NBA’s Luke Ridnour brings basketball camp back to Blaine


By Steve Guntli

Registration is now open for this year’s Luke Ridnour Basketball Camp July 29–31.

Ridnour, a Blaine native and point guard for NBA team Memphis Grizzlies, returns to his hometown each year for three days to teach a clinic for kids ages 6–12.

Ridnour graduated from Blaine High School in 2000 and went on to play basketball for the University of Oregon. He was drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in 2003, and then went to the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Charlotte Bobcats. He signed with the Magic in July 2014. On June 24, it was announced that Ridnour would be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies next season.

Last year’s event drew 120 participants. Rob Ridnour, Luke’s father, said they haven’t set a limit for participants.

“We’ll make room for anyone who wants to participate,” he said. “We want to accommodate everyone. It’s all going towards a good cause.”

Proceeds from last year’s event helped fund the Blaine Boys & Girls Club’s pavilion project, construction of which is now underway. This year’s proceeds will also go to a local project, but Rob said Luke is still deciding which project to support.

Admission for the camp is $45 for boys and girls ages 6–7, and $75 for kids 8–12. For information on how to apply, visit

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