We headed to the West Coast to the event that officially kicks off the summer schedule for the nation’s top basketball talent. Once again, Dinos Trigonis, the camp director has put together a top notch group of both national and west coast talent. On opening night the play was a little ragged as the campers got to know their teammates for the first time on the court. But, a number of players made a quick adjustment to the game at the Pangos and stood out to us on night one. We only watched eight of the twelve teams, so with that in mind, here’s a quick look at those players who caught our eye.
Jesse Wade 5-11 165 PG Kaysville, UT Davis – Gonzaga commit can flat out light it up to the NBA arc, is an excellent passer off the move and does a solid job of getting others into movement on offense. He will be a good one for the Zags!
Derryck Thornton 6-1 165 PG (2016) Henderson, NV Findlay Prep – He broke it down on couple occasions early and finished with kiss and a floater in the lane. He hit three and is one of best passers in the camp, but he did struggle versus physical guards with quickness to stay with him. He s going to have to work on getting stronger up top, He’s just finishing sophomore year so he has plenty of time to add strength.
Isaiah Briscoe 6-3 205 CG Roselle, NJ Catholic – Physical scorer and defender dominated on both ends of the court in second half of game we watched. He hit perimeter jumper to set up drive and finish. He finishes verses contact and disrupted opponents with his physical play on night one.
Lonzo Ball 6-5 185 CG (2016) Chino Hills, A High – UCLA commit has ability to run the show and is an excellent passer who sets up teammates off penetration with his threat to poster you on the drive. He struggled guarding smaller, quicker guards, but uses his size to take advantage on other end. He has improved his jumper and is becoming a force on offensive end.
Jeremy Hemsley 6-4 185 SG LaVerne, CA Damien – San Diego State commit was one of the top surprises on night one, as he showed he can become a lock down defender as he uses his length, quickness, and strength to take away dribble drive from opposing point guards. He can score tow and has ability to hit mid-range off the dribble and finish in traffic at the rim.
Tyler Dorsey (pictured above) 6-4 180 CG Bellflower, CA St. John Bosco – Arizona commit was on fire early as he hit open jumper from three and attacked, then finished in traffic. He struggled versus some physical defense, but by summer’s end he’ll make the adjustment, and be one of the best in class is our guest.
Rex Pflueger 6-5 185 SG Santa Ana, CA Mater Dei – Athletic two guard was on fire from three (hit 3-4 while we watched) and showed he can attack rim off the dribble too! He struggled some in EYBL, but was a man on a mission last night at the Pangos.
Terrance Ferguson 6-6 WF (2016) Dallas, TX Prime Prep – He was on fire last night attacking the rim with highlight dunks and sweet kiss off the glass. He sets up the drive with a solid jumper from three and is developing handle to become a force on offensive end. Definitely on rise based on play at Pangos.
Marquese Chriss 6-8 200 PF Elk Grove, CA Pleasant Grove – Big-time athlete who flat out played above the rim while we watched. He blocks shots and made some highlights off the dribble. He hit 15-footer on pop out and is just scratching surface as face-up player, but he has quicks to play facing!
Horace Spencer 6-8 220 PF Henderson, NV Findlay Prep – A man among boys on the glass and patrolling the paint. He has a huge motor and attacks ball on defense and off the glass. He finishes with a vengeance and has tools to make an impact at the next level as offense catches up with defense.
Steve Enoch 6-9 220 PF/C Oakdale, CT St Thomas More – One of the finds of night one, he has only played basketball for last two years, he has sweet jump hook, blocked shots and plays with aggression. He has offer from Memphis and is getting hard look from Connecticut, but look for that list to grow.
Nick Marshall 6-21 230 C Lexington, TN High – Classic back to the basket post player who can score with jump hook or drop and dunk. He blocks shots, runs the floor and can control the glass. He has early interest from Indiana and Georgia Tech, but he is going to be a hot commodity this summer!
We will have more on the top players at the Pangos All-American Camp throughout the weekend. Watch for the broadcast of the top two All-Star games, right here on The Basketball Channel on Wednesday June 4th.