On Saturday, we reported that Juwan Staten, the Big 12’s leading scorer last season had been invited to participate in the Lebron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas. Since then, we’ve learned that a quintet of high-performing players from the conference will be attending the by-invitation off-season camp sponsored by NBA All-Star and four-time Most Valuable Player James.
In addition to Staten, sophomore-to-be Marcus Foster of Kansas State, Georges Niang of Iowa State, junior Perry Ellis and incoming freshman Kelly Oubre of Kansas have been invited to attend the camp, which features 30 college players and 80 of the top high school players in America.
The session runs four days, beginning July 9.
Foster led Kansas State is eight statistical categories last season, including scoring, with a 15.6 average per game. Foster was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team, only the second K-State freshman player in history to be an All-Big 12 selection (Michael Beasley was the other).
Niang, a junior, was the third leading scorer for Iowa State in 2013-14, averaging almost 17 points a game. Ellis, a junior frontcourt player for the Jayhawks, averaged 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season. Oubre is a highly rated member of the Kansas 2014 recruiting class (No. 6 overall nationally, according to Rivals).
Other known college players who will be attending the LeBron James Skills Academy are Ron Baker (Wichita State), Darrun Hilliard (Villanova), , Treveon Graham (Virginia Commonwealth), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona), R.J. Hunter (Georgia State), Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Jarrell and Jordan Mickey (both of LSU), D.J. Newbill (Penn State), Terran Pettway (Nebraska), Michael Qualls (Arkansas), Aaron White (Iowa), Delon Wright (Utah) and Joseph Young (Oregon).
The four-day session includes competitive skills workouts, five-on-five games to help the participants showcase their skills to NBA scouts.