The 13th annual Pangos All-American Camp was held May 29-31 at Cal State Dominguez Hills (Carson CA). Dave Miller (Time Warner Sports Network/Los Angeles Lakers TV analyst) was on hand to conduct the camp skills sessions and agility & explosiveness expert Sid Sharma (Explosive Athletes Institute) led campers through physical conditioning drills. Camp Director, Dinos Trigonis did a great job of putting together one of the deepest camps of the summer events, and provided the media in attendance with great hospitality as has been the usual at the Pangos! But, as usual the camp is centered around the top talent from both the West Coast as well as the nation that is in attendance, and this year’s camo was no exception. And as it usually does, the top thirty game was stellar that is covered below, was dominated by the top talent on hand. Although a couple of the top players had to leave early, the Top Thirty game was the perfect highlight that wrapped up the 2015 Pangos All-American Camp. One of the nation’s top lead guards 6’3” 2016 De’Aaron Fox (Cypress Lakes/Katy TX) attended the camp this year for the second consecutive year (made Top 30 Game in 2014) but hurt his hand during the initial skills session on Friday night and was unable to continue play in the camp. In the Top 30 Cream of the Crop Game it was Camp Co-MOP Rawle Alkins exploding for 15 first half points (before having to leave camp to catch a flight back to NYC) to spark his Gray squad to a 94-87 win over the Blue team. Top 30 Game co-MVPs Mohamed Bamba (18 points/7 rebounds) and Trae Young (13 points/5 rebs/6 assists) as well as Billy Preston (15 points) were outstanding for the Gray squad. Camp Co-MOP Mustapha Heron (game high 20 points) and Top 30 Game co-MVP Taurean Thompson (16 points on 6/8 FG with 8 boards) were terrific for the Blue team. Cassius Stanley scored 17 points and Harrison Henderson added 16 points to lead the Blue squad over the Gray team 105-100 in the Pangos All-American Camp Top 60 “Cream of the Crop” Game. Chris Popoola Jr.had a game-high 18 points to lead the Gray. Stanley joins notable Pangos A-A Camp alums Derrick Williams (Arizona/Sacramento Kings) and Doug McDermott (Creighton/Chicago Bulls/2014 Wooden Award Winner) as being named MVP of the Top 60 Game. In this report we will highlight the players that were chosen to the Top 30 “Cream of the Crop” Game as well as list those selected by the media to the Top 60 “Cream of the Crop” Game. 2015 Pangos Cream of the Crop Top 30 Game selections (in alphabetical order): Bryce Aiken 5’9” 2016 St. Patrick (Elizabeth NJ) – Quick and shifty point guard has definite high-major ball skills and his accurate jump shop and pin-point passing ability make his a defensive problem. Illinois, Stanford, Harvard, Miami FL, Seton Hall, Auburn, Cal, Xavier, Florida State and Penn State are current schools showing interest. Galen Alexander 6’6” 2017 Breaux Bridge (Breaux Bridge LA) – Athletic and physical young swingman is a terror in transition and has the skills to be a big-time scorer on the high-major level. Oklahoma, LSU, Arizona, USC and Nevada are among the growing number of schools recognizing his immense talents. He is a tough athlete who can beat you with his outside shooting or with his speed, quickness, and explosiveness to the basket.” Mohamed Bamba 6’11” 2017 Westtown (West Chester PA) – Bamba was definitely one of the top objects of recruiting attention here! His length and wingspan were not the only things turning heads as his skill level for a young post was equally impressive. Bamba was outstanding in the Top 30 Game – collecting 18 points (on 8/11 FG) to go with 7 boards . 2015 NBPA Camp invitee has Kansas, UConn, Villanova, Arizona, Indiana, Syracuse, St. John’s, Rice, Penn State, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and many others in hot pursuit! Barrett Benson 6’9” 2016 Hinsdale South (Hinsdale IL) – Smart power-forward knows how to play within flow of game and is adept at playing both out on the high-post as well as on the block. NBPA Camp invitee is getting serious interest from Stanford and has been offered by the likes of Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Penn State, USC and Kansas State. MJ Cage 6’9” 2016 Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA – Work-horse “Big” goes about his business in a very productive although not flashy way. Makes plays at both ends whether its blocking shots, rebounding at a high clip or finishing at the rim on the offensive end. Arizona and San Diego State (where his NBA dad Michael starred) are among the many schools that have offered. Tyree Crump 6’2” 2016 Bainbridge (Bainbridge GA) – Georgia-bound combo-guard earned a well-deserved 2015 NBPA Camp invite with an impressive performance here. He has an explosive first step, and can get to the rim off the dribble, or stop and pop jumper from arc on in. He earned an invite to NPBA Top 100 Camp at Pangos! Sam Cunliffe 6’7” 2016 Rainier Beach (Seattle WA) – Bouncy wing runs floor extremely well and can really stroke it from deep or off the dribble from 15-17 feet. If you try and take away the shot, he can score at the rim with length, or kick it to the open man. He committed to Arizona State recently, and the Sun Devils got a good one! De’Ron Davis 6’9” 2016 Overland (Aurora CO) – Wide-body is a force on the block and dependable rebounder – collected 6 boards in Top 30 game. Consistent effort is key to the interest he is receiving from Indiana, Colorado, Arizona, UCLA, Arkansas, Arizona State and UConn. Terrance Ferguson 6’6” 2016 Prime Prep (Dallas TX) – Ultra-athletic swingman & member of the Team USA U19 squad is just flat-out ridiculous when he attacks the rim. He is an excellent shooter he is a legitimate future NBA Draft first round caliber player. He already has Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Baylor, Louisville, SMU, Alabama and Oklahoma on his list! Spencer Freedman 6’1” 2018 Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA) – Cerebral PG with plenty of basketball IQ and a lethal 3-point shot was very impressive here earning wide-praise for his ability to deliver the rock to the open man off the turn or penetration. He held his own versus best guards in camp in head to head match-ups! Mustapha Heron 6’5” 2016 Sacred Heart (Waterbury CT) – Lefty wing has a game reminiscent of a young James Harden and his ability to beat defenders at will off the bounce and score in bunches makes him a dangerous offensive threat. Add an improving perimeter shot and a great will to win and you have the making of a Top 10 player in the national 2016 class. Heron’s averaged 16.3ppg (52% FG) with high games of 26 and 25 points as well as a game-high 20 points in the Top 30 game to share camp MOP honors with Rawle Alkins Vance Jackson 6’8” 2016 St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA) – High-scoring WF has the size and shooting touch to a be core piece of any high-major program’s offense. 2015 NBPA Camp invitee was among the leaders here in scoring (13.3ppg) and rebounding (5.0 rpg). He likes UCLA, Arizona, Cal, Utah, USC, UConn, Maryland, UNLV, Memphis and San Diego State. Mario Kegler 6’7” 2016 Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville FL) – Strong and athletic wing has plenty of scoring confidence. 2015 NBPA Camp invitee averaged 13.8ppg here (one of the top marks in camp). He was inconsistent from perimeter, but showed a better rotation and stroke than we had seen in the past. TJ Leaf 6’9” 2016 Foothills Christian (El Cajon CA) – Top 10 national prospect has a great combination of post and perimeter offensive skills as well as the necessary bounce to finish plays above the rim. Arizona-bound hybrid forward averaged 14.5 ppg here and tossed in a respectable 9 points in the Top 30 game. Team USA U19 squad member gives the national squad a 4-man with lethal combination of ball skills, passing, shooting touch, and bounce. Ira Lee 6’8” 2017 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth CA) – Active and athletic PF has a motor that won’t stop and very underrated offensive skills including a face-up perimeter jump shot that extends to the 3-point line. Lee has also been invited to the NBPA Camp. His early list includes Arizona, UConn, UCLA, Cal and Arizona State. Brandon McCoy 6’10” 2017 Morse (San Diego CA) – Long and wiry center has plenty of promise and his improvement from event to event has been really evident this spring. NBPA Camp invitee had 10 points in the Top 30 game and has been offered by Kansas, Cal, Arizona, Michigan State and San Diego State. Cameron McGriff 6’6” 2016 South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie TX) – Physical and athletic WF is bouncy to say the least! McGriff is also an underrated scorer as the 2015 NBPA Camp invitee’s 29 point performance (good for top scoring effort here) demonstrates. McGriff also is a very good rebounder (boarded at a 5.0 rpg clip here) and a tenacious defender. Texas, Baylor, Arkansas, SMU, Tulsa, Creighton, Houston and UTEP among the schools showing interest. Javin Montgomery-Delaurier 6’9” 2016 St. Anne-Belfield (Charlottesville VA) – Agile and long power forward seemed involved in every play each time he stepped on the floor here – averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. 2015 NBPA Camp invitee’s recent offer by North Carolina joins Texas, Florida, Miami FL, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Clemson and Cincinnati. This athletic insider can flat out score in transition game or off the dribble on the baseline drive. He has excellent length, can score over and around bigs in the paint. He showed good jumper from the elbow, can rebound out of his zone and is a solid help side shot blocker! Nate Morris 6’10” 2016 Lancaster (Lancaster TX) – This skilled big man showed he has developed sweet footwork on the blocks, can score over bigs with a solid jump hook on the blocks and has tough ness to finish in traffic. He has Texas A&M, UCLA, Oklahoma State, SMU, Baylor, LSU and Houston. Lamar Peters 6’1” 2016 Landry-Walker (New Orleans LA) – Crafty and quick PG has plenty of sizzle in his handle and his creativity with the rock allows him to create well for himself and teammates. He committed to Mississippi State shortly after camp ended. He has all the tools to run show at the High Major level. Shamorie Ponds 6’1” 2016 Jefferson (Brooklyn NY) – High-scoring lead guard averaged 14.0ppg here and demonstrated that he could set the table for teammates as well. 2015 NBPA Camp invitee has St. John’s, Minnesota, Seton Hall, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Miami FL and Creighton on his growing list of schools showing interest. He is a talented combo who has all the tools to beome a big-time pont in college as his decisions improve! Myles Powell 6’2” 2016 Trenton Catholic (Trenton NJ) – Undersized, but strong shooting guard averaged 17.0 ppg (second only to Rawle Alkins here). Powell is hard to contain off the bounce and his perimeter shot must be respected. His biggest fault is that he hasn’t seen a shot he doesn’t like, and if he improves his selection he can become a good one for right program. Billy Preston 6’9” 2017 Prime Prep (Dallas TX) – Big time scoring forward reminds me of a young Antoine Walker. NBPA Camp invitee averaged 12.0 ppg here and performed well in the Top 30 game, scoring 15 points (6/11 FG). Preston is a match-up problem as he is strong and athletic enough to power inside for buckets but also has the range on his perimeter shot to extend defenses. Top 10 national 2017 prospect has been offered by Kansas, UCLA, Baylor, UConn, USC, Oregon, Utah and Arizona State. Omari Spellman 6’8” 2016 MacDuffie (Springfield MA) – Villanova-bound PF showed why he is one of the elite prospects in 2016 by averaging 15.7 ppg and 6.3 rpg here and earning a spot in the Top 30 Game (grabbed a game high 10 boards in that contest). 2015 NBPA Camp invitee is a force in the paint and he can step ot to 18-feet and knock it down with regularity! Ethan Thompson 6’4” 2017 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA) – Super-smooth lead guard with size and emerging athleticism is a player on the definite rise in the 2017 class. Thompson is an excellent ball handler and passer. Was outstanding here – averaging 16.5 points per game (good for the #3 spot in that category in camp). Signature camp performance was a 27 point outburst (on 11/13 FG & 5/5 3FG). Xavier Tillman 6’8” 2017 Forest Hills Central (Grand Rapids MI) – Burly blue-collar PF has the work ethic of a coal miner down on the block and the consistency of his efforts here (11.8 ppg and 6.8 rpg). Big body with a frame that can add strength, power and explosion in the coming years giving him solid upside. Needs to improve his athleticism, explosion and conditioning but has decent footwork, agility and feel around the basket right now. Utilizes both hands well around the rim and has a nice touch and feel around the basket…Big Ten Proto-type power man! Taurean Thompson 6’10” 2016 St. Anthony (Newark NJ) – Fast rising national 2016 sleeper will be a household name by end of July. Thompson’s 16 points on 6/8 FG with 8 boards in Top 30 game earned him Top 30 game co-MVP honors and new found coast to coast respect. Taurean is now getting strong interest from Syracuse, Indiana, Georgetown, Virginia and Arizona and has been offered by SMU, Oklahoma, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Arizona State, Temple, Richmond, Rice and Xavier. Stretch four has range to arc, can handle an create, but final level will be determined by his willingness to bang on blocks! Isaiah Washington 6’0” 2017 St. Raymond’s (New York NY) – Jet-quick point guard is a dual offensive playmaker that can both score as well as distribute the rock with precision. Washington showed his worth here by averaging 11.3ppg and a camp leading 5.5apg. NBPA Camp invitee will soon be a Big East and ACC lead guard priority. He can flat out shake and bake you with the dribble, or thread a needle with the pass, and for good measure knocks down jumper from deep to set it all up! PJ Washington 6’7” 2017 Findlay Prep (Henderson NV) – PJ was already having an outstanding spring and he continued that torrid pace here. He can hurt you both inside and from the perimeter. 2015 NBPA Camp invitee is getting serious interest from the likes of Texas, Michigan State, UCLA, Cal and UNLV. PJ has the ability to produce double – doubles every game. Really good rebounder and scorer who can knock down the mid-range jumper at a pretty respectable rate. Resembles a young Draymond Green.” Trae Young 6’2” 2017 Norman (Norman OK) – Young has quickly become a hot commodity in the national 2017 class and showed that the hype was legit here – earning co-MVP honors of the Top 30 Game with his 13 point/5 reb/6 assist performance. Trae has already been offered by Arizona, UCLA, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Kansas, Virginia, Baylor, Virginia Tech and Texas Tech. Will visit Duke unofficially after he attends the NBPA Camp this week. Crafty point guard has great court vision, excellent ball handling and passing skills, and a knack for knowing when to get his teammates involved and when to create for himself, plus he drain three from deep!” Look for more top notch event coverage, right here, on the Basketbal Channel!
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