Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The Steve Nash Nike Skills Academy will take place in New Jersey beginning June 26 and should feature some of the top point guards in the nation. Last year Nike launched its new summer program in which Nash, Kobe Bryant, Amare Stoudemire and Vince Carter each hosted Skills Academies leading up to the LeBron James US Skills Academy in Akron.
The official invite list has yet to be released but we’re told the following point guards have been invited to Nash: Brandon Knight (Coral Springs Fla. Pine Crest/Uncommitted); Tommy Mason-Griffin (Houston Madison/Uncommitted); Leslie McDonald (Memphis Briarcrest Christian/North Carolina); Lance Stephenson (Lincoln/Uncommitted); Dexter Strickland (St. Patrick, N.J./North Carolina); and John Wall (Raleigh N.C. Word of God Christian/Uncommitted).
We’re told Stephenson, a natural two guard, was going to attend the Kobe Bryant Academy but did not want to travel cross-country and will attend Nash instead.
Read my story from last year on what Seton Hall guard Jordan Theodore and Strickland learned at the Nash Academy.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.