LONG BEACH, CA – There was a lot of “pop” to the first night of the 10th annual Pangos All-American Camp Friday at Cabrillo High on the west side of the ol’ LBC.
A quick rundown on some of the better performances I watched during the first session of games, held on three courts, that I watched last night (note: I focused on the two games I saw that were played on Court 1):
*Cliff Alexander (6-foot-8/class of 2014/Chicago Currie): It was my first viewing of him since the adidas Nations event in Los Angeles last August and I was duly impressed. On first glance he looked like a strong candidate to be considered the best post and “power” player in the camp.
*Anton Gill (6-2/2013/Raleigh, NC, Ravenscroft): The combo guard, who is committed to Louisville, was every bit as impressive as he was when I watched him in Las Vegas in April during the adidas VIP Exclusive Run. The left hander was nearly unstoppable off the dribble, on either drives or pull-up jumpers.
*Wayne Selden (6-5/2014/Boston Tilton School): Selden didn’t make the trip to Oakland last week with his BABC team for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League competition. But – at what appeared to be about 230 pounds of NFL outside linebacker-like muscle – he physically overwhelmed defenders Friday night. Beast . . .
*Jarrell Martin (6-8/2013/Baton Rouge, LA, Madison Prep): He was much more impressive Friday night than when I saw him in Las Vegas in April. Not only did he rebound forcefully but he also knocked in at least a couple of 3-pointers when my attention turned to Court 2.
*Namon Wright (6-3/2014 Los Angeles Pacific Hills): Wright is one of the fastest rising (among recruit-niks) juniors-to-be in Southern California and he showed why Friday night while nailing near-arc jump shots and scoring on strong drives.
*Zach LaVine (6-3/2013/Bothell, WA, Bothell): It didn’t take him long to firmly establish that his shooting range extended to, say, Pacific Coast Highway. And the form and quickness of his release are impeccable as well.
*Aubrey Dawkins (6-3/2013/Palo Alto, CA, Palo Alto): The son of Stanford’s head coach wasted little time in demonstrating that he is one of the better scorers in the camp.
*Julian Jacobs (6-3/2013/Las Vegas Desert Pines): Jacobs, who committed to the University of Utah during his junior season, had a solid first outing, making pretty good decisions with the ball and finishing one drive with a two-handed dunk over the top of a 6-9 player.
*Martez Harrison (5-11/2013/Kansas City, MO, University Academy): “Relentlessly” is a nifty one-word description of the way he played at both ends of the floor Friday night. He’s a dynamic penetrator and defender.
*Kendal Harris (6-4/2013/Richardson, TX, Berkner): If there is to be a captain/floor leader for the “all-underrated team from the Class of 2013)”, this is the fellow.