FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas forwards Bobby Portis and Michael Qualls have been invited to participate in the LeBron James Skills Academy.
The prestigious camp will be held Wednesday through Saturday in Las Vegas.
The two are among 30 college players and 80 high school players selected to attend the skills academy, according to its website. The four-day event will feature workouts and games in front of NBA scouts.
It will be the second camp attended by both players this summer.
Portis was among 15 college players at the Nike Big Man Skills Academy in New Jersey, while Qualls attended the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Washington, D.C.
Both players will be key to Arkansas’ NCAA Tournament hopes in 2014-15. Portis lead the Razorbacks in rebounding (6.8) and was second in scoring (12.3 points) last season. Qualls ranked third in scoring (11.6 points) and rebounding (4.5).
“I think it was a tremendous experience for these guys,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said late last month before the LeBron James Skills Academy invitation. “Positive things are taking place for them in terms of getting exposure and playing against some of the guys that are in their position, some of the best players in the country. So hopefully it gives them the mindset to come back and really go to work.”
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau