Loyola redshirt senior guard Clayton Custer was one of 10 college guards from across the country invited to a prestigious camp, it was announced Monday.
The Chris Paul Elite Guard camp is an invitation-only event for the top 20 high school point guards and top 10 college point guards. It’s an opportunity for Custer to learn on the court from Chris Paul.
Paul is a point guard for the Houston Rockets. The nine-time NBA All-Star and 2006 Rookie of the Year has been involved with youth basketball since he established the CP3 Foundation in 2005.
Notable alumni of the camp include Stephen Curry, Harrison Barnes and Isaiah Thomas. Custer said he’s excited for the learning experience it provides.
“I will be playing with the best guards in the country,” Custer said. “Chris Paul is there throughout the whole camp. He’s hands on, he’s with us the whole time, teaching us [and] showing us things that he’s learned over his time in the NBA.”
The Ramblers had a 30-3 record when Custer was in the lineup last season. After leading the team with 13.2 ppg and 4.1 apg, he was named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America.
After such a successful season, Custer said he talked to head coach Porter Moser about opportunities to improve his game. Custer said he credits Moser’s connections for helping him get invited.
“I think [Moser] helped me,” Custer said. “He put in a good word for me and talked to the people he knows to put in a good word for me.”
The camp includes competition, training and watching film to become better guards. Custer said it’ll be a great way to learn new skills.
He said the camp is not only going to impact on his abilities on the court, but he’s hoping Paul can also improve his mental game.
“You’re always going to get better playing against the best and learning from the best.” Custer said.
Custer said he’s excited to be able to bring new techniques back to Loyola because he’ll be able to share what he learned with his teammates.
“Whatever I can bring back to our team to help us win as many games as possible I’m going to do that,” Custer said.