Friday night at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA marked the beginning of the 14th annual Pangos All-American Camp.
Here are some of the names from day one to keep an eye on as the camp progresses.
2017 6’4” CG Jay Jay Chandler (Cinco Ranch—Team Duke): Chandler had one of the best performances on Friday night. By my memory, he missed two three pointers in his first game of the Pangos All-American Camp. He was automatic from the outside, so much so, not even his coaches could believe his shooting stroke. Not only was he lights out from deep, he showed he could advance the ball to open teammates and explode to the rim.
2017 6’4” PG Trevon Duval (API—Team Duke): Duval started off his Pangos All-American camp showing why he’s regarded as an elite level playmaker. Duval consistently found teammates in the open floor and in the half court. His mission was clear: make the game easier for my team. He showed skilled vision and passing ability that could rival any camper in attendance. His explosion off the bounce is undeniable and he’s liable to blow by just about any defender he wants to, especially if given space.
2017 6’8” F Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (Neumann-Goretti—Team Duke): Dhamir showed his defensive versatility as well as his offensive skill. He can play and score with touch on the low block or he can run the floor and finish strong above the rim. His length and athleticism allow him to rebound in and out of his area as well as contest shots in the paint. He plays hard at both ends and keeps himself involved in the action. He is sure to bring production to Villanova.
2017 6’7” F Hassan French (Commonwealth Academy—Team Georgia Tech): French is a combo forward who is aggressive around the rim. While he can make the occasional three, his game is typically 10-12 feet and in. He’s a good trailing big who can fill the lane and explode towards it for an easy fast break score. He can rebound at a high rate and take bigger forwards off the dribble. Once Hassan gets in rhythm and a few easy buckets, his production typically continues to get better and better as the game goes on.
2017 6’6” G/F Donnie Tillman (Findlay Prep—Team Georgia Tech): Tillman is a thick framed prospect who uses his size to bully his way to the rim. There’s nothing flashy or pretty about Tillman barreling down towards you looking to attack the rim, but that’s what he does off the bounce. He’s a good finisher around the rim and excels in transition.
2017 6’5” SF Gary Trent Jr. (Apple Valley—Team Georgia Tech): Trent had a slow start to evening one, but as his first game of the Pangos camp went on, his shooting stroke started to heat up. Eventually he was knocking down threes with consistency and even showed his step back shooting in the mid-range area. There’s no question that Trent is a high-level scorer, but he’s also a capable rebounder, passer and ball handler.
2018 6’10” C Nathan Mensah (Prolific Prep—Team Duke): Mensah was all over the glass in the opening evening session. His raw skill is evident, but that didn’t keep him from running the floor hard and getting a number of tip dunks. Mensah knows his strengths and simply played well using them.
2018 5’8” PG Markquis Nowell (Bishop Loughlin—Team Cal): Nowell stood out because of his quickness and willingness to find open teammates. He loves to attack the rim, which puts pressure on the defense, and then he either drops a pass off inside or kicks it out to a perimeter shooter. He can play different paces, handles the ball well, and can knock down the three.
2017 6’6” W Jordan Schakel (Bishop Montgomery—Team Cal): Schakel is an accurate long range shooter. He gets good elevation on his shot and his form is consistent, so much so that it feels like his shot is money the second it leaves his hand. You can’t give him any room and you must find him in transition, otherwise he can make you pay. Defensively he has some work to do, but there’s no question he can be a three point specialist at the next level.
2017 6’4” CG Victor Bailey Jr. (McNeil—Team Stanford): Bailey has a skill set to play on or off the ball. Tonight he showed his ability to find open teammates. At times his passes led to turnovers and he made some questionable decisions with the ball, but his quickness end to end and ability to score it make him a versatile and athletic guard offensively who can also defend. You have to respect him in transition, as Bailey has the athleticism to finish strong above the rim.
2017 6’5” W Keith Williams (Bishop Loughlin—Team Stanford): Williams has good positional size and length. His ability to pull up and knock down the three with confidence, as well and his ability to finish at the rim, made him a player you had to immediately check after he crossed the half court line. His ability to not only get his own shot at the rim, but to also catch lob passes made him fun to watch. He played both ends with energy and effort.
2018 6’8” W Jarvis Thomas (Orono—Team Cal): Thomas left me very intrigued after Friday night. His athleticism and transition skill are very high. His jump shot is questionable simply because he didn’t look to shoot it, and his ability to slash off the bounce in the half court left something to be desired. Nonetheless, there seems to be a monster brewing inside and we’ll see if it makes an appearance as the weekend goes on.
2017 6’9” F/C Isiah Jacey (Sunrise Christian—Team Cal): Jacey has a big, thick frame that he can use to get space inside for easy looks at the rim. However, he doesn’t always look to do that. What you do love about him is that for a player his size he is very agile and runs the floor well. He can even put the ball on the floor and get to the rim starting from half court. Jacey has touch around the rim. There’s no denying his athletic upside for his size and Jacey has a good motor as well.
2018 6’1” PG Spencer Freedman (Mater Dei—Team Stanford): Freedman proved why his name buzzes among point guards in the 2018 class. His ability to find open teammates and make the simply play are advanced for his age. He has deceptive quickness, good ball handling skills, and plays with patience. He does what you want a point guard to do: keep assists high, turnovers low. Freedman also showed he can knock down the three.
2019 6’10” C Charles Bassey (St. Anthony—Team Stanford): Regarded as one of the best, if not the best, 2019 prospects in the country, Charles Bassey came to play Friday night. He displayed strong finishing ability, great hands, and understands to go up strong immediately after catching a pass inside. His feel and confidence level is surely advanced. He runs the floor and has good instincts. Bassey will be a lot of fun to watch develop in the coming years.
2017 6’5” W Walter Whyte (St. Luke’s—Team Stanford): Walter showed toughness and transition skill Friday night. He has a solid frame and he can use it to get to the rim and finish above it. He rebounds well at his position, something we’d notice from him on the EYBL circuit this season. While he’s capable of shooting the three, the consistency isn’t quite there yet. However, if you try to run him off the three-point line, he will attack the rim and finish. Aside from being able to get to the rim and deliver, he can also make shots in the mid-range area. Whyte is a hard-nosed prospect who plays with a high motor and stays after it.
2018 6’8” Isaiah Mucius (St. James—Team Georgia Tech): Mucius played well in transition with a number of dunks. His defensive activity showed plenty of promise. He has the length and athleticism to guard multiple positions. He can play the passing lanes and even get his hands on a block or two. In the half court, Mucius showed confidence in his pull-up jumper off the dribble. Once he adds more consistency, his has the elevation and size to get his shot off. While he still has a ways to go in putting together a complete game, he showed plenty of upside on both ends of the floor.