Geron Johnson To Participate In Kevin Durant Skills Academy This Weekend
June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - University of Memphis rising senior Geron Johnson is participating in the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy that runs Friday through Sunday, June 28-30. The event starts with a 3:45 p.m. (CT) workout Friday and continues with a pair of two-hour workouts Saturday and Sunday.
The NBA superstar's weekend camp, which is administered by NIKE Elite Youth Basketball, features the nation's top college wings and high school players.
Johnson is the third Tigers player in the last four summers to attend the Kevin Durant Skills Academy. Wesley Witherspoon participated in the summer of 2010, and Adonis Thomas did so in the summer of 2012.
This past season, Johnson was the team's third-leading scorer (10.4 ppg) and rebounder (4.6 rpg) and was second on the squad in both steals (59) and assists (117). He shot 44.4 percent from the floor, 35 percent from the three-point arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line.
The Dayton, Ohio, native finished 2012-13 ranked among the Conference USA leaders in assists (10th), steals (2nd) and assist-turnover ratio (10th).
Johnson earned All-C-USA third team and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) second team honors.
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 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.
Last year's Kevin Durant Skills Academy roster featured 32 high school standouts and 19 college participants, including Otto Porter, Tim Hardaway Jr., C.J. McCollum, Michael Snaer, Elias Harris, Solomon Hill and Nate Wolters.