Nike Skills Academy Recap

Several Blue Devil recruiting targets were competing last weekend in Chicago at the annual Nike Skills Academy.

Mitch McGary, C – The meteoric rise of McGary continued at Amar'e Camp as he scored from all three levels and played very hard. It's hard enough to stop Mitch around the basket or in the mid-range, but when he started dropping in three-pointers off of pick-and-pops, he was one of the most unstoppable scorers in Saturday's session. His strong spring and summer keep on rolling.

Jabari Parker, SF, - Fresh off a USA U16 title and MVP honors, Parker showed up a day later in his hometown and had an impressive performance. Already known around Chicago for his grueling workouts, Scout's number one prospect in 2013 went at it hard in drills and scored the ball in a variety of ways during the scrimmage. The cerebral aspect of Jabari's game sticks out when you watch the different places he goes to on the floor to score.

Julius Randle, PF – Because of his ability to pass and handle the ball at the power forward position, Julius Randle proved to be a difficult matchup once games began. Julius went to work facing up opponents and taking them off the dribble for a few buckets. It was also promising to see Randle attack and finish through contact against great competition.

Nerlens Noel, C – Nerlens' presence defensively looms large as he blocks or alters numerous shots around the basket. Noel also isolated and attacked against some slower-footed big men. There's still a lot of work to do offensively, but the confidence is coming, and the moves slowly with it.

Alex Poythress didn't shoot particularly well in drills, but went to the block and scored around the basket as Durant scrimmages began. A smart move for a balanced scorer. Continuing his strong play from NBA Camp,

Amile Jefferson did a lot of damage in the Durant camp. It seemed every lose ball resulted in a Jefferson possession and he was very active scoring around the basket.

Nerlens Noel is hearing from Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Providence, Georgetown, Duke, Syracuse, and Texas.

Tony Parker lists a top three of Ohio State, Duke, and Memphis but would still be open to some new schools recruiting him.

Rodney Purvis lists a top three of Duke, North Carolina State and Missouri. Contrary to some rumors, he has no favorite at this time.

Julius Randle claims offers from Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and North Carolina while Kentucky, Memphis, and Duke are also showing interest.

Alex Poythress claims offers from Florida, Vanderbilt, Memphis, Duke, Connecticut, Ohio State, Louisville and Kentucky.

T.J. Warren claims offers from Georgetown, Ohio State, Florida, North Carolina State, Miami, Tennessee and Arizona State. TJ is also hearing from Louisville, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina and his father spoke with Kentucky coach John Calipari over the weekend.


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