Saturday, October 25, 2014 · 10:55 p.m.
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Jordan McRae celebrates a basket. (Photo: Billy Weeks)

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee guard Jordan McRae has earned an invitation to the Lebron James Skills Academy.

The invite-only event, hosted by Miami Heat star Lebron James, will begin this Friday and run through the following Monday in Las Vegas. McRae is part of an elite group of just 20 collegiate players who were invited to join 80 of the top high school prospects in the nation.

McRae’s performance at last weekend’s Kevin Durant Skills Academy helped him get selected for this event. An All-SEC selection in 2012-13, McRae led the Vols in scoring (15.7 ppg), 3-pointers made (60), minutes played (33.6 mpg) and 3-point percentage (.355).

 “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.”

McRae is the first Vol to take part in this event since Scotty Hopson attended in 2010. Hopson, who ultimately went undrafted, has played overseas since leaving UT after his junior season. He recently signed a deal to play with the Miami Heat’s NBA Summer League Team this summer.

McRae is currently projected as a second-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, according to NBADraft.net, but could work his way into the first round with a strong showing this summer followed by a solid senior season.

Daniel Lewis covers University of Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga

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