By Dan Harrison
---- — HAMILTON — Michael Carter-Williams will begin his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers when the regular season kicks off this fall.
The beginning of his promising future maybe just on the horizon, but yesterday, the No. 11 overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft was making connections to his past.
Carter-Williams returned to the court behind Winthrop Elementary School in his hometown of Hamilton where he helped put on a small clinic for local Hamilton-Wenham 12-year-olds.
The lucky little hoopsters were schooled on fundamentals for over an hour before the group had the opportunity to take photos with the 76ers point guard of the future as well as get autographs from the hometown superstar.
“I think it’s good for the kids especially in Hamilton, which is where I’m from, to come down here and see me workout and see what I’ve done for most of my life,” said Carter-Williams. “I’ve done all these drills, It’s good for the kids to come out and do some of these drills and really work on their game.”
Carter-Williams schooled the boys on the basics, from layup drills to form shooting and dribble work, before concluding the session by giving each kid a chance to go 1-on-1 with the 6-foot-6 guard out of Syracuse.
“I’ve known him for a couple of years so it was cool to come down here and have him show us and help us get better,” said 12-year-old Billy Whelan.
Whelan’s teammate, 12-year-old Paul Horgan, was one of the fortunate players to actually score against MCW when he converted a right hand layup.
“I know I’m learning the best things about basketball because he’s here teaching us,” said Horgan.
Carter-Williams wrapped up his NBA summer league experience in July. The 76ers were just 1-4 overall and while Carter-Williams performance was up-and-down he did show some promising signs, such as opening the summer with a 26-point, seven-rebound and eight-assist performance.
“I’m feeling good. Summer league was pretty good. Our teams record wasn’t the greatest but I think I did fairly well,” said Carter-Williams. “I’m really looking forward to the season.”
The summer league is deceiving in itself when trying evaluate players and no-player is harder to judge than a facilitating point guard like Carter-Williams, who was the most talented player on the court this summer. Come this fall, he’ll be playing alongside established NBA players.
“I’m real excited to get out there and play with the best players in the world,” said Carter-Williams. “It’s going to be a great experience.”