Flagrant Fouls

Global Player Search

Canucks @ the LeBron James Skills Academy

Posted on 10. Jul, 2011 by nshulman8511 in Canada Spotlight, Media, Tournaments, Videos

It was a fun few days in Akron, Ohio watching how the next wave of blue chip prospects out of Canada, Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins stacked up to their American counterparts at the LeBron James Skills Academy.  Put on the same team throughout the week (VCU) it made our job easy to monitor how they were doing without missing a beat.  Here's a look at what we learned.  

 

POINT GUARD PLAY IS OFTEN THE #1 FACTOR IN WHAT KIND OF WEEK YOU HAVE IN A SETTING LIKE THIS 

After dominating at Pangos and NBA Camp playing with a pass first point guard,  the experience was very different this time around for Anthony Bennett at LBJ.  Instead of being on a team with a distributor, both he and Andrew were at the mercy of a scoring combo running their offense.  The results were exactly what you'd expect.  A lot of standing around watching while DSR kept the basketball and made plays for himself out of the screen and roll.   No matter how many times Andrew was open in the corner as the defense collapsed, he never once had it kicked to him.  After making a name for himself throughout the spring as a pick and pop specialist, Anthony had very few opportunities this week.   When Wiggins and Bennett did get an opportunity they made the most of it, but you could clearly see the frustration mounting with both of these elite prospects who are used to making plays.  

 

ANTHONY AND ANDREW ARE TWO OF THE MOST EXPLOSIVE ATHLETES IN THE WORLD AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL

With some of the very best athletes in North America coming together under one roof, there was little doubt that Andrew and Anthony were among the very best.  When they had opportunities to make plays at the rim, they rarely missed an opportunity to convert.  

As part of our new Inner Circle, one of the things we plan on doing is showing all the raw highlights of the standout players from each event we attend.  Here is a free sample of what it will look like going forward.  

 

Andrew Wiggins (6-7, SF, 2014)

 

Anthony Bennett (6-7, PF, 2012)

 

THERE ARE VERY FEW BIGS IN 2012 WHO SHOOT IT LIKE BENNETT

Last year at this time, I said Kyle wiltjer might be the best shooting big man in his class.   This year, Anthony Bennett is making a similar case.  His form is the exact same every time.  He gets good elevation, shoots it with his elbow extended, and he releases it at the highest point of his jump.  He also currently has supreme confidence after getting up so many shots in Las Vegas this year.  .  He's tracking to become a pretty special pick and pop guy at the next level.  

 

WIGGINS NEEDS TO START DOING A BETTER JOB MOVING AWAY FROM THE BASKETBALL

While there was no question Andrew was one of the biggest talents in the building, he needs to do a better job asserting himself in the offense and making sure he has an impact on the game.  That means doing a better job working away from the basketball in order to free himself up and put himself in a position to make a play.  Andrew has the tendency to hide in the corner and wait for the ball, a habit he picked up at Vaughan.  He's way too talented not to touch it on every possession.  As he gets older and his knowledge of the game picks up, I expect him to kick this trend and begin to take over games on a more regular basis.   

Share and Enjoy:
  • email
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Facebook
  • Technorati
  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Live
  • MySpace
  • Reddit

Tags: , , ,

You need to be a member to view comments