Last week, 104 young sports enthusiasts got to play basketball with ex-NBA star Vlade Divac. The two-metre-plus giant towered over the young players, but far from feeling undermined, they grabbed their chance to learn as much as they could from the sports idol. Organised by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups and Divac Children's Foundation, the Divac Youth Basketball Camp was held from July 16-19 at the Western Park Sports Centre. The four-day training session kicked off at 9am daily and lasted until 3pm. Divac and Nikola Loncar, a three-time European champion, and NBA coach Clay Moser, shared their skills and experiences with the group. The participants, all aged between eight and 17, were divided into teams based on their age and competency. They focused on practising their dribbling, passing and shooting skills, and played games and matches in between training sessions. 'I was surprised and excited when I got to see Divac in person. It was the first time I had seen such a tall person,' said Wong Kam-ho, a Primary Six student at FDBWA Chow Chin Yau School. 'He is very accurate when shooting. He amazed us all with his skills.' Under his mother's advice, Kam-ho, 12, started playing basketball two years ago. He has been hooked on the game ever since. 'It's very rewarding to see the ball going into the basket.' Divac gave the students tips on how to improve their throws. 'He told us to relax and focus our attention on nothing else but the ball and basket. Then we aim and shoot. We shouldn't be influenced by the people around us,' said Yeung Tsun-sham, 15, a Form Three student at the Jockey Club Ti-I College. Kam-ho was one of the lucky participants who got to play in a friendly five-on-five match with Divac. 'Before we set off for the match, Divac reminded us that we should always move around the court and try to pass the ball to our teammates because basketball is a team sport and we must co-operate with each other,' said Kam-ho. 'I enjoyed the game very much. I knew my team would win when Divac was on our side.' Divac said he was surprised by the standard of basketball in Hong Kong. 'Some of the kids here are very skilful and talented. The biggest problem is their small size,' said Divac. 'You won't see people like me here, so players must depend on being quick, and work on their ball-handling and shooting skills.' The camp also aimed to teach the students good sportsmanship. 'We're also seeking to develop these kids when they are off the court. We want them to learn to respect, to be a good teammate and a better citizen,' said Divac. 'I also want them to learn how to cope with difficulties, like the ones I had to overcome when I suffered injuries during my career.' Divac advised young people wanting to excel in basketball to invest time and effort into the sport. 'Basketball is a simple sport, but it is hard to play. The most important thing is you have to work on your game. 'Believe in yourself in whatever you do, no matter whether it is in sports or in your studies. Set your goals and try to reach them.' Additional reporting by Young Post intern Jeremy Cheung Sharp as a Vlade Vlade Divac is a former NBA All-Star player, a world champion and an Olympic silver medallist. During his brilliant 20-year basketball career, he has played as an All-Star for the LA Lakers and the Sacramento Kings. Surprisingly, the superstar didn't start off playing basketball when he was young. 'I played football first. Yet, it could get really muddy when it's raining. I didn't want to get dirty so I looked for a sport where I could play indoors. That's how I got started with basketball,' said Divac. Although he is not playing for the NBA anymore, there's a new purpose in his life - organising basketball camps and teaching the game he loves to a new generation of young players.