Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Kevin Durant Skills Academy recap
By Reggie Rankin and John Stovall ESPN Recruiting
CHICAGO -- The Kevin Durant Nike Skills Academy invited in some of the most versatile wing players in the country to hone their skills in the areas of ballhandling, passing, shooting, moving without the ball and making one-on-one moves off the dribble within the team setting.
Here is a look at the three best shooters, most versatile players and defenders/rebounders at the camp.
Top three shooters
Ricardo Ledo is the No. 13 overall player in the 2012 class.
Ricardo Ledo (Providence, R.I./Notre Dame Prep)
2012, SG, 6-foot-6, 193 pounds
Ledo has great size and athletic ability. He can score in a variety of ways and has NBA range on his jumper. He shoots over smaller defenders with ease and can get hot and knock down two or three in a row before the defense knows what hit it. He sprints the floor, spots up and spaces to the open area on the side of dribble penetration. Ledo has continued to build his game, especially in the ballhandling department, and has a long list of schools that includes Kentucky, Providence, UConn, Florida, Miami, Florida State and Arizona.
Katin Reinhardt (San Juan Capistrano, Calif./Mater Dei)
2012, SG, 6-5, 198 pounds
Reinhardt is a combination guard who can hit open shots with range behind the arc. His stroke is confident and he can get hot in a hurry. He is a good ball handler and passer in penetrate-and-kick situations. He has a great feel for the game, and his ability to make shots off the catch or bounce makes him pretty complete on the offensive end, although he must be a more intense defender. Arizona, NC State, Baylor, Syracuse, Gonzaga and Florida were all mentioned as schools in the mix.
Keith Frazier (Irving, Texas/Irving)
2013, SG, 6-6, 188 pounds
Frazier is a true shooting guard who possesses good size and a quick, confident trigger. He runs the outside lane for deep spot-ups, spaces on the side of dribble penetration and comes off screens ready to shoot. Frazier knows he is a terrific shooter but understands he must continue to build his game in the areas of developing his left hand, ballhandling under intense pressure and adding strength, but the youngster can change the scoreboard from long range in a hurry. Frazier has an early list of Kentucky, Texas, Baylor, Arizona and Georgia.
Top three most versatile players
Jabari Parker is the No. 2 overall player in the 2013 class.
Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon)
2013, SF, 6-8, 225 pounds
Parker showed up at the skills academy almost immediately after returning from Mexico with the U-16 USA squad where he brought home the gold medal and tournament MVP honors. Parker is a matchup nightmare because of his ability to be productive at positions 2-4 at the college level and all positions at the high school level. He scores inside and out and really understands how to play on and off the ball. Michigan State, Kansas, Washington, Illinois and Duke are in the mix, and we heard Ohio State is making a push to get heavily involved with the immediate-impact player.
Kyle Anderson (Fairview, N.J./St. Anthony)
2012, SF/PF, 6-9, 226 pounds
Anderson is a true point forward who does a great job of rebounding and pushing the ball on the break, where he is an excellent passer and decision-maker with the ball. He also can start the half-court offense and is a tough matchup at the forward position. He also likes to go to work in the low post, where he uses his great length, skill and feel to score or pass to an open teammate.
Cameron Biedscheid (St. Louis/Cardinal Ritter)
2012, SF/SG, 6-7, 173 pounds
Biedscheid is a super-long wing who can excel at small forward or shooting guard. He runs the floor and spots up for open 3s. His length allows him to shoot over smaller defenders with ease using his equally smooth midrange pull-up jumper. Biedscheid is a shot-maker with tons of upside who could be a tough assignment for smaller wing players, although he needs to add strength.
Top three defenders/rebounders
Gary Harris is the No. 4-ranked SG in the 2012 class.
Gary Harris (Indianapolis/Hamilton Southeastern)
2012, SG, 6-6, 198 pounds
Harris is a very good defender who guarded the ball with good distance while simultaneously applying solid ball pressure. He was alert on the weak side when his man went away from the ball and also did a good job in help-and-recover situations. Harris can score the ball, but his advanced defensive IQ, effort and urgency will get him on the floor even sooner at the college level.
Savon Goodman (Philadelphia/Academy of New Church)
2012, SF/PF, 6-6, 211 pounds
Goodman is a strong and physical forward who is a short-distance slasher and finisher through contact, but he got our attention with his work on the glass. He rebounds with power in and out of his area on both ends. He is aggressive and quick to the ball. His desire, as well as his physical gifts, make him a terrific rebounder. He is also a very capable multiple-position defender with the proper coaching on distance and angles. Goodman has brought toughness and a great motor to floor every time we have seen him and the blue-collar forward is a guy you want in your corner. Goodman is loaded with potential, and when his skills catch up, watch out.
Arnaud Moto (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal)
2012, SF, 6-6, 215 pounds
Moto has the looks in addition to excellent production on the glass and stout defense on the wing and in the low post. Moto is strong, physical and he rebounds on the defensive end with power. He simply clears out less physical opponents with ease. He is capable of defending both forward positions because he is a monster athlete who holds his ground in the post and forces the offensive player to shoot over him. He has a good midrange jumper but must continue to hone his ballhandling and work on his jumper out on the arc. He is loaded with potential, and Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Stanford, UCLA and NC State are a few schools that have taken notice.
• Future Tar Heel J.P. Tokoto (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) displayed tremendous elevation when he attacked the rim on the break and with short slashes from the wing and baseline. Tokoto also was very productive in the low post because of his ability to simply elevate over defenders.
• PF Danrad "Chicken" Knowles (Houston/HCYA) had some impressive plays worth mentioning. The long and lean forward can face up and hit jumpers to the arc, start the break with a bust-out dribble and is very good in pick-and-pop situations. He has a ton of potential and has an early list of Arkansas, Houston, Baylor, Texas Tech, Missouri and South Carolina.
• Class of 2013 wing Troy Williams (Hampton, Va./Hampton) is an outstanding athlete with matching athletic ability. He is a good offensive rebounder and excels in transition. He must improve his on-ball defense but has tremendous upside. His early list includes Georgetown, Virginia Tech, DePaul, Louisville and North Carolina.
• Justin Anderson (Montross, Va./Montrose Christian), Goodman, Amile Jefferson (Philadelphia/Friends Central), Shaquille Johnson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) and Devonta Pollard (DeKalb, Miss./Kemper County) play the game with great energy on both ends. When evaluating these young men, you never have to look for them on the floor because if they are not making plays, they are involved in them.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to 1990 and was a first-team All-MAC selection his senior season. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter. John Stovall, a recruiting coordinator, has worked as director of scouting for Prep Spotlight Scouting Service and magazine for 15 years.