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DJ Augustin brings point guard school to The Barn
August 7, 2009

     NEW ORLEANS — Last summer DJ Augustin was a guest lecturer at the Xavier University of Louisiana Basketball Camp. This week he's back at The Barn to conduct a free, invitation-only school for some of the nation's top male high-school point guards.
     The DJ Augustin Point Guard School, which began Thursday and will conclude Saturday, features on-court instruction from Augustin — a native New Orleanian and an NBA All-Rookie second-team selection this past season with the Charlotte Bobcats — and plenty of discussion about the business of basketball.
     In separate question-and-answer sessions with the players and their parents, Augustin covered many topics — including recruiting, academics, training, nutrition, finances and relationships — with a goal of paying it forward.
     "I didn't have anything like this (school) when I was in high school," Augustin said. "I wanted to share what I've learned and what to expect as they move on to college and maybe the NBA."
     The Barn is the site of the DJ Augustin Point Guard School primarily because of Augustin's close relationship with XU men's basketball coach Dannton Jackson, who coached Augustin on teams for several summers.
     "DJ Augustin is a great young man who will be successful long after he stops playing," said Jackson, who is 134-62 with four appearances in the NAIA Division I National Championship in six seasons as coach of the Gold Rush. "It's an honor and a privilege to continue my association with DJ here at The Barn this summer"

DJ Augustin meets with parents at the DJ Augustin Point Guard School DJ Augustin conducts a drill at the DJ Augustin Point Guard School Xavier senior point guard Ryan DeRousselle conducts a drill at the DJ Augustin Point Guard School
Friday at the DJ Augustin Point guard School: Augustin meets with parents (left photo) and conducts an agility drill (center); Xavier senior point guard Ryan DeRousselle (right photo, red shirt) also helps out with the drills.

 

 
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