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LeBron James Skills Academy begins, high school and college rosters inside

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The LeBron James Skills Academy officially got underway Friday night in Las Vegas, Nev., showcasing the best talent in high school and college basketball in front of scouts and media.

Below is a roster of high school participants, with a link to the college roster as well.

HIGH SCHOOL ROSTER

Stephen Clark | Oklahoma City, Okla.

Wesley Clark | Romulus, Mich. | Class of 2013

Jordan Woodard | Edmond, Okla. | Class of 2013

Parker Jackson-Cartwright | Los Angeles, Calif. | Class of 2014

Solomon Poole | Jacksonville, Fla. | Class of 2013

Kasey Hill | Montverde, Fla. |  Class of 2013

Shane Rector | Bronx, N.Y. | Class of 2013

RaShawn Powell | Orlando, Fla. | Class of 2013

Jaren Sina | Lake Hopatcong, N.J. | Class of 2013

Anthony Barber | Hampton, Va. | Class of 2013

Tyler Ennis | Ontario, Can. | Class of 2013

Duane Wilson | Whitefish Bay, Wisc | Class of 2013

Xavier Rathan-Mayes | Huntington, W.V. | Class of 2013

Isaiah Briscoe | Union, N.J. | Class of 2015

Zach LaVine | Bothel, Wash. |  Class of 2013

Shelton Mitchell | Waxhaw, N.C. | Class of 2014

Kameron Mitchell | Baltimore, Md. | Class of 2013

Donte Clark | Charlotte, N.C. | Class of 2013

Allerik Freeman | Charlotte, N.C. | Class of 2013

Jordan Mathews | Los Angeles, Calif. | Class of 2013

Stanford Robinson | Landover, Md. | Class of 2013

Nigel Williams-Goss | Henderson, Nev. | Class of 2013

JaJuan Johnson | Memphis, Tenn. | Class of 2013

EC Matthews | Romulus, Mich. | Class of 2013

D’Angelo Russell | Louisville, Ky. | Class of 2014

Josh Hart | Washington, D.C. | Class of 2013

Sindarius Thornwell | Lancaster, S.C. | Class of 2014

Devin Booker | Ocean Springs, Miss. | Class of 2013

Billy Garrett | Chicago, Ill. | Class of 2013

Isaac Hamilton | Los Angeles, Calif. | Class of 2013

Jalen Lindsey | Franklin, Tenn. | Class of 2014

Tyler Roberson | Union, N.J. | Class of 2013

Matt Jones | Dallas, Texas | Class of 2013

Roschon Prince | Long Beach, Calif. | Class of 2013

Davon Reed | Princeton, N.J. | Class of 2013

Wayne Selden | Boston, Mass. | Class of 2013

Jabari Bird | Richmond, Calif. | Class of 2013

Theo Pinson | Greensboro, N.C. | Class of 2014

Jarell Martin | Baton Rouge, La. | Class of 2013

Troy Williams | Phoebus, Va. | Class of 2013

Semi Ojeleye | Ottawa, Kan. | Class of 2013

James Young | Troy, Mich. | Class of 2013

Leron Black | Memphis, Tenn. | Class of 2014

Nick King | Memphis, Tenn. | Class of 2013

Reggie Cameron | Hackensack, N.J. | Class of 2013

Derrick Griffin | Rosenberg, Texas | Class of 2013

Tre Lyles | Indianapolis, Ind. | Class of 2014

Noah Vonleh | Haverhill, Mass. | Class of 2014

Andrew Wiggins | Ontario, Can. | Class of 2014

JaQuan Lyles | Evansville, Ind. | Class of 2014

Marcus Lee | Antioch, Calif. | Class of 2013

Diamond Stone | Milwaukee, Wisc. | Class of 2015

Christian Wood | Palmdale, Calif. | Class of 2013

Justin Jackson | Houston, Texas | Class of 2014

Jordan Mickey | Houston, Texas | Class of 2014

Torren Jones | Chandler, Ariz. | Class of 2013

Kev0n Looney | Milwaukee, Wisc. | Class of 2014

Austin Colbert | Lakeville, Conn. | Class of 2013

Kenton Facey | Baldwin, N.Y. | Class of 2013

Shannon Hale | Asheville, N.C. | Class of 2013

Kuran Iverson | Windsor, Conn. | Class of 2013

Marc Loving | Toledo, Ohio | Class of 2013

Chris McCullough | Bronx, N.Y. | Class of 2014

Kyle Washington | Champlin, Minn. | Class of 2013

Devin Williams | Cincinnati, Ohio | Class of 2013

Ivan Raab | Oakland, Calif. | Class of 2015

Chris Walker | Bonifay, Fla. | Class of 2013

Moses Kingsley | New Albany, Ariz. | Class of 2013

Malik Price-Martin | Miami, Fla. | Class of 2013

Jermaine Lawrence | Springfield Gardens, N.Y. | Class of 2013

Austin Nichols | Collierville, Tenn. | Class of 2013

Thomas Hamilton | Chicago, Ill. | Class of 2013

Karviar Shepherd | Arlington, Texas | Class of 2013

Dominic Woodson | Saxtons River, Vt. | Class of 2013

Cliff Alexander | Chicago, Ill. | Class of 2014

Kennedy Meeks | Charlotte, N.C. | Class of 2014

Bobby Portis | Little Rock, Ark. | Class of 2013

Jimmie Taylor | Greensboro, N.C. | Class of 2013

Julius Randle | McKinney, Texas | Class of 2013

To see college rosters, click here.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Final USA Basketball U18 roster announced, team set to compete in Brazil

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On Saturday night, USA Basketball announced its final roster for the U18 National Team, a group that will compete in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from  June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.

The roster was cut from 23 players to 14 on Friday, and was trimmed once more Saturday, to get to the final 12 who will represent the United States.

“I think we’ve got some balance, we’ve got some versatility, we can move guys to some different positions. This has been a group that has picked up things pretty well so far so I’m excited about it,” U18 head coach Billy Donovan, also of the Florida Gators, said in a statement. “The thing I’ve been most impressed with since we started is just their attitudes. It seems like we’ve got really good chemistry, they get along real well, they seem to be a cohesive group.”

In order to compete, players must have been born on or after January 1, 1994.

Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes is the only player on the final roster with collegiate experience, having played in 17 games last season for the Volunteers and averaging 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds.

He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

The complete roster is as follows:

Nate Britt, II (Gonzaga H.S., D.C./Upper Marlboro, Md./North Carolina signee)

Sam Dekker (Sheboygan Lutheran H.S./Sheboygan, Wis./Wisconsin signee)

Shaq Goodwin (Southwest DeKalb H.S./Decatur, Ga./Memphis signee)

Jerami Grant(DeMatha Catholic/Bowie, Md./Syracuse signee)

Montrezl Harrell(Hargrave Military Academy/Tarboro, N.C./Louisville signee)

Jake Layman(King Phillip Regional H.S./Wrentham, Mass./Maryland signee)

Rodney Purvis (Upper Room Christian/Raleigh, N.C./NC State signee)

Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas/Uncommitted)

James Robinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Mitchellville, Md./Pittsburgh signee)

Marcus Smart (Marcus H.S./Flower Mound, Texas/Oklahoma State signee)

Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, Tenn./Tennessee sophomore)

Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas/Duke signee)

Uncommitted 2013 forward Austin Nichols and UNC-bound 2012 center Joel James were the last two players to be cut from the roster.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Kentucky’s Anthony Davis officially added to pool for U.S. Olympic team, roster still to be cut

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After much speculation, it is now official: former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis will officially be part of the 18-man pool for the 2012 Olympic roster, Jerry Colangelo of USA Basketball announced Monday.

The team recently received an extension from the USOC on when the 12-man basketball roster is to be finalized, now pushing the date to July 7.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden was also added to the pool.

Davis averaged 14.3 points, 10 rebounds, and 4.7 blocks this past season for the national-champion Kentucky Wildcats, on his way to winning National Freshman and National Player of the Year awards.

With injuries in the United States frontcourt, first to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, and now a undetermined timetable for the return of Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, chatter began to pick up that Davis could be a suitable replacement.

The most appealing part of his game is the fact that he could make an impact at the international level without touching the ball on the offensive end.

With scorers like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade, the United States doesn’t need another player who needs the basketball in his hands to affect a game.

That’s where Davis, who proved to be a defensive stopper at Kentucky, could fill in. Imagine a lineup on the floor with James, Bryant, and Durant scoring on the offensive end, with Davis and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler around the basket?

The United States has fallen into a trap in the past of having an impressive collection of talent, while struggling to find team chemistry or have pieces that fit together properly.

Davis could be a step in the right direction.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_