- Reggie Rankin, RecruitingNation
- 0 Shares
AKRON, Ohio -- The first day of the LeBron James Skills Academy consisted of one college and one high school workout at the University of Akron's James A. Rhodes Arena and Recreation Center. The players worked on a variety of skills that included ballhandling, passing, shooting, footwork, reading the defense off screens, one-on-one moves and transition offense, among others. Some of the younger players made their presence felt right away with their energy, competitiveness and skill level.
Wayne Selden (Boston/The Tilton School)
2014, SG, 6-foot-6, 223 pounds
Selden is a strong and physical shooting guard who attacks the rim from the wing and in transition, where he is a true finisher as he scores through contact with ease. He had an all-business approach in the drills and competed throughout the workout. Selden has a chance to be a beast on the perimeter with his off-the-charts upside. He already has offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Kentucky and Pitt, with Duke, North Carolina and Ohio State showing interest.
Jaren Sina (Lake Hopatcong, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's)
2013, PG, 6-1, 175 pounds
The future Crimson Tide point guard has noticeably been in the weight room where he has added about 10 pounds of muscle. Sina is a very skilled guard who competes and plays with energy and urgency at all times. He approaches everything pertaining to basketball with great passion, which makes him easy to notice in all drills and controlled scrimmage workouts.
James Young (Troy, Mich./Troy)
2013, SG, 6-6, 202 pounds
Young jumped out during the shooting drills. The long, lean lefty was extremely good in the wide pindown screen shooting drill where he knocked down midrange jumpers with a smooth, confident stroke. Young also can make plays off the bounce, but his jumper grabbed everyone's attention. He is tough and competitive, and we can't wait to check him out in a full scrimmage.
Moses Kingsley (New Albany, Miss./New Albany)
2013, C, 6-9, 210 pounds
Kingsley is not only a terrific rebounder and shot-blocker in and out of his area, but he's a standout soccer player as well. He is agile and can make up for a mistake with his athletic ability. He's still raw on the offensive end, but has tons of upside, and Florida, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Tulane, Memphis and Tennessee have all taken notice.
Kenny Kaminski (Medina, Ohio/Medina Senior)
2012, PF, 6-8, 246 pounds
College: Michigan State
Kaminski made shots in space during the transition-offense segment of the workout. He does a good job of spacing and making himself available on the side of dribble penetration, and judging from his game, we are sure Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has a lot of pick-and-pop plans for the skilled, big-body forward.
• ESPN is well represented with TV analysts Jay Bilas and Fran Fraschilla working the skills academy. Both are hard working, passionate basketball junkies who do a great job of teaching the players how to do the little things that mean a lot.
• There are five members of the USA under-16 gold-medal-winning team participating in the LeBron James Skills Academy, starting with MVP Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon) and high school teammate Kendrick Nunn (Chicago/Simeon), Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), Justin Jackson (Houston/HCYA) and Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young).
• In the college workout, Thomas Robinson of the Kansas Jayhawks was very impressive with his energy and effort on both ends. He rebounded and finished above the rim in heavy traffic. Robinson was fun to watch compete. Bill Self would have been proud.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to 1990 and was a first-team All-MAC selection his senior season. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.
4hMarc Stein and Tim MacMahon
NBA Free Agent Experts