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LeBron: Top 40 Rankings

Malik Monk (left) and Dedric Lawson were two of the best players at their respective position at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy. Photo: Ronnie Flores

Malik Monk (left) and Dedric Lawson were two of the best players at their respective position at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy. Photo: Ronnie Flores

We attended the first three of four evaluation days at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas and broke down our notes to rank the top forty players in attendance. 

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The Legend of LeBron

LeBron James is playing in is fourth consecutive NBA Finals and gunning for his third consecutive NBA title. He’s being called by some the greatest small forward ever and he hasn’t yet reached his 30th birthday. We take a look back at the growing legend in his first national cover story in the November 2001 edition of Student Sports Magazine when James was entering his junior season at St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio).    

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“Lenny Cooke” Drives Points Home

NBA superstar Lebron James (left) and the 2001 ABCD Camp will forever be connected to the downfall of Lenny Cooke, but the reality is there were numerous factors that ultimately prevented him from playing in the NBA. Photo: adidas/Pam Vaccaro

NBA superstar Lebron James (left) and the 2001 ABCD Camp will forever be connected to the downfall of Lenny Cooke, but the reality is there were numerous factors that ultimately prevented him from playing in the NBA. Photo: adidas/Pam Vaccaro

“Lenny Cooke” is a documentary about the quick rise, and dramatic downward spiral, of an early 2000’s high school basketball standout from Brooklyn with aspirations of being a first round selection in the 2002 NBA Draft. A poor work ethic, raw and inexperienced game, media and scout-driven over-hype, and a series of shaky off-the-court decisions led to Cooke going undrafted. The documentary captures Cooke’s rise, the seeds of his downfall and where he’s at in life today. “Lenny Cooke” is recommended viewing for young players with NBA dreams, parents who may not know the inner-working of the grassroots basketball machine, or anyone with a general interest in basketball or the education of America’s youth.

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HSBB: Giving Thanks

It it weren't for Bob Hurley Sr., St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), the 2011 FAB 50 National Champions, would not be open for any students, much less field a powerhouse basketball team. Photo: Ronnie Flores

It it weren’t for Bob Hurley Sr., St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), the 2011 FAB 50 National Champions, would not be open for any students, much less field a powerhouse basketball team. Photo: Ronnie Flores

On the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday, StudentSportsBasketball.com takes a look at the current basketball community and gives our take on who prominent people and things should be thankful for. StudentSportsBasketball.com wishes our loyal readers a Happy Holiday season.

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5 Myths of HS Basketball Debunked

Sebastian Telfair told his younger brother that toning down the flashy play would help his game. Telfair's flair helped his gain publicity and notoriety in high school, but fundamental play has helped him stick in the NBA. Photo: adidas

Sebastian Telfair told his younger brother toning down the flashy play would help his game. Telfair’s flair helped his publicity and notoriety in high school, but fundamental play has helped him stick in the NBA. Photo: adidas

Today StudentSportsBasketball.com tackles common myths that pervade the game and why some of these common beliefs hurt the game and player development. We also provide beneficial alternatives for young players to this common train of thought. 

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