The Pangos All-American Camp was an excellent proving ground for a number of the top players at the camp and a chance for some lesser known players to step up and grab some props. Below are some quick thought on the play this past weekend at the Pangos:
Quincy Miller, 6-8 from High Point, N.C. Westchester Country Day was on top of his game on Saturday night and all day Sunday. He played hard on both ends, he blocked shots, sprinted the floor and battled for every rebound. He knocked down the long range jumper and created a few highlights at the rim. His intensity was at a level for three straight games that we have only seen in spurts.
Myck Kabongo, 6-1, will make the move to Henderson, Nev., Findlay Prep this fall, and showed why they will, once again, be a contender for the top spot in high school ball next fall. He was stellar throughout the camp setting up teammates with the pass or scoring in variety of ways off the dribble in transition or the half-court. The camp MVP seemed to come up with the big play on both ends of the court, and has a knack for making big shots from beyond arc or off the dribble. He earned a spot among the nation's top five to ten prospects at the Pangos.
Isaiah Austin, a 7-foot high post talent from Arlington, Texas Grace Prep finally showed why he is considered one of the top five prospects in the Class of 2012 with a 14-block performance on Saturday, then lit it up on Sunday morning with a dominating performance on the glass and offensive end. He has a great face-up game for his size, but he steps to the elite level when he combines that with his ability to use his foot quicks around basket to dominate block. Something he did with consistency on Sunday!
Brad Beal, 6-4 from St. Louis, Mo., Chaminade didn't dominate as many expected, but he showed he can score from around the perimeter with jumper, but was amazing at times finishing drive between defenders with great strength and body control. He is among the top five to 10 prospects in the class no matter how you shake it, but had a great opportunity to reach for dominant status and didn't grab it at the Pangos. (He has the tools to do it!)
Quddus Bello, 6-4 jumping jack forward from High Point, N.C. Westchester Country Day, the other half of their dynamic inside-out duo re-established himself as a top-50 prospect in the rising senior class. The "Duece" was just about unstoppable when he attacked the rim. He finished with highlight dunks and 12-foot pull-up on numerous occasions. He still needs to build a consistent shot from the perimeter to be in contention for a McDonald's spot, but he definitely has the tools to be a defensive stopper and a slashing scorer at the next level.
Norman Powell, the 6-2 combo guard from San Diego, Calif., Lincoln just continues to climb the rankings with his high level play. He knocked down long-range jumpers and attacked the hoop with a vengeance all weekend. He has established himself as a top 50 prospect who is on the rise!
Quinn Cook, 6-1 from Hyattsville, Md., DeMatha was as steady a lead guard as we observed at the Pangos. He showed he can drop the perimeter jumper, score off the dribble in traffic, or get the rock to post or cutter off the dribble. He is going to make an immediate impact as a lead guard for some lucky high major program in the fall of 2011. In the meantime he will make DeMatha a tough out this coming season.
Two guys who've seen be stellar in the past, 6-7 LeBryan Nash from Dallas, TX Lincoln and 6-8 DeAndre Daniels of Woodland Hills, Calif., Taft seemed to wake up on Saturday night and were both stellar down the stretch at the Pangos. Nash had people questioning his quicks and bounce, but he exploded to the hoop throwing down a couple monster dunks that erased that doubt. Daniels seemed lethargic on opening day, but that changed on Saturday afternoon thru the All-Star game where he was among the top two or three performers. He's got quicks and ups and needs to exploit opponents with those as he did at the Pangos.
Rosco Allen, 6-7 from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman showed he has the tools to play facing the hoop at the next level. He knocked down jumper from arc or off the dribble, finished drive off the dribble versus bigs, and made some next level passes in transition game.
Savon Goodman, 6-6 from Bryn Athyn, Pa., Academy of the New Church showed he belonged among the elite in the Class of 2012 with his aggressive style at the Pangos. He showed the ability to knock down perimeter jumper on catch and shoot or pull-up from 15-feet. He atacks the rim off the dribble or boards. He can outlet and fill a lane then finish at other end too.
Sidiki Johnson, 6-8 from Newark, N.J. St. Benedict's showed a solid face-up game, he knocked down 17-20 footer then attacked with dribble drive and finished at the rim. His versatility will allow him to pop and face at Arizona, but he needs to know that gives him the ability to stretch the defense. He still needs to get the job done on the blocks to make an impact at the next level.
Thomas Gipson, 6-7 from Cedar Hill, Texas continues to impress us with his ability to score around the hoop against the best, no matter how big they are. He is a relentless rebounder who backs down from no one. School who looks past his size is going to get a winner!
Chasson Randle, 6-2 from Rock Island, Ill., isn't a flashy type floor leader who is going to shake and bake or dunk in traffic off the dribble or make a 40-foot bounce pass. But, he is a high basketball I.Q. guard who can score when needed off the dribble or knock down the jumper to set up the pass to open teammates. He makes it look easy at times, and doesn't always get his due. He will win at the next level!
Grant Jerrett, 6-8 from La Verne, CA Lutheran jumped back into the discussion as one of the best bigs in the Class of 2012 with an aggressive style over the weekend. He didn't back down inside the paint, he repeatedly grabbed second effort boards, slammed putbacks, and filled a lane in transition.
Another young player who will see his stock rise was 6-7 Aaron Gordon from San Jose Archbishop Mitty. He has good feet and good ups that allow him to explode at the hoop. He showed he can pop the mid-range jumper. He is one of best forwards we've seen so far in the Class of 2013. He's definitely one to watch!
Jordan Tebbutt, 6-5 from Tualatin, Ore., Horizon Christian looks like he could step on to football field at 225-plus and play linebacker, but the physical power wing showed he can flat out stroke the three to set up dribble drive. He is a good finisher around the hoop and will be among top wings in the Class of 2012.
It seems like every year Lawndale, Calif., Leuzinger has a player who burst onto the national scene, and this year that player is 6-6 swing man Amir Garrett. The long, quick lefty exploded to the hoop off the dribble, showed he can knock down perimeter jumper and made some excellent passes in transition. Watch his stock rise in a hurry this summer if he continues what he started at the Pangos.