Pangos: Day Two Checklist

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Pangos All-American Camp featured a full slate of games on Saturday, setting one Sunday's final day of action. If big names such as Stephen Zimmerman, Tyler Dorsey and Isaiah Briscoe carried the flag on day one, some new or less heralded prospects rose to prominence on Saturday.


Brandon Sampson, SG — Without a doubt, this skinny wing (pictured, above) warrants consideration for the national top 50. He's an explosive player who has been highly productive at times this year on the travel circuit, and he's in the process of adding another notch on his belt at Pangos. Sampson has herky jerky quickness that makes him difficult to time, and thus he's able to knife between defenders who are unable to anticipate his moves. He scores conventionally via three-balls and on drives that he finishes with dunks, but along with that he possesses some unorthodoxy in the form of half hooks on the move from eight feet or on wide-extension reverses. He impressed with his movement without the ball as well, and now the challenge is to force fewer rushed shots and to round out the non-scoring aspects of his game. He's an easy call for a high-major program and, in the right situation, might be good enough to start as a freshman.

Kevin Dorsey, PG — Dorsey has been a favorite for awhile and should get a boost in our updated rankings. He was very good at the four EYBL round robin events and was sensational on Saturday afternoon here in Long Beach. He's very quick and fast, the kind of transition player who applies crushing pressure on a defense. He's not only speedy, he finishes reliably thanks to impressive body control. And though streaky, he caught fire in his first outing of the day. He buried multiple threes — some from very deep — and thus punctured the defense at multiple levels. He's getting recruited by some high-majors and likely will generate far greater interest after July.

Terrence Phillips, PG — He keeps getting better and better. Phillips sees the entire floor and has bulked up impressively, yet remains quick and decisive on the move. He made several sharp kick-out passes to open shooters and possesses sufficient lift at 5-10 to finish himself. He may never be a great shooter but does knock some in, and his overall floor game is attracting upper mid-major offers and more.

Admon Gilder, SG — Gilder had a very game in the afternoon session, knocking down perimeter jump shots repeatedly. He didn't look the put the ball on the floor a great deal but accurately stroke long bombs and did mix in one nice drive that he finished off the glass from short-range. Gilder also is strong (like a lot of Texas products) and should develop into a capable defender as well.

Makol Mawien, C — I watched this 6-9 big man in Kansas six weeks ago, and he continues to register as a high mid-major prospect. He may not possess quick the reflexes for the big boys, but he hits an occasional hook, moves well along the baseline and doesn't shy away from contact. He's a work in progress but one who likely will be worth the effort for the right program.

Steven Enoch, PF — It's guys like this who can make this job so fun. Enoch arrived at camp with a blossoming reputation, but he's going to exit it with an even greater one than anticipated. A very fluid big man endline to endline, Enoch is built of substance. He isn't bulky or inflexible, he just has solid legs and an upper body that will allow him to add all the muscle he'll ever need.

Enoch's collegiate options are about to expand dramatically

Additionally, he can step away from the basket and hit a natural-looking, facing jump shot. According to his summer coach — he has played with High Rise Up Top — he also has grades. Enoch should be on every high-major radar in July that's seeking a big man, and he clearly belongs somewhere in our national rankings. Memphis has offered and a handful of others, but look for that number to increase quickly by mid-August.

Damon Wilson, SG — I wrote about Wilson following last weekend's Adidas Gauntlet event, but here's a little more love for the versatile wing. Wilson had his jumper working in the afternoon round, burying southpaw threes with a nice arch on the shot. He also made a couple impressive transition finishes and, as he gains strength, should become a fine defender for Pittsburgh, to which he committed early.


De'Aaron Fox, SG — For sheer quickness and speed, you won't find much better than Fox. This combo guard — whether he can become a full-fledged point can be topic reserved for later discussion — is a fantastic speedrusher who races along the sidelines and makes plays above the hoops. He has long legs and a relatively short torso, exactly the body type to suggest elite athleticism. He's shifty laterally as well and boasts quick dribble moves to keep defenders off-balance. The southpaw also smoothly drilled a deep three during the time I watched. Fox now will need to tighten up his ballhandling, as his dribble can be harassed and he had some avoidable turnovers. Still, he's a big-time talent who's getting better.

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