STORRS, Conn. --- A trio of UConn men’s basketball players will take their skills to summer camps in California to compete against some outstanding college talent.
Rising sophomore Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) is one of just 20 college players nationally to be invited to participate in the inaugural Nike Basketball Academy to be held June 26-29 in Santa Monica. Also, rising junior Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana) and incoming freshman Jalen Adams (Roxbury, Mass.) will serve as counselors and part of the college contingent of players at the sixth annual adidas Nations, held on July 30-Aug. 3, in Long Beach.
The Nike Basketball Academy is the result of Nike combining its three skills academies – the LeBron James Skills Academy, Kevin Durant Skills Academy, and Kyrie Irving/Anthony Davis Bigs and Points Skills Academies --- into one. The camp, to be held at the Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger, brings together some of the country’s top high school and college players, where they will be instructed by some of Nike’s top athletes, including James, Durant, Irving and Davis.
Hamilton, UConn’s 6-7 swingman, was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year last season after averaging 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 3.7 assists for the Huskies. He led the conference in rebounding at 9.1 per game in league games and was the only freshman in the country to score 300 points (380), grab 200 rebounds (267), and hand out 100 assists (128).
At the Nike Academy, Hamilton will go through a professional basketball combine, off-court workouts, drills, film sessions, and 5-on-5 competition.
Brimah, the Huskies’ 7-foot center, started all 35 games for UConn and averaged 9.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.46 blocks, which ranked first in the conference and second in the country, as he earned the AAC Defensive Player of the Year Award. His 67.4 field goal percentage set a UConn single-season record.
Adams, a 6-2 guard, comes to UConn after leading Brewster Academy to a 34-1 season, the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AAA championship and the National Prep Championship. Adams averaged 16 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field. He was a first team All-NEPSAC Class AAA pick, and MVP of the NEPSAC Class AAA Tournament.
Brimah and Adams are among a group of elite college players who will help tutor the younger players at adidas Nations, while also playing against top college competition themselves.
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