Pangos All-American Camp Part II

In addition to the 2004 Arizona State recruits that played at the Pangos All-American camp, there were a number of other quality participants including various Pac-10 committed players and younger players from the state of Arizona. Here's a look at some (but certainly not all) of the other noteworthy performances at the event.

2004 class

Robert Swift- Not only is this Bakersfield, California product and USC commit a legitimate 7 footer; he's moderately athletic and quite mobile. In warm-ups Swift displayed an array of creative dunks including a 360 degree dunk, quite impressive for a player his size. The thing that stands out most about Swift is his tremendous footwork, which is somewhat of a surprise considering how young he is, and his nice soft hands. In the past year, Swift has improved his skill level substantially and he was the very best prospect at the camp without question in my opinion. Swift runs the floor well, is very coordinated, and has a nice frame. He also has several well developed post moves and a turnaround jumper that is well-composed and some face up ability out to about 10-12 feet. This is a future NBA center.

Jawaan McClellan – The talk of the rising juniors at the camp was, without question, this Milby, Texas sensation. Already committed to Arizona, it's hard to imagine 25 better players in the country, period, regardless of class. Physically, McClellan reminds quite a bit of current Arizona star Andre Igoudala, though they aren't particularly similar stylistically. McClellan is a much better shooter than Igoudala and he isn't as good defensively or in terms of passing and creating for others just yet. But he's still quite young and with his already polished offensive repertoire it wouldn't be a surprise to see him be even better than Igoudala as a college freshman on that end of the floor.

Mohamed Tangara Dominant import who, by all accounts, played his best ball ever at this event. Tangara is around 6'9 and at least 230 pounds and reminds a little of a less-refined version of Amare Stoudamire. He doesn't have much game outside of about 5 feet at this point, though if he gets the ball underneath he'll finish with authority. He possesses a knack for the ball off the glass and is, at the very least, a strong athletic presence defensively. He did also display, on one offensive trip, a nice 10 foot jumper that piqued a lot of attention from the analysts in attendance. If he can continue to show a bit of a face up game, he'll be a star player at the collegiate level with pro upside. He's being recruited by a number of elite programs including Arizona, Louisville, North Carolina and Michigan. Tangara was undoubtedly one of the top five players at the event.

Gabriel Pruitt- This recent USC commit is certainly one of the best wings on the West Coast in the class. Pruitt, who plays his high school ball at perennial powerhouse Westchester in Los Angeles, is a silky smooth performer with deceptive quickness and athleticism. He makes some of the things he does look effortless and that's a little beguiling, both to the fan and more importantly, the defender trying to stay with him. Pruitt will look like he's about to lull you to sleep and the next thing you know he's already at the rim. He also has a real nice jump shot and a very solid basketball body, at about 6'4; exactly the type of player you'd expect Henry Bibby to land.

Aaron Afflalo – I wasn't in attendance on Friday night, but I heard that Afflalo got hurt and although he did still play on the weekend, he didn't really show what he's capable of in this event. Afflalo recently became the first-ever UCLA commit under new coach Ben Howland and it will likely prove to be a good one. At about 6'5, Afflalo has an extremely nice frame and a good accompaniment of floor skills. While he didn't really display these things consistently in this event, Afflalo has a nice stroke and good awareness on the court. While he's somewhat of a different player than Pruitt, it should make for a very interesting rivalry over the course of their careers in Los Angeles.

Dorrell Wright- I was only able to watch him in one game, and that's a bit of a disappointment because in the limited amount of viewing I did get, I was very impressed. It's immediately apparent that he's an amazing athlete and probably around his listed 6'7. The comparisons to Tracy McGrady actually have some merit, although Wright obviously will have to improve his skill level quite a bit in order to fulfill all the promise he possesses. If he had better grades, he'd be among the most hotly contested recruits in the nation, but instead it looks like he'll be headed either to prep school for a year or junior college.

Dion Dowell – Already committed to Texas, the 6'7 Dowell is extremely versatile and impressed greatly, especially on Sunday where he was shooting the ball really well from three point range. He was probably one of the top three shooters in the event. He has a nice sinewy strong body and high major athleticism. Dowell had to be one of the top three or four wings in his class at the event. As a small forward at the next level, Dowell should be a standout in the Big 12 conference.

Gordon Watt Another wing who played really well on Sunday, Watt is also a versatile player from Illinois who can do a little of everything. He's not afraid to throw his body around on the court and mix it up despite not being particularly big. He was easily one of the most athletic players in the event and he relentlessly pursues taking the ball at the hoop in an aggressive manner. He had easily one of the most impressive dunks of the tournament on Sunday. If he can tidy up some of his perimeter skills, Watt could wind up being a dominant college player.

Xavier Kilby- This Arizona product is a Desert Vista forward whose father played football (linebacker) at Arizona State during the height of the Frank Kush era in the 1970's. Kilby also has a sister who recently graduated from the University. At 6'7, Kilby is quite active and relatively athletic with a nice disposition toward mixing it up in the paint. His nose for the action and heady instincts make him an intriguing prospect. If Kilby can further develop a face up game and become a little more comfortable on the perimeter he could get recruited at the low end of the high majors. More likely, he'll be a very nice prospect at the mid-major level.

2005 class

Brian Harvey- I really liked this kid's game. He has a fantastic body for a shooting guard; he's at least 6'4 and very strong already. He's also a good athlete and a nice perimeter shooter with great mechanics and a quick release. Not only can he handle the ball well and create for himself off the dribble, but he sees the court better than a lot of the so-called point guards in this camp, understands positioning and angles and plays well off the ball. This Carson, California product is one to keep in mind over the next year or two as someone who'll be recruited at the Pac-10 level.

Lawrence Hill- DevilsDigest has already featured this Deer Valley high school star and at the Pangos camp he backed up his reputation as the premier player from the state of Arizona in the 2005 class. Hill has a nose for the ball and plays in an intelligent, workmanlike manner. At 6'7, he's extremely long and versatile with solid athleticism and nice hops. Defensively he can rebound and defend with the best players in his class and he has some legitimate ability both with his back to the basket and facing up on the offensive end. Extremely bright and personable, Hill will certainly be a prospect to watch in the coming year as he gets stronger and his skills become even more polished. He will get Pac-10 offers, it's just a matter of by whom and how soon.

Joey Shaw- Another solid player from Arizona, this one from Chandler, was the wispy 6'5 Shaw. A relatively active and buoyant player, Shaw has a nice outside stroke and some athleticism that makes him intriguing as a small forward. He looks very young physically and should change quite a bit as he matures. At the very least Shaw appear likely to garner attention at the low to mid major level with continued improvement and added strength.

2006 class

Christian Polk- A teammate of Hill's at Deer Valley, Polk was arguably the most-talked about underclassmen at the entire event and certainly the player that boosted his stock more than any of his peers. When the updated 2006 class rankings come out, expect to see Polk's name emblazoned in the top 25 overall players. In a word, he was brilliant. At 6'3, with long arms and a nice, still-growing frame, Polk showed that he can play either guard spot with ease. He was shooting the lights out of the Warrior center gym, and from all over the court. Not only can Polk create for himself, pull up and shoot, or get to the basket off the dribble, but he has the ability to create for his teammates and run a team with unusual poise for a player his age. In perhaps the most telling fact of the impression he left on the scouts and tournament organizers, Polk was selected to play in the top 20 game ahead of fellow 2006 prospect and University of Arizona commit Nice Wise. Wise is widely regarded as one of the top 15 players nationally in the class.

Nic Wise- As mentioned above, Wise verbally committed to Lute Olson and Arizona earlier this spring, while still a freshman in high school. At 5'9 and built like a college safety, Wise is not only a physical presence but plays with an emotional maturity well beyond his years. He does a great job of running a team and plays focused and under control. Wise may be limited be his height, particularly if he doesn't grow much more, but he uses his strong body and long arms to maintain balance and momentum when driving the lane, something he does extremely well. While it's still early, it appears that Wise will certainly have a legitimate shot at continuing the point guard tradition at Arizona.

2007 class

Taylor King- Right now you're probably asking yourself, ‘why is this guy talking about players that haven't even entered high school yet?' and that'd be a good question except for the fact that King is already better than most high school players ever will be, including many in this All-Star event. At 6'6 and very well built, this future Mater Dei star has huge feet and there's little doubt that he's still got a fair amount of growing to do. He has really nice skills, with a left-handed jump-shot that is solid and ball skills that are uncanny for his age and size, especially when he should be awkward and gangly. He's not. This kid is the future of basketball in Southern California.

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