July 17, 2007
Minnesotans take in Camp LeBron
DeLaSalle's Royce White was one of four Minnesota high school athletes to attend the LeBron James Skills Academy in Akron, Ohio. Along with fellow 2009 stud Rodney Williams Jr. and 2008 Wisconsin commits Jordan Taylor and Jared Berggren, Royce learned from LeBron and other professionals while competing against the best players in the nation.
Invited to LeBron's camp were the best players from the Nike sponsored AAU teams from around the country and the Minnesota players were from the Howard Pulley Panther AAU team. "The camp was real nice, it was a real competitive camp," White explained. "Overall things were well done as the set-up was very nice." The players arrived two Friday's back and then competed for four days. The Pulley players competed and then went to Augusta, South Carolina where they went 3-2 in the Peach Jam.
What's different from LeBron's camp as compared to the Nike Camp (this was the previous summer attraction for the Nike shoe company) was the focus on individual skill development of each player. "The best thing about the camp to me was the skill work and learning from professional guys," White explained. "I was able to learn some new skills and play in some different roles, things like that. Meeting LeBron is always going to be a nice thing and they had a banquet for all of us that was very nice. The games we played out there were competitive but the games were not the focus as compared to what you learned from the skill development part of the camp."
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