Pangos: Day Two Notebook

Is Thomas Welsh pushing his way towards Top 100 status? What is Tra Holder doing to take his game to the next level? What is Andre Chatfield's dream school? And who are two of the best West Coast freshmen at Pangos?

Welsh shows improvement

Thomas Welsh was a standout performer on the opening day of the Pangos All-American Camp and he continued that strong play on day two.

Welsh, who stands 7-feet tall, competes on the both ends of the floor and owned the backboard during his second game of the day on Saturday. He also hit a mid-range jump shot, had a number of putbacks and contested shots on the defensive end.

"I've been playing well," Welsh said. "I've been rebounding well, blocking shots and just showing my post moves. I've been working in the low post."

It's clear that Welsh is more confident with his game, especially on the offensive end. He has a jump hook and his mid-range jump shot has proved to be consistent from the 10 to 15-feet range.

Welsh said he has offers from Stanford, USC, Arizona State, Portland, California, Gonzaga, UCLA, St. Louis, San Francisco and Pacific.

"It definitely got more hectic after the spring period, but it's still manageable," he said about the recruiting process.

According to Welsh, California is currently the school pursuing him the hardest.

"They are just talking to me a lot, I guess," Welsh said.

Welsh said he doesn't any future visits planned, but that he's hoping to take a trip to the Bay Area to attend some Elite Camps.

What's the next step in his recruitment?

"Checking out the schools and gaining some more background information and just see what fits me the best," he said.

Holder shows vision

Tra Holder, an early commit to Arizona State, ramped up his game during the second session of games at the Pangos All-American Camp.

The 6-foot guard has a reputation as a scoring lead guard, but on Saturday, Holder tossed out 10 assists, made good decisions with the ball and consistently found teammates for scoring opportunities.

"Everyone knows he can score, we are working on running a team," Brentwood School coach Ryan Bailey told Scout.com following Holder's big game.

"Midrange jumper and controlling your team," he added. "He knows how to score now he's getting on track with getting teammates involved. I'm working on the nuisances with him."

Holder has a good pace to his game and changes speeds well. He got into the paint on Saturday and pushed the tempo when he had opportunities.

It's clear he's made advancements to his game and is improving as a point guard.

Chatfield has a dream school

Andre Chatfield revealed his dream school on Saturday.

Chatfield, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Georgia said Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Rice, Mississippi State and Auburn are heavily recruiting him. He also cited interest from Tennessee, Georgetown, Florida State and Stanford.

But Chatfield has a special affinity for Stanford.

"That's my dream school," he said when asked about Stanford.

"I went there last summer," Chatfield added. "I really like coach Dawkins. I'm waiting for that one."

Two SoCal freshmen making strides

Two 2016 prospects that have showed up to the Pangos All-American Camp with no fear about the rise in competition from the average game in high school ball: Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei post Jayce Johnson and Redondo Beach (Calif.) Union guard Leland Green.

Johnson has grown since the end of his freshman season and gotten stronger. He's a big center that is using his new strength to push the opposition around, score around the basket and finish.

"I thought I played well as a freshman, but I've improved a lot since then," Johnson said. "My shooting and ball handling are improving, but my left and right hand are also getting better."

As for Green, don't expect too many 2016 prospects out west to have his frame and athleticism - they're both at a high level - and he's hoping to cultivate his physical gifts and use them to play point guard.

"I'm trying to find teammates and do whatever I can to help my team," Green said. "I find my own shots and get to the basket right now but I want to become a point guard and a leader. I need a lot of hard work but I'm really working to get everyone else involved. I think I can do it."

There are two Pac-12 schools to watch with these two. Johnson is a high academic kid that Stanford is already monitoring, while USC is one of the schools that Green grew up a fan of.

* Evan Daniels and Josh Gershon contributed to this report.


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