MagnificentSu – Coach Sulei’s Blog Goes Live

Just last month, #HSBCAMPS Coach Suleiman Braimoh, ventured off the court and into the world of online blogging. Offering outsiders a weekly look into his life, hobbies, and travels, the self proclaimed “MagnificentSu“, has launched a new site featuring pics, stories, music, and insight. Who is the real Sulei? Guess we are going to find out. An animated character both on and off the court, we’re excited to share the latest posts and information from Sulei direct on our site. Enjoy!

His First Post Ever!
This is my first blog post….EVER!

Writing has never been one of my strong suits but it’s definitely something that I’m currently working on getting better at. I figured what better way to challenge myself than to share some of the things I write with the general public and take some criticism. Especially those that are constructive.

This leads me to the point of this post which is to outline a few of the reasons I started this website. For one I’m a basketball player and I was at a conference/meeting/educational forum that dealt with life outside basketball. One of the messages I got from said conference besides saving my money and investing wisely was to make sure my E’s balanced out. The E’s in this case are Entertainment and Education. The message was to make sure that even though my life, inevitably, would be consumed by basketball, and most basketball players spend their time outside of basketball working on getting entertained, an equal amount of time should be spent getting educated.

This website is one of my many efforts to balance my E’s out. Unquestionably it’s possible that the majority of the content you see on this site could seem like entertainment but the reasons for that are a lot of the things I find to be educational may not be what you find to be educating. Also, a good portion of the time I dedicate to educating myself is spent reading and it takes some time to clearly outline, describe, and convey what I learned from what I read in writing (I’m working on that). Also I find taking trips, seeing different parts of the world, and having new experiences to be extremely educational as well. Hence, this website is going to cover a wide array of subjects and activities. Expect a lot of pictures, videos, music, writing, motivational quotes…etc.

Besides being a basketball player which takes up most of my life, I’m an amateur web designer (really amateur…this website is my best work), camp coach/counselor, and a professional life liver. By life living I mean do my best to live in the moment and enjoy the present; enjoy what life has to offer today and take everything else in stride. Of course this is done with a strong consideration for what the future has to offer as well.

It’s all about growth and progression and I hope this is the beginning of something great.

Thank you and I appreciate your support.

Magnificent Su

Repping HSBCAMPS From 13,500 FT

Hello folks it’s Coach Thomas #reportinglivefrom Philadelphia. Just got back in time to celebrate my birthday on the 16th. Before I talk about the festivities at home, I must share some bad news. My team lost in the Dominican Finals 4-2 playing an opponent that just wanted it more than we did! Although upset, I’ll get the chance to redeem myself this upcoming week at another tournament back in the Dominican Republic. I’ve recently been catching up and spending time with my family which was much needed! My girlfriend Jessica Castagneto made my 28th birthday a memorable one, not only giving me a great gift but something that I can cross off my bucket list. We went skydiving (YES SKYDIVING, LOL) and even up at 13,500 ft, I was repping HSB as always! What an amazing experience and something I will never forget. Well I’m off to the airport tomorrow and when I return in a few weeks it will be back to the court and to all of you kids at HSB (can’t wait). Until then “In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Work Hard, Eat Clean, & Train Dirty! – Update From The 7′ Bodybuilder

Hi kids, Coach Greg here! Well, I’ve done it again . . . once again I have gone up on stage and competed.  This time it was not for bodybuilding, but for a new division in the bodybuilding world called “Men’s Physique”.  I competed this last Saturday May 19, in the 2012 NPC Grand Prix Natural, Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique, Bikini & Wheelchair Championships, in Rockford, Illinois.  I placed 5th in the Men’s Physique Tall Division. You might say, “5th??? . . . that’s not so great?”  Well, yes, 5th is great. The top 5 in each division advance to Nationals.  Then I get the opportunity to get a “Pro-card.”  I’m extremely grateful to have placed at an event like this at all. I’m pretty new to this competition thing, but I am enjoying every minute of it! Hope you all are having a wonderful summer thus far.  Keep working hard, EAT clean and train dirty!!

The Nationals are: 2012 Optimum Nutrition NPC Jr. National Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Championships and the Men’s & Women’s Physique Championships, to be held June 15-16 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont (Chicago area), Illinois.

Chicago Bulls Standout Becomes HSBCAMPS Latest NBA Staff Acquisition

America’s fastest growing youth basketball initiative is making some big moves in 2012: in size, giving, and now in stature. Released late this evening, HSBCAMPS announced that Chicago Bulls standout point guard John Lucas III, has become the organizations latest NBA staff acquisition. Lucas becomes the second active National Basketball Association player to join HSB’s expanding staff in the last five days. Joining the likes of New Orleans Hornets forward Carl Landry and former Houston Rockets forward Mike Harris, Lucas will team up with HSBCAMPS staff of collegiate and professional players and coaches to mentor, train, and educate an up and coming generation of aspiring young ball players.

A solid contributor on this years Chicago Bulls roster, Lucas embodies the HSB brand of Hard Work, Sacrifice, and Belief that anything is possible, overcoming the odds and his critics, landing himself some long awaited job security in the NBA. Following a decorated collegiate career at Oklahoma State, Lucas went undrafted in 2005, and has spent the last seven years bouncing between NBA, D-League, and International rosters before finally making his mark in Chicago in 2011.

“John Lucas III embodies what our program and our message is all about,” shared HSBCAMPS Director Carson Sofro. “He is living proof that with some hard work, perseverance, and dedication anything is possible and we are ecstatic to have him on our staff for 2012 and beyond.”

Joining former Houston Rockets Forward Mike Harris and the rest of the HSBCAMPS staff, Lucas will be in attendance when HSBCAMPS dribbles into New Braunfels, Texas June 7, 2012. For more information or to register for this location, contact or visit Availability is very limited.

I Believe In Dreams

HSBCAMPS Coach & professional basketball player Antoine Hood is living proof that “Dreams Don’t Die.” Attempting to overcome his critics and all who have ever doubted his abilities, Toine, as his friends call him, is still pursuing his life long dream of playing in the NBA. Hungry, motivated, and more determined than ever, at 28 it seems that his time is running out. Filmmaker John Ryan Johnson recently featured Antoine and his story in the documentary film “Dreams Don’t Die.” Just released, be sure to check out the trailer embedded below and send your thoughts and prayers to the man who refuses to give up. Best of luck Toine. We are all rooting for you.

Breaking News – New Orleans Hornets Forward Carl Landry To Join HSBCAMPS All Star Coaching Staff

HSBCAMPS world-class staff is getting bigger – 6’9″ and 248 lbs bigger to be exact. The country’s fastest growing youth basketball initiative revealed today that New Orleans Hornets forward Carl Landry has become the newest addition to the programs rapidly expanding summer staff. A three year starter, record holder, and team leader at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Landry was selected 31st overall by the Seattle Supersonics in the 2007 NBA Draft. His rights were later traded to the Houston Rockets for a future second round pick.

A solid contributor for all three NBA franchises he has played for (New Orleans, Houston, Sacramento), Landry has averaged just over twelve points and five rebounds a game throughout his seven year NBA career, shooting an impressive fifty four percent from the field.

“Today is an exciting day for our organization, and we cannot wait to have Carl join us on the court in 2012,” shared HSBCAMPS Director Carson Sofro. “He is not only an outstanding athlete but shares many of our core values and traditions, and we are truly lucky to have him on board.”

Joining former Houston Rockets Forward Mike Harris and the rest of the HSBCAMPS staff, Landry will be in attendance when HSBCAMPS dribbles into Rockwall, Texas June 14, 2012. For more information or to register for this location, contact or visit

“Champions Do It Anyway!” – From 7 Foot Baller To Avid Body Builder

Hi kids, Coach Greg here! Just got done with my first ever bodybuilding competition . . . and I WON! Yep, that’s right, a 7 foot tall bodybuilder. Not too many of those around! I won the open “heavyweight” division AND the “Sportsmanship Award” at the Northwest Illinois Bodybuilding and Figure Championships in Freeport, IL this past weekend (April 28, 2012). What an experience! Definitely different than shooting a free-throw!

Many of you campers might remember me as being the tall, goofy, big coach (19% body-fat). . . well, now you can know me as the tall, goofy, “shredded” coach. My body-fat is currently down to 5%. The amount of discipline that I put into my diet and workouts was incredible! More so than what I did while I played collegiate/professional basketball! I’m sure that if I ate this “clean” and worked out this proper, I might be playing basketball professionally still today! But, everything happens for a reason. And as far as Google search has taken me, I am one of the FIRST EVER 7 foot tall bodybuilders! What an accomplishment! About 7 months ago, I began my body transformation. Some of you might remember my girlfriend at the time of last years camp that I brought with me to Sun Valley and Bend. Well, she is no longer my girlfriend. Yes, we broke up and I made a very healthy decision to get in the gym and make something of myself. I could have easily turned to drugs or alcohol or anything bad . . . but I didn’t. I chose health. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life.

I started out 7 months ago at 318 pounds. I didn’t look “that bad” fully clothed. I mean, after all, I was 7 feet tall! But when I competed last weekend (April 28th), I was 241 pounds! Yowza!!! What a difference! You guys will not know these individuals, but they were the most influential and helpful people to me in my transformation and it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t give them props. Dave Greenwalt, Snookie (not Jersey Shore) Rutherford, and Rob Luyando. These guys took me under their wing and helped me along. I had no idea what bodybuilding was like! Well, thanks to these guys, I do now!

Champions do it anyway! During the course of my transformation, I was faced with sorrow, heartache, and tiredness, and probably even some mild depression for one reason or another. There were many times when I didn’t want to work out or eat the way I was supposed to. It’s hard to cook the good foods. It’s hard to find time. I have a headache, I have a backache . . .etc. I had to get over these mental and physical obstacles to get the job done. I just did it and I was so glad to see the changes. After a transformation like I underwent, you’ll understand and appreciate every minute of cardio and weights you did, every last drop of chicken, tuna and veggies you ate. I am wearing my greatest reward each day now with countless people asking me how I did it. Well, to them I say, “I did a whole bunch of things I didn’t want to do and you have no idea how glad I am that I did!” See you campers this summer!

Posing Routine at the Evening Show
Accepting My Awards, 1st & Sportsmanship

HSBCAMPS Coach Antoine Hood Signs With The San Antonio Spurs

Big shout out and congrats to HSBCAMPS Coach Antoine Hood on his recent signing with the San Antonio Spurs. Here is an excerpt from the release put out by Inside Hoops.

“The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard Antoine Hood and forward Gani Lawal. Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed. At the same time, the Spurs announced that they have waived guard Devin Gibson.

Hood saw action with Nova Hut Ostrava in the Czech Republic in 2009-10, where he averaged 16.8 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting .594 from the field in 11 games. He played collegiately at the Air Force Academy (2002-06), where he averaged 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 118 games for his career. He was named All-Mountain West First Team his senior year, averaging a team-best 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 29 games.”

HSBCAMPS Coach Lauren Lenhardt Named Mountain West Player Of The Week

“COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -­ Boise State forward/center Lauren Lenhardt has earned Mountain West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for games played from Nov. 21-27, 2011. This marks the second time in Lenhardt’s career that she has been named a conference player of the week. It is the first MW weekly honor for a Boise State women’s basketball student-athlete.

Lenhardt, a 6-2 junior from Eagle, Idaho, led the Broncos to a 1-1 record last week with a 97-86 road loss to Utah State and a 68-58 home win over UC Riverside, improving Boise State’s overall record to 4-2. In her first start of the season, Lenhardt scored 18 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out one assist in the loss to the Aggies. She scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half to keep the Broncos in the contest. Against UC Riverside on Sunday, Lenhardt came off the bench in the first half to score 12 of her 20 points to keep UCR at arm’s length. In the second half defensively, she held UCR’s Natasha Hadley to just four points, after Hadley scored 18 in the first half.

For the week, Lenhardt averaged 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game to go along with two assists, two blocked shots and three steals. She shot .571 (16-28; 8-14 in each game) from the field, including .286 (2-7) and 1.000 (4-4) from the free throw line.”

*Information courtesy of Boise State Spots Desk

Update From Germany – Coach Bos Checks In

Coach Bos just asked me to share this with you guys. Enjoy!

We recently had our season opener in Chemnitz, Germany. All 12 teams in the league come together and play their first games on Saturday or Sunday following a big opening ceremony which kicks off the weekend. Unfortunately, despite leaving at 4 a.m., we missed it and were unable to participate. Instead we watched from the doorway. Since my team is new to the leagues first division (just moved up from the second division) no one has any respect for us. We played Saarlouis, a team who won the league just two years ago and is usually amongst the best in the division. No one believed in us (BG ’89 Hurricanes) to do anything in this league and we were expected to get blown out by over 20. Needless to say, we proved them and perhaps the entire country wrong and won by 22. I had 12 points and 16 rebounds. We play again on Monday and it’s a 7 hour road trip. Other than basketball, the food here is amazing. I love it. I live with the two other Americans and our Austrian teammate. We still do not have Internet in our flat and just got our heat fixed today cause it is freezing over here.

We practice everyday in the evening because most of my teammates are still in school. Our average age is just under 20. We also have shooting workouts every day for about an hour and lift weights 3 times a week. We have the youngest player in the first division on our team, she is only 14.

Until my next update, hope every is well back at home and miss all of you.