Lebron James Academy: Monday Evaluations

2015 forward Ivan Rabb stole the show on Monday. Read on to see what he did and the evaluations for Jabari Bird, Semi Ojeleye, and more.

LAS VEGAS - Monday was the final day of the LeBron James Skills Academy and it gave us an opportunity to see Arizona's prospects in action.


James Young: Young definitely has one of one of the better pull-up games that we have seen regardless of class. He can stop on a dime and does extremely well getting the shot off quickly and making it with consistency.

Watching Young makes you understand why he has an offer from Kentucky, a school that often waits to offer because of its power in recruiting. Young can improve his mid-range game a little bit and probably will, making him even more dangerous.

E.C. Matthews: Matthews showed a strong ability of attacking the basket and never really forced a shot because he just did not shoot much. Matthews is strong at getting to the basket and making plays, whether it is getting fouled or getting the ball to get in.

Matthews is not necessarily selfish, but we did not see him pass much. He is certainly a player with a score-first mentality and it showed in his games on Monday. We like the potential that Matthews has because of his ability to score and it will be interesting to see if he becomes a more well-rounded player and thus more dangerous.

Jabari Bird: On Sunday, Bird showed off his mid-range game and on Monday, Bird was able to get to the basket with consistency. Bird played a bit more relaxed on Monday, which is actually a good thing. Often times, he tends to tighten up and it effects his game.

Bird is definitely a scorer and does a good job of doing in in numerous ways. If he picks the right system, Bird is going to have major success at the college level because of this.

Semi Ojeleye: Ojeleye played to his strengths on Monday and was extremely aggressive. As we have talked about before, Ojeleye is extremely strong and a difficult matchup because of it. While he did not settle for jumpers, Ojeleye was able to create space and hit a few of them.

This weekend was our first extended viewing of Ojeleye and we were extremely impressed. He is a true small forward and strong enough to immediately make an impact on the next level.


Parker Jackson-Cartwright: There really is not much more we can say about Jackson-Cartwright that we have not said before. He makes everybody around him better and does a great job of finding his teammates in the right spot.

On Monday, Jackson-Cartwright was able to get a few rebounds and it obviously is not due to his size. He simply has a knack for knowing where to be and when to be there. His size really is not a detriment and, if he grows, you are looking at a player that will likely only be in college for two years.

Chris McCullough: McCullough played well when he saw him on Monday, getting out in transition and finishing with strength. He can definitely get stronger, but is still aggressive enough to the basket where it allows him to finish.

McCullough has an extremely well-rounded game and is solid at numerous aspects of it. Once he becomes extremely strong in one area, his stock will increase even more. We think McCullough has a bright future and it will be intriguing to see him grow as a player.


Ivan Rabb: This was easily the best that we have seen Rabb played and he made a case that he is one of the top three players in the country for his class. There was a stretch in which Julius Randle and Andrew Wiggins basically backed off and allowed Rabb to go head-to-head with Diamond Stone because of the excitement it generated.

Rabb was able to score with his back to the basket, whether it was a little hook or by fading away. In addition, Rabb scored on the block and was able to block shots as well. Rabb's potential is off the charts and on Monday he showed why he will be highly recruited quickly.

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