Senior guard Dorian Jordan and junior center David Jelks recently represented Kentucky State University men’s basketball in the inaugural National Basketball Player Association (NBPA) HBCU Top 50 Camp on the campus of Morehouse College.

The Top 50 camp featured student-athletes from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The SIAC filled 29 of the 50 offered spots.

During the two-day camp, student-athletes received skill development on the court from current and retired NBA players. Off the court, activities included leadership and life skills development sessions.

The student-athletes also participated in an elite competition featuring on court drills, games, and practices against the best players from both conferences.

Jordan played in all 27 games for the Thorobreds last season, as the Cincinnati, Ohio point guard led the team in minutes with 1,031, assists per game at 7.6, and led the entire SIAC in steals at 69 swipes. He finished second on the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game and was named to the all-conference team for the first time in his career.

Jelks saw limited action in 21 games, averaging two points per contest, but it was his performance against Lane College on Jan. 30 leading to speculation for what could be in the 2017-18 season. The Conyers, Georgia native picked up his first career double-double in the 88-87 double overtime loss with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Courtesy Dave Redden & KSU Athletics

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA’s mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals — on and off the court.

The NBPA advocates on behalf of the best interests of all NBA players, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, the filing of grievances on behalf of the players, or counseling players on benefits, educational and post-NBA career opportunities.

Courtesy Dave Redden & KSU Athletics

Also, the NBPA provides a forum for players to participate in union activities — from executive leadership roles to team representative positions, global community outreach initiatives. The NBPA offers each NBA player the opportunity to get involved in the democratic institution that was created for, continues to exist for and is run by them.

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