N.C. State players visit Tiny Basketball program in Wendell

From staff reportsNovember 1, 2013 

N.C. State basketball players Ralston Turner, right, and Tyler Lewis sign autographs after speaking to Wendell Parks and Recreation’s Tiny Basketball program participants on Oct. 17.


— Tiny Basketball players got a big surprise on Oct. 17 as they were paid a visit by N.C. State University basketball players Tyler Lewis and Ralston Turner.

Chris Watson, a volunteer coach in Wendell Parks and Recreation’s developmental hoops program for ages 3-4, contacted the school and the two players offered to speak at the program’s banquet night.

Lewis and Turner told the young players how great an impact basketball has had on their lives. They put it into perspective, explaining they were the same age as the program participants when they started playing the sport and worked hard to get to the collegiate level.

The Wolfpack players then gave the Tiny Basketball players the opportunity to ask them questions.

Tony Bridges, 4, asked, “How tall are you?”

Lewis, a 5-foot-11-inch sophomore guard, admitted he wasn’t too tall by NCAA standards. It was evident as he stood next to Turner, a 6-foot-5-inch redshirt junior guard.

Bryce Bannister, also 4, took advantage of the opportunity to let Lewis and Turner know he was learning to dribble, shoot and rebound.

Before the two college players left the Wendell Community Center, they took time to autograph every tiny basketball and piece of paper handed their way.

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