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LSU freshmen basketball players Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney, who enrolled in school earlier this month, are in Santa Monica, California, this week to take part in the inaugural Nike Basketball Academy.

LSU is one of only three schools to have more than one player at the invitation-only event, which has 27 players attending. Simmons and Blakeney are the only players who have yet to play a Division I college game at the academy.

The week-long event allows the top players in the country to compete against the best competition while receiving guidance from Nike Basketball’s biggest stars — LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis.

As part of the experience, participants will go through a professional basketball combine, off-court workouts, drills, film sessions and 5-on-5 competition.