LJSA: UNC Recruit Evals

AKRON, Ohio -- The 2008 edition of the LeBron James Skills Academy finished up Tuesday evening at the Rhodes Arena on the campus of the University of Akron. In town for the final day of camp, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams had the opportunity to check out some of his future players and perhaps some future Tar Heel targets.

Here's a final look at how the Carolina commitments and some current targets -- and possible future targets -- fared during their time in Akron.

John Henson - Tuesday afternoon Henson tweaked his ankle when he slipped on a wet spot, forcing him to sit out for a bit. Other than that minor slip up, it was a tremendous showing at camp for the string bean forward from Round Rock. Despite his obvious lack of bulk, Henson competed on the interior, showed off his impressive skill level and served notice that he's among the elite shot blockers in the nation. Having steadily gotten a bit bouncier off the floor, Henson was quick to the rim for dunks, spun by guys off the dribble and finished with either hand. Actually, he's so good with his left (off) hand that you wonder if he may be a natural lefty. He hits hooks with his left, turnaround jumpers from 12 feet with his left and that versatility makes him even tougher to guard. He's still got plenty of room to grow, but his name has to come up when discussing who is the top long term prospect in the nation.

Kendall Marshall - As anybody who has watched Marshall has come to expect, the rising junior point guard made it a point to get everybody involved. Because of his heads up dribbling style and height, Marshall is constantly surveying the floor and rarely misses an open teammate and often fits pinpoint passes through the smallest of windows. He did force a few passes at times but it's hard to fault a kid who is looking to make a play. It's also important to note how good Marshall's jump shot is starting to look. He's raised his release point a bit and as a result he's shooting with more arch and rotation on his shot. One of his favorite moves is to zoom down the floor and fan dribble out to either wing before pulling up and draining a sweet looking 17 footer. His status as one of the premier passers, regardless of class, has been cemented and the 170-pounder still has a couple of years left to improve before his arrival in Chapel Hill.

Roscoe Smith - In his first (and perhaps only) major appearance of the summer, the rising junior from Baltimore showed some glimpses of why he's been so highly touted. Long and lean, he's a willing athlete, has a good overall skill level and plays hard on both ends of the court. A lack of strength causes him some issues at times when he's looking to finish in the lane but he isn't afraid of contact and keeps coming at opponents. A long strider who covers the floor quickly in transition, Smith's dribbling is much improved since this time last summer allowing him to handle and make some plays in transition. His production wasn't always there, but his status as one of the top wings in the class of 2010 looks to be pretty legitimate.

James McAdoo - One of only two rising sophomores (class of 2011) at the Academy, McAdoo really got it rolling as camp moved on. He'd like to be listed as a wing but the fact of the matter is that he's a face up four man who really runs the floor, can attack off the dribble and has a terrific skill set for such a young guy. After catching the ball, the 6-8 forward loves to face up defenders between 12 and 17 feet, hit them with a shot fake and then uses his superior quickness and first step to blow by them off the dribble and finish at the rim. A capable rebounder, he sometimes strays a little too far from the lane but he's got lots of time to figure out his comfort zone.

Harrison Barnes - Tuesday afternoon there were some whispers that UNC is going to take a look at the 6-6 wing from Ames (Iowa) High. That shouldn't come as a surprise when one considers that Barnes has emerged as perhaps the top wing prospect in the class of 2010. He shoots a pretty jumper that is true to a few feet beyond the three point line, has a good looking frame and is an explosive leaper when he needs to be. A good defender, Barnes' biggest strengths are his calm demeanor and superior body control. It's one thing to be a high flyer, but it's even more important to be able to stay under control while shifting through the air or on the floor to create better angles. There's probably not a hotter prospect in the country.


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