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Davis and Schwartz among WCE/Denver standouts

DENVER – The fourth West Coast Elite High School Camp, held at Manual High in Denver on Sunday, provided the perfect venue and opportunity for NCAA Division I coaching staffs to get a first-hand look at some of the best hoops talent in Colorado.

The only problem with my premise, of course, is that the event wasn’t held during one of the “live” evaluation periods – for non-high school-sponsored events – that the NCAA certifies in April and July.

Those in attendance (mostly parents, high school and club coaches, event organizer Ryan Silver and his staff, and assorted talent evaluators – including yours truly), though, had the opportunity to peruse a lot of players who already are, or will be, targeted by a lot of college recruiters.

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West Coast Elite Camp with stop in Denver

DENVER – This city is home to one of the oldest high schools in America as Manual High School opened its doors in 1892.

But for all of its historical elegance, the school’s gymnasium played host to some of the region’s very best of some of the youngest hoopsters of the latest generation.

Saturday’s Day I of the weekend’s 4th West Coast Elite/Denver Camp featured middle school players from in and around the city.

Although there wasn’t an abundance of size on hand with just a half-dozen of the approximately 70 players in the camp checking in at six-feet or taller there were a lot of quality guards and forwards.

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My choices for the Best of the Pangos All-East Camp

THOROFARE, NJ – The Pangos All-East Frosh-Soph Camp was wrapped up Sunday afternoon at the RiverWinds Center with its Top 30 All-Star Game culled from the 200 or so players who competed in the two day event.

And, although several players were outstanding in the final contest, it was just as noteworthy for the guys that didn’t play in it as it was for those that did perform in the game that was won by the squad wearing white jerseys, 125-116.

For example:

*Three freshmen from the Team Rio travel program, Scotty Lewis, Cole Anthony and Bryan Antoine, were locks to play in the Top 30 Game after superb efforts on Saturday.

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Many 2019 players impress at Pangos All-East Camp

WEST DEPTFORD, NJ – Saturday was the opening day of the annual Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp at the RiverWinds Center.

And the emphasis in excellence rested firmly on the “Frosh” side of the event.

Among the first-class passengers on the boatload of quality prospects from the Class of 2019 in attendance were three players from the Team Rio program that is sponsored in part by the Mario Chalmers Foundation.

And it took just one sequence in his first camp game to demonstrate why the 6-foot-4 Scotty Lewis (Tinton Falls, NJ, Ranney) could prove to be one of the top half-dozen or so – at the very least – prospects in his national class.

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Allen-Eikens is the MOP at Pangos Camp

LA GRANGE, IL – Unlike the previous week during the All-South Camp in Texas – hello Chris Bassey – there was no dominating player in the range of 6-foot-10 during the Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp that wrapped up Sunday afternoon in the Park District Gymnasium.

Mind you, though: There was no shortage of high-caliber prospects on hand at a whole lot of other sizes.

Not surprisingly, Chicago high schools were once again well-represented at the Dinos Trigonis-fronted event that drew the likes of talent evaluators Clark Francis (HoopScoopOnLine), Ronnie Flores (Cal-Hi Sports and BallIsLife), John Stovall ( and yours ever-so-truly.

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Lots of first-day standouts at Pangos All-MW camp

LA GRANGE, IL – A year ago, then-freshman De’Sean Allen-Eikens (Williston, ND) had a terrific first day at the Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp.

But an injury kept him out of the Top 30 All-Star Game that was played on the concluding Sunday afternoon.

Flash forward 12 months and, after another couple of scintillating performances on Saturday in the Park District Center in this Chicago suburb, the affable Allen-Eikens promised to make an appearance in Sunday’s top all-star game – if selected to play, of course.

“Don’t worry,” the now 6-foot-6, 200-pound sophomore said, smiling after helping his “St.

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Fairfax High hosts impressive hoops slate Saturday

LOS ANGELES – Three CIF Southern Section champions and the L.A. City champion – the host program – highlight the 16-team field for the Fairfax High Fall Basketball Classic Saturday.

Among the spotlight contests are Mater Dei vs. Loyola (11 a.m.); the host Lions vs. Crespi (2 p.m.);  Redondo vs. Chino Hills (6:30) and, to cap the day’s activities, Santa Monica vs. Sierra Canyon at 8.

Chino Hills and Sierra Canyon will likely be the consensus choice as the two strongest Southern Section teams going into the regular season.

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Bassey tops my Pangos All-South honors selections

LEWISVILLE, TEXAS – Most basketball camp “all-star games” turn into largely “you score-I score” affairs with little defense, in particular, and intensity of effort, in general.

The Top 30 Game that wrapped up the Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp Sunday afternoon at the MAC Center proved quite the exception to that premise.

*With the squad wearing black jerseys trailing by three points, freshman guard Zarek Thomas (Cedar Hill, TX) scored on a nifty drive along the left baseline to get his squad to within a point with about 20 seconds remaining.

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Bassey, Thomas, Marshall among Pangos standouts

LEWISVILLE, Texas – It didn’t take long on Saturday to grasp that event founder and director Dinos Trigonis had assembled another strong group of players for his Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp at the MAC Center in this Dallas suburb.

Approximately 180 players were on hand and, during the two camp games each participated in Saturday afternoon evening, some standouts made their selves noticeable immediately.

The tallest – and most impressive – in that group was 6-foot-10 Charles Bassey, a freshman at St. Anthony High in San Antonio who didn’t migrate to the United States (from Nigeria) until about three months ago.

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South Bay hoops league on tap at Redondo HS

REDONDO BEACH, Ca. – The Hoop Masters South Bay Fall Basketball League is on tap again Saturday at Redondo Union High with a strong schedule of games pitting players from some of the better teams in Southern California.

The schedule:

Main Gymnasium: 10 a.m. Montebello’s Finest (Cantwell-Sacred Heart players) vs. The Zahn’s (Redondo Union players), junior varsity; 11 a.m, The Zahn’s vs. The Collins (Harvard-Westlake); Noon, Amir Johnson (Westchester) vs. IE’s Finest (Chino Hills); 1 p.m., D. DeRozan (Compton) vs. C. Smith (Fairfax); 2, IE’s Finest vs.

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Frank Burlison

Frank Burlison is a well-regarded basketball writer who was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2005. His opinions on the potential of high school and college players are widely respected and sought by college coaches and NBA scouts, personnel directors and general managers from coast to coast. Oh, yes – he can offer plenty of thoughts on movies, television and pop music. Yes, he can rank those, too. Hint: He’s a big The Godfather, Larry Sanders, The Wire and The Beatles loyalist.

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“I’ve known Frank since he was a student at Long Beach State and no writer ever worked harder at studying and understanding basketball. When I was coaching I always put more stock into what he said about (high school) players than anyone I knew. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best there is at evaluating the potential of basketball players.”
Lute Olson, Hall of Fame and NCAA Championship Winning Coach

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