Jordan McRae on Kevin Durant's camp
There are few names bigger than Kevin Durant in the hierarchy of global basketball stars.
One goes simply by one name — LeBron.
Having just run with one, Jordan McRae will now get to spar with the other.
The Tennessee senior guard learned Monday he has garnered an invite to the LeBron James Skills Academy later this week in Las Vegas. The invitation came on the same day McRae returned from Washington D.C., where he competed and excelled at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy.
“Meeting a world champion and four-time MVP? Yeah, it’ll be fun,” McRae said Monday before a Rocky Top League game at Christian Academy of Knoxville.
The LeBron James camp, running from July 5-8, is invitation-only and features the nation’s top 80 high school players and top 20 college players. The college players are selected from those who stand out at the three Nike skill academies hosted by Durant (wings), Deron Williams (guards) and Amare Stoudemire (post players).
James’ camp is held in front of hundreds of media members, as well as scouts from nearly every NBA team.
McRae said Monday he was pleased with his performance at Durant’s three-day camp. On two occasions, McRae found himself one-on-one with the three-time NBA scoring leader.
“It was in the flow (of the game),” he said. “I saw him on me and the side cleared out — any time you have the opportunity to score on one of the world’s best players, I had to take advantage of that.”
With a wide smile followed by a shake of the head, McRae said he scored once on Durant, while his second shot was blocked.