Today is day three of training camp for the Halifax Hurricanes and players are hard at work learning the system and putting their best foot forward.

The Hurricanes own floor general Cliff Clinkscales is back for his fifth season in Halifax and his second for Coach Mike Leslie.

Clinkscales says the key to playing for Coach Leslie is paying attention to the details.

"Worry about the little things and be yourself," said Clinkscales on Tuesday at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax.

When asked what advice he'd give to new players, Clinkscales says, "Take your time, be patient and don't force things. It's all about spacing. Don't hunt your shot; the ball will find you if you play the right way."

Adjusting to a new system can isn't always easy.

"I think we're all a little rusty because we're so unfamiliar with each other," says first-time camp attendee Malik Boothe.

Boothe, a former St. John's University point guard from Queens, played four years in the NCAA before going undrafted in 2011. Since then, he's been active in New York City basketball.

New York City basketball is tough," he says. "Being away from basketball, that's what helped me stay sharp and be ready."

The 5-foot-9 Boothe is looking to bring leadership to the Hurricanes.

"I think everyone knows Cliff is doing a great job over the past couple years here and I think I can be an extension."

Clinkscales, Boothe and 21 other Hurricanes continue to put in work at camp all week and will be put to the test on Sunday at Acadia University against the Moncton Miracles for a pre-season exhibition game at 2 p.m.

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