Brandon Weston’s jumper bags Pangos All-Star win

LA GRANGE, Ill. – Southern California-based hoops entrepreneur  Dinos Trigonis has fronted a lot of “Pangos” camps and the ensuing all-star games that have wrapped each of them up since they made their debut nearly 20 years ago.

But it’s unlikely there have been many – if any – of those games to top the Top 30 contest played Sunday afternoon at the Pangos All-Midwest Frosh-Soph Camp at the Park District Recreation Center in this suburb of Chicago.

A mostly back-and-forth affair between the team wearing white jerseys and its black-wearing counterparts seemingly had turned in the white-wearers’ favor with a few minutes to go.

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McCaffery, Pesek-Hickson are Pangos standouts

LA GRANGE, Ill. – Patrick McCaffery got an early start Saturday on a sophomore season that will provide a platform to demonstrate why he is one of the very best high school players and college prospects in the national Class of 2019.

For those of you trying to sort out that sentence, rest assured that the very best high school players – based upon how guys happen to play while in high school – isn’t always the same thing as being among elite college prospects.

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Ira Lee is the latest standout to opt for the U of A

SANTA MONICA, Ca. – The University of Arizona Wildcats basketball program picked up another elite commitment from the Class of 2017 when 6-foot-8 forward Ira Lee revealed that he would be signing a national letter of intent with the Wildcats next month.

“It was a place I felt I could go, get immediate playing time and develop,” he said in a telephone interview Thursday morning. “And it’s also a program that is a national championship contender.”

Lee enrolled at the Crossroads School late in the summer.

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Harmon, Wilson, Timme impress at Pangos Sunday

DALLAS – The second stop on the fall national Pangos All-Frosh/Soph circuit got a nice jolt of energy – and talent – Sunday.

Two sophomores from Guyer High in Denton showed up Sunday morning and easily played their way into Sunday afternoon’s Top 30 All-Star game that wrapped up the All-Frosh/Soph South Camp that was held at the Triple A/Focused Learning Academy.

Left-handed De’Vion Harmon, a one-time football standout who gave up the grid iron this summer to focus on hoops, made a compelling on-court argument that he’s the top point guard prospect in the Class of 2019 during the Oct.

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Familiarity breeds Pangos dominance for Bassey

DALLAS – A year ago as a freshman, barely two months after having migrated to the U.S. from Nigeria, Charles Bassey was far and away the best player at the Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp.

And, based on what was seen of him Saturday afternoon at the Triple A-Focused Learning Academy, it’s much of the same the second time-around at the camp for the now-sophomore at St. Anthony High in San Antonio.

The second and final day of the event tips off at 9 o’clock Sunday morning with four sets of games played across the three courts (meaning each team plays once) and wrapping up at noon before Top 50 (1:15 p.m.) and Top 25 (2:15) all-star games follow, with those rosters culled from the approximately 230 players in the camp.

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Classes of ’19 and ’20 shine at USA BB camp

COLORADO SPRINGS – A combined 39 members from the high school classes of 2019 and 2020 were on hand Saturday and Sunday during a “mini-camp” held by USA Basketball.

And over the course of the four two-plus hour sessions (which included drills and scrimmaging and also included 15 players from the class of 2017), each player showed why his name was identified and why he earned a round-trip ticket to Colorado Springs.

I went into detail about the 15 seniors who attended during a BurlisonOnBasketball report I filed Saturday night.

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Porter shines at USA mini-camp Saturday

COLORADO SPRINGS – Fifty-four high school players were on hand Saturday during the opening of a two-day USA Basketball “mini-camp”.

The event, which concludes with morning and afternoon workout sessions on Sunday, will help in the formation of international touring teams in the summer and in making decisions on the bulk of the U.S. roster for the Hoop Summit in early April in Portland.

With a handful of McDonald’s All-American voters (including myself, Evan Daniels of, Jerry Meyer of 24/7 and Eric Bossi of on hand, 15 seniors are also, directly or indirectly, using this as an opportunity to make on-court itches for their respective candidacies for the 2017 McD’s AA squad.

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Harvard-Westlake, LB Poly bag big LEAGUE wins

ORANGE, Ca. – Fall League basketball, of the high school variety, was in full bloom Sunday at Orange Lutheran High.

“The LEAGUE” – hosted by Orange Lutheran and Westminster high schools, coordinated by the Compton Magic organization, sponsored by adidas and, yes, worthy of its all-caps spelling – made its 2016 debut Sunday.

And those in attendance got up-close looks at some of Southern California’s better teams – and players – for the 2016-17 “regular” season that doesn’t debut until Thanksgiving Week.

Highlighting the action at Orange Lutheran was a couple of games involving four teams that almost assuredly can be penciled in a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Division Open Division playoff squads come mid-February.

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Mannion, Battin among WCE/King of Kings standouts

NORWALK, Ca. – I can’t account for all of the grade point averages or Advanced Placement Classes enrolled in by players who attended the Saturday-Sunday High Academic Fall Showcase/King of Kings that was put on by Julius von Hanzlik and the Ryan Silver-fronted West Coast Elite program at Cerritos Community College.

But I didn’t need to examine any transcripts to know what kind of basketball futures some of the 150-plus players on hand possess.

There were impressive prospects from each of the four high school classes in attendance but it was the freshmen and sophomore classes that were especially well-repped at the event.

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Juzang, Jones are my top Pangos Frosh/Soph choices

NORWALK, Ca. – The first stop on the 2016 national Pangos All-Frosh/Soph circuit wrapped up Sunday afternoon at Cerritos Community College, with many of the West’s best in the Classes of 2019 and ’20 on display in a couple of all-star games.

And, after a few hours of deliberation after watching the 180-plus players in action, I’ve pared what I saw over Saturday and Sunday into my perspective on the “Best of the Best” at the event.

Both my top sophomore and top freshman selections could have easily been co- or even tri-selections in each category.

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