LeBron James Skills Academy 2013: Top Prospects, Breakout Players and More
Monday marked the last day of the 2013 LeBron James Skills Academy, capping off an explosive and eye-opening showcase.
The academy, which boasted 80 of the nation's best high school players and 20 top college players, hosted a variety of games on Sunday and Monday.
Here's a look at some of the players who stood out on Days 2 and 3 in Las Vegas.
UPDATE: Monday, July 8 at 11:50 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky
Dave Telep of ESPN.com continued to be impressed with Rashad Vaughn and point guard JaQuan Newton on Monday:
Vaughn and Newman have two of the most pro-centric scoring packages in camp.— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) July 8, 2013
Newton, ranked as the No. 49 recruit in the 2014 class, has received offers from such schools as Arizona, Georgetown and Miami (FL).
Eric Bossi of Rivals.com liked what he saw from shooting guard D'Angelo Russell:
Russell playing the best I have seen him play in a while. Has been in attack mode and putting pressure on defenders. Good camp for him.— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) July 8, 2013
Russell, the No. 28 recruit in the 2014 class, is committed to Ohio State.
Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com continued to be impressed with point guard Justin Coleman:
Justin Coleman continues to play well. Like him best of the tiny point guards. His shooting ability creates space for him.— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) July 8, 2013
Meyer was also impressed with guard Brandone Francis' level of maturity:
Love the skill level, strength, IQ/team play of Brandone Francis. Mature game. #Florida— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) July 8, 2013
The No. 29 recruit in the 2014 class, Francis has committed to Florida.
Telep noted that he liked point guard Joel Berry's overall game, but added that the No. 17 recruit in the 2014 class needed to be more vocal on the hardwood:
Next step for Joel Berry: becoming a more vocal leader. The rest is pretty airtight. Sees the floor at a high level— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) July 8, 2013
Berry has committed to North Carolina.
Telep also continued to rave about Angel Delgado, who has created plenty of buzz in Las Vegas the past couple of days:
Awesome seeing the confidence of Angel Delgado grow. Btw, he's getting better on offense.— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) July 8, 2013
Ullis is ranked as the No. 13 point guard in the 2014 class. According to 247Sports.com, Michigan State is currently the favorite to land the Illinois native.
Mitchell is the No. 15 point guard in the 2014 class. He has committed to Wake Forest.
Johnson is the No. 21 shooting guard in the 2014 class. He has received offers from such schools as Alabama, Florida State and Pittsburgh.
Reid Travis, the No. 8 power forward in the 2014 class, drew high praise from Islander Basketball:
Travis has received offers from such schools as Gonzaga and Michigan State.
Steve Guiremand of MyLVSports.com tweeted out a pic of Dwayne Morgan, one of the stars the past two days:
One NBA scout in attendance liked the game of VCU center Juvonte Reddic, per Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated:
Pretty running hook by VCU center Juvonte Reddic. NBA scout: "That was nice. That was real nice."— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) July 9, 2013
Reddic is in beast mode. Nice three by Jordan McRae.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) July 9, 2013
Reddic averaged 14.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals while shooting 57 percent from the floor last season as a junior with the Rams.
Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson shocked and awed with his explosiveness, per Davis:
For a little dude Jahii Carson has some serious ups.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) July 9, 2013
College guys having mini dunk contest. Carson threw it up, caught it, put it between his legs and flushed it. Drop the mic Youngblood!— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) July 9, 2013
The 5'10", 175-pounder averaged 18.5 points, 5.1 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 47 percent from the field as a freshman with the Sun Devils last season.
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Cliff Alexander, the No. 4 recruit in the 2014 class, attracted the most buzz on Sunday. The power forward out of Chicago was getting rave reviews from across the nation.
Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated tweeted:
Sitting at LeBron Academy in Vegas. Otherwise known as the Cliff Alexander Show. The rim is still shaking.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) July 8, 2013
Eric Bossi of Rivals.com added:
Cliff Alexander is defining dominance in the post right now. Big boying guys all over floor on the offensive end.— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) July 7, 2013
Bossi did highlight one of Alexander's weaknesses, though:
On defense, guys like Dwayne Morgan dragging him out of post and making him defend in space. Not his strength.— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) July 7, 2013
Alexander has naturally been recruited by some big-name schools, including Kansas, Michigan State and Kentucky.
Dave Telep of ESPN.com seemed impressed with Angel Delgado and Thomas Bryant, as well.
Cliff Alexander is having a day but Thomas Bryant and Angel Delgado will make him earn it. Those guys have extreme motors.— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) July 8, 2013
Delgado had a solid day, getting off to a quick start on Sunday.
Angel Delgado should pick a place with a high level PG to set him up. This rebounding stuff is legit. Not tall but long and determined— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) July 8, 2013
Dwayne Morgan, the No. 22 overall recruit in the 2014 class, had a huge game on Sunday, posting 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting and five rebounds.
Steve Guiremand of MyLVSports.com tweeted:
Morgan, a Baltimore native, has committed to UNLV.
Justin Coleman, the No. 16 point guard in the 2014 class, was another name that came up regularly.
Of the under 6 foot PGs my gut says best shooter is Justin Coleman.— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) July 7, 2013
Justin Coleman's jump shot is in video game mode. Kid can't miss.— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) July 8, 2013
Coleman is being recruited by several SEC schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Florida.
Jaylen Johnson, the No. 67 overall recruit in the 2014 class, impressed a lot of people on Sunday in Las Vegas.
Liked Jaylen Johnson all day long. Always involved in plays. Athletic and hard nosed is a good combo— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) July 8, 2013
Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com tweeted:
Jaylen Johnson has an impressive nose for ball as rebounds. Moves feet to get early position and then sticks w the play— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) July 8, 2013
Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune added:
Based on a bunch of tweets emanating from the LeBron camp, sounds like '14 ISU target Jaylen Johnson had a strong showing this weekend.— Travis Hines (@TravisHines21) July 8, 2013
The front-runners to acquire Johnson's services, according to 247Sports.com, are Iowa State, Michigan State and defending champion Louisville.
Austin Grandstaff, the No. 6 shooting guard in the 2015 class, was on fire on Sunday.
Impressive first half shooting performance by Austin Grandstaff— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) July 8, 2013
Bossi added during the game:
Grandstaff continues his torrid shooting. Just hit an NBA range triple to make I think seven in a row. Sixth might have been a deep two.— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) July 8, 2013
Grandstaff, a Texas native, has committed to Oklahoma State.
Of course, that didn't stop Rashad Vaughn—the No. 11 recruit in the 2014 class—from doing damage against Grandstaff.
Looks like Rashad Vaughn doesn't mind Austin Grandstaff guarding him.— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) July 7, 2013
Rashad Vaughn has been outstanding. Has every tool you want in a shooting guard. Big Time.— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) July 7, 2013
Vaughn has drawn interest from such teams as Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Minnesota.
Last but not least, there was Jalen Brunson, the No. 24 recruit in the 2015 class.
Jalen Brunson putting on a clinic with fakes, changes of speed and shooting. #lbjskills— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) July 7, 2013
Jalen Brunson having a great game— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) July 7, 2013
From post players to rim-rattlers to sharpshooters, a grand array of talented young players put on a show on Sunday in Las Vegas. And, to think, we still have another day of this.
All recruit rankings courtesy of 247Sports.com.
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