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Pangos All-American Camp Top Performers

Created on Saturday, 09 June 2012 18:31 Written by Van Coleman

The 2012 Pangos All-American Camp was a deep and talented camp that missed some of its luster at the top, due toAmerican_Camp.jpg" alt="Pangos_All-American_Camp" style="margin: 5px; float: right;" /> injuries, but once again Camp Director Dinos Trigonis was able to put together one of the nation's top events.

 Over the past five years from 2007 thru 2011 the Pangos All-American Camp featured the nation's consensus number one player. But, this year the two main contenders Jabari Parker (our current No.1) and Julius Randle (spring's top performer) elected to stay home since they are currently at TeamUSA practice this week. That coupled with injuries to players like Aaron Gordon who got to remove his boot on Monday, and a lesser event might be in trouble, but not the Pangos as Dinos Trigonis put together a deep field with top twenty talent in the Classes of 2013, 2014, and 2015.

 And to Coach Trigonis delight a couple of players really stepped up their game to prove they need to be considered among 2013's elite, another showed huge potential, while the youth movement pointed toward a bright future for the summer's kick-off all-star event. So with that in mind let's take a look at this past weekend's Pangos All-American Camp as we look forward to the summer all-star and team events.

 Five, things we learned at the Pangos:

 One, that Dinos Trigonis can put together a quality camp, despite the fact that injuries and Team USA schedule caused the Pangos to miss out on  a number of top ten talents, and for the first time since 2006 the roster didn't include the future high school player of the year. 

 Two, that players are still willing to put out the effort to impress the national scouts in attendance ( no less than eight McDonald's Selection committee members at the Pangos) and raise their national stock and put themselves in the conversation for America's premier all-star game.

Three, that there are still players who believe you get it done on the court the old fashioned way by flat out, out-working opponents, a point well proven by Pangos attendees like Jarrell Martin, Mike Young Jermaine Lawrence, Cliff Alexander, and Conner Frankamp. They definitely heard the message being sent at the Pangos Camp!

Four, that Dinos will come up with a prospect that will have the scouting community buzzing, this year that prospect was 7-5 265-pound post prospect Mamadou Ndiaye from Brethren Christian in Huntington Beach,CA. It is a small school, but there was nothing small about Mamadou, he can stand flat footed and touch the rim, he has big hands that hold onto ball with strength on the finish or off the glass. He has fairly quick feet for a big man and runs floor well. He uses glass when dunk isn't available on the blocks and is definitely ahead of Yao Ming as a rising senior (same age as we first sawYao at Nike Camp). He still needs to work on offensive tools, and has to become a straight up defender and shot blocker, as he needs one step on the shot block, but potential is there to develop into special low post player due to his length and mobility. Unfortunately, he didn't stay for Sunday All-Star games as his coaches seemed a little spooked by prep schools in attendance!

 Five, that the future is very bright on the west coast and across the country as the Classes of 2014 and 2015 added some of the top talent we observed at the Pangos and gave it the depth we talked about above. Underclass talents like Cliff Alexander the Camp MOP, along with Stanley Johnson, Chris McCullough, Shaqquan Aaron, Namon Wright, JaQuan Newton, and Kevin Zabo represented the rising junior class well, while rising sophomores Tyler Dorsey, Isaiah Briscoe and Australian import Ben Simmons gave us a glimpse through the looking glass at the Class of 2015. A class with the potential to be a great class, similar to 1979, 1981,1988, 1991, 2001, 2004, and 2007...Plus if 2016 rising freshman Derryck Thornton is any indication of the talent coming out of middle schools this year, we are going to have to pay close attention as it will rival 2015 for best of the decade.

 But, as is always the case at the Pangos it is the players that make the camp and once again this year those players made the Pangos, not only the Tip-off event ofsummer play, but one of the top stops of the summer. With that in mind here's our look at the top prospects in Long Beach in our 2012 Pangos All-American Camp Positioner:

 2012 PANGOS ALL-AMERICAN CAMP POSITIONER

 CENTERS

 First Five:

1.  Cliff Alexander                    6’9”     C         2014    Currie (ChicagoIL) - Explosive man child dominates glass with his strength and length. he has come a long way on offensive end, with developing jump hook and quick drop step that he finishes with explosion off the seal. Consistency earned himCampMOP! He made a statement inLong Beachthat he is ready to challenge for top five spot in Class of 2014

 2.  Karviar Shepard                  6’9”     C         2013    Grace Prep (Arlington TX) - He stepped out of the shadows once again at the Pangos (after playing behind Isaiah Austin at Grace) and showed that he can be a force in the paint, blocking shots, controlling boards and then scoring with solid low post offensive skills. He should blow back up this summer.

 3.  Christian Wood                   6’10”   C         2013    Findlay Prep (Henderson NV) - UNLV commit has added couple inches over last year and showed at Pangos he can board and start break, block shots with explosive quicks off the floor, and be a force on offensive end scoring over opponents with jump hook or popping out and hitting mid-range jumper on face up. he can drive around bigs to that makes him tough match-up too!

 4.  Patson Siame                       6’11”   C         2013    Impact Academy (Las Vegas NV) - Loyola Marymount commit showed that he is going to be an impact recruit for the Lions. He has excellent hands on blocks, can catch and turn on opponents to score with jumper or jump hook. If doubled he showed he can hit open man with pass. He is solid on glass and defense. Once he adds strength to go with skills he can be a force at LMU!

 5.  Mamadou Ndiaye                7’5”     C         2013    Brethren Christian (Huntington BeachCA) - The most interesting prospect at the Pangos due to his size, mobility and potential. He knows he is a post player, so if he improves hand-eye coordination on shot block and continues to hone offensive moves and learns to use physical gifts on blocks or boards...look out!

 Next Five:

6.  Johnathan Wilkins                6’11”   C         2014    La Lumiere (La PorteIN) -

7.  Payton Dastrup                    6’9”     C         2014   Mountain View(MesaAZ) -

8.  Trey Thompson                   6’9”     C         2014   ForrestCity(MadisonAR) -

9.  Miroslav Jaksic                    6’11”   C         2013    WalledLakeWestern(NoviMI) -

10. Maurice Kirby                    6’9”     C         2013    Basha (ChandlerAZ)

 Best of the Rest:  Alpha Ndaw 6’9” C 2013 Saddleback Christian (Laguna Niguel CA);  Jeremiah April 6’11” C; 2013 Joy Christian (Glendale,AZ);  Christian Mulamba 6’10” C 2013 LaJolla Prep (LaJolla,CA)

 POWER FORWARDS

 First Five:

1.  Mike Young                        6’8”     PF        2013    Hudson Catholic (Newark NJ) - This perpetual motion forward was among top five scorers in camp, but led the rebounding with his ability to see ball off the glass and explode to it off the block out. He has ability to pop and face, then attack hoop off the dribble and finish versus contact at the rim. He has range to 17-feet and that is key to future levels he will reach!

 2.  Jermaine Lawrence  6’9”     PF        2013    Pope John XXIII (NJ) - This athletic powerman with the length to play either inside spot, but the ability to face and drive on bigs to the rim where he finishes with explosion. He blocked shots, filled a lane off the glass and showed mid-range jumper off the face-up. But, he tends to float at times, that was the difference between Young and him for top spot at Power Forwards at Pangos

 3.  Ben Simmons                      6’8”     PF        2015    Madison Prep (Baton Rouge LA) - This skilled rising soph was one of the surprise performers at the Pangos with his ability to face and knock down jumper to the arc, attack the hoop off the dribble or roll to the blocks and score with either hand on the blocks. He has solid mid-range game too. He is a solid athlete who as he matures and adds strength can be an impact talent.

 3.  Johnathan Williams  6’9”     PF        2013    Southwind (Memphis TN) - He might have been the most skilled and talented face-up four man in Long Beach, but he didn't seem to have the fire to prove he was the same player we'd seen in two different weekends at the EYBL. No doubt he is a top twenty senior prospect, but this skilled lefty, with ability to score from 17-feet to the rim, needs to use skills to dominate everytime out.

 5.  Zena Edosomwan                6’8”     PF        2013    Prep TBA (North Hollywood CA) - Harvard commit will be an impact talent in the Ivy League after he spends this year in prep school. he can score with elbow jumper, get on the block sand finish with strength in the paint. He has a lot of similar game skills to one of 2012's top inside scorers Georges Niang, so Crimson fans should be excited to have him heading toCambridge.

 Next Five:

6.  Chris McCullough                6’9”     PF        2014   SalisburyPrep (Salisbury,CT) -

7. JordanBell                          6’8”     PF        2013    Poly (Long BeachCA) -

8.  Akoy Agau                          6’9”     PF        2013   OmahaCentral (OmahaNE) -

9.  Alex Foster                         6’8”     PF        2013    DeLa Salle(ChicagoIL) -

10. Hunter Myers                     6’7”     PF        2013   Douglas(MindenNV) -

 Best of the Rest:  Chase Jeter 6’8” PF 2015 Gorman (Las Vegas NV);  Devante Robinson 6’8” PF 2013 Madison (Dallas TX);  Greg Karapoulios 6’7” PF 2013 Cypress (Cypress, CA);  Kyle Benton 6'7" PF 2013 Gahr (Cerritos, CA);  Tyrone Outlaw 6'6" PF 2013 Person County (Roxboro, NC.

 WING FORWARDS

 First Five:

1.  Jarrell Martin                       6’8”     WF      2013    Madison Prep (Baton RougeLA) - This combination of Terence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made a major statement at the Pangos averaging 17.3 ppg and 7rpg! He led all scorers and was the number two rebounder at the Pangos. He showed he can knock down lefty jumper from three, grab board and take it end to end, and can post and finish with either hand off glass. He has bounce to make highlights and plays with a motor similar to Kidd-Gilchrist. he was my pick for MOP just edging Alexander, 'nuff said!

 2.  Stanley Johnson                   6’6”     WF      2014    Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA) - He was a man in demonstration on opening night, but didn't start to impress on court until Saturday afternoon when shot started to fall for him. He has really worked on his perimeter jumper and it is coming (but still a work in progress) into its own. He is a tough rebounder with the ability to finish in transition or off the drive in traffic. He is a good passer off the dribble who has made move to wing over last year and is back on rise in junior class.

 3.  Brandon Austin                    6’6”     WF      2013    IMHOTEP (Philadelphia PA) - Penn State commit was one of the big surprises in Long Beach, scoring 12.3 ppg, as he showed he can flat out score from three to the rim with efficiency. He has quicks off the dribble and can finish with contact in the paint over bigs. He showed he can stop and pop off the dribble from 15-feet and that versatility makes him a triple threat offensively. He will be a good one in time for the Nittany Lions!

 4.  Vince Hunter                       6’8”     WF      2013    Consortium (DetroitMI) - This slashing and driving forward has the ability to score off the dribble or transition game to average 12 ppg at the Pangos. He has improved his jumper, showing pul-up on the elbow, but it still is a work in progress and key to future on the wing. At the Pangos he attacked the rim and scored over bigs, blocked shots and used his length to swipe ball in open court and create scoring opportunities off the dribble at the rim. He was active on both ends and should have  put his name on a number of top one hundred lists at the Pangos.

5.  Daniel Hamilton                   6’7”     WF      2014    St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA) - He doesn't have the same rep as his brother but this rising junior made our top five here, the old fashioned way, he earned it! He has range to three, and handle to create drive and finish, but it was his blue collar work on the glass, 7 rpg, that moved him past Domingo into the top five here.

 Next Ten:

6.  Stephen Domingo                6’7”     WF      2013    St. Ignatius Prep (San FranciscoCA) - Georgetown commit

7.  Junior Etou                          6’7”     WF      2013    Bishop O’Connell (ArlingtonVA) -

8.  Paul Watson                        6’6”     WF      2013   ParadiseValley(PhoenixAZ) -

9.  Kevin Looney                      6’7”     WF      2014   Hamilton(MilwaukeeWI) -

10. Anthony January                 6’7”     WF      2013    Taft (Woodland HillsCA) -

11. Byron Zeigler                      6’7”     WF      2013    Community (DetroitMI) -

12. Razhaun Henderson            6’5”     WF      2014    Alemany (Mission HillsCA)

13. Kyle Stewart                      6’7”     WF      2013    Crockett (DetroitMI)

14. Reggie Theus Jr.                 6’6”     WF      2013   Fairfax(Los AngelesCA)

15. Thomas Alexander  6’5”     WF      2013   North Little Rock(North Little RockAR)

 Best of the Rest:  Elliott Pitts 6’5” WF 2013 De la Salle (Concord CA);  Kameron Chatman 6’6” WF 2014 Poly (Long Beach CA);  Roddy Peters 6’4” WF 2013 Suitland (District Heights MD);  Isaiah Bailey WF 6’5” 2014 Compton (Compton CA);  Chaunce Hill 6'6" WF 2013 Fairfax (Los Angeles, CA);  Leland King 6'6" WF Brentwood (Los Angeles, CA); Elijah Cain 6'5" WF 2014 Medford Tech (Medford, NJ);  Devon Pflueger 6'5" WF 2013 J. Serra (San Juan Capistrano, CA).

 SCORING GUARDS

 First Five:

1.  Wayne Selden                     6’5”     SG       2013    Tilden (Keene NH) - He just re-classified to the Class of 2013 and will be in contention for a top twenty-five spot in the rising senior claas, and his play at the Pangos didn't hurt his changes that's for sure. He is put together at s12-pounds, can score with range to NBA arc, averaged 12.5 ppg, or off the dribble at the rim with contact. He has combo skills in open court and can deliver the rock with accuracy if doubled up. Welcome addition to class of 2013!

 2.  Jaron Hopkins                     6’5”     SG       2013    Basha (Chandler AZ) - This AZ & Compton Magic wing can knock down jumper from three, can slash and score in the paint with explosion on the finish around the hoop. But, it was his ability to take it off the glass and make pass on the break or off of penetration on the drive that edged him up our rankings...one to watch climb the rankings this summer!

 4.  Anton Gill                            6’2”     SG       2013    Ravenscroft (Raleigh NC) - Louisville commit can score with regularity, 13.5 ppg at Pangos, knocking down three from deep or attacking the hoop and finishing with strength in traffic. He can create shot off the dribble too, but seems to like contact in the paint. He will give Cardinals an aggressive dribble drive scorer who you can't sleep on on the perimeter as he can shoot it too!

 5.  Geno Thorpe                       6’3”     SG       2013    Shaler (Pittsburgh PA) - Penn State commit is going to be a good one for the Nittany Lions, he can knock down jumper to three off the dribble or attack with pull-up from 15-feet. He averaged 11.3 ppg at Pangos and was one of the surprise scores who balanced out his game with the ability to finish at the rim with his upper body strength.

5.  Shaqquan Aaron                  6’6”     SG       2014    Home School (Victorville CA) -  This thin back court scorer can knock it down to NBA arc and is improving his pull-up game where he hit jumper off dribble around free throw line in Long beach. He is deadly catch and shoot guy, but to reach full potential he is going to have build on dribble drive game, add strength and learn to like contact off dribble at the rim, stay tuned!

 Next Ten:

6.  Isaac Hamilton                     6’5”     SG       2013   St. JohnBosco (BellflowerCA)

7.  Roschon Prince                   6'5"      SG       2013    Poly (Long Beach,CA)

8.  Namon Wright                     6’4”     SG       2014    Pacific Hills (Los AngelesCA)

9. Dakari Allen             6’4”     SG       2013    Sheldon (SacramentoCA)

10. Tyler Dorsey                      6’4”     SG       2015   RibetAcademy(Los AngelesCA)

11. Kendal Harris                     6’4”     SG       2013   RichardsonBerkner (RichardsonTX)

12. Aubrey Dawkins                 6’4”     SG       2013   Palo Alto(Palo AltoCA)

13. Julian Jacobs                      6’3”     SG       2013    Desert Pines (Las VegasNV)   Utah

14. Chris Sandifer                     6'4"      SG       2014    Serra (Gardena)

15. Rashad Muhammad            6’4”     SG       2013    Gorman (Las VegasNV)

 Best of the Rest:  Drew Bender 6’5” SG 2013 Pinnacle (Phoenix AZ);  Sir Washington 6’3” SG 2013 Clark (Las Vegas NV);  Elijah Brown 6’3” SG 2013 Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA); R.J. Currington 6'5" SG Mouth of Wilson, VA Oak Hill Academy; Derrick Newton 6'5" SG 2014 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, CA);  A.J. Riley 6'2" SG La Lumiere Academy (La Porte, IN);  Wesley Myers 6'2" SG 2013 Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, NY).

 COMBO / POINT GUARDS

 First Five:

1.  Conner Frankamp               6’1”     PG       2013    North (WichitaKS) - Kansas commit was absolutely the consummate floor leader inLong beach. He sees the court and can flat out deliver the rock to open man. He has a high basketball I.Q. and uses it as a pass first point to set up teammates, but he can also knock down open shot or finish drive. he has a lot of similar game skills to former Jayhawk Kirk Heinrich.

 2.  Zach LaVine                        6’2”     PG       2013    Bothell (Bothell WA) - He visited UCLA the week before the Pangos and showed in Long Beach why the Bruins along with Washington are all over him. He has excellent quicks off the dribble, with explosive first step. He can knock down jumper from arc to set up drive and uses his length to finish in traffic. Good defender too!

 3.  Billy Garrett Jr.                    6’3”     PG       2013    Morgan Park (ChicagoIL) - DePaul commit is a smooth point with excellent size to see the floor in open court or in half-court off dribble drive. he has solid stroke from three that sets up drive or pass. He is a pass first guy who doesn't get rattled by physical defense or pressure,

 4.  Solomon Poole                    6’1”     PG       2013    Parker (Jacksonville FL) - He has all the tools to run show at high major level, he can really push it in transition, sees court and can deliver the rock to open man, or attack the hoop and finish at the rim with strength. He wants ball when team needs basket too, and can score with jumper from three or off dribble with pull-up or finish at hoop.

5.  Ikenna Iroegbu                    6’2”     PG       2013    Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson VA) - This quick and explosive point learned a lot at Oak Hill last year coming off the bench, one thing was he doesn't want to come off the bench this year, and based on his play at Pangos he won't. He has solid handles and sees court, delivers the rock to open man, or takes it to rim and finishes versus contact. He showed range to three and a solid pull-up jumper that will keep "D" off balance in half-court game.  Steve Smith should be smiling right now.

 Next Ten:

6.  Imara "I.J." Ready Jr.           5'10"    PG       2013    Parkview (Little Rock, AR) - Mississippi State commit

7.  Isaiah Briscoe                      6’2”     PG/SG 2015   St.Benedicts (NewarkNJ)

8.  Derryck Thornton Jr.           6’0”     PG       2016   SierraCanyon(ChatsworthCA)

9.  Derrick Walton                    6’0”     PG       2013    ChandlerPark(DetroitMI) - Michigan commit

10. JaQuan Newton                 6'3"      PG       2014    Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia,PA) -

11. Jahmel Taylor                     5’10”   PG       2013   SierraCanyon(ChatsworthCA)

12. Eric Cooper Jr.                   6’3”     PG       2013    La Verne Lutheran (La VerneCA)       Arizona commit

13. Kevin Zabo                        6'1"      PG       2014    Montrose Christian (Rockville,MD)

14. ChanceMurray                  6’3”     PG       2013    Price (Los AngelesCA)

15. Jordan Wilson                    5’9”     PG       2013    Windward (Los AngelesCA)

15. Cullen Neal                        6’4”     PG       2013    Eldorado (AlbuquerqueNM)    St. Mary’s

 Best of the Rest:  Brandon Randolph 6'2" PG 2013 St. Bernard (Playa Del Rey, CA);  Kaelen Malone 5’10”PG 2014 McKinley Christian (McKinney TX);  Shaquile Carr 6’1” PG 2014 Canyon Springs (North Las Vegas NV);  Conrad Chambers 6’1” PG 2014 Friends Central (Wynnewood PA);  Martez Harrison 6’0”     PG 2013 University Academy (Kansas City MO);  Damontrae Jefferson 5’8” PG 2014 Hamilton (Milwaukee WI);  Brian Beard 5'9" PG Lutheran (LaVerne, CA);  Casey Benson 6'2" PG 2014 Corona Del Sol (Tempe, AZ); London Perrantes 6'1" PG 2013 Crespi (Encino, CA); Noah Robotham 5'10" PG 2014 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV).

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