LeBron James Skills Academy 2013: Top Recruits, Participants, Schedule and More

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LeBron James Skills Academy 2013: Top Recruits, Participants, Schedule and More
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The LeBron James Skills Academy began on July 5 and runs through July 8. In Las Vegas, 80 of the nation's top high school players and 20 top college players will compete, learn and hone the skills that will lead to successful professional basketball careers.

Many of the top instructors in the game make the trip as well, which is hosted by four-time NBA MVP LeBron James.

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Here is a look at the list of college and high school participants per Chip Miller, by way of the event's official website:

Here is a schedule of the events for the camp:

Saturday, July 6 (Open to NBA Scouts and Media)

  • 9:45-11:30 a.m. High School Player Workout (No Interviews Following Session)
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. College Player Workout (Interviews Following Session)
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. High School Player Workout (Interviews Following Session)
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m. College Player Workout (Interviews Following Session)

Sunday, July 7 (Open to NBA Scouts and Media)

  • 8:30-10:15 a.m. College Player Workout (No Interviews Following Session)
  • 9:45-11:00 a.m. High School Player Workout (Interviews Following Session)
  • 3:00 p.m. First Set of Afternoon Games (Interviews Following Games)
  • Court 1 – Michigan State vs. Florida
  • Court 2 – Syracuse vs. UConn
  • 4:00 p.m. Second Set of Afternoon Games (Interviews Following Games)
  • Court 1 – Duke vs. UNC
  • Court 2 – Georgetown vs. Kentucky
  • 5:15-6:45 p.m. College Player Workout (Interviews Following Session)
  • 7:30 p.m. Quarterfinal Tournament Games 1 and 2 (Interviews Following Games)
  • 8:30 p.m. Quarterfinal Tournament Games 3 and 4 (Interviews Following Games)

Monday, July 8 (Open to NBA Scouts & Media)

  • 8:30-10:00 a.m. College Player Workout (Interviews Following Session)
  • 9:45-11:00 a.m. High School Player Workout (Interviews Following Session)
  • 3:00 p.m. Consolation Tournament Games 5 and 6 (Interviews Following Games)
  • 4:00 p.m. Semifinal Tournament Games 7 and 8 (Interviews Following Games)
  • 5:15-6:30 p.m. College Player Workout (No Interview Following Session)
  • 7:00 p.m. Consolation Tournament Games 9 and 10 (No Interviews Following Session)
  • 8:00 p.m. Third Place Game on Court 2 (No Interviews Following Session)
  • 8:00 p.m. Championship Game on Court 1 (No Interviews Following Session)

 

Most Intriguing College Players

Glenn Robinson III

After helping lead the Michigan Wolverines to the national championship game, GRIII could have been a lottery pick in June's NBA draft. Instead, he chose to return to Ann Arbor for his sophomore season.

Because of his decision, he's in position to be one of the nation's best players in 2013-14 and part of one of the best draft classes in recent memory.

GRIII is the son of former NBA player, Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson and an elite athlete capable of highlight-reel slams like the one below.

Beyond his aerial excellence, GRIII also handles the ball well and has the ability to knock down outside shots. He should be a standout this week.

 

Noah Vonleh

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Vonleh is an incoming freshman at Indiana and perhaps the biggest reason the Hoosiers won't miss Cody Zeller. Vonleh is 6'9" and 236 pounds and one of the most versatile forwards headed to college this year.

NBADraft.net compares him to Jamal Mashburn because of his size and ability to score with his back to the basket and face up. He is another player whose stock will rise after his time in Las Vegas.

 

Most Promising High School Players

Cliff Alexander

Hailing from Curie High School in Chicago, Ill., Alexander is ranked second in the nation in his class by ESPN. At 6'9" and 240 pounds, Alexander is already built like an NBA power forward.

The fact that he's only going to get stronger makes his ceiling especially high. He's a force on the block and a potent rebounder who has also shown the ability to be an effective shot-blocker.

Alexander is still undecided in regard to college, but you can bet on him being one of the most sought-after prospects of the year.

 

Chris McCullough

As long, athletic and dynamic swingmen go, it is hard to find a more exciting prospect than McCullough. The Bronx, N.Y. native will be attending Syracuse in the fall of 2014, and the Orange are getting a gem.

He still has to work on his outside shooting, but few can run the floor and finish like McCullough. At 6'9" with a 7'3" wingspan and elite athleticism, he has a huge ceiling as a rangy, athletic perimeter defender.

This type of environment seems ideal for McCullough to shine.

 

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