LeBron Academy: Day 3

The LeBron James US Skills Academy came to a close but not before Michael Dunigan, Scotty Hopson and Brad Tinsley could put together big games. The last day of camp also provided us with a look at some underclassmen.

Scotty Hopson, SF – The Mississippi commit is getting more consistent. After stringing together great performances at the USA Festival a few weeks ago, he turned around and did it again at the LeBron James US Skills Academy. A great athlete, Hopson is attacking the basket and has shown he's capable of finishing with either hand around the rim. Although his jumper is a bit unorthodox, more often than not it finds the bottom of the net. The Hopkinsville (Ky.) University Heights product also utilizes a sweet floater around the basket.

Brad Tinsley, PG – In the first session Tinsley flat out got after it. The 6-foot-4 combo guard showed off his jump shot early on, as he stroked at least four three-pointers including two off the dribble. He also showed the ability to finish around the rim, hit jumpers off a curl and he'll even drop in a floater every now and then. Although he's not a true point guard, he can play the spot and he does it effectively and under control.


Dunigan Dominates
Michael Dunigan, C – Other than John Riek, Dunigan has made the biggest stir at camp amongst the big guys. He's got a huge, strong frame and uses it to wage war in the paint. After playing Samardo Samuels to a stand still last night, he went right at (or through) the 7-foot-2 Riek during the afternoon session. Although he often times has trouble finishing around the rim, he almost always gets his own rebound for a put back. He showed a killer instinct against Riek and to be honest he flat out dominated him in the paint by initiating contact and bullying him around.

Ed Davis, PF – The Richmond (Va.) Benedictine played the best we've seen him play in a while this afternoon. He consistently ran the floor and more often times than not beat the opposition to the other end, which resulted in a few easy buckets. You can also count on him in the post, as he usually shoots high-percentage shots and can maneuver to get up easy shots against low post defenders.

Rashanti Harris, C – Matched up against Samardo Samuels in the championship, Harris played with a lot of energy and didn't back down against one of the best in the class. The 6-foot-9 big man has a pair of long arms, solid athleticism and the strength to get "And 1" buckets around the tin.

Samardo Samuels, C – The big guy was ready in the camp championship. The 6-foot-8 senior-to-be scored a game high 15 points and showed some mobility in the paint. He has the skills to maneuver in the post and is among the strongest bigs on the circuit. The Louisville commit made a handful of nice post moves on DeMarcus Cousins and his free throw with four seconds left in the game proved to be the game winner.

Lance Stephenson, SF – This 6-foot-5 wing has to be among the most talkative wings in the country. It just so happens that he's also one of the most talented. Blessed with a strong frame, Stephenson can bully his way to buckets, but is also capable of making a few moves and blowing by defenders. His ability to finish around the rim is impressive, as he has no problem adjusting his shots in mid-air. Much like he was at the USA Festival, Stephenson often times forces the issues , by dribbling too deep and taking bad shots. Regardless of a few bad habits he's among the best in the 2009 class.

Rodney Williams, SF – You won't find many prospects with the type of athleticism that Williams is blessed with. The 6-foot-5 wing does some ridiculous things in the air and even broke out a 360-degree dunk during a camp game. Although he doesn't shoot it all that well yet, he will occasional take the opposition off the bounce and finish at the rim. The New Hope (Minn.) Robbinsdale Cooper standout put forth a good effort this week and competed with some guys that were a lot older.


Tinsley Shows His Skills
Brad Tinsley has narrowed his list of schools to Utah, Pepperdine and California. All three have offered scholarships and he's looking to announce his decision in the next few weeks.

Daniel Orton has a solid list of suitors. He said the schools recruiting him are Ohio State, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Connecticut, Kansas and Texas A&M.

Rodney Williams, who might have the highest vertical at camp, said he's hearing from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Bradley, Purdue, Iowa, Iowa State

Royce White said he likes the Big Ten, ACC and SEC. Specifically he mentioned Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois and Ohio State.

Coaches continue to be out in full force. On the last day of the LeBron James US Skills Academy there were a bunch of head coaches in attendance including Ben Howland, Rick Pitino, Tom Crean, Bruce Weber, Matt Painter, Oliver Purnell, Norm Roberts, Frank Martin, Jeff Capel, Roy Williams and John Calipari.

Willie Warren drew a solid crowd during the skill work in the morning. Kentucky, Baylor, Arizona, Louisville, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma all took a glance at the 6-foot-3 combo guard.

The number one player in the 2008 class (Greg Monroe) drew Duke, Louisville, Kansas and LSU. Monroe's recruitment still remains a bit of a mystery, as he's yet to cut his list and continues to list a ton of schools.

The west coast coaches were all over today. In the afternoon session UCLA, Arizona, Stanford and Southern Cal took a peek at Hollis Thompson and David Wear.

North Carolina and Virginia followed Ed Davis around. Davis, who is currently ranked as the 2nd best player in the 2008 class, will likely make his decision after July.

Iman Shumpert drew a big crowd for his first round tournament game. Illinois and Clemson had their head coaches in attendance, while North Carolina and West Virginia had assistants there.

North Carolina, Memphis, Ohio State and Kansas were all present at Xavier Henry's afternoon session game. The 6-foot-6 forward is still struggling with a hand injury, but is still one of the most talented kids in the country.

"It's not pretty, but it's effective. He's scores every time he gets it in the post." -- One high level assistant coach said on John Riek's game.


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