Summer 2012 Thoughts From The Lebron James Skills Academy
Top high school prospects were at the 2012 Lebron James Skills Academy. Stars like Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Looney, Wesley Clark, Diamond Stone, Ivan Rabb, Karl Towns and Isaac Hamilton showed they will be future superstars in the NCAA. Here are five things we should have learned from watching these players at the Lebron James Skills Academy.
1. Andrew Wiggins is the best high school basketball player in the nation.
Although some doubted Wiggins talent, his performance at the Lebron James Skills Academy should have silenced all doubts. After watching the 2014 No. 1 ranked player, there’s no point in trying to deny that he’s the best player in the land.
His athleticism and 6-foot-7 frame makes him a nightmare for any wing guarding him. He’s shown so much promise and makes the game look easy. At the Lebron James Skills Academy many described his jumper as “attention-grabbing”. Also, they described his drive as “game-changing” and called his body control “terrific”. What makes this young talent even more scary, is that he hasn’t even reached his true potential.
2. Kevin Looney is no joke.
Looney was ranked as No. 11 in the 2014 recruiting class. Some believed that No. 11 was a high ranking and that Looney was not a “high product” or a “bona fide five-star talent”.
After competing with some of the best players in the nation, many have changed their perception of the Hamilton High athlete. His game play in the Lebron James Skills Academy, quickly established him as one of the elite talents in the 2014 recruiting class.
His aggression and skill really surprised many, but his strong play quickly made him one of the hottest recruited players in the country. He’s currently receiving offers from: Kansas, Georgetown, Wisconsin, and Missouri.
3. Wesley Clark is going to be a special player.
Even with today’s technology and how fast information spreads about players, some may get overlooked. Clark is a perfect example of how one may slip through the cracks and possibly be a potential superstar.
The Romulus, Michigan point guard, has participated in Nike’s heavily covered EYBL circuit, but was not one of the big names participating. Many experts viewed him as a upper-end mid-major prospect and overall solid player. But no one thought this player would be making an impression at the Lebron James Skills Academy.
But through his summer play, many described Clark as a “sure-fire high-major point guard” and that his talent was “vastly under-appreciated”. But sure enough Clark solidified his spot at one of the elite point guards and a top recruit. Clark received offers from: USC, Iowa State, and Xavier in July.
4. Ivan Rabb, Diamond Stone, and Karl Towns will have a bright future.
Through a heated battle on the last day of camp, Rabb and Stone were the hottest names. Although a majority of players were rising senior and junior stars, it was these two sophomores who stole the show. The California native Rabb and the Wisconsin native Stone, weren’t highly watched or talked about, but now they’re being recognized as some of the best recruiting talents in 2015. Rabb offers athleticism, length, and great face-up skills, while Stone is a great back to the basket player, with great hands and a pure jump shot.
Fellow class of 2015 big man Towns has been highly scouted. His play at the Lebron James Skills Academy made him a standout and a player to watch out for. Although Towns is only 16, his qualification for the Dominican Republic’s national team impressed many.
5. Issac Hamilton might wait to commit?
The Los Angeles St. John Bosco guard has impressed scouts throughout his entire high school career. He continued to leave his mark at the Lebron James Skills Academy. He was described by many experts as “relaxed” and “talented”. Also, that his skills have the ability to “take over a game”.
Hamilton is one of the country’s best perimeter jump shooters and skilled offensive players. He’s able to drain shots from anywhere, while being able to athletically get to basket. He has great dribbling skills and an array of scoring moves.
According to the California star, he won’t start narrowing his list of schools down until after the summer and will likely wait until the spring to make his decision. Hamilton is currently receiving offers from: Florida, Washington, Baylor, UTEP, UCLA, Cal, San Diego State, Gonzaga, UConn, and UNLV.