm sure will make me a better player,' said So, 18. A meticulous schedule had the boys out of bed by 7am, and the professional-style daily training included seven hours' on-court practice and coaching. Experienced coaches leading the programme included Gary Colson and Tates Locke. Colson is one of the most successful coaches in American college basketball history, while Locke is a 30-year coaching veteran and a current staff member of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Ron Meikle, another successful US college coach, said So had good skills. 'He told me my shooting was good and that I should work on my fitness. He said the main difference between me and the other players was that they were superior physically,' So said. The camp was held in the countryside outside Beijing. Players from the mainland, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Korea and Australia also attended the sessions. It was the first time that a Hong Kong player had joined the camp. The invitation probably came because Hong Kong sent its first-ever junior team to the All-China Nike Basketball League this year. Esther Lee, a senior sports executive at Nike Hong Kong who travelled to Beijing with So, said the camp offered a perfect environment for training young players. 'The gym walls were decorated with giant posters of NBA stars who have come through Nike training programmes. The coaches were very skilful, and overall, the atmosphere gave the players a lot of encouragement,' Ms Lee said. The 60 boys split into 10 teams and competed in a tournament which wrapped up the camp last Sunday. So's team won a shooting contest. The three most outstanding players will join another Nike camp in the United States next month.