Just finished up with the first day of the LeBron James Skills Academy. Sadly there is not much to report right now. The kids worked their way through their stations/drills and then were wisked away to their rooms. No media interviews took place and no games were played. Thus, I am left with just reporting the notable faces, giving a few limited player reports and also a link to the rosters, which should be posted tomorrow.
One of the instructors at the camp that I truly hope the kids appreciate is Jay Bilas. Bilas is far from just your regular talking head, he is one of the great basketball minds of our time and a geniunely nice person. Some media guys tend to be a little off-putting (to say it nicely) but Bilas is definitely not one of them. Another notable name at the camp is Fran Frischilla, former coach and current college basketball analyst for ESPN. One of my favorite things to watch at these camps are some of the drills that the coaches run with the players and Fran is one of the best in this area, with his coaching background. He is very focused when instructing but isn’t the most coordinated or “pretty” when he is walking through some of the drills for the kids, which provided a little entertainment and got a few giggles from the players.
Marquis Teague was absolutely stroking some outside shots today during the stations. He is going to be an elite point guard wherever he ends up. His shot is great but his explosiveness is his bread and butter and didn’t even get to show that off yet. Perry Ellis’ size is absolutely ridiculous for his age. He blends in completely with his camp elders and still has two years worth of catching up to do with most of them. Its not just his height either, he has a great frame and isn’t the typical tall and skinny kid that you normally see with players at his age and height. Ray McCallum remains one of the hardest workers around. Like I’ve said before, again and again, he is a true coach’s son and whatever potential he has, he will maximize it with his work ethic and knowledge of the game.
Tomorrow should provide a better format for scouting and also should allow for some media time. I hope to be able to get an update from Perry Ellis on his recent visit and also get to talk to Doron Lamb. Enjoy your last few hours worth of holiday time. Tomorrow its back to work for you guys and myself. Hope the holiday weekend treated you all great.
Check this link tomorrow for the college and high school rosters for the camp: Lebron James Rosters