- Reggie Rankin, RecruitingNation
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AKRON, Ohio -- On final day of the LeBron James Skills Academy, the workouts were intense as full-court offensive patterns were executed in great detail and progressed into a five-on-five controlled scrimmage. The coaches did a great job of helping players learn how to look for scoring opportunities within the offensive patterns. All the skills academies are great preparation for life on the college level because their drills and scrimmage situations come from NBA and college practice plans.
Jabari Brown (Oakland, Calif./Oakland)
2011, SG, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds
Brown is one of the best shooters in the Class of 2011, and during drills, he did a great job of reading dribble penetration and moving to the open area to deliver his smooth jumper. Brown also looked good shooting off screens and pulling up for midrange jumpers at high speeds. The opposing defense needs to know where Brown is at all times because he can hit multiple jumpers, make a strong move off the dribble or finish above the rim with a clear path.
DaJuan Coleman (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt)
2012, SF, 6-9, 280 pounds
Coleman seemed focused and worked hard during the offensive drills and scrimmage segments of the workout. He showed the ability to put the ball on the floor and make strong moves toward the rim, where he finished through contact with ease. He power-dunked drop-off passes and did a great job of moving into the passer's line of sight on deep lane dribble penetration. Coleman's massive size and rapidly improving skill put him in position to be a special player.
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(Battle Creek, Mich./Battle Creek Central)
2011, PF, 6-9, 204 pounds
McDonald was a late addition to the academy but has definitely made the most of the opportunity. His confidence has noticeably grown since the Amare Stoudemire camp. McDonald is a long power forward with good strength. He ran the floor well and consistently. He finished plays at a high rate and also displayed some skill. McDonald scored with his back to the basket on a nice-looking jump hook and also stepped out to 16 feet and hit the open jumper with time and space. McDonald is off to a great start this summer, and if he continues to play well, college coaches will scramble to find his name on the roster during the July evaluation period.
• Jahii Carson (Phoenix/Mesa) continues to impress at the point guard position. He has a burst of speed in the open floor, excels in the transition game, finds the open man and delivers assists with ease. In the half court, he can execute a pick-and-roll or run the offense. He is beginning to separate himself among the point guards in the 2011 class, and he said his list of schools right now are Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA and St. John's.
• Texas commit Myck Kabongo (Toronto/St. Benedict's Prep), who is fresh off a third-place finish in the FIBA U-18 games representing his home country of Canada, realizes he needs to work even harder to become great.
"I got to see where I stand against everyone else in the world," Kabongo said. "I need to continue to work on my skills, especially my left hand. I am going to compete against the same players again someday."
• Class of 2012 small forward Savon Goodman (Philadelphia/Academy of New Church) is an impressive young talent. He scores with flare in transition, is a big-time competitor and has range to the arc.
• Class of 2012 power forward and future Kansas Jayhawk Zach Peters (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy) had some impressive baseline finishes in the scrimmage segment, during which he displayed excellent touch and body control at high speeds with either hand.
• Power forward Alex Poythress (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast) is another impressive talent in the Class of 2012. He is a terrific athlete who can hit short jumpers and finish through contact. Poythress is also a good rebounder and works on the defensive end to block or contest shots.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to '90 and was an All-MAC first-teamer in his senior season. Paul Biancardi contributed to this piece.