It’s a pretty big honor to be considered one of the top players in all of college basketball by LeBron James, one of the best basketball players on the planet. It’s an entirely different set of circumstances to be invited by LeBron to his Skills Academy in Las Vegas this summer to play with some of the best in the collegiate ranks, which is exactly where Dez Wells finds himself.
The camp, which started Tuesday and extends four days, is held by LeBron James and hosts the nation’s top twenty players and high school’s top 80 prospects. It’s been host to a ton of talented players who go on to be elite both in college and in the NBA, and occasionally comes out with gems like LeBron James getting dunked on by Jordan Crawford all those years ago. The camp is designed to focus on a ton of things, but also offers a highly competitive environment to keep players skills honed over the summer and to dole out some incredible advice from the game’s greatest.
It’s only four days, but it’s truly a testament to how hard Wells has worked that he managed to land an invite to this camp. Senior or not, offers to play at this academy are not extended to players who don’t have a legitimate chance at playing professionally somewhere or to prospects in high school that have shown tons of promise. They’re designed to help future pro’s prep early and develop their skills.
Also in attendance is Gonzaga Catholic High School’s Bryant Crawford, a shooting guard the Terps have offered and are presumably pressing pretty hard for.
Just goes to show you how talented Wells has become and that he’s on a lot of folks radars. He’s due for a monster season after returning to be the definitive alpha dog for the Terrapins after all their transfers this offseason. This can only help, that’s for sure, and given that he’s the leader of the team, hopefully he can impart some of these skills on the rest of the Terps squad in their first Big Ten season.