May 9, 2013
Tennessee basketball player Jordan McRae is among a select group of collegiate wings that has been invited to participate in the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy June 28-30 in Washington, D.C.
As a junior last season, McRae was Tennessee's team leader in scoring (15.7 ppg), minutes played (33.6 mpg), 3-pointers made (60) and attempted (169) and 3-point percentage (.355) while ranking second in assists (2.0 apg), blocks (0.9 bpg) and steals (0.8 spg).
In SEC play, he averaged 19.2 points (third in the SEC), 37.7 minutes (first in the SEC) and shot .392 from 3-point range (fifth in the SEC). He improved his SEC scoring average by more than 100 percent from his sophomore season (7.9 ppg to 19.2 ppg).
"First of all, it's an honor just to be invited to an event like that," McRae said. "It's a great opportunity. I'll get a chance to improve my game. I look forward to seeing how I stack up against some of the best wings in the country."
The three-day Kevin Durant camp is one of three position-specific, invitation-only skills academies sponsored by Nike Elite Youth Basketball. Nike EYB also conducts skills academies for point guards and big men, as well as the LeBron James Skills Academy, which includes players from all positions.
The goal of the skills academies is to instill the necessary fundamentals into the next generation of top players. Each academy focuses on strength and conditioning and skill development. In addition to the on-court instruction, participants also get to hear from NBA athletes and the coaches on life lessons and what it takes to make it to the next level.
The academies are closed to the public but are highly attended by NBA scouts and player personnel executives.
"Jordan is most definitely deserving of this opportunity," Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin said. "As a player, it's valuable anytime you have a chance to test yourself against the best. I know Jordan will compete at a very high level and represent Tennessee well."
The complete roster for the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy has yet to be finalized. Last year's roster featured 32 high school standouts and 19 college participants - including projected 2013 NBA Draft picks Otto Porter, Tim Hardaway Jr., C.J. McCollum, Michael Snaer, Adonis Thomas and Nate Wolters.