D.J. Newbill is heading to Vegas, but not to celebrate his team’s unexpected place in the recruiting rankings — the rising senior guard will take part in the LeBron James Skills Academy starting July 9.
The event invites what it deems the top 30 collegiate and top 80 high school ballplayers in the nation to compete in competitive skills workouts and 5-on-5’s. It’s the second stop of an impressive skills tour for Newbill, as the 6-foot-4 playmaker also competed in Kevin Durant’s event in Washington, D.C. last weekend.
“I was happy to be invited to the Kevin Durant academy to play with some of the top guys in the country, and now I am ecstatic to be invited to the LeBron camp,” Newbill said in the press release. “This shows that all the hard work from the last few years is paying off and I am grateful to my teammates and the coaching staff for helping me to get to this point.”
Newbill was the Big Ten’s second-leading scorer in 2013-14, even outperforming star guard Tim Frazier. He led the Nits in scoring with 17.8 points per game, earning an All-Big Ten Second Team nod. Here’s hoping the Philly native can put a word in for LeBron to sign with the Sixers, huh?