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Updates from the Lebron James Skills Academy

Lebron James Skills Academy


Lebron James Skills Academy: Where Posterizing happens.

Love him or hate him, Lebron James attaches his name to one of the best showcases of high school basketball talent all year. Dozens of players descended upon Las Vegas to showcase their talent in front of plenty of scouts and mixtape creators. For all of the Lebron haters, the Skills Academy was where Lebron got dunked on by Xavier’s Jordan Crawford. The Academy is full of talent from the 2014, 2015, 2016 recruiting classes this year with a few notable exceptions. Emmanuel Mudiay, Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, and Karl Towns are not in attendance this week. Still, there are several UK targets making impressions this week. Here’s a few observations from around the web.

– ESPN recruiting guru Paul Biancardi listed his top players of Day 1 (premium article). UK targets Stanley Johnson and Rashad Vaughn impressed Biancardi more than anyone. Johnson, the 2014 small forward, was praised by Biancardi for taking full advantage of the Day 1 setting where many players struggle without always being the center of the offense. “When he doesn’t touch the ball on offense, he attacks the glass for put-backs. Most players stop moving and trying when they don’t get the ball, but in an environment where everyone is extremely talented, Johnson is smart enough to find ways to score,” Biancardi noted. He also called Rashad Vaughn, “one of the best bucket getters at the camp.”

Goodluck Okonoboh, good friend of Nerlens Noel and owner of a historically awesome name, performed especially well in the Big Man drills on Day 1 per Eric Bossi of the Recruit Scoop. Okonoboh has a knack for swatting shots like his buddy Nerlens and displayed his defensive skills in the drills. The 6’10” center prospect is only 213 pounds, but plays with more strength than expected from his light frame. Okonoboh visited Kentucky last season during the win over Florida.

Cliff Alexander and Myles Turner went head to head with each other in a scrimmage last night and both looked excellent in a very even matchup. In related news, Alexander said he will visit UofL in the future along with Memphis, Kansas, and Arizona. He has already visited UK for Big Blue Madness last year.

– Although he is a more unknown recruit on the UK watch list, Abdul Malik Abu was very impressive in Day 1. The 6’9″ foward has made a name for himself by playing with an extremely high energy level. He scraps for all the loose balls in AAU games and continued this trend at the Skills Academy. Malik Abu is an unreal athlete.


Stay tuned for more updates on UK’s targets as the game sessions of the Skills Academy begin today.


Article written by Jay Hochstetler

I live the sad but addicting life of tracking where 15-18 year old gentleman are considering for their collegiate basketball careers. Follow me @JayHochKSR

8 Comments for Updates from the Lebron James Skills Academy

  1. Blue Leather
    5:43 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Any reports from the 2015 class?

  2. MacGruber
    6:10 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    I still don’t understand how any of these elite recruits would consider the cards. Pitino has even come out and said he doesn’t want one and doners. I just don’t understand how the top 10 players would even consider playing there.

  3. Bobbum man
    6:12 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    How do we watch Abdul Malik Abu slam on that poor defenseless rim with no link?

  4. NL
    6:29 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Call me old school, but I like it when we get a couple of guys known purely for their motors and heart. I hope we pick up Abu or someone else like him. It seems to raise the blue chips’ effort level.

  5. Jay Hochstetler
    6:51 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    #3 Embed function is not cooperating but here is the link to the video.

  6. Might actually be Bob
    9:25 pm July 7, 2013 Permalink

    Thank goodness KSR has a fantastic young wordsmith in Jay Hochstetler to report on the happenings of our soon to be Kentucky elite. What a delight of an article to read on this pleasant Sunday afternoon. I for one can’t wait for more of his top notch Big Blue reporting!

  7. LeBron James Fan
    12:40 am July 8, 2013 Permalink

    I think the Skills Academy is a great place for young players to get more recognition and to showcase their talents.

  8. LeBron James News
    12:42 am July 8, 2013 Permalink

    If LeBron James got dunked on at the Skills Academy, the talent pool that attends the event must be pretty darn good ha ha.