Saturday Pangos Evaluations

WildcatAuthority.com was in attendance for the second day of the Pangos All-American Camp. Read on to see who impressed us, including Stanley Johnson, Payton Dastrup. Isaac Hamilton, and more.

LONG BEACH, CALIF. - WildcatAuthority.com was in attendance for the second day of the Pangos All-American Camp and we were able to see plenty of Arizona prospects.

2013

Eric Cooper Jr.: Cooper continues to improve and although he did not dominate the competition, he played well enough. We really do not see him as much of a point guard, as he is probably best suited to be a specialist at the next level. This is by no means a bad thing, as Cooper has improved his shooting enough to be a legitimate threat at the next level.

Arizona fans should be happy with Cooper's progress and he will likely learn a lot next season as he enters his senior year without Grant Jerrett by his side.

Elliot Pitts: Pitts is one of the better shooters we have seen lately on the AAU circuit. He hit a three-pointer and it must have felt good coming out of his hands because he hit two more in a row, one of which was probably a foot behind the line.

Pitts is not a great athlete, which could cause some concern defensively. However, he is a solid dribbler and makes good decisions. Frankly, he is just a good overall basketball player and one that could be close to get an Arizona offer should he play well in July.

Isaac Hamilton: Arizona has picked up its recruitment of Hamilton and if it wants to add a pure scorer, it makes sense. While Hamilton has some questions defensively, he can score with the best of them and in a variety of ways.

Hamilton is deceptively quick and did a strong job finding ways to get into the lane for either layups or mid-range jumpers. The way these games are run is perfect for Hamilton and it is nice to see him succeeding.

Mamadou Ndiaye: The 7-foot-5 Huntington Beach (Calif.) Brethren Christian center showed up for one game on Saturday night and likely won't play again this weekend. The one game was enough to know why Pac-12 schools already know about him and will recruit him.

Ndiaye is mobile for his size and word is that he can actually step out and hit a 12-15 foot jumper as well. On Saturday, however, he did not need to, as he scored on a few dunks off rebounds and was decent in the post as well. Ndiaye is still raw, but you can expect to hear plenty about him in the future.

Dakarai Allen: Allen really impressed on Saturday with his defense, as he continues to be one of the best defenders on the circuit. It almost is not fair that a player like Allen wants to defend well at Pangos because there is a large group of players that don't care about defense.

Allen knows that defense is his strength and sticks to it, which he deserves credit for. Also, Allen was able to score in transition and showed that he is a nice athlete as well.

Jaron Hopkins: We only watched Hopkins for one game, but it was much of the same for him. He is a good athlete, but we just have difficulty seeing him run the point. When Hopkins did run the point, he forced the action a bit too much and had questionable decisions.

However, when he was off the ball, Hopkins had a few dunks and was able to create space to get his own shot. If a team was in a jam, we could see Hopkins running the point, but it makes sense for him to be off the ball in order to maximize his skill set.

2014

Daniel Hamilton: Hamilton has come a long way from a year ago and there may not be another prospect that has made the jump that he has. Hamilton is bigger than his brother, but might be just as creative in finding ways to score.

Hamilton went out playing like he had something to prove, as he scored in transition, from the point, and in numerous other ways. It will be intriguing to see where he is a year from now, as our guess is that he will be one of the better players in the country.

Stanley Johnson: Johnson was definitely having fun out there because he impacted the game in just about every way possible. Johnson was hitting mid-range jumpers, had a three-pointer, and made layups as well.

However, the most impressive part of his performance on Saturday was his passing. He did a great job of finding the open man once he got into the lane and was able to draw the defense and earn an easier shot from a teammate. Johnson may have been the most impressive player we saw on Saturday.

Shaqquan Aaron: Aaron is another player that is thriving in this environment, as he is basically letting everybody know he is still one of the best prospects in the country. Aaron was taking kids off the dribble, dunking on defenders, and just dominating in an overall way.

We have liked Aaron as a prospect for quite some time now, but he is really impressing us at Pangos because he is showing off in so many different ways.

Payton Dastrup: Dastrup had a rough first game to say the least, but bounced back in impressive fashion. As we said on Friday, this is not the best environment for him because his game will almost never allow him to get the ball in the paint.

Dastrup showed a nice jumper and has fantastic touch around the basket. Our guess is that Arizona watches him this summer and moves quickly to offer him.


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