Pangos: Day Two, Part A

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Ben Simmons came all the way from Australia to get his name on the map, while more well known prospects such as Cliff Alexander and Jarrell Martin continued their strong play on Saturday at the Pangos All-American Camp.

Anton Gill, SG: One of the top performers of the day, Gill is a big time scorer who is just lethal from midrange, where he has a floater and pull-up jumper that he was confidently and consistently knocking down in the afternoon session. An explosive leaper, Gill also attacked the basket and played with good energy. Louisville got a good one.

I.J. Ready, PG: The little point guard, who is committed to Mississippi State, did most of his damage from deep, hitting a few three-pointers in the first session. He also played hard and showed good defensive anticipation on a midcourt steal that he converted for a lay-up.

London Perrantes, PG: He didn't do a ton scoring wise, but Perrantes deserves some ink for being the rare player who shows up to an all-star camp and is more concerned with making his teammates better than getting his own points. Perrantes spent the entire game creating for teammates and even though he wasn't trying to score, his impact on the game was felt.

Jarrell Martin, PF: This dude was a complete beast on the offensive glass in his first game of the day. If there was a missed shot, Martin was somewhere in the vicinity to secure it. He's big, strong, athletic, looks and plays taller than he is and has a very good frame. Most of his points were around the basket but how can you blame him with how easy it was.

Dakarai Allen, SF: This isn't an environment known for its defenders, but don't tell Dakarai Allen that. This guy was a defensive machine on Saturday and scoring on him wasn't much of an option. He had some points going to the basket, but his steals converted for lay-ups and dunks highlighted his performance in the afternoon session. A defensive specialist, Allen never disappoints on that side of the ball.

Brandon Randolph, PG: Randolph had a strong Saturday night performance. He knocked down a shot from three, but it was his confidence attacking the basket and finding open teammates for assists that really stood out. The strong guard muscled his way towards the hoop for baskets and used a crossover for a dunk in traffic. This is a good setting for Randolph, and he's taking advantage.

Jermaine Lawrence, PF: The athletic post definitely wasn't limited in how he scored. He started with a turnaround jumper, had an offensive board and putback, knocked down a pull-up 12-footer and some breakaway dunks. Lawrence brought some intensity to the court and was fun to watch.

JaQuan Newton, PG/SG: This guy showed up and was on a mission to get to the basket. There wasn't much getting in his way, as Newton got to the rim pretty much whenever he wanted. While he did hit a stepback midrange jumper, you can tell that Newton's biggest strength is his slashing ability.

Stanley Johnson, SF: The rising junior came to play in the morning session. First off, Johnson was delivering one very good pass after the other and came to work with an unselfish attitude. His pull-up game was on point and he was knocking down jumpers from both midrange and three-point range. As always, Johnson played very hard and rebounded.

Cliff Alexander, C: The first play that Alexander made in the first session pretty much proved his point. The big center secured the ball and went up with one hand, dunking the ball with barely leaving his feet. From there, he scored with his back to the basket and also facing up, ending his impressive performance with a 15-foot jumper. The big guy was a force down low and it was pretty clear why he had scouts raving about him following Friday's games.

Ben Simmons, PF: Just a freshman, the Aussie Simmons proved he belonged on this stage. He knocked down step back and spot up three-pointers, had a floater and pull-up jumper from midrange and scored around the basket. It's pretty easy to see that this kid is a very good prospect.

* Casey Benson is a true point guard who brought some energy to the court. He had a runner off the glass, a three-pointer and went to the basket in his first game. His lack of strength makes it tough for him at times, but he brings a refreshing attitude to the court.

* Utah bound point guard Julian Jacobs is capable of jumping up and throwing one down on a defender and Jordan Capps learned that lesson the hard way. A pass-first point guard, Jacobs is good for a highlight reel dunk every now and then as well.

* Junior Etou used his athleticism to his advantage on offense, attacking the glass and scoring on putbacks. He knocked down a three-pointer, but it was his work ethic on the offensive glass that made him stand out.

* This isn't the ideal environment for a pass-first point guard like Shaquile Carr, but credit to him for playing smart basketball and looking to create for others. He made some plays to help teammates get baskets.

* LMU looks like it got a steal in Patson Siame, a 6-foot-11 center that used his size and athleticism to his advantage around the basket, scoring some pretty easy points in the paint.

* Vince Hunter's athleticism made him tough to stop when he was going full speed to the basket, and he had some dunks that no one was going to step in the way of.

* Isaiah Briscoe was scoring from inside and out, hitting a couple three-pointers, while also attacking the basket. He also hit a good looking floater.

* Anthony January was feeling confident from three in the night session, while he also used his size, handle and athleticism to get to the basket and score in the paint.

* 2016 point guard Derryck Thronton, Jr. had the pull-up jumper working, but it was his defensive awareness and passing ability that you had to like. The youngster isn't here to admire the older players; he's proving he belongs.

Elliott Pitts recently landed an offer from Colorado. He visited California last weekend and says he's wide open at this point.

Casey Benson picked up offers from USC, Colorado and Boston College.

Aubrey Dawkins says despite his dad being the head coach of Stanford, he has no plans of going there for college. He's heard from U.C. Davis, Portland State, Florida International, San Diego, Bakersfield and Bucknell.

Brandon Randolph is hearing the most from San Diego State and Pepperdine, which have offered, and USC.


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