LeBron Academy: Day 2 (Part A)

AKRON, Ohio – The first session of the LeBron James Skills Academy provided us with a bunch of top performers, however no ones star shined brighter than top-20 ranked Iman Shumpert. Al-Farouq Aminu and Murphy Holloway strung together nice performances as well.

Iman Shumpert, PG – The full arsenal was on display for Shumpert in the first session. He stroked deep jumpers off the catch and off the dribble, but he did so much more. The 6-foot-2 lead man attacked the basket, got after it on defense and showed that he's capable of finishing with ease with his off hand (left).

Al-Farouq Aminu, SF – Already known as the top wing in the country, Aminu continues to show new strengths. We picked up on his ability to rebound at the USA Festival and he picked up right where he left off. During his first session game he snagged out of area rebounds and collected all of the ones in his vicinity. Offensively he's versatile and on two consecutive possessions he used the rim as a shield for a pair of pretty up and under moves.

Kemba Walker, PG – The New York (NY) Rice standout continues to add quality performances to his resume. In his first session game today he got after it on defense and continuously pushed the break. He's a high-energy guy and that can really get his teammates involved in the game. We also liked seeing him finish off a strong move to the basket with his left hand.


Clarke Goes Off
Rotnei Clarke, PG – Clarke did exactly what he does best, as his stroke was on full display today. The Claremore (Okla.) Verdigris standout nailed at least four threes and hit a few 18-footers. Although he's not great handling the ball under pressure, he's an adequate ball handler and is capable of getting his team into an offense. To go with his silky jump shot he also has an effective floater that he'll use from the free throw line and in.

Murphy Holloway, SF – Speaking of high-energy, this 6-foot-7 wing can certainly go. He made an instant impact on his camp team and attacked the rim with some ferocity. He drove the lane a handful of times, but his best move was when he attacked from the left side and took off a few feet away and proceeded to cram on Samardo Samuels. He also showed a face up jumper to 18-feet, a nice jump hook on the block and the mobility to quickly get up and down the court.

Anthony Crater, PG – It had been a while since we'd seen Crater play inspiring basketball, but today he certainly put it all on the line. The Ohio State commit showed great court vision and consistently found the open man. Crater was playing like he did last summer, and that is certainly a good sign.

Samardo Samuels vs Michael Dunigan – This was a battle. According to Dunigan the two haven't faced off this year and he was excited about the match up. The first half belonged to Dunigan, as he banged his way to buckets in the paint and even hit a few jumpers from 15-feet. In the second half the two high-major prospects switched rolls. Samuels got it rolling and used strength to score at the hoop. The Louisville commit also attacked the offensive glass to get easy put back opportunities. This was a big time battle between two huge prospects.

Jordan Hamilton, SF – At 6-foot-7 Hamilton has great size for the wing and although his jumper is a tad inconsistent, he attacks the basket relentlessly. He used his athleticism on a few occasions to get tip-ins and put backs on the offensive glass. The Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey standout also used a floater to score a few feet away from the basket.

LaQuinton Ross is a name that you should file away. Ross is just an eighth grader and is more than holding his own against the top prospects in the country. In his night session game he knocked down a few three-pointers, attacked the basket and came up with the game-winning bucket in over time. The future is bright for this 6-foot-6 wing.

Greg Echenique said he's hearing from Rutgers, Villanova, Syracuse, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Maryland.

Xavier Henry is looking at Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina, Texas and Ohio State.

Dashan Harris claims scholarship offers from Southern California, California, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

Durand Scott said Miami, Arizona, Rutgers and Seton Hall offered him a scholarship. Florida and North Carolina are also recruiting him.

Rotnei Clarke wants to cut his list down by the end of July. He mentioned Oklahoma, Arkansas, Memphis, Tulsa, Kansas, Kentucky, Marquette, Georgia Tech and Arizona State.

Sylven Landesburg has his list narrowed to five schools and claims offers from each. The schools on the list are Georgia Tech, Virginia, Texas, St. Johns and Kentucky.


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