Five recruiting thoughts from the LeBron James Skills Academy
LAS VEGAS -- Many of the top prospects in the nation impressed at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy. Before moving to coverage of July's "live" period for college coaches, here are five things we learned.
The 6-foot-7 wing from Huntington (W.V.) Prep shows so much promise -- and everything he does seems so effortless. Wiggins has tremendous athleticism, an attention-grabbing jumper, a game-changing drive through the lane and terrific body control that allows him to dominate the competition. Even scarier: He only appears to be scratching the surface of his long-term potential.
After a few months of competition against some of the top prospects in the nation, however, that perception has changed. The 6-foot-8 rising junior has firmly established himself among the nation's elite.
A strong performance at the LBJ Skills Academy was simply another feather in the cap of Looney, a skilled and aggressive swingman. And thanks to his strong start to the summer -- and particularly his performance on the boards -- Looney has become one of the most hotly recruited players in the country. He already holds offers to Georgetown, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin, among others.
Clark plays for a well-known AAU team -- Detroit-based The Family -- and participated in Nike's heavily covered EYBL circuit. Still, he showed up in Vegas outside of the rankings, with most experts viewing him as more of an upper-end mid-major prospect. Clark was seen a solid player, to be sure. But he wasn't somebody that most people were making a fuss about.
One of two things subsequently happened: Clark either had the best two days of his entire basketball career or his talent was vastly underappreciated. Coming out of the LBJ Skills Academy, the senior-to-be looks like a sure-fire high-major point guard. Clark enters the July live period with offers from Iowa State, USC and Xavier, but more should be filtering in shortly. Expect the crowd of teams courting Clark to swell greatly over the next few weeks.
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One of the country's premier jump shooters and skill players on the offensive end,
According to Hamilton, he won't start cutting down his list of schools until after the summer and will likely wait until the spring to make a final decision. He says Washington, Florida, UTEP, Baylor, Cal, UCLA, Gonzaga, Sand Diego State, UNLV and UConn are recruiting him the hardest.