LeBron: Day Two Recap

LAS VEGAS - Games got started on Sunday at the LeBron James Skills Academy. Cliff Alexander turned in the night's most impressive performance, but several others also had productive days.

Cliff Alexander, C: Through the first day of camp there wasn't a player that could stop Alexander, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound post player. The paint was his personal play pin and any defender that tried to stop him was consistently manhandled, overpowered and scored on consistently. Alexander has developed confidence in his hook shot over his left shoulder, as he dropped in five of them in his first camp game. On top of that, he boarded his area, ran the floor for scores and patrolled the paint looking for blocks.

Dwayne Morgan, SF: Morgan's first camp game was easily the best performance we've seen from him. At 6-foot-7, Morgan is capable of playing inside and out. He's developed consistency in his mid-range jump shot and that's what he hunts. If defenders crowd him, he handles the ball well enough to deck it and get to the rim. He even showed off a pull-up in the paint. A very good athlete, Morgan played with a motor, has quick twitch muscles and plays well in transition.

Justin Coleman, PG: Coleman is known for his ability to make shots and he did just that in his first camp game of the day. The 5-foot-11 guard hit all five three-pointers attempts, including one that put the game out of reach in a close contest. Coleman is quick, made good decision with the ball and had a couple of nice passes in transition.

Robert Johnson, SG/PG: With a strong performance at NBPA Camp, Johnson, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Virginia, played his way into Scout.com's top 100. On Sunday, Johnson lived up to that type of hype. He hit four three-pointers, scored a bucket in transition and scored off a floater in the lane. Johnson is a true combination guard. He has good size, can facilitate if needed, but is also wired up to score points.

D'Angelo Russell, SG: There have been times this spring where Russell didn't play with a sense of urgency and deferred to others. On day one at the LeBron camp that certainly wasn't the case. In fact, it was the best we've seen of Russell this spring. The 6-foot-4, pushing 6-5, combo guard played on and off the ball and was effective in both roles. He made shots off the catch from three, knocked down mid-range pull-ups and had nifty finishes at the rim. He also flashed his impressive vision and passing ability.

James Blackmon, SG: Throughout the spring, Blackmon's effort and production levels have been top notch. The 6-foot-4 Indiana commit is as consistent of a shooter as you'll find at the high school level. He's confident in his shot, has good shot preparation and is able to get his attempts off quickly. To go with his catch and shoot game, Blackmon is more skilled than given credit for and is fairly comfortable shooting on the move. In his second game of the day he hit a trio of three-pointers and had a pair of finishes at the rim.

Jaylen Johnson, PF: There's a lot to like about this 6-foot-8, 210-pound active big man. He's a live body that runs the floor well, has pretty good athleticism and is equipped with a non-stop motor. Johnson, despite lacking strength, hits the glass with aggression and is active in the paint looking for put back opportunities. He's capable of making mid-range jump shots and has decent touch in the paint as well. He had a solid spring and appears to be primed for a big July.

Reid Travis, PF: Travis, a 6-foot-7 power forward out of Minnesota, was locked in during his night session game on Sunday. He was active in the paint, pursued rebounds off the glass and showed his ability to score. Travis finished well on the block, faced up for a 15-foot jump shot and ran the floor looking to score. He recently moved into Scout.com's top 50 and he's certainly worthy of that type of ranking.

Rashad Vaughn: At this stage, it's clear that Vaughn's scoring package is among the best in high school basketball. At 6-foot-5, he's able to score from all three levels. In his first game of the day, Vaughn hit a three three-pointers. All three came off the bounce. He's become very good at shooting off the bounce and his ability to get to the rim and finish has improved as well. It was another solid showing for Vaughn.

Justin Jackson, SF: The North Carolina commit had almost his entire offensive arsenal on display in his first game on Sunday. He started off scoring with his floater and jumper, then concentrating on the offensive glass, where he had multiple rebounds and putbacks. Jackson finished off his afternoon by getting out in transition, scoring on several breakaway dunks.

Angel Delgado, PF: This post's size, motor and athleticism can be tough for opposing players to defend and Sunday afternoon was no different. Delgado had three offensive boards to start the game, scoring on putbacks on two of them. He then had a couple successful drives to the basket from the perimeter, and in the second half he was scoring in transition. It was a productive game for the rising senior.

Zylan Cheatham, PF: After an okay afternoon session Cheatham really picked it up in the evening and it started with his motor. The athletic forward had a big time blocked shot in transition, an aggressive two-handed dunk, started the break off the defensive glass before making a spot on entry pass to Ivan Rabb for an assist and fought for offensive boards. His athleticism/motor combo is one of the best in 2014.

Devin Robinson, PF: There were two main areas that Robinson was scoring from on Sunday night and he was extremely productive from both of them. He was lethal off the catch from three, but when he got the ball inside he used his size, length and athleticism to try and dunk over whoever was around him, which he was very successful doing, having a couple of the night's highlight finishes.

Isaiah Briscoe, SG: It was a successful opening game for Briscoe, who did a terrific job of creating for his teammates. A player whose specialty is his scoring, Briscoe played unselfish basketball throughout the afternoon, using his handle to get into the lane before finding the open man. Briscoe did score too – he had a floater and got to the basket, finishing with contact a couple times – but it was his passing that was operating at a high level in his first game of the weekend.

Thomas Bryant, C: Bryant really played hard in his first game, putting him in position to score in the paint. He did a nice job of getting his opponent off balance before making his move and drawing a foul. Bryant also stepped out and hit a long two and made some nice passes out of the post. The rising junior finished the majority of his opportunities inside and opposing big men struggled to contain him all afternoon.

Austin Grandstaff, SG: There are times when shooters get locked in and anything they throw up goes in. Grandstaff, a 6-foot-4 Oklahoma State pledge, got into that kind of rhythm on Sunday night. He pumped in at least seven threes and that were of every variety. He showed a quick release, deep range on his jump shot and he shot the ball well off the bounce as well. Grandstaff played his way into LeBron camp with a strong showing at Elite 100 in June and he's certainly taking advantage of the opportunity.

Malik Newman, SG: Newman's spring has been one to remember. He led the EYBL and USA Basketball U16 in scoring and now he's off to a great start at the LeBron camp. At 6-foot-3, Newman brings a lot to the table. His scoring ability is advanced. He's skilled and quick enough to create his own opportunities off the dribble, but he's also a pretty good shooter with range off the catch. To go with his ability to fill it up, Newman's skill level, feel and vision make him a guy that could make the transition to the point guard as well. He's the top guard in the 2015 class.

* Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon contributed to this report.


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