Many high-profile preps expected at Pangos AA Camp

CARSON, Ca. – The 13th Pangos All-American Camp – annually one of the top high school hoops events of the spring and summer – is set for this weekend at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Camp games – with 12 teams of approximately 110 players from across the United States (and beyond) – begin Friday night at 8:30 with two sessions spread over three courts.

Games resume (again, two sessions over three courts) at 3 Saturday afternoon at resumed at 6:45.

There will be two more game sessions Sunday morning (beginning at 9:30).

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Many memorable efforts at Compton Magic event

LONG BEACH, Ca. – The Utah Prospects program left the city with championships in the 14-, 15- and 16-under divisions Monday afternoon.

But it was the Southern California-based Double Pump squad that captured the biggest prize during the final day of the Magic Memorial Festival in the Cabrillo High gymnasium.

Despite trailing by as many as eight points in the second half, Double Pump took the lead at 48-46 over the L.A. Rockfish with about 30 seconds to go and that shot by L.A. Dorsey High senior-to-be Tommie Groce proved to provide the final points of the Battlezone 17U bracket.

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Josh Jackson is vintage junior for 2014-15

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – Josh Jackson is a multi-skilled prospect, by way of Michigan, who played for the “Prolific Prep” academy in Northern California’s Napa Valley this past season.

And, like all of the region’s extraordinary wine, Jackson’s on-court talents have already aged quite well, thank you very much.

Jackson was the narrow choice over Jayson Tatum (St. Louis Chaminade) and Lonzo Ball (Chino Hills in Southern California as the BurlisonOnBasketball national “Junior of the Year” for the 2014-15 season.

The 20 players were chosen based upon their on-court accomplishments and not necessarily on how extensively they are being recruited, or will be recruited, for their on-court potential in college.

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Multiple standouts during WCE Spring Breakout

DOWNEY, Ca. – Ryan Silver’s West Coast Elite Spring Breakout Camp offered a nice sampling of Southern California’s top prep players across the graduation classes Saturday and Sunday at Warren High.

Saturday was a showcase for some of the best of the “soon-to-be” high school standouts in the Classes of 2019 and ’20 (current seventh- and eighth-graders).

Among the most polished and impressive of those from the Class of 2019 included 6-foot-2 Jared Lucas (Hacienda Heights), 6-4 Johnny Juzang (Oak Park), 6-0 Amani Harris (Inglewood), 6-5 Matt Bender (San Diego) and 6-0 Jadon Jones (Long Beach).

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A wrap-up of the Nike EYBL Houston weekend

HOUSTON – Weekend No. 3 of the 2015 Nike Elite Youth Basketball is a wrap.

And, after spending hefty portions of Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the MI3 center, here are some observations and my selection of the 35 guys who most impressed me over the weekend:

*By the slimmest of margins, Jayson Tatum is my choice as the “Player of the Weekend” after helping the St. Louis Eagles go 4-0 over the weekend and improved their EYBL record to

The 6-foot-8 Tatum (St. Louis Chaminade High) averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the Eagles picked up wins over Team Penny, Houston Hoops, Elfrid Payton Elite and Spiece Indy Heat to improve to 9-3 on the season going into the final weekend of spring play in Minneapolis on Memorial Weekend.

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Giles and Tatum live up to all the hype Saturday

HOUSTON — Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum arrived in Texas this weekend with reputations firmly in place as two of the three or four best high school basketball players in the Class of 2016.

And their performances Saturday in the MI-3 Center only serve to enhance those reputations.

*The 6-foot-9 Giles (Winston-Salem, NC, Wesleyan Christian) averaged 26.0 points (hitting a combined 21 of 34 from the field) and 14.0 rebounds per game as CP3 collected wins over MOKAN Elite and Seattle Rotary in the second day of the third weekend of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League at the MI-3 Center.

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Houston Hoops and CP3 improve EYBL marks to 8-1

HOUSTON – Bouncing around the first night of action on the third weekend of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League spring circuit, 2015-style:

*Houston Hoops and Team CP3 took different paths while improving their respective records to 8-1 Friday night.

The “home team” zipped past Nike South Beach, 83-55, behind the overall play of – and I don’t think isn’t going to exactly stun you – 6-foot-8 junior-to-be Jarred Vanderbilt (13 points, nine rebounds and six steals) and another left hander, 6-3 combo guard guard-deluxe De’Aaron Fox (19 points, two rebounds, three assists and three buckets from behind the arc).

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Vanderbilt tops BurlisonOnBasketball best sophs

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – Jarred Vanderbilt, a 6-foot-8 left hander capable of playing any position his Houston Victory Prep team needs him, is the BurlisonOnBasketball top sophomore for the 2014-15 season.

Vanderbilt was joined on the five-player first team by four other strong candidates for the No. 1 spot in the Class of 2017 in post DeAndre Ayton (originally from the Bahamas) – considered by many the top prospect in the class – as well as another post, Xavier Tillman, and guards Trae Young and Quade Green.

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Top spot on All-Frosh picks bagged by Arizona prep

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – Marvin Bagley, who helped Coronal Del Sol High to its fourth consecutive Arizona state championship in March, heads the BurlisonOnBasketball All-Freshman team for the 2014-15 season.

The 6-foot-9 left hander used his multiple inside-outside skills as his squad rolled to a 33-1 record, with the only loss coming to a very talented Chatsworth (CA) Sierra Canyon team on Jan. 3 during the HoopHall Classic West event in Phoenix.

The 10 players were chosen based upon their on-court accomplishments and not necessarily on how extensively they are being recruited, or will be recruited, for their on-court potential in college.

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BallisLife AA game set for Saturday at LBCC

LONG BEACH, Ca. – The fifth BallisLife boys’ basketball All-American Game, presented by the U.S. Army, is set for a 5 p.m. (PT) tipoff Saturday at Long Beach City College.

But the action and excitement – for those who love 3-point shooting and dunks of all varieties – begin earlier than that.

The 3-point shooting and dunking contests are set to get underway at 3:15 p.m. and, no doubt, some will find those aspects of the event even more tantalizing than the “game itself.

Nine of the 23 players scheduled to play in the game are based in Southern California: Bennie Boatwright of Sun Valley Village Christian and Chimezie Metu (Lawndale), each of which signed with USC in November; CIF Southern Section Open Division Player of the Year Stephen Thompson Jr.

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