CBB: Conference-by-Conference Breakdown of 20 Players at LeBron's Skills Academy

Doug Brodess@DougbrodessCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2012

CBB: Conference-by-Conference Breakdown of 20 Players at LeBron's Skills Academy

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    This weekend, some of the nation's brightest and best college and high school hoopers will come together in Las Vegas for the LeBron James Skills Academy (LBJSA).

    The three-time NBA MVP is hosting this opportunity for skills development and competition, where NBA Scouts and the media will be able to witness how each of these young guns is improving his game in the offseason. 

    Here is a conference-by-conference breakdown of the 25 collegiate players who will be learning and working and bringing their "A Game" in Vegas.

Atlantic 10

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    Dayton's Kevin Dillard is the sole rep from the A-10.

    The 6'0" senior guard averaged 13 ppg and 6 apg for the Flyers in 2011-12.

Atlantic Coast Conference

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    Michael Snaer, FSU's versatile combo guard leads four ACC players to LeBron's camp.

    Snaer (14.5 ppg) looks to help the Seminoles challenge for the conference title in 2012-13.

    Duke sends three players (Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee and recent Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood) to compete with some of the best of the best.

    I'm a little surprised that Seth Curry was not invited. Snub?

Big 12

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    Jeff Withey is the only player from the Big 12 that will be lacing 'em up in Vegas this weekend.

    Withey (9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game in 11-12), the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, emerged as a force in the paint for Kansas.

    But Pierre Jackson (Baylor) wasn't invited? What's up with that?

Big East

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    Otto Porter and C.J. Fair are the two Big East reps at the 2012 LBJSA.

    Porter, one of the top 2012 under-the-radar players, had a super-solid (9.7 ppg; 6.7 rpg) freshman season at Georgetown. This could be a breakthrough event for the 6'8" forward from Sikeston, MO.

    Fair, for his part, is looking to jump into a leading role this season for Syracuse as the Orange reload.

Big Ten

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    Four players from the Big Ten will be battling in Sin City this weekend.

    Michigan's Trey Burke (14.8 ppg; 4.6 ppg) and Tim Hardaway, Jr. (14.6 ppg; 2.1 rpg) may form one of the most potent backcourt tandems in CBB. 

    Penn State's Tim Frazier is the league's highest returning scorer (18.8 ppg) and one of the few bright spots for the Nittany Lions.

    Lastly, this is a phenomenal opportunity for Ohio State's 6'8" PF LaQuinton Ross, who struggled with eligibility issues as a Buckeye freshman.

Missouri Valley Conference

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    2011 First Team All-American Doug McDermott has the chance this weekend to show the CBB world that he can compete with the best players in the nation.

    McDermott averaged 23.2 ppg and and 8.2 rpg in '11-12 for a quality Creighton team that should be back in the Top 25 again this season.

    Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael (13.8 ppg; 9.6 rpg) may be one of the least publicized players at the LBJSA. A good showing in Vegas could put the 6'9" PF on the map.

Mountain West Conference

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    Mike Moser played exceptionally (14.1 ppg; 10.6 rpg) as an undersized PF for UNLV.

    If Moser can demonstrate that he can step outside and hit mid-range and long-range jumpers, he will play himself into being a lottery pick.

    Where in the world is San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin? Really?!

Ohio Valley Confernence

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    Murray State's Isaiah Canaan and Ed Daniel have shown already this summer (ESPN) that they are legit.

    Canaan is one of the top backcourt scorers in the nation (19.2 ppg in '11-12), and will see to it that the Racers don't drop off the radar this coming season.

Pac 12

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    Xavier-transfer Mark Lyons (15.5 ppg; 2.7 apg) will be a high-impact player for Arizona this season. This weekend will be his first opportunity to show whether or not he can play the point for a Wildcats team that needs a floor leader to go with an insane freshmen frontcourt.

    Solomon Hill (13 ppg; 7.7 rpg) has been a good soldier for Sean Miller. He has played multiple roles in his first three seasons, and now he should be able to move back to his natural SF position.

Patriot League

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    Two-time Patriot League POY C.J. McCollum showed how good he is last year, as Lehigh took down Duke in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

    McCollum returned for his senior season to finish both his degree and what he has started for the Mountain Hawks.

    A good showing in Vegas will silence a lot of critics who don't think he has what it takes to be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.


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    The last time that Phil Pressey (10.3 ppg; 6.4 apg) was officially on the court, he and his Mizzou teammates were getting bumped off by Norfolk State in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

    I'm sure that he wants to reverse those vibes before he steps into the SEC for the first time.

    B.J. Young (15.3 ppg) didn't disappoint the Razorback fans. He came in with a big rep and he delivered.

Southern Conference

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    NBA scouts love Eric Ferguson's length (6'7") at the SG position.

    Ferguson averaged 15.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg for the Eagles in '11-12, and is ready to show the world that he should be mentioned with the best players in the nation.

Sun Belt

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    Tony Mitchell could be one of the best CBB players in the country that you have not seen in action...yet.

    The 6'8", 235 lb beast is a shot-blocking freak who is only some minor offensive development away from being a 2013 lottery lock.

West Coast Conference

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    Does it seem to anyone else like Elias Harris (13.1 ppg; 8.7 rpg) has been playing at Gonzaga for about seven years?

    The powerful combo forward is a double-double threat any time he steps on the court.