Pangos: Day Two, Part A

CARSON, Calif. -- Aaron Gordon and Shabazz Muhammad showed off their high level motors today, while Texas native Alex Caruso made his presence felt on day two of the Pangos All-American Camp.

Robert Upshaw, C – He's progressed over the last year as much as anyone in the 2012 class. Already a top 25 prospect, he may even be slightly underrated. He won't wow you with his athleticism, but he will with his effort, rebounding and ability to score. Not only does he have soft touch on the block, but defenders have to respect his mid-range jump shot. On top of all that, his energy on the glass stood out a great deal.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF – Traveling the circuit, you won't find many players as intense and aggressive as the Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman standout. He plays every possession like it's his last and he's among the most vicious high school dunkers in recent memory. He appears more athletic and his game is certainly improved, as he appears much more confident and comfortable hunting jump shots. It's clear the five-star prospect spends a lot of time working in the gym and it's paying off.

Winston Shepard, PF/SF – Much like Muhammad, Shepard, a 6-foot-7 combo forward, plays with a strong motor and a lot of energy. During the nightcap, Shepard channeled his energy to pushing the break, rebounding and attacking the basket. He seemed to live at the free throw line and is certainly capable of finishing through contact when he goes to the basket.

Marcus Paige, PG – There's a battle for the top point guard spot in the 2011 class and with the way the 6-foot-1 North Carolina commit is playing he's as good a choice as any. He's terrific coming off screens and knows how to utilize them appropriately. He has a high IQ, makes the right passes at the right times and more often than not he puts them on the money. He's a pure point that is solely looking to set up teammates prior to looking to score.

Alex Caruso, SF – It's always nice to see a guy breakout and that's exactly what Caruso did. Earlier in the spring he received some attention and he certainly built on that at Pangos. With a number of scouts looking on during an afternoon game, Caruso made a handful of terrific basketball plays, including a one handed no-look touch pass for a bucket, a sweet dunk in traffic and a floater in the lane. It's clear he knows the game and he has the ability to score from all three levels.

Charles Mitchell, PF – Although he gave up at least three inches to Andre Drummond, Mitchell certainly didn't back down the nation's top rated prospect. The 6-foot-7 widely built post prospect was aggressive and active on both ends of the floor. With that said, it is tough for any post to score over Drummond and he certainly made it difficult, but Mitchell found his way to get a few crafty buckets.

Andre Drummond, C -- Yesterday Drummond established himself in a major post match up. Today, the 6-foot-10 big man had his moments. We are learning he loves to go to the short right hook over his left shoulder and his spin baseline is his signature move. His best sequence on Saturday was a block that he pushed to the opposite end, jump stopped and laid the ball in. He's a ridiculous talent with all the physical attributes.

Ikenna Iroegbu, PG – There have been plenty of rumblings on the west coast about this 6-foot-1 lead guard, but after finally laying eyes on the 2013 guard headed to Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill, it's easy to see his talent. Iroegbu is quick and athletic and loves to push the tempo. Although he does own an extra gear, he does tend to get a tad wild at times, but he's certainly a lead guard that is deserving of high major attention.

Stephen Domingo, SF – One of the more fascinating prospects of the day was Domingo, a 6-foot-6 lengthy wing prospect. He didn't get a ton of touches, but he certainly made the most of them. He knocked down a fade away from 8-feet as well as a 15-footer off a rebound in his night game Saturday. There's still some fine tuning to do, but he's certainly a noteworthy prospect.

Tyler Ennis, PG – Last week we saw Ennis with the CIA Bounce 16's in Chicago and he caught our eye with his ability to run a team and create open looks for his teammates. That didn't change in a camp setting. Ennis, a 6-foot-3 guard, made a handful of impressive passes, showed a pull-up floater and finished in transition.

Aaron Gordon, PF/SF – Gordon's mindset and approach to the game of basketball appears similar to how Muhammad handles his business. Both play with such energy. Gordon seems to never take a play off and is as aggressive a forward as you'll find. His motor never stops, he scores it quite well around the basket and he's a nightmare to try and defend in transition.

Jahmel Taylor, PG – We've heard a lot about the 5-foot-10 lead guard from Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon. In the morning game the solidly built floor general hunted out jump shots and made a handful of them. He appeared to have good range on his shot and he was more than capable of going off the bounce and pulling up.

Jordan Bell, PF – If a players plans to attack the basket with Bell in the game they better attack with a purpose. The 6-foot-6 athletic forward is among the top shot blockers we've seen in the class, as he's quick off his feet and is quite the leaper. He didn't show much offensively, but when you can block shots the way Bell can there is a place for you on a team.

Stanley Johnson, SF – Despite being just a sophomore-to-be we have already seen quite a bit of the Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei standout. Today was a solid outing. Using his strong, physical frame, Johnson finished through contact and attacked the basket with a purpose. The 6-foot-5 guard also worked in a few jump shots, including a pull-up off the bounce from 18-feet.

*Playing on a team with a handful of extremely talented prospects, it was often tough for Dakari Allen to standout. But the 6-foot-4 long, lean wing prospect made some plays that caught our eye, including a block and mid-range pull-up.

*Chad Rykhoek picked up where he left off yesterday. He was active on both ends, ran the floor and hand a handful of put backs. He needs to add some weight to his frame, but he's a solid player.

*Tevin Glass is an intriguing prospect. At 6-foot-7 the forward can run the floor, is a willing shot blocker and has impressive all around athleticism. We didn't see any scoring moves, but he's certainly a talent.

*Although we still need to evaluate him more, Daquan Walker, of Philadelphia (Pa.) Constitution, is a guy that stuck out to us. He has good vision and is a talented and smooth passer.

*Jordan Tebbett said the PAC-10, Louisville and Virginia Tech are among the top schools recruiting him. He claims over 20 scholarship offers.

*Alex Caruso said Richmond, Northern Colorado and Sam Houston have offered him a scholarship. He also mentioned Arizona State, Texas A&M, Colorado and Boston College.

*Nick Stover claims offers from LMU, Boise State, San Francisco and Nevada. He also mentioned Washington, Oregon, Boston College, Washington State and Pepperdine.


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