Pangos: Day One Notebook

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Did the matchup of five-star point guards Josh Perkins and Emmanuel Mudiay live up to the hype? How did emerging big man Jaylen Johnson fair in his first night? What position is Wade Baldwin? And Rex Pflueger took advantage of his opportunity on a big stage.

Perkins and Mudiay go head to head

The most anticipated matchup on Friday night didn't disappoint, as five-star point guards Emmanuel Mudiay and Josh Perkins went head to head in a battle that had no clear winner.

Well, that's what many spectators thought, but Perkins was the first to give up respect to his competition after the game.

"You guys need to rank Mudiay number one," Perkins said. "I think he's the best point guard in the nation. He's positive with his teammates so people like playing with him, he's physical and he plays real good defense. I have to bring my best against him every time."

The respect is mutual, as Mudiay realized he had his hands full on Friday night.

"Josh is a great player and a really talented guy that is going to go far in life regardless of basketball," Mudiay said. "He's competitive like me and a good friend, but when we step on the court we go at it. I love his game. He finds his teammates and that's how I play."

Perkins and Mudiay were almost high school teammates. While Perkins is headed to Huntington (W.V.) Prep for his senior year, he toured Mudiay's Dallas Prime Prep campus and almost ended up there.

Mudiay worked hard to land what would have been easily the best point guard combination in the country.

"It would have been scary if we played together," Mudiay said.

And while Perkins is happy where he ended up, he knows how good the duo of he and Mudiay would have been.

"It was hard to turn it down," Perkins said.

Johnson emerging at Pangos

Jaylen Johnson was classified as a Breakout Performer at the Spiece Run N' Slam in early May and if the first day of Pangos All-American Camp was any indication, he could be at it again this weekend.

On Friday the 6-foot-9 big man out of Ypsilanti (Mich.) High, didn't put up huge numbers, but still caught our eye because of his physical attributes and skill.

"I dunk, I get my shots off, I advance the ball and I get all my teammates involved and I can still score myself," Johnson said when asked to describe his game. "I'm a team player and a leader on the floor."

Johnson is just 16 years old and has good pedigree as his mom played at Wisconsin and once led the nation in shot blocking. At his size, Johnson runs the floor well, is a talented athlete and has some offensive ability.

He currently has high major offers from the likes of Miami, Oregon, Arizona State, Florida State, North Carolina State, Maryland, Iowa State, Iowa, Central Michigan and Cincinnati.

With that said, he's still managed to somewhat fly below the radar nationally. He's a possible top 100 prospect and someone we'll be paying close attention to throughout the spring and summer.

Position doesn't matter to Baldwin

Wade Baldwin is a true combination guard.

At 6-foot-3, Baldwin is skilled, has good vision and is poised enough to handle the duties that come with playing the point guard position. He's also an equipped scorer that's more than capable of playing the off guard spot.

"It really depends on whatever the coach needs me to do," Baldwin said. "A lot of the coaches are putting me as a point guard because of my size and length, which helps. But if any team needs me to play the shooting guard position, that's fine too."

Baldwin informed that most of the schools involved with his recruitment are tracking him as a point guard.

"It's going well," he said of his recruitment. "There are a lot of guys that say they don't like plain position point guards, but if you can play on and off the ball it would help us and basically however I could contribute."

Baldwin, who claims a 3.4 GPA, said Penn State, Virginia Tech, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall and Minnesota are the schools pursuing him the hardest.

Pflueger shows he belongs

A player out west who still doesn't have a consensus of what level he belongs on at the next level, 6-foot-5, 175-pound 2015 shooting guard Rex Pflueger - who is transferring to Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei for his junior season - made a statement on Friday night.

Pflueger ended up with 11 points on 3 of 6 shooting, playing aggressive defense, looking confident with his three-point shot and showing the ability to get to the line.

"I thought I played well tonight," Pflueger said. "I had just played two games with my high school but I came out and played hard and was happy about it. I got the shots I wanted, I made some good passes and played defense."

Rex, whose brother Devon will be walking on to USC this season, isn't shy about wanting an offer from the Trojans, something he feels like he's close to landing.

"I'm kind of biased towards USC since my brother is going there," Pflueger said. "I really like the new coaches and they play my style, which is run and jump. I love that."

* Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon contributed to this report.

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