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LeBron James Skills Academy Notes

July 7th, 2012 News No Comments

Pras Murthy was in attendance for the second day of the LeBron James Skills Academy. Rosters can be found here for college players and high school players. The rosters include stats on height, weight, and wingspan. Here are some notes from today:

The day was full of workout sessions, as both college players and high school players ran through a variety of drills. There were some light scrimmages for the college players and some modified team drills for the high school players. Between workouts, the players were able to watch the US Olympic team practice.

Solomon Hill wasn’t hitting from deep, but he showed the good ball handling skills Arizona fans are used to. Hill seems much faster with the ball in his hands than when he is off the ball. Hill should do the most damage attacking the basket off the dribble, as his body control is hard for big players to defend. One of the main transitions to playing the 3 will be keeping up on defense. Many of the players Hill will match up against will be faster than him, and he will need to play smart to contain them on defense. Hill has slimmed down and will need to adjust defensively. Hill will return to LA after this camp and continue to get ready for the season. Hill may play for coach Eric Cooper in an upcoming event.

Mark Lyons continued to be very vocal, always talking on the court. Anytime a teammate got an open look, you could hear Lyons yelling “good shot.” Lyons is a floor general and will have no problem telling players where they need to be or what they need to do. Lyons was mostly a facilitator today, as his teammates were finishing and his team was winning. Lyons is a solid 185 pounds and his wingspan measured close to 6’5. Lyons will head to Tucson at the end of camp to get acquainted with the campus and his teammates.

The high school players focused mainly on skill work. Depending on position, players worked at different stations. Many of them looked like a high school practice as players worked on fundamentals, spacing, and basic sets. Towards the end, players broke into the teams they will play with tomorrow (when games start) and ran some 4 on 4 scrimmages to 6.

With 80 players spread out across eight baskets, it’s hard to say that any player stood out over another. But some Arizona targets looked good while we were watching.

James Young continues to show why he is a top player in his class. Young can score from anywhere, but still attacks the basket. And Young showed some nice athleticism on a few putback attempts. With his height and build, Young is an elite talent. Young is about 6’6 but his wingspan was measured as 6’11.

Isaiah Briscoe also played well, using his body to get to the rim. Briscoe is a solid 210 pounds and is advanced physically for his age. Briscoe was one of only 3 players from the 2015 class to be invited. He has plenty of time to develop and if he can add quickness to his sturdy frame, Briscoe will be near the top of the rankings.

The LeBron James Skills Academy runs for two more days and high school players will start tournament play tomorrow afternoon.

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