Nike Skills Academy Recap

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Nike Skills Academies returned to Chicago, as many of the nation's best gather at ATTACK Athletics for three-day, position-oriented workouts that focused heavily on skills for the next level. Named for Deron Williams, Amar'e Stoudemire and Kevin Durant, the trio presided over their respective camps while some of the nation's best teachers went to work.

Justin Anderson, SF, - It's not hard not to enjoy watching Anderson play. An infectious spirit, the Virginia commit used his supreme athleticism to show well in a number of drills as well as game action. In a one-on-one drill, Anderson had numerous blocked shots of fellow wings and also scored using both hands. His jumper still needs some work, but his lift and form have improved greatly over the years.

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.

Brandon Ashley, PF – The string of plays Ashley put together in one contest was downright impressive. Scoring on four straight attempts, Ashley ran a beautiful pick-and-roll with Marcus Paige, followed it up with a coast-to-coast rebound and finish, scored off a post touch and then hit a faceup jumper the following possession. He's going to be one of the most watched players in America during July.

Braxton Ogbueze, PG – The Florida commit is more of a scoring guard, but in a setting where he had the best big men in the country as teammates, Braxton was also able to effectively run some point. Still a deadly shooter, Ogbueze hunted his own offense at times but made sure to give his big men plenty of looks, as well.

Cameron Ridley, C – Ridley, a Texas commit, measured out with one of the longest wingspans in camp at 7-4, and utilized that to his advantage by turning post touches into buckets. Cameron did a solid job keeping the ball high and getting clean and soft looks, and even the shots that didn't fall looked good. Also important, Cameron was more demanding of his guards to get him the ball, especially in situations that suited him to score.

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.

Andrew Harrison, PG – Playing in the point guard camp, while twin brother Aaron played in the wing camp, Andrew was an absolute jet with the ball while also displaying outstanding passing ability. His size, at nearly 6-6 according to camp measurements, along with a 6-8 wingspan make him a nightmare to defend for opposing guards while defensively he utilized his size to force turnovers.

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.

Prince Ibeh and Brice Johnson don't have the biggest frames, but they made up for it with great effort and bounce. They showed well as help defenders and also hit the offensive glass hard.

Villanova commit Savon Goodman isn't know for being a quality jump shooter, but he shot the ball well in drills off of moving situations.

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.

North Carolina commit Marcus Paige did a great job running his team in scrimmages. Marcus also got the basket a few times on change of pace moves, but had trouble finishing. Tired legs on day 3 of a camp can do that sometimes.

Rosco Allen wasn't great at anything in particular, but a confidence in his ability to get shots helped him score. His handles are improving and he already has good range.

Cameron Biedscheid shot the ball well moving and also has gotten better attacking the basket out of a triple threat position. Going one-on-one with Justin Anderson benefitted both players.

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

Jamel Artis is being tracked by Georgetown, Syracuse, Xavier, and Texas A&M.

Ohio point guard Terry Rozier is getting interest from Cincinnati, Illinois, West Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia.

Prince Ibeh is hearing from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Florida and Maryland.

Willie Cauley claims offers from Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma State, San Francisco, Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa, Oklahoma, Florida and Miami. Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State have also been in to watch.

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.

Steve Taylor says DePaul, Marquette, Missouri, Ohio, New Mexico, Xavier and Memphis have all offered.

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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