Pangos: Day Two, Part B

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Jarrell Martin and 2015 prospect Ben Simmons were the major standouts on day two at the Pangos All-American Camp. Who else had good showings?

Jaron Hopkins, SF – A discussion broke out mid-game among analysts about Hopkins and his future position. The truth is, Hopkins is a versatile, utility guard. He can play on the ball because of his steadiness and court vision. But he's also a guy that could slide over to the two or three, as he can defend each spot, is a consistent shot maker from mid-range in and is an elite level athlete. At 6-foot-5, Hopkins is an impressive talent that has made nice improvements to his game this spring.

Karviar Shepherd, C – After a great start to the event on day one, Shepherd started day two off in similar fashion. The 6-foot-9 post player didn't get many touches, but when he did they turned into buckets. He dropped in a right jump hook and also buried an 18-foot jump shot. A physically strong player, Shepherd's offensive development is significant and he's developing into one of the better post scorers in the 2013 class.

Conner Frankamp, PG – Over the course of the spring Frankamp has consistently shot the ball well and that continued at Pangos All-American Camp. Matched up with highly touted west coast guard Zach LaVine, Frankamp pumped in a trio of deep three-pointers, including two off the bounce. He also had a pair of nifty finishes at the rim and showed off his court vision. Frankamp has some flare to his game and is a better passer than given credit for.

Solomon Poole, PG – An athletically gifted guard, Poole looks tremendous in up and down settings, so camp ball is right up his alley. Poole did a good job getting his teammates involved in the opening round of games, but also mixed in strong drives to the rim and showed deep range on his jump shot.

Zach Lavine, PG – After a slow start in the opening round of games, Lavine, a 6-foot-4 lead guard, came alive. In the second half, Lavine went on a run where he drained a pair of deep three balls, then had a pair of tough finishes in the lane. In transition, Lavine is especially tough to guard in transition because of his speed and athleticism. Throw in a legit jump shot with range and you have an impressive all around lead guard prospect.

Brandon Austin, SF – Penn State scored an impressive athlete in Austin. Camp ball fits Austin's game well, as he's impressive in transition where he can use his athleticism to make plays. Offensively, Austin scored off offensive put backs, hit a floater in the lane, as well as a step back three over Wayne Selden. Austin also stood out because of his effort on the defensive end. He's quick laterally and uses his length to impact shot attempts.

Zena Edosomwan, C – During the second round of games, Edosomwan was active and aggressive. The Harvard commit ran the floor, used his strength to reel in rebounds and tried to dunk everything in the paint. Edosomwan made an extra effort to snag offensive rebounds and also showed a nice scoring touch around the rim.

Jarrell Martin, PF – Arguably the top performer of the day, Martin, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward, was as active as any player at camp. He rebounded the ball at a ridiculous rate in the second round of games. He scored an easy 10 points off of put backs and was relentless with his effort on the glass. Martin also ran the floor looking to score, faced up defenders for jump shots and scored it around the basket. Martin has turned his game up a notch and has the look of a possible McDonald's All-American.

Johnathan Williams, PF – The Memphis native didn't get a ton of touches on the offensive end, but when he did he tried to take advantage of them. At 6-foot-9, Williams is a pretty good athlete with impressive mobility. He used both to his advantage in this setting, as he ran the floor and looked to make athletic plays around the rim. A skilled forward, Williams is a face up guy that plays well from the high post.

Namon Wright, SG – The west coast has been buzzing about Wright and his recent developments. Physically his body has changed, as he's grown and has added some muscle to his frame. A talented passer, Wright is a guard that can play a couple different positions. He could play some one in a pinch, but is at his best attacking and looking to score at the rim.

Wayne Selden, SG – A strongly built wing, Selden is a prospect that can play a handful of positions. He's skilled enough to play on the ball, but is also a talented enough scorer to play on the wing. Selden sees himself as a two guard and that's the position he played today. He hit a pair of jump shots and used his athleticism and strength at the rim. Selden is a high level talent and one of the best junior-to-be guards in the country.

Ben Simmons, PF – Perhaps the surprise of the event, Simmons, a 6-foot-8 slender combo forward, was one of the top overall prospects at camp. His skill level and athletic ability are elite, especially for a sophomore-to-be. He scored it every way possible and has tremendous touch on his shots. Simmons is a native of Australia and currently plays on their National team. Word is there's a possibility of him coming to the states for high school basketball this season.

Isaiah Briscoe, SG – Although I've seen Briscoe, a 6-foot-2 powerfully built guard, play on and off the ball in different settings, I prefer him as a scoring option. His mentality is to put up points, and he's wired to do so. For such a young prospect, Briscoe knows how to utilize his strength on his way to the basket and he also has a pretty good shooting stroke out to 21-feet.

*Derryck Thornton is just an incoming freshman, but it didn't take long to figure out how talented the 6-foot-1 guard is. In an up and down environment playing against players three years older than him, Thornton more than held his own. He has a great pace to his, got his scoring options involved in the game and even defended his position well.

*2014 big man Trey Thompson showed some flashes during the first session of games. At 6-foot-9, 230-pounds, Thompson has a big body and he used it to grab boards and contest shots in the paint. The next step in his development is to add a go-to move on the block.

*Christian Wood is a skilled shooter. Although he missed a few shots badly, Wood also mixed in a handful of makes. At 6-foot-9, he's a very good athlete that can really run the floor. Going forward, Wood needs to spend more time on the glass and find a way to make an impact in the paint.

*2014 standout Stanley Johnson was solid during the second round of games. The 6-foot-6 wing knocked down a three-pointer, hit a pull-up from 10 feet and had a strong finish in transition.


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