LAS VEGAS -- University of Dayton senior point guard Kevin Dillard is among the 20 college players selected to participate in the LeBron James Skills Academy, which also will feature 80 of the top high school players in the country. Now in its sixth year, the camp will be held in Las Vegas hosted from July 6-9 and feature intense skill development work and competition in front of media members and scouts from every NBA team.
Dillard has already been a part of the Deron Williams Skills Academy from June 21-23 in Chicago, Ill. this summer.
The Flyer co-MVP was a Second Team All Atlantic 10 performer and NABC all-district selection, and finished second in the A-10 and tied for 16th in the NCAA in assists per game with 6.0. He also led UD in scoring (13.3), assists (6.0), steals (47) and minutes (32.7) while leading the Flyers to a 20-13 season, an NIT berth, and the Old Spice Classic Championship in November. Dillard was the tournament MVP.
While Dillard is getting ready for his senior year, three former Flyers are looking to move forward professionally at the Orlando and Las Vegas this summer.
His fellow co-MVP Chris Johnson will play for the Philadelphia 76ers’ entry in the league. Johnson, who graduated in May, averaged 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds last season for UD. He shot .397 (69-174) from three-point range and .859 (67-78) from the line. He is the only college basketball player in the last 20 years to have 1,400 points, 800 rebounds, 300 offensive rebounds and 200 three-pointers while shooting at least 80% from the line in his career.
Johnson will have a familiar face on the roster with him. Center Devin Searcy, a 2011 grad who averaged 13.8 points and 10.8 rebounds last season for the Toyama Grouses in Japan, has also signed with the 76ers.
Playing for the New Orleans Hornets team in Las Vegas will be 2008 graduate Brian Roberts, who has played the last four seasons in Europe. Roberts, who is fourth on the Flyers’ all-time scoring list, helped Germany power Brose Baskets to a 30-4 record last season, winning its third straight German League and German Cup championships. He was second on the team in scoring (12.0) and assists (3.2).