LeBron Camp: UCLA Perspective, Part 1

We take a first look at the UCLA prospects at the LeBron James Skills Academy that's been taking place in Las Vegas over the last few days. Devin Williams and Stevie Clark also talk to us about UCLA...

LAS VEGAS - The LeBron James Skills Academy has been home to a good amount of the nation's top prospects this week and while the first couple of days were spent doing skill work drills, on Sunday the players broke up into teams and played two sets of games.

There are several serious UCLA prospects in attendance and Sunday's games allowed the opportunity to see a number of them in action.

UCLA's current 2013 guard commit, Zach LaVine, the 6-3 prospect from Bothel (Wash.), stood out in his second game. LaVine is running point guard for his team and was very unselfish, playing pass-first basketball and really looking to create for his teammates.

That said, LaVine definitely had his moments as a scorer and used his athleticism to get to the basket in transition, where he had some impressive finishes. The Bruins may have nabbed the top West Coast guard in the class.

UCLA assistant Phil Mathews has been in attendance for a number of games with Bruins targets considering his son, Jordan Mathews, is on a squad with UCLA 2013 prospects Tyler Ennis, Isaac Hamilton, Wayne Selden and Marcus Lee.

Hamilton, the 6-4 shooting guard from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco, had a pretty productive day. Hamilton's mindset is to put up points and that wasn't much of a problem for him on Sunday. The floater was working, he was getting to the basket and also nailing jumpers at a high rate.

Lee, the 6-9 post from Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley, was terrific in the evening session. He was blocking shots, rebounding, making some perfect outlet passes to start the break and using his athleticism to disrupt the other team's offense in the paint.

You can see why Ennis, the point guard from Newark (New Jersey) St. Benedict, is coveted as he's a true point guard who looks pass-first, and while he mostly just looked for setting up teammates, he did successfully get to the basket in transition.

Wayne Selden, SF: It was a pretty productive all-around day for Selden, who was attacking the basket, had a good looking midrange jumper off the glass, rebounded well for his position, would start the break and made some unselfish decisions looking for teammates. He's a strong kid for his age but is athletic and plays hard.

Devin Williams, PF: A unique post prospect, Williams spent some time on the perimeter looking for outside shots and did have some success hitting threes. In the post he looked comfortable backing in a defender and had soft touch on a finish and competed on the offensive glass.

Jarell Martin, PF – Fresh off his bump up to No. 11 in the country, Martin played well. While he didn't get a ton of touches, he certainly took advantages of the opportunities he had. Martin scored once through contact at the rim, buried a three-pointer and finished twice off face up drives. Martin is aggressive when he attacks the basket and is a capable scorer through contact.

On Monday, action picks up and we'll get the chance to see all the UCLA targets at the event.

Recruiting Notes:

* 2013 Oklahoma City (Okla.) Douglass point guard Stevie Clark says that if he was going to enroll early for 2012, he was headed to Westwood.

"I was going to go to UCLA," Clark said. "I had a good relationship with the players they have coming in. I really just like the players and the city of Los Angeles. I also have a relationship with the coaches but I really like the players and campus."

While Clark is still interested in the Bruins, things are a bit more opened up now.

"UCLA is still a school I'm looking at but I really like Florida State, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma as well," he said.

Clark is no rush to decide now; he says he'll commit at the end of his senior year.

* Cincinnati 2013 power forward Devin Williams, who will play his high school senior season at Montverde (Fla.) Montverde Academy, doesn't want to name favorites – he did list UCLA, Xavier, West Virginia, DePaul, Virginia Tech, Louisville and Seton Hall – but is clearly high on the Bruins.

"They've got pros; you see how they develop guys," Williams said. "It was my dream school when I was little. They're up and coming, just had a big time recruiting class and the want to have another good class for my year. They want to win and I want to win so it's just clicking right now."

* Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep center Karviar Shepherd has taken some unofficial visits recently, and spoke highly of his trip to Westwood.

"They had great facilities, the coaches said good things and I saw practice so that was good," the 6-8 Shepherd said.


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