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The Best of the Best at Pangos AA Camp XIV

NORWALK, Ca. –  The inclination, following the event’s conclusion mid-Sunday afternoon, is to suggest that the 14th Pangos All-American Camp will often be recalled for the caliber of backcourt prospects in attendance among its approximately (give or take) 110 participants.

Here’s why:

Camp participants Jose Alvarado, Trevon Duval, Quade Green, Jaylen Hands, Trae Young and Isaiah Washington are each among my choices for the Top 10 point guards in the Class of 2017.

Spencer Freedman, JaVonte Smart and Brandon Williams fall into that category for the Class of 2018, with Cole Anthony as good a prospect, at the position, in the Class of 2019 that I’ve seen.

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Day II, Pangos All-American Camp XIV

NORWALK, Ca. – The second day of the 14th Pangos All-American Camp couldn’t have wrapped up in any more spectacular fashion.

Jose Alvarado found DeAndre Ayton and put the pass into his hands that immediately led to what proved to be the game-winning dunk with seven seconds to go as the Arizona camp team knocked off its Washington counterpart, 89-88, Saturday night in the last of the 12 games played in two sessions on the three full courts that the Cerritos College gymnasium has been configured into for the event.

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Day I, Pangos All-American Camp XIV

NORWALK, Ca. – Years to come – including NCAA Tournaments and NBA drafts – will give us more perspective on the topic.

But, based upon an opening-Friday evening’s viewing at Cerritos College, this Pangos All-American Camp may stack up with the very best of its Dinos Trigonis-fronted 13 predecessors in terms of depth and top-of-the-class “star power”.

A quick example via this collective group of players:

DeAndre Ayton (Phoenix Hillcrest); P.J. Washington (Henderson, NV, Findlay Prep); Billy Preston (who is set to attend Oak Hill Academy in Virginia as a senior after spending his previous season and a half at Advanced Prep International); Brandon McCoy (San Diego Cathedral Catholic); Charles O’Bannon Jr.

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Dante Exum Elite bags 2 Magic Memorial crowns

ORANGE, Ca. – All in all, it was quite the memorable Memorial Weekend for the Dante Exum Elite basketball program.

DEE (formerly – and still –  known as the Utah Prospects, captured the 17U and 15U “Battle Zone” divisional titles within a minute of one another Monday afternoon at Orange Lutheran High to cap the three-day Compton Magic/adidas Magic Memorial Tournament.

Taking the 16U Battle Zone crown, about an hour later, was the Urban DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) Elite.

Trevin Knell, a 6-foot-5 jump-shooting specialist who will be a senior at Wood Cross High in the Utah town of the same name in the fall, scored 19 points in the 49-48 victory over San Diego’s Gamepoint in the 17U game.

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Under Armour’s top SoCal weekend standouts

GARDEN GROVE, Ca. – The final weekend of the Under Armour Association spring competition proved a nice Southern California showcase for the caliber of high school talent – from classes to 2017 to 2019 – that is under the sports’ apparel grassroots’ umbrella.

The two-day competition wrapped up late Sunday afternoon at the multi-court MAP Sports Complex and the UAA’s two best point guards from the Class of 2017 were again on display, front and center.

Paul Scruggs (Indianapolis Southport) directed things from both ends of the court as the Indy Hoosiers won each of its four games to improve to 8-4 on the season.

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Saturday hoops highlights from OLU and The MAP

ORANGE and GARDEN GROVE, Ca. – It was a very long Memorial Weekend Saturday of high school basketball in the region of Southern California known as “Orange County”.

The collection of cities got that tag from the orange groves that were once so abundant in the area.

In fact, Anaheim used to be lined with them before this cartoonist/visionary named Walt Disney bought up large parcels of land in the city for which he planned to build something beyond an “amusement park” in the mid-1950s.

The rest is a history lesson that I’m sure most of you are familiar with.

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Johnson, Hardy, Friar impress at WCE/NorCal camp

SAN PABLO, Ca. – Sunday’s second day of the West Coast Elite All-Star Camp/Northern California at Contra Costa Community College proved a nice showcase for an impressive group of players from the Class of 2018.

Two of those were left-handed point guards that, through the two games they played earlier in the day and then during the Top 20 All-Star game late in the afternoon.

Elijah Hardy was a reserve on the Oakland Bishop O’Dowd team that won the 2015 State Open Division championship and then a starter last season for the Dragons when they lost in the Northern California Division III title game.

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NorCal middle school standouts at WCE Camp

SAN PABLO, Ca. – Saturday’s Day I of the first West Coast Elite All-Star Camp/Northern California at Contra Costa Community College showed off some of the more promising soon-to-be high school basketball players in the region.

And, in a setting in which a whole lot of eighth graders showed off considerable combinations of skill, polish and “upside”, none of those players were quite as impressive, from start to finish, as was 6-foot-4 Hunter Clarke (Joaquin Intermediate in Moraga).

Clarke, who is scheduled to attend Campolindo High in Moraga, lives close to the campus of Saint Mary’s College.

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The Best of the Best from EYBL/Hampton

HAMPTON, Va. – The third session of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League served to illustrate a point that has already been well-served throughout the spring:

The EYBL has a virtual monopoly on the best of the “bigs” in the national high school Class of 2017.

Six players who stand at least 6-foot-10 and or go right at 7-foot, DeAndre Ayton, Wendell Carter, Jaren Jackson, Brandon McCoy, Nicholas Richards and Mitchell Robinson, were consistently exceptional and often spectacular over the weekend in the Boo Williams Sports Complex.

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Howard Pulley uses OTs to go 10-0 in EYBL

HAMPTON, Va. – The Minnesota-based Howard Pulley team improved to 10-0 during the third weekend of Nike Elite Youth Basketball League play on Saturday in the Boo Williams Athletic Complex.

The squad could have just as easily come out of the day at 8-2, though.

Howard Pulley needed four-minute overtimes to knock off Georgia’s Southern Stampede, 85-82, Saturday morning, and then another extra period – and a fortuitous foul call with ninth-tenths of a second to go in OT – to overcome Southern California’s Cal Supreme, 92-91, some eight or so hours later.

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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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