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Penn State Basketball: Newbill Receives LeBron James Camp Invite

by on July 03, 2014 12:00 PM

After a strong showing at the Kevin Durant skills camp last week, Penn State senior guard DJ Newbill has received an invitation to the LeBron James skills academy beginning July 9 in Las Vegas.

The event features the Top 30 collegiate and Top 80 high school players from around the country and runs until July 12. Players will have four days of competitive skills workouts and 5-on-5 games.

"I was happy to be invited to the Kevin Durant academy to play with some of the top guys in the country, and now I am ecstatic to be invited to the LeBron camp," Newbill said. "This shows that all the hard work from the last few years is paying off and I am grateful to my teammates and the coaching staff for helping me to get to this point."

Newbill will leave Tuesday for the trip to Vegas and begin action Wednesday. He found out about his invitation after listening to a voicemail on his phone following a pickup game with some of his fellow Nittany Lion teammates.

"I am looking forward to the challenge of playing with and against the best players in the country," he said. "This camp can only help me get better."

Newbill finished last season leading the Nittany Lions in scoring with 17.8 points per game and was second in the conference in scoring en route to All-Big Ten and NABC All-District honors.

The 2014 Team MVP also surpassed the 1,000-point mark and became the third Nittany Lion in program history to post back-to-back seasons with 500 points.

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