May 30 -- Chicago Bulls' Jason Caffey (35) talks with assistant coach Jim Cleamons on the bench.

Jim Cleamons coaching Ohio in HBCU College Basketball All-Star Game

May 30 -- Chicago Bulls' Jason Caffey (35) talks with assistant coach Jim Cleamons on the bench.

Technically, what Jim Cleamons primarily busies himself with these days could be classified as motivational speaking. Sprinkle in some education, life lessons and a desire to pass down wisdom to the next generation, and just one more ingredient is needed to draw in the full attention of the 10-time NBA champion, Linden graduate and Ohio State product.

Don’t forget the basketball.

“If there’s a ball bouncing and a young person who wants to better themselves, I usually find it or it finds me,” Cleamons said.

This Saturday, he will also lead him to Nationwide Arena, where Cleamons will coach the Ohio team participating in the 2022 HBCU College Basketball All-Star Game. The event, which is part of a weekend that features networking, entertainment options and celebrity appearances all geared around providing opportunities for members of HBCU communities.

The centerpiece is Saturday’s game featuring a team of HBCU all-stars against a team understood of players with Ohio ties. The latter team is scheduled to include Cedric Russell, an Ohio State guard this past season who spent his first four seasons at Louisiana.

Ohio State Buckeyes guard Cedric Russell (2) males a layup during the second half of the NCAA men's basketball game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Value City Arena in Columbus on Tuesday, Feb.  15, 2022. Ohio State won 70-45.

Cleamons will coach the Ohio team. Norfolk State coach Robert Jones, who has reached consecutive NCAA Tournaments, will lead the HBCU All-Stars.

“I’m happy to be involved,” Cleamons said. “Certainly it’s something I believe is worthwhile and hopefully informational with the young people I’m going to be associated with for a couple of days. I’ll be able to talk with them about their pursuit of happiness in their lives regardless of what happens athletically with their careers. Hopefully I can share some things that they will enjoy and help them in their pursuit.”

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