Shabazz Napier obviously left a strong impression at the guard Skills Academy in Jersey a couple of weeks ago. He was selected to play with the best at various positions at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas, which is wrapping up on Monday.
Daniel Hamilton, committed to UConn from the Class of ’14, was invited for the high school side of the camp. Hamilton, who is considered a top 30 recruit, has been living up to that billing this summer. Along with DeAndre Daniels, he was at the Kevin Durant camp for wing players in D.C., and invited to Vegas from there.
Here is the college roster at the LeBron academy – you will see Napier is in elite company.
It’s split into teams and games are played. It’s loaded with NBA scouts.
Hamilton is on a roster with a lot of players UConn has been interested in, including Jakeenan Gant from Georgia, Bonzie Colson from Rhode Island, Khadeen Carrington from Brooklyn, among others. Here is that list. … These events are not certified for college coaches, but the Nike Peach Jam, coming up at the end of this week, is certified.
The Greater Hartford Pro Am gets underway in Waterbury this week. College players can’t play until Wednesday, and though the schedule and rosters are fluid, the UConn kids will probably be there for weekend games. The league starts with two games Monday night, the first at 6:30 p.m.
The NBA Summer League in Orlando is on this week. On Sunday, Andre Drummond had 12 points and 16 rebounds in 25 minutes as the Pistons beat the Nets in Jason Kidd’s first action as a head coach. Tim Abromaitis is playing for the Celtics summer league team. Jeremy Lamb is playing for the Thunder. The Orlando league plays through Friday. The Las Vegas summer league runs from July 12 to 22. Jerome Dyson is on the Charlotte roster there.