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Saturday, July 9, 2011
Locals shining at LeBron Skills Academy

By ESPNBoston.com

ESPN basketball recruiting analysts Dave Telep and Reggie Rankin check in today with a recap of the LeBron James Skills Academy at the University of Akron's Rhodes Arena, which concluded yesterday, and make light of some of the New England prep schools' top ballers.

Soon-to-be Brewster Academy senior forward TJ Warren looks to one of many names in early contention for a McDonald's All-American spot next year:


On the final day at camp, amongst many of the nation's best players, Warren presented his strongest case yet to be a McDonald's All-American. It was almost as if he, Omar Calhoun (Middle Village, N.Y./Christ The King) and Jordan Price (Decatur, Ga./SW Dekalb) were engaged in their own game of H-O-R-S-E in one contest; Calhoun made the game-winning layup for good measure. Warren isn't married to a spot on the floor, has extended range and a body that allows him to create separation inside the arc.


The matchup of the camp might have been Brewster's Mitch McGary going up against soon-to-be Findlay Prep senior Brandon Ashley. McGary won the early rounds, before Ashley made a strong second-half push:


This was one of those camp matchups that makes a long day in the gym worth the trouble. In the first half, McGary stroked jumpers and owned the paint. There are times on the floor where the Chesterton, Ind., native's intensity may overwhelm opponents. If his jumper is rolling and he's using it to feed his game in the lane, it's over. To Ashley's credit, after experiencing little success in the first half, he kept plugging away until he solved the riddle inside and used his length and tenacity to rally. Since the beginning of the spring and through the summer, Ashley's made the decision to crank up the intensity and commit himself at both ends. The result is that the Oakland, Calif., native solidified himself a spot among the top 10 players in the class.


Meanwhile, two of the Boston Amateur Basketball Club's most highly-sought players, Everett-bred center Nerlens Noel and Roxbury native swingman Wayne Selden, made a splash on campus this week:


Class of 2013 post Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton) is a rim-protector thanks to his great length and mobility. He attacks the offensive glass and displayed nice touch and body control on the rim, where he finishes with length more than strength. Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke, Florida, North Carolina and Connecticut, among others have offered.

Class of 2014 prospect Wayne Selden (Boston/The Tilton School) has a grown man's game. He is a strong, physical, athletic SG who attacks the rim and scores through contact regularly.