Vols' McRae Invited to James Skills Academy

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee basketball player Jordan McRae’s impressive showing at last weekend’s Kevin Durant Skills Academy led to an exciting phone call for McRae Monday night. The rising senior guard was informed that he is among an elite group of players selected to participate in the 2013 LeBron James Skills Academy.

 

This year’s event takes place Friday through Monday in Las Vegas; McRae departs Friday morning. Participants are selected on an invitation-only basis.

 

“It’s an honor to be picked,” McRae said. “It feels good to be recognized for my hard work and get another chance to work with an NBA superstar. The chance to learn from the two best guards in the world is a privilege and a blessing.”

 

The Skills Academy features the nation’s top-80 high school players as well as the top-20 college standouts taking part in four days of intense skill-development work and competition in front of hundreds of media members and scouts from nearly every NBA team.

 

A complete list of 2013 participants has yet to be published to the event’s official website.

 

McRae is the first Vol to take part in the LeBron James Skills Academy since guard Scotty Hopson in 2010. Interestingly, Hopson has an opportunity to potentially join James – a four-time NBA MVP and two-time world champion – on next season’s Miami Heat roster. Last week, Hopson finalized a deal to play on the Heat’s NBA Summer League Team.

 

For the most up-to-date information about the Tennessee basketball program, visit UTsports.com/basketball and follow @Vol_Hoops on Twitter.

 

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)


Chattanooga's McLennan Leading Women's Open

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. -- Chattanooga's Emily McLennan leads 17th Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open Championship.    McLennan has a two day total of 143. Karlin Beck of Pike Road, Ala., had a two day total of 144. Kaitlyn Rohrback of Houston, Texas and Casey Kennedy of Venice, Fla. are tied for third with a two day total of 146.  The tournament ... (click for more)

Cleveland Speedway Has Several Events Saturday Night

A full night of racing with the Late Models, Crate Late Models, A & B Hobby and Road Warriors will be at Cleveland Speedway on Saturday.   For the kids it's "Bike Nite" with a half-dozen bicycles set to be given away to a wide age range of the youth in attendance.   Pits open at 4 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. Hot laps start at 8 p.m. after the drivers' meeting. ... (click for more)

Abdulazeez Apparently Went Target Shooting In River Gorge Area Prior To Rampage That Killed 5

A 24-year-old Hixson man who went on a rampage and killed five military personnel at Chattanooga apparently went target shooting in the Tennessee River Gorge area just beforehand. A Chattanoogan said he was canoeing the day before the shooting and heard Mohammad Abdulazeez shooting in the woods in a remote area. The man, who said he thought he was being shot at, looked ... (click for more)

Columnist Says Navy To Bring Charges Against Commander Of Chattanooga Naval Center Who Fired At Shooter

The Navy plans to bring charges against Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, who fired shots at a Hixson man who on July 16 rammed through a gate at the facility on Amnicola Highway and killed four Marines and a sailor, columnist Allen West wrote. He said he received a text message confirming the charges are imminent against the Chattanoogan, who is the father of six and who has acknowledged ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Is A Blessed Community

I am an American by birth and a Chattanoogan by the Grace of God. (A phrase I borrowed from the late Lewis Grizzard and modified) I grew up in Chattanooga / East Ridge – Anna B. Lacey Elementary, Dalewood Junior High, Brainerd High, degree UTC.  My family lived in Chattanooga until March of this year but I’m still up every month visiting friends.   I have been following ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In August 2015

Those in the know tell me the month of August is National Peach Month, so as I take a stroll through garden, I am paying particular attention to the poppy and the gladiolus because they are the “birth flowers" of this month. But as we dole out our months Orchids and Onions, let’s substitute a peach and a pit, that hard seed you find when you bite into a peach. A PEACH to the ... (click for more)