July 6, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA forward LeBron James with guard Chris Paul (foreground) during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

LeBron James Skills Academy Kicks Off, Showcases Top Talent


More than 100 of the nation’s top high school and college players convened in Las Vegas on Friday for the opening day of the annual LeBron James Skills Academy.

Two dozen college players and 80 high school prospects arrived at the four-day skills academy—hosted by three-time NBA MVP and reigning Finals MVP LeBron James—to refine their games and learn from some of the best basketball instructors in the sport. The players took part in organized skill development workouts on day one, then competed in front of hundreds of media members and NBA scouts on Saturday morning.

A detailed itinerary for the Lebron James Skills Academy can be found here.

Creighton star Doug McDermott, Michigan guards Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. and Florida State leader Michael Snaer headline a strong cast of returning college players at this year’s event. Lehigh sensation CJ McCollum, UNLV big man Mike Moser and Arkansas standout BJ Young are among the attendees as well.

A full list of the 25 college players can be read here.

Prestonwood Christian Academy phenom Julius Randle leads a strong crop of high school talent to Las Vegas. Randle, a blue chip recruit in the class of 2013, is joined by fellow unsigned classmates Anthony “Cat” Barber, Tyler Ennis, Allerik Freeman, Semi Ojeleye and Jermaine Lawrence. Andrew Wiggins (undecided), Cliff Alexander (undecided), Noah Vonleh (undecided) Trey Lyles (Indiana) and Chris McCullough (undecided) are the marquee participants out of the class of 2014. Three rising sophomores—Diamond Stone, Ivan Raab and Isaiah Briscoe—round out the high school field.

A complete list of all 80 high school players can be accessed here.

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