LeBron James Skills Academy 2013: Top Prospects, Breakout Players and More

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 8, 2013

Photo: 247Sports.com
Photo: 247Sports.com

Monday marked the last day of the 2013 LeBron James Skills Academy, capping off an explosive and eye-opening showcase.

The academy, which boasted 80 of the nation's best high school players and 20 top college players, hosted a variety of games on Sunday and Monday.

Here's a look at some of the players who stood out on Days 2 and 3 in Las Vegas.


UPDATE: Monday, July 8 at 11:50 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky

Dave Telep of ESPN.com continued to be impressed with Rashad Vaughn and point guard JaQuan Newton on Monday:

Newton, ranked as the No. 49 recruit in the 2014 class, has received offers from such schools as Arizona, Georgetown and Miami (FL). 

Eric Bossi of Rivals.com liked what he saw from shooting guard D'Angelo Russell:

Russell, the No. 28 recruit in the 2014 class, is committed to Ohio State.

Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com continued to be impressed with point guard Justin Coleman:

Meyer was also impressed with guard Brandone Francis' level of maturity:

The No. 29 recruit in the 2014 class, Francis has committed to Florida.

Telep noted that he liked point guard Joel Berry's overall game, but added that the No. 17 recruit in the 2014 class needed to be more vocal on the hardwood:

Berry has committed to North Carolina.

Telep also continued to rave about Angel Delgado, who has created plenty of buzz in Las Vegas the past couple of days:

Telep also gave shout-outs to Tyler Ullis, Shelton Mitchell and Robert Johnson.

Ullis is ranked as the No. 13 point guard in the 2014 class. According to 247Sports.com, Michigan State is currently the favorite to land the Illinois native.

Mitchell is the No. 15 point guard in the 2014 class. He has committed to Wake Forest.

Johnson is the No. 21 shooting guard in the 2014 class. He has received offers from such schools as Alabama, Florida State and Pittsburgh. 

Reid Travis, the No. 8 power forward in the 2014 class, drew high praise from Islander Basketball:

Travis has received offers from such schools as Gonzaga and Michigan State.

Steve Guiremand of MyLVSports.com tweeted out a pic of Dwayne Morgan, one of the stars the past two days:

One NBA scout in attendance liked the game of VCU center Juvonte Reddic, per Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated:

Davis added:

Reddic averaged 14.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals while shooting 57 percent from the floor last season as a junior with the Rams.

Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson shocked and awed with his explosiveness, per Davis:

Davis added:

The 5'10", 175-pounder averaged 18.5 points, 5.1 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 47 percent from the field as a freshman with the Sun Devils last season.

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Cliff Alexander, the No. 4 recruit in the 2014 class, attracted the most buzz on Sunday. The power forward out of Chicago was getting rave reviews from across the nation.

Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated tweeted:

Eric Bossi of Rivals.com added:

Bossi did highlight one of Alexander's weaknesses, though:

Alexander has naturally been recruited by some big-name schools, including Kansas, Michigan State and Kentucky.

Dave Telep of ESPN.com seemed impressed with Angel Delgado and Thomas Bryant, as well.

Telep tweeted:

Delgado had a solid day, getting off to a quick start on Sunday.

Telep tweeted:

Dwayne Morgan, the No. 22 overall recruit in the 2014 class, had a huge game on Sunday, posting 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting and five rebounds. 

Steve Guiremand of MyLVSports.com tweeted:

Morgan, a Baltimore native, has committed to UNLV.

Justin Coleman, the No. 16 point guard in the 2014 class, was another name that came up regularly.

Telep tweeted:

He added:

Coleman is being recruited by several SEC schools, including Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Florida.

Jaylen Johnson, the No. 67 overall recruit in the 2014 class, impressed a lot of people on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Telep tweeted:

Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com tweeted:

Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune added:

The front-runners to acquire Johnson's services, according to 247Sports.com, are Iowa State, Michigan State and defending champion Louisville.

Austin Grandstaff, the No. 6 shooting guard in the 2015 class, was on fire on Sunday.

Meyer tweeted:

Bossi added during the game:

Grandstaff, a Texas native, has committed to Oklahoma State. 

Of course, that didn't stop Rashad Vaughn—the No. 11 recruit in the 2014 class—from doing damage against Grandstaff.

Meyer tweeted:

Bossi added:

Vaughn has drawn interest from such teams as Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Minnesota.

Last but not least, there was Jalen Brunson, the No. 24 recruit in the 2015 class.

Bossi tweeted:

Meyer added:

From post players to rim-rattlers to sharpshooters, a grand array of talented young players put on a show on Sunday in Las Vegas. And, to think, we still have another day of this.


All recruit rankings courtesy of 247Sports.com.


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