Alexander, Dockery share Pangos East F/S honor

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ – The Dinos Trigonis-fronted Pangos All-Frosh/Soph Camp fall tour came to another conclusion Sunday afternoon at the River Winds Center with its fourth stop that lured many of the very best players from among the sophomore (2020) and freshmen (’21) classes in the east.

The camp, and the Top 30 All-Star game, was highlighted by the presence of two of the best sophomore guards in the east – and beyond – in Posh Alexander and Marcus Dockery, based in the Bronx and Washington, DC, respectively.

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Pangos Camp a tale of Dockery jump shots Saturday

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ – Marcus Dockery got in front of the storm (due to hit the region Sunday) by about 24 hours Saturday afternoon and evening in the River Winds Community Center.

The 6-foot-1, left-handed sophomore from Roosevelt High in Washington, DC was raining jump shots on anyone and everyone who tried to check him during the first day’s action of the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp.

Dockery was assigned to the “North Carolina” squad (one of 20 for the approximate 190 or so players in attendance) but wasted little time springing into action with the “Virginia Commonwealth” team, scheduled on Court 1 just before UNC’s game.

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Baldwin, Jackson share Pangos Midwest Camp honors

LA GRANGE, IL – Eleven athletes from in and around Chicago are among my choices for the Top 25 players in attendance at the Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp that wrapped up early Sunday afternoon at the Park District sports facility in this suburb of the city.

Among those are sophomores from long-time Public League powers Whitney Young (guard Tyler Beard), Simeon (forward Sincere Callwood) and Morgan Park (guard Adam Miller), along with a Simeon freshman (guard Ahmad Bynum).

But the other 14 were scattered from among seven other states: Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

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Patrick Baldwin impresses in Pangos Midwest return

LA GRANGE, IL – Saturday’s Day I of the “Midwest” stop on the Pangos All-Frosh/Soph Camp circuit put a nifty bunch of sophomores and freshmen – as well as one eighth-grader who quickly demonstrated he was worthy of his pre-camp hype – on display at the Park District Sports facility in this Chicago suburb.

Where to begin?

OK, let’s go with Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Milwaukee Hamilton), a who made a strong impressive on those who watched him at the same event a year ago when he was a 6-foot-5 freshman.

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Top BB teams clash at Cerritos College Saturday

NORWALK, Ca. – Nine boys’ basketball programs that played in either the CIF Southern or Los Angeles Sections’ Open Division playoffs last season highlight the eight-game field for the Rolling Hills Prep Fall Classic Saturday at Cerritos Community College.

Defending State Open Division-champion Bishop Montgomery – led by three returning starters in seniors David Singleton (committed to UCLA) and Fletcher Tynen (Boston University) and junior Gianni Hunt – faces Temecula Rancho Christian in the 8 p.m. event final.

Rancho Christian is led by the Brothers Mobley, junior Isaiah and sophomore Evan.

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Cade Cunningham gets nod as best at Pangos South

LEWISVILLE, TX – The Sunday afternoon wrap-up of the 12th Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp delivered a delightful – and oh-so-competitive – Top 30 all-star game at the MAC Sports Center.

When the 30 players were selected (caveat: I was one of those helping with the selections) from the 220 or so athletes in attendance at the two-day event in this Dallas suburb, it was discovered that half of those attended high school in Texas.

So, sure, why not have a “Texas vs. the USA” format for the game?

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Moses Moody among Pangos first-day standouts

LEWISVILLE, TX – Texas wasn’t the only state with strong representation among the 200-plus athletes on hand Saturday for the first day of the annual Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp at the Mac Sports Center in this suburb of Dallas.

Approximately 40 of the campers were, collectively, from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee, giving the event perhaps its strongest-ever non-Texas presence since its 2006 debut.

Among the first-day standouts from the group were Class of 2020 products Moses Moody (6-foot-5/Little Rock, AR, North) and Gerald Doakes (6-1/Jacksonville, AR, Lighthouse); Chris Moore (6-6/West Memphis, AR, West Memphis), Jordan Tilmon (6-0/Pine Bluff, AR, Watson Chapel), Caleb London (6-4/Conway, AR, Conway); Chanse Robinson (6-1/Grambling, LA, Lincoln Prep), Matthew Murrell (6-3/Memphis Whitehaven) and Rodney Mason (6-5/Bartlett, TN, Bartlett), as well as soon-to-be Class of 2021 standouts in Sekou Kalle (6-10/Louisville Aspire Academy) and Devon Barnes (5-11/Lawton, OK, Christian).

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A rundown on the best from the USA BB minicamp

COLORADO SPRINGS – The USA Basketball National Junior Men’s team minicamp was an ideal showcase for some of the very best in the high school classes of 2018-20, roughly six weeks before the start of the “real” season.

Saturday and Sunday’s drills and scrimmages produced multiple standouts, relative to consistency of effort and production, and improvement (since the last time I watched them play, mostly in the spring or summer).

My choice as the best player from the Class of 2018 at the event was – no surprise – Zion Williamson, who was measured at 6-foot-5 (without shoes) and weighed in at 272 pounds.

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Zion Williamson is at overwhelming best at USA BB

COLORADO SPRINGS – Eighteen members of the Class of 2018 are among the 54 players on hand for the two-day, USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team “mini-camp”.

For those seniors, it’s another opportunity to pad their resume in order to get a spot on the USA squad that will play in the Nike Hoop Summit Game in Portland in April.

And, with multiple Selection Committee voters (myself included) on hand, it’s also another way to build their cases for inclusion on the McDonald’s All-American team that will be unveiled in mid-January.

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Ryse Williams honored this weekend at Culver City

CULVER CITY, Ca. – The First-ever “Ryse Up Fall Classic”, in honor of the late basketball star Ryse Williams, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Culver City High.

Williams, a four-year varsity letterman at Redondo High, died from the effects of an extremely rare form of cancer on June 22 – a day before he and the rest of the Redondo senior class were scheduled to go through graduation ceremonies.

The 6-foot-3 Williams was a two-time all-CIF Southern Section selection and had signed a national letter of intent last November to attend Loyola Marymount University as a member of its basketball program.

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