Summer Is A Time For Improving Your Game

Reporter Mike Sullivan attended the Rumble in the Bronx on Sunday and watched some of the area's top prospects compete on the campus of Fordham University. He discusses the game of James Stukes ...

James Stukes, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound forward, already possesses a nice frame to compete on the division one college basketball level. Giving himself another year to make improvements in his game was a wise decision too.

The last opportunity we had to chance to watch Stukes play in person was the Jordan Regional Classic All Star game in April at Madison Square Garden. However, due to James taking a prep year, he's still on the AAU circuit. This past weekend he played with Tiny Morton's Juice All Stars.

James, who has already given a commitment to Albany for the 2010-2011 season, didn't receive a lot of minutes in Sunday's game against the California Supreme.

The Supreme forwards were bigger and quicker near the rim and caused a lot of pain for the Juice forwards, who picked up fouls and were clearly frustrated. The result was the Juice being eliminated in a quarterfinal gold category playoff game, 100-81.

Stukes did keep his cool though. When out on the floor, he didn't force the issue. He's a player looking to make improvements in his game.

"I'm trying to improve my shooting, my ballhandling, my strength," he said.

Stukes was an impact player at the Jordan Regional game in April, gobbling up 31 of the 40 minutes. He scored 24 points, grabbed five rebounds, and had two assists. His effort helped the City team defeat the Suburban team, 129-120.

James will try and make more progress on his individual game at South Kent School starting this Fall.

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