2016 Pangos All-Southeast Frosh/Soph Camp

After stops all over the country, the Pangos All-American Camp set up shop in Altamonte Springs, FL on November 5 and 6 at Lake Brantley High School. This was a first-ever added stop to the Pangos “tour” that featured close to 60 of the top freshman and sophomore talent in the Sunshine State. Here is a list (in no particular order) of some of the standouts from this two-day showcase.                     Pictured (Left to Right): CJ Walker and Niven Glover. Photo Credit: Dinos Trigonis 2019 6’3″ SG Niven Glover (Oak Ridge HS): Finishing as the event’s MVP, Glover made his impact felt from the first game. Armed with a ton of bounce packed like a coiled spring in his six-foot-three-inch frame, Glover is able to explode like very few in the state of Florida when it comes to playing above the rim. When his jump shot is falling consistently, he can fill the points column rather quickly. 2019 6’7″ F Chris “CJ” Walker (Orlando Christian Prep): Arguably the best prospect in this showcase, Walker used his athleticism as his primary weapon on the hardwood. Whether it was providing shot blocking or rim protection, Walker was a terror whenever he was around the basketball on defense. He had a number of blocks, including of the chase down variety, that made dribble perpetrators and hopeful transition dunkers think twice. Aside from his ability to make an impact on the defensive end, Walker also demonstrated he could rebound at both ends. Securing extra possessions for his team is just one category Walker seems...

Pangos All-American Camp Recap (Day 2)

Saturday marked day two of the 14th annual Pangos All-American Camp at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA. Here are some of the names to know from Saturday. 2017 6’0” PG Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti, PA): Green is what you want from a point guard. He attacks, can shoot the three, and has vision and passing ability. He plays with patience and poise and stays in command of the offense. He’s a guy that can get you double-digit points and doubt-digit assists while still playing strong defensively. Green has a toughness to him that you grow to love. 2017 6’0” PG Jose Alvarado (Christ The King, NY): Alvarado was close to automatic from deep in the final night session. He stroked the outside jumper with confidence and connected on multiple big shots. Aside from scoring on the ball he showed he could also find open teammates and create easy looks with some nice passes. 2017 6’1” PG Isaiah Washington (St. Raymond’s, NY): Washington was very impressive as a scorer, both from the mid and long areas. Washington is tough, low to the ground and he uses both of those attributes to attack the rim. Once he gets in the lane he’s able to drive and kick, drive and drop or take it to the rim and score the ball. He plays with a steadiness that you need from your lead guard. 2019 6’2” CG Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy, NY): Cole Anthony showed on Saturday that he could flat out score the ball. He can score it all three levels and has some really deceptive bounce that you don’t expect from him...

2016 Pangos All-American Camp (Day 1)

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...

2016 Breakdown Showcase

This past Sunday (March 13) we visited the University of Tampa’s beautiful campus to watch some of the best talent southwest Florida has to offer at Bay Area Hoops and Big County Preps 5th annual Breakdown Showcase. This event is run by Reggie Burke and has become a must attend for early spring exposure camps in the state of Florida. Here is a breakdown of The Breakdown.                       2016 6’1″ CG David Jones of Leto High School (Tampa, Fla.): There’s no question that the 6-foot-1-inch Jones has the bounce that most guards his size would like to have. His explosion can be a bit deceptive. The senior handles the ball pretty well and shows flashes of being able to not only score, but occasionally find open teammates off the dribble. Jones has become somewhat of an annual feature at this event and continues to showcase himself as one of the standout players. While Jones is able to score at all three levels, he must develop a better and more reliable jump shot so that he’s not labeled as just a slasher. David needs to learn to play with a higher motor. For us, at least seeing him in this event the last two years, he seems to be set at playing on first gear and never really shifting to that next level. While he can give you the highlight dunk and make it look relatively easy, his overall skill set is still developing. Defensively he has to learn to stay in front of his man, remain in a stance, keep himself in a good...

Hidden Gems Playing for Florida Evolution

This weekend (March 5) we visited IMG Academy to take a look at a USSSA team, Florida Evolution. Here are a few of our scouting notes to help give these guys some recognition: Lik Estilien- 6’4″ G/F of Lily High (FL)— Lik is a big, bruising slasher. He likes to use his thick frame to bully his way to the rim. Estilien does a solid job attacking on the bounce and getting to the rim against smaller guards and forwards. He must improve his handle, work on making the simple pass and add a jumper that he can go to on a consistent basis. He does a solid job as a rebounder given his size for a forward and is best on the offensive end securing the offensive board and going back up strong through contact. He would be best served to work on his lateral quickness and making sure he’s engaged consistently on defense. He has the size and capability to become a better defender. Lik is a solid athlete in the open floor evident by his ability to finish above the rim. Check out Lik’s highlights. Ryan Rocuant– 2017 6’10” C of Estero High (FL)— Ryan is a high academic student-athlete who has mid-major potential. He’s primarily a below the rim player, but can catch and finish above the rim when he’s not being contested. He has to work on his post game and I’d also like to see him continue to develop and expand his jump shot. Rocuant shows flashes of being able to catch and shoot comfortably from 10 feet and in, but stretching that out to 15 feet...

Best of the Best Part 2

Sunday was the second and final day of the 2015 Best of the Best event. On this day, we saw some of the top freshman and sophomores in the state of Florida showcase their talent. Here is who stood out. 2018 Forward Darius Days (The Rock)– Days was arguably the best player of the day. He produced at several aspects of the game including: scoring, rebounding, blocking an occasional shot, playing with good energy consistently, and showing a ton of athleticism. From the opening warm-up session, Days set the tone that he would be a force all day and he was. He has some intriguing defensive versatility because of his wide frame, solid foot speed, and his overall aggression. His motor is his key. When he felt challenged by an opposing player, he responded well. There where times, however, that he seemed to play down to his competition, and we’re assuming, because he wasn’t being challenged like he was during one of the afternoon sessions going back-and-forth with Oakleaf’s Nassir Little. Days is a capable slasher, but would be well served to improve his handle and his ability to get in and out of his dribble quicker. Additionally he’ll have to improve his jump shot and expand his range– especially if he wants to play as a combo forward who can stretch the floor. He took a couple of three pointers, so we’re assuming he’s trying to develop that area of his game. Overall, Days’ athleticism, motor, and versatility make him a player to watch in Florida’s 2018 class. 2018 Point Guard Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar Christian)– This was the second...

Best of the Best Part 1

This weekend the Lake Brantley Field House was the venue for the Best of the Best Showcase. Saturday saw juniors and seniors from all over the state compete. Below are the players that stood out to us. 2018 Point Guard Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar Christian)– Weaver has been a hot commodity as of late with many colleges coming by to see him in action. Today he showed flashes of the upside many college coaches are buzzing about. For us, his day was slow to start but by mid day he seemed to catch his stride. Weaver already has good positional size at 6’4″. He has good passing instincts and sees the floor well. We liked his ability to attack the paint and either find a teammate close to the rim or slashing to it from the perimeter or baseline. He plays with good poise and control and is pass first. Offensively, he still needs to improve his jumper from mid and long range. From what we saw today, he has a tendency to use stepbacks as his go-to shot. He also needs to improve his play off the ball, but on it, he has playmaking ability. Elijah seemed a bit mechanical at times with his dribble, but he he can use his size well enough to get to the rim. With Eric Hester on his way out, Weaver looks to be a fitting replacement for Oldsmar. 2017 Wing Michael Akuchie (St. Thomas Aquinas)– Akuchie looked great in the early morning drills making shots from mid and long range. When his shot is falling he’s an intriguing prospect. He has positional size,...

Each 1 Teach 1 Presents The Nike Premier Exposure Camp

The Tampa Elite Sports Center was the site Saturday afternoon for many talented rising freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Here is who stood out to us today! Gervon Dexter— Dexter is a 2020 power forward who showed a ton of promise. Standing 6-foot-7-inches and 250 pounds, Dexter already possesses a thick frame and played hard throughout the event. While he’s still very young, he has physical skills and instincts that made this young prospect a potential gem. He blocked shots at the rim and from behind showing good timing and a good first jump. Dexter also showed the ability to get in a low stance and guard out to the perimeter. He rebounded pretty well– although we would like to see him try and box out more– and finished above the rim when he had the opening to do so. He played with good physicality and showed he belonged on the floor. His offensive game is still very raw and so is his court awareness. He attempted to score from the post, but lacks post moves to be effective. Also, when the double team would come he didn’t show he knew where to go with the ball. Additionally, his stamina will have to get better as he appeared out of gas early on. While there are definite areas that must improve, Gervon gives you a lot to be excited about and will be a player to keep an eye on. Andreas Fuller— Fuller is a 2018 guard with a solid frame. Fuller’s most impressive side of the floor was his defense as he was one of the better on...

Peach Jam: The Recap (Part 2)

Our Peach Jam recap continues with a look at another handful of players who stood out to us this past week in North Augusta. In this part we’re going to feature a few of the players with versatility, size and athleticism at their position, and skill. Kevin Knox II (2017 6’7″ SF– Each 1 Teach 1 17U): Knox has had a breakout spring and summer. The one thing that really stood out this past week about his game is his ability to make smart basketball plays and be efficient on the floor. Knox can do a little bit of everything and it’s his versatility that allows his natural athletic abilities shine even more when he gets his hands on the basketball. While he needs to continue to improve his jump shot– including adding consistent range– he is able to make the occasional three point and score below the arc. He is more of slasher who is smooth getting to the rim. His handle will need to continue to tighten, but he already shows natural ability taking his man off the dribble– which should only get more impressive as he really pouts together his total game. The Tampa-native passes well and consistently made good decisions with the basketball. It’ll be interesting to track just how much he improves over the next six months given his rise in just the last few. Trent Forrest (2016 6’4″ CG– Georgia Stars 17U): From one versatile player to another, recent FSU-commit, Trent Forrest, proved why he was a prized recruiting target for the Noles in the rising senior class. Forrest is a legitimate combo guard who...

Peach Jam: The Recap (Part 1)

The 2015 Nike Peach Jam is in the books and it proved to be another great year full of young talent and promise that the game of basketball is in good hands. With that, as our friend Paul Biancardi asked, “what do you know, what did you see, and who do you like?” Well, here is part one of our best answer to those very questions… Jayson Tatum (St. Louis Eagles– 2016 6’8″ SF): Minutes after competing in a semi-final ballgame that saw teammate, Jordan Barnes, hit an incredible three pointer to defeat Team CP3 at the buzzer, the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year sat down courtside and announced his decision to become a Duke Blue Devil while Coach K and staff stood tall over the crowded court. Tatum was a big part of his team’s comeback win over a CP3 team that many would have picked to win prior to the tip off. Tatum is by the far the best mid-range player at the Peach Jam and even in the 2016 class. While many players will disregard developing this area of the floor in their offensive game, Tatum has made it his comfort zone. While watching him work the middle of the floor assures you that the art of the mid range game isn’t quite dead at the high school level, he will need to continue to develop his slashing abilities– which he is more than capable of doing. He tends to settle for jumpers as opposed to using his skills to attack the rim or if he can’t do that, then pass the ball out and...

Breakdown Showcase

The University of Tampa was the sight of this year’s 2015 Breakdown Showcase presented by Bay Area Hoops and Big County Preps . The Martinez Sports Center was filled with plenty of solid talent from the Southwest Florida area. While defense and shooting are typically a rarity at these events, the attendees played hard and this event exceeded our expectations. U.T. has a beautiful new facility that we would think to be impressive to anyone who steps inside. It certainly was to us. Here are the players who stood out…               Five players were named event MVP. From left to right: 2017 Jonathan Bryant II, 2016 David Jones, 2015 R.J. Palmer, 2016 Neilon Joslyn, and 2015 Domani Davis (front) 2016 PG David Jones (6’1″ 165 lbs.) of Leto High School– For us, Jones was the key standout at this event. He scored at will and showed impressive bounce for a guard standing 6-foot-1-inch. While he showed his scoring abilities as a slasher, his jumper does look to need to become more consistent. He has playmaker and passing ability as well, but is wired to be more of a scorer. David rebounded well and looked to push the ball whenever possible. He also advanced the ball when needed and attacked off the dribble when appropriate. He finished plays at the rim and showed good awareness of what pace to play at when he controlled the ball. Overall, there is still more maturing Jones will have to make to play the lead guard at the next level, but he has the athleticism and quickness to make an...

Hagerty defeats St. Petersburg in 8A semi-final

Not many, if any, would have picked Hagerty and St. Petersburg in the preseason to face each other in the first game of the class 8A semi-final, but Hagerty’s (24-8) 57-51 victory Wednesday night proved that picks and opinions are just that and it’s how you play the game that matters. The Huskies are a three point shooting team whose players move very well without the ball and score it with confidence. They started out the game going 6 of 11 from distance– led by junior guard/forward Denzel Mahoney who ended the first quarter going 4 of 5 from the perimeter. St. Petersburg looked punched in the mouth from the outset as they couldn’t seem to figure out Hagerty’s offensive style and then shooting poorly to open the game– 2 of 13 in the first quarter– made matters worse. They were able to bounce back and adjust in the second quarter outscoring their Oviedo-based opponent 16 to 6 to close the halftime deficit to just two points. St Petersburg closed the half on a 7-0 run. The game would stay close as both would exchange baskets throughout the third quarter. Despite a close score, St. Petersburg couldn’t keep much momentum, while Hagerty kept finding ways to make plays throughout the game. St. Petersburg is a young team on the rise and will be very good for some years to come, but their best players had a tough time shooting the ball tonight. Junior guard Travis Bianco is a good scoring guard with deceptive athleticism. However, a missed fastbreak dunk in the second half summed up his tough shooting night...

Godby comes from behind to defeat Cardinal Newman for the 4A state title

It wasn’t easy, but Godby found a way to end a perfect season in the perfect way– as state champions. Cardinal Newman took a 17-5 first quarter lead and looked to have Godby on their heels early. Newman’s team defense was suffering Godby forcing them in to less than 24 percent shooting from the floor– including 1 of 13 from the perimeter. Wake Forest commit, John Collins had 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the first half and looked primed to record a triple-double. Newman would need his production as other than sophomore K.J. Fitzgerald had scored close to double digits. Fitzgerald had a solid first half, but only managed to score four points and commited six of the team’s 13 turnovers in the second half. Newman had zero turnovers and looked to have the game in hand heading in to the locker room, depsite a smal run by Godby to end the half. Godby’s ability to create second chance points, in large part to 21 rebounds from senior Londell King, allowed for 15 points to be added in their favor. The Tallahassee-based group also capitalized off Newman’s turnovers adding 15 more points. Godby was able to speed up the pace of the game in the second half and kept finding ways to create points. While their overall shooting numbers aren’t desirable– 28 percent from the field and 16 percent from the perimeter– Cardinal Newman’s had similar shooting numbers. The most telling stat didn’t come in the paint or from beyond the arc. Cardinal Newman missed 12 free throws and were minus 14 on the offensive boards....

Providence gets past Sagemont to win the 3A state title

Whether it was Providence’s ability to answer, a big scoring night from senior Jason Burnell, or key defensive stops on UCLA commit Prince Ali, Providence was able to do whatever it needed to win the 3A state title. 5 of 13 shooting from Ali combined with just four second half points from Illinois State commit Keyshawn Evans left Sagemont (29-4) without many answers in a second half. Providence’s seniors stepped up big, highlighted by three of them finishing with double digits– Jason Burnell (26), Wyatt Walker (12), and LaDarien Griffin (11). Burnell was given the green light to shoot and that’s exactly what he did. He scored 18 second half points and grabbed 12 rebounds– 6 of which were on the offensive end. He shot 50 percent from the field (6 of 12) in the second half after going 2 of 10 for eight points in the previous two quarters. The Jacksonville-based bunch was 30 and 1 coming in to this game, and very well could have been undefeated if it hadn’t of been for a two point at the Arby Classic in Bristol, Tennessee to Centerville back in December. Sagemont was able to keep the game close in the first half with timely three point shooting from senior guard A.J. Jurko, who made 4 of 6 from distance. Sophomore Tyler Polley showed some of his versatility, but was only able to shoot 3 of 9 for 8 points. Polley will be an exciting player to watch the rest of his high school career because of his ability to handle the ball, rebound, and score in a variety of...

Miami Christian runs away from Agape to win 2A State Title

The Victors of Miami Christian gave meaning to their alma mater’s name winning handily against Agape out of Orlando. Miami Christian used a 34-4 run to drain the life out of their opponent after being down by 25-18 early on in the game. Agape battled hard attacking the rim to start the game and they did a good job slowing down Miami Christian–who likes to play uptempo. The Victors had a tough time scoring around the rim, while Agape was fearless in their pursuit of the rim. Despite the slow start, Miami Christian started their huge run late in the second quarter that spanned to the begnning of the fouth quarter and ended any chances of Agape getting their first state title. Miami Christian had a 31-25 halftime lead. They were able to force Agape in to 13 first half turnovers and used those turnovers to create offense and speed up the tempo of the game to their favor. The Victors were led by their stellar backcourt of seniors Marquill Smith and Isaiah Reece who had already combined for 26 of Miami Christian’s 51 points by the end of the third quarter. Junior Ralph Diaz played active on both ends and will be a welcomed returning player for the Victors next season. He finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and a steal. Agape was led in scoring by senior guard Andre Bennett and junior forward Demauri Hill who combined for 24 points. The team as a whole shot a dismal 29 percent from the FG, 23 percent from the perimeter, and just 35 percent from...

Chipley blows out Hawthorne to win 1A State Title

Chipley (28-3) seemed to end the game with a 21-8 first quarter lead. In fact, they did. The Tigers almost made it a running clock game to start the second half, but a missed drive by Tyrome Sharpe prevented the inevitable. Hawthorne (28-3) could not get going with miss after miss from jumper after jumper. The Hornets shot a disappointing 16 percent from the field in the first half– including 14 perecent from the perimeter. Junior Trent Forest was able to impact the game anyway he saw fit in this game. He can play both guard positions with range out the perimeter. He can also handle it very well, rebounds at his position, makes good, quick moves with the ball, and can make plays for others. Tyrome Sharpe, however, was the story in the first half. The senior combo guard led his team in points, rebounds and steals as a player standing 6-foot, maybe. Sophomore Justin Campbell followed up his double-double semi-final performance the night before against Malone with a solid game 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting. He had to leave the game early in the first half with two quick fouls, but he showed enough throughout to convince us that he’s a player to watch in the 2017 Florida class. Chipley’s offense not only showcased excellent shooting, but crisp passing and good movement off the ball. They managed 17 assists on 27 made field goals to win their second state title since 2012. Before you knew it, Chipley blew the game open with a 65-26 third quarter lead and there was still five minutes left in...

Godby Shoots Lights Out versuses Holy Trinity to win 4A semi-final

The undefeated Godby Cougars (30-0) jumped out to an early 27-13 first quarter lead against their Melbourne-based opponents, led by junior comb guard Quan Jackson. Jackson had 10 first half points. The Cougars forced Holy Trinity (24-9) in to quick, contested shots throughout the first half– shooting 9 of 24 from the field. Jackson contineud his hot shooting throughout the half going in to the locker room with a game-high 18 points– which included four three-pointers. Junior DeSean Enzor had an efficient first half making four of his five shots. He would finish with 11 points. Enzor scored inside and out making both of his long range attempts in the first sixteen minutes of gameplay. While the first half didn’t have very many bright spots for Holy Trinity, senior point guard Keoni Wallington helped spark a 9-0 run that got Holy Trinity back within single-digits. That spark would be short-lived as Jackson hit two threes late in the half that saw the team from Tallahassee take a 42-29 lead in to the locker room. Godby shot a scorching 58 percent from the field– including 63 percent from the perimeter. Holy Trinity would proove to need the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost to get back in to this game in the second half. Shooting less than 38 percent from the field and just 20 percent from the perimeter seems to overshadow the excellent performance put on by Wallington. His efforts at attacking the rim and playing with confidence throughout the second 4A semi-final game kept Holy Trinity’s fan section alive. Senior guard Julian Gardner was only the second...

Cardinal Newman gets 4A semi-final win over Dunbar

Dunbar (19-7) came in to the first semi-final 4A game against a Cardinal Newman team who had only one loss on the year (26-1). Newman took an early lead that included being able to to get to the rim and some key three-pointers, but Dunbar hung tough and fought back to take a 26-25 halftime lead. The Tigers were led by a solid guard-forward combo in seniors Christopher Sutherland and Keanu Pennison. The Fort Myers-based squad did not shoot a free throw the entire game despite being a primarily paint scoring team that looked to drive early and often in the first half. Their attack style allowed them to stay close until the second half. Cardinal Newman clearly made halftime adjustments as they packed the paint preventing Dunbar from being able to score in the lane. That opened up the game for the West Palm Beach-based Newman as they took a ten point lead late in the fourth quarter and never looked back. The Crusaders’ showcased talented guards in K.J. Fitzgerald and Abdul Dial. Dial, a senior, plays more of a forward type of game. He showed great hands catching and finish around the rim in the first half. His activity really set a tone for Cardinal Newman’s interior. Fitzgerald, a sophomore getting high-major interest, took care of the basketball and orchestrated the offense. But the story of the game center around senior forward-center, John Collins, who is commited to play at Wake Forest next season. Collins led the way with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks. His active hands were an huge assett in grabbing boards on...
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