LBJ Skills Academy: Day Two Standouts

Posted on 07. Jul, 2009 by Nolan in High School, LBJ Skills Academy, LBJ Top Talent

The LeBron James Skills academy shifted gears during the afternoon session Monday. After working exclusively on skill development throughout the first day and a half of the event, the players were divided up and had the chance to scrimmage. It’s always interesting to see which players are workout warriors and which players are gamers. The following guys looked absolutely dynamite throughout the scrimmage.

1. Harrison Barnes-
Barnes spent the afternoon playing his usual role of top dog in the gym. He was vocal, demonstrated leadership, and was clearly the best player on the floor. Harrison uses his extremely high basketball IQ to make the right play most of the time. He’s polished, plays under control, has a tremendous mid range game, and also showed the ability to stick the three point shot. He doesn’t yet have the quickness to be an effective slasher, however he’s always alert, cuts with a purpose, and seems to be shot ready when the ball is being either swung or taken to the the tin. Harrison is undecided on his college destination as of now, however, Duke, Kansas, Florida, North Carolina, and Iowa State seem to be at the top of his list.

2. Trevor Cooney- Entering just his Junior year in high school, Cooney could be the best shooter in the class of 2011. Heck, he might have been the best shooter in the entire gym. He was making everything today during the scrimmages and could be a one man zone buster at the next level. He isn’t going to wow you in a workout as he doesn’t posses much in terms of athletic ability, however when the lights come on and the ball goes live, this kid can flat out play. He’s such a great shooter that he was able to stretch the floor for the rest of his teammates. This opened the lane for the guards, and his team was able score a lot of easy buckets underneath.

3. Jared Sullinger- The most physically imposing big man at the camp, Sullinger is a load in the paint. It’s tougher to judge big guys in a scrimmage like this because the guards rarely take the time to feed the post. When they did however, he showed quite a few different post moves. He showed off his very polished drop step as well as a very savy up and under. He rebounded well, and turned with his eyes up to make very nice outlets. He should be the next great center to suit up for Ohio St. and should be able to contribute immediately.

4. C.J. Fair- Another guy who can flat out score, C.J. Fair is a very smooth offensive player. He reminds me a little of Grant Hill as he seems to move very effortlessly out on the court. He was making his jumpers both from behind the three point line and from mid range. He made some smart, and outstanding passes in transition, hit the offensive glass and seemed to have a good chemistry with Trevor Cooney. C.J.’s defense left a little to be desired. He didn’t get low enough in his stance and as a result was frequently beat off the dribble. He has a great wingspan however, and should be a superb addition to the back end of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone in a few years.

5. Phil Pressey- I’ve been very surprised actually by the play of Phil Pressey so far. He’s looked great both in the drills and throughout the scrimmage. He’s a true floor general with outstanding handles. During the dribbling and passing drills, he looked so much further along than any of the other guards in attendance. When the scrimmages came around, Pressey demonstrated his ability to be a true floor general, directing traffic, feeding the post, and getting in the paint. He’s very small however, and is being generously listed at 5′11 at the camp. He’s undecided currently with Ohio St., Florida, Uconn, Missouri, LSU, and Oklahoma all in the hunt.

Nolan Shulman

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One Response to “LBJ Skills Academy: Day Two Standouts”

  1. Michael

    07. Jul, 2009


    Good on you for getting a media pass and heading down there…Your site just keeps getting better and better

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