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LeBron Skills Academy Day 1 recap

7/7/2012

LAS VEGAS -- On the first day of the LeBron James Skills Academy, the players were put through one session with a variety of skill work with and without defense. There is no denying the wealth of talent here at the camp.

Here is a look at who impressed us on Day 1:

Austin Colbert (Lakeview, Conn./Hotchkiss)

2013, PF, 6-foot-9, 200 pounds

He is an athletic, skilled forward who always stands out during drills. He showed he could make 17-foot jumpers and finish above the rim.

Chris Walker (Bonifay, Fla./Holmes County)

2013, PF, 6-9, 205 pounds

There isn’t a more explosive big man here than Walker. His quickness and burst are impressive. However, in the skills department he needs to pay attention to detail as he struggled -- specifically during the ballhandling drill.

Moses Kingsley (New Albany, Miss./New Albany)

2013, C, 6-9, 210 pounds

Kingsley even works out hard. He is long, athletic and takes his craft seriously.

Chris McCullough (New York/Salisbury School)

2014, PF, 6-9, 200 pounds

Chris has great skills and moves well for someone who is 6-9. He even worked out with the wings and fit right in.

Christian Wood (Henderson, Nev./Findlay Prep)

2013, PF, 6-10, 200 pounds

Wood is one of the best shooters in the country despite his size. He is a perfect stretch 4-man.

Kyle Washington (Champlin, Minn./Hotchkiss)

2013, PF, 6-8, 210 pounds

The lefty is an effort 4-man with ever-improving skills. He finishes hard, is tough on drills and he carries that same effort into games regularly.

Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian)

2013, PF, 6-9, 240 pounds

Randle exhibited why he is considered one of the best prospects in the Class of 2013. The chiseled left-hander has a feathery stroke, combined with an evolving power game.

Devin Williams (Cincinnati/Withrow)

2013, PF, 6-8, 235 pounds

Williams doesn’t possess great skills, but he produces at a high level. Whether it’s sprinting the lane in transition or maneuvering in the paint area for defensive rebounds and putbacks, he is a winner.

Cliff Alexander (Chicago/Curie)

2014, PF, 6-8, 240 pounds

Alexander needs to work on his ball skills, while facing up at the elbow. However, with his back to the basket he utilizes his blue-collar approach, footwork and physical prowess to dominate on the block.

Dominic Woodson (Round Rock, Texas/Vermont Academy)

2013, C, 6-10, 290 pounds

Woodson is a massive 5-man with long arms and good feet. He overpowers most big men while battling in the paint through sheer force. However, his fundamentals (brings the ball down) and raw post skills need attention.

Marcus Lee (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley)

2013, PF, 6-10, 199 pounds

The long, lanky big man brings speed when he sets a ball screen. He moves his feet quickly and changes directions like a guard. Lee is quick to the rim and shows a soft touch inside.

Karviar Shepherd (Dallas/Grace Prep)

2013, PF, 6-10, 220 pounds

Whether it is game competition or drill work, Sheppard always seems to catch our eye and play well. He scores inside with good extension on his jump hook and defensively doesn't leave his feet much, which is smart.

Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wis./Dominican)

2015, C/PF, 6-10, 253 pounds

He is a wide body who knows how to use his size in the painted area. Stone possesses a smooth touch at an extremely young age as well.

Shelton Mitchell (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson)

2014, PG, 6-3, 180 pounds

He continues to improve with a coachable sprit, while grasping perimeter concepts. Shelton values the ball and understands the game. A blossoming player.

Jimmie Taylor (Greensboro, Ala./Greensboro)

2013, PF, 6-10, 221 pounds

College: Alabama

He has an enormous wingspan at 7-5 and Taylor uses all of it to block shots on defense and score over opposing post players. He runs well, covers ground quickly and is a very active player.