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Kyle Hines reffing game at camp.

Hines Brothers giving back at Timber Creek

08/03/2017, 7:15am EDT
By Kevin Callahan, SJSD

Kyle and Tyler Hines both play overseas professionally but take the time to run camps

Kyle and Tyler Hines both scored over 1,000 points at Timber Creek High School before playing Division I basketball and then professionally overseas.

However, Timber Creek boys' basketball coach Rich Bolds sees them still scoring in South Jersey, but these points are with the kids they are teaching basketball.

The Hines Brothers, who are from Sicklerville, are engaged in another week of basketball camp at their alma mater as part of the Team Hines Basketball Academy (THBA).

“To see how much Kyle has grown and his brother, Tyler, has grown, is just wonderful, it really is,” Bolds said. “They are just so humble.

“The kids see them play on YouTube and on NBA TV and they look at him and say, ‘this the same guy.’ So I think the message that they send is very, very important.

“But not only that, you see how involved he is,” Bolds continued, pointing to Kyle reffing a game. “He's not just sitting around or on the phone. He is running around, and his brother is on the clock. It's just an awesome thing.”

THBA, which offers clinics, individual instruction and developmental programs, was founded by Kyle Hines and Bolds in 2011.

“We wanted to give them an opportunity to learn basketball in a competitive environment,” Kyle said.

Kyle, who graduated from UNC-Greensboro as the school’s most decorated hoops player, has played nine seasons overseas.

“We are trying develop a program the kids can get excited about in the summer,” Kyle said. “For us, the biggest thing is we want to give kids an opportunity. Our motto is, ‘You can't be great unless you have the opportunity first.’

“So we want to give the kids the opportunity to be great.”

Tyler, who graduated from Maryland Eastern-Shore, where he was the Most Valuable Player for the Hawks, has played professionally in Greece.

“Growing up, this is something that we always wanted to do, “said Tyler. “When we were young, we used to go to the Sixers camp. No matter what, we wanted to give the kids growing up in this area the opportunity for the same thing.”

The camp, which runs this week and next at Timber Creek, is also good for the Hines Brothers.

“We are away from each other 9 to 10 months of the year, so coming back and doing this is something we look forward to,” said Tyler, 27, who plays for Enosis Neon Paralimni of the Cyprus Basketball Division I League.

Bolds, who has been the head coach of Timber Creek since 2011, was a Chargers’ assistant from 2001-2007 when he coached both Kyle and Tyler. So he saw them both grow not only in stature, but also in accomplishments.

Kyle, 30, signed a two-year extension to play for CSKA Moscow in the VTB United League. The power forward was named the EuroLeague Best Defender last year. He won a pair of EuroLeague championships playing for Olympiacos in the Greek League in 2012 and 2013.

He was a four-year starter for UNC-Greensboro where he averaged 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds a game for the Spartans.

At Timber Creek, Kyle was a three-year varsity starter for coach Gary Saunders after transferring his freshman year from Camden Catholic. He averaged 23.5 points as a senior and finished his splendid career with 1,562 points.

“It's amazing, about six or seven years ago we sat down at a restaurant and Kyle talked about wanting to give back to the community,” said Bolds, who left the Chargers to be an assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s University under Phil Martelli. “He was playing at Germany at the time and he never stopped wanting to be involved in the community.

“Now that he's so big in Europe, and for him to come back and give back to the community like he promised to do …  is just tremendous.”

The Hines Brothers’ instruction isn’t the only attraction for this unique camp that boasts a pair of professional players.

“We have some great lunches here too,” Bolds said. “We have spaghetti and meatballs. They go out and buy all the ingredients fresh, it really has taken off.”

“We also have guest speakers from the Sixers,” Kyle said.

For information on the Team Hines Basketball Academy:

Email: teamhines42@gmail.com; phone 856-302-5909 or www.teamhinesbasketball.com

 

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