Who were the top prospects at the Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp? There's a long list of players who helped their stock this weekend.
2017 Top Prospects
, C, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei: Mater Dei's frontcourt will get some help this year from Brookins, a long post who is still growing. The lefty has very good feet and used his footwork and nice touch to score on the low block. While Brookins will hit the occasional outside shot, he is best inside. Brookins plays very hard and pursues rebounds in and outside of his area. On defense his timing helps him contest shots. Brookins has a high basketball IQ and plays the right way; he has the chance to be a really nice player down the road.
, SG, Seattle Lakeside: One of the top prospects in this event, Davis is a long wing who looks like he's not nearly done growing. He has a terrific feel for the game for the position and despite his scoring ability, he's very unselfish and passes really well. Davis can score with his jumper or use his athleticism to attack the basket and finish above the rim. Davis has several of the qualities you're looking for out of a young shooting guard and is well on his way to being a high major prospect.
, PG, Villa Park (Calif.): Despite having a slight frame, Franklin has very good size for the position at about 6-foot-3 with long arms and really knows how to play. He's an advanced ball handler who is tough to defend with his slick handle, but also sees the court really well and is an unselfish player who is always looking to create for teammates. Franklin made a number of jumpers from both midrange and three, and while he's a capable shooter now, he'll only get better with reps and added strength. Franklin was one of the top point guard prospects in attendance and really helped himself this weekend.
, PG, Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei: Hands entered the camp already considered an elite prospect and only solidified that status. He's grown a couple inches recently and has become an explosive athlete with elite body control. Hands has excellent quickness in the open court and can slow down or speed up at the drop of a dime. His shiftiness and ball handling ability combined with his athleticism make slowing him down very difficult at this level. Hands has also improved his ability to create his own shot and knocked down several jumpers from midrange and three, many of which were fading away. Moving forward, he'll have to find a better balance in determining when to create for others and when to look for his own shot, but he has a long time to figure it out and it's hard to be overly tough for any kid being shoot-first in a camp environment. He's one of the top point guard prospects nationally, regardless of class.
, C, Corona (Calif.) Centennial: At 6-foot-8 with long arms and a nonstop motor, there is a lot to like about Hill, who really is just scratching the surface of his significant potential. He has level 10 feet and when he receives the ball posting up, it's tough for defenders to guard him in the paint. Not just a back to the basket threat, Hill can also hit jumpers from midrange and three. While his offensive ability is impressive for a 14-year old kid, Hill is also a very good rebounder and shot blocker due to his motor and instincts. He's one of the top 2017 prospects in his class out west.
, C, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite: A 6-foot-10 center from Anaheim Servite, Hughes is a skilled post who has made big strides in his game over the last year. Hughes has soft hands and not only finishes with both hands inside, but can also knock down hook shots with his right and left. He can also step out and hit from midrange. He's a very good post passer and when he receives the ball in the paint, if a double team comes, he'll find the open man. Hughes rebounds well on both ends, but especially on defense. He plays very hard on both sides of the ball and is moving in a good direction.
, SF, Los Angeles Loyola: While Johnson is just 6-foot-3 now, his baby face and extremely long arms scream that he's not close to done growing. Despite having so much maturing to do, Johnson can still get points scoring against stronger opponents. His midrange pull-up is his best weapon, but Johnson can also take his defender off the dribble and get to the basket. He also does a nice job of drawing contact off the dribble and getting to the basket. Johnson is naturally gifted and when he hits his final height, he's going to quickly come into his own as a player.
, C, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly: Johnson is about 6-foot-6 with extremely long arms and looks like he has some growing to do, which would take his stock as a prospect to the next level. He's very skilled for a young post and is an outstanding passer for the position. Johnson has nice hands, which along with his size and length make him a good rebounder on both ends. Johnson is comfortable playing with his back to the basket but can also step out and shoot from midrange. His length, feel and skill level combined with expectation of future growth make him a nice prospect.
, C, San Diego Morse: Word had been surfacing out of San Diego about the improvement of McCoy and there's no doubt that he lived up to the hype. McCoy is about 6-foot-10 with a very good frame and has improved his mobility over the last year. Over the course of the camp, you saw him doing an increasingly better job of playing hard each time out. Offensively, McCoy's post moves still have work to do - as is the case with all players at his position at his age - but he showed an up and under. His best weapon on offense is his midrange jumper, a shot he hit plenty of throughout the weekend. He's a threat to block shots on defense with his size, length and timing, and rebounds his area well on both ends. McCoy is still growing into his body and his ultimate mobility will have a large say in his stock two years from now, but as of today he's one of 2017's top center prospects.
, PG, Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Lakeside: One of the top performers of the Top 60 Game, Moore is a quick point guard that is especially dangerous in transition, where his speed and scoring ability are best utilized. He's a capable three-point shooter off the catch and pull, while he can get to midrange and knock down floaters. Moore plays hard and gets up and down the court in a hurry. He still is young looking kid who could still be growing but he's a key player to monitor moving forward.
, Jr., SF, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman: At about 6-foot-4 with one of the top wingspans in the camp - he has ridiculously long arms - O'Bannon looks the part at a high level but he can also play. O'Bannon is a big threat to hit three-pointers off the catch and can pull up and knock down jumpers from midrange. You typically don't see young wings with O'Bannon's size, length and shooting ability, which is certainly a good sign for his future. He's still growing and once he levels out and grows into his body, it will be easier to get a feel for what kind of athlete he's going to be, but his skill level is going to make him a good prospect regardless.
, PG, West Linn (Ore.): He may be small, but Olsen is tough, quick and very skilled. Olsen used his handle and craftiness to create space, knocking down pull-up midrange jumpers, stepbacks and he also got to the basket. He changes speeds very well which makes him a weapon in transition, but also really sees the court and can create for others. He looks like he's going to grow, which would only help his stock.
, PF, Redondo (Calif.) Union: A four man with very good size and length, Preston's best weapon is his jump shot, which he specializes in from midrange but he can also knock down from three. At Preston's size, his jumper is pretty difficult to defend at this level. The most underrated part of Preston's game is his passing ability, as he really sees the court well. While Preston is already an elite prospect at this stage, he'll be able to take his game to the next level by using his physical tools to his advantage inside more often. Either way, he's a really talented kid and certainly one of the best prospects in 2017.
, SG, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery: Thompson appears to have grown at least an inch over the last several months and doesn't look like he's finished, but he's well on the path to be a high major shooting guard prospect whether he grows further or not. A very smooth wing, Thompson's handle, basketball IQ and ability to create his own shot make him very valuable. He plays the right way and while he's a more than capable shooter off the catch and pull, he can also get to the basket or dish off the assist when he has an open teammate. Thompson has a nice feel on defense and comes up with his share of steals playing the passing lanes. He's a very good player now, yet has nothing but upside.
, SG, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison: One of the biggest sleepers in the camp, Walker is an athletic shooting guard that knows how to play. He's a very good defender with his long arms, athleticism and feel for the game. Offensively, he has the body control to attack the basket regularly, with the ability to finish with both hands. Walker sees the court well and is a very good passer.
, PG, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran: A versatile guard that can play on and off the ball, Williams' best attribute is his passing ability, as his vision helps him in both transition and halfcourt settings. He sees the court really well and is a really skilled passer. At about 6-foot-3, his size will easily allow him to play both guard spots at the next level but because his best quality is his vision, you like him more on the ball. Williams also does a nice job creating his own shot and really gets separation from his defender before getting good lift on his pull-up midrange jumper. He definitely helped his stock this weekend.
2018 Top Prospects
, SG, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei: A strong wing who plays with an attacking mentality, Butler was one of the camp's best scorers. He's looking to get points almost every time he touches it and was best taking defenders off the dribble and getting to the basket. Butler was stronger than many of his peers, which he used to his advantage on drives to the hoop. While his jumper wasn't always falling, he shot with a lot of confidence. He made some nice passes in transition, showing impressive vision. We'll get another look at him this weekend at USA Basketball.
, CG, Adelanto (Calif.): It didn't take long into the camp for Campbell to prove himself as a ridiculous athlete. At about 6-foot-1 with a nice frame with long arms, Campbell has an attacking mindset, trying to use his explosive hops to finish well above the rim. While you immediately notice him for his athleticism, Campbell is also a very good passer and with continued development of his handle, hopefully can eventually use his vision to be a point guard. Any kid with Campbell's size, length, athleticism and vision is going to be a good prospect, especially at his age.
, PG, Redondo (Calif.) Union: The younger brother of former Cal standout Patrick Christopher
, Caleb is about 5-foot-10 with wide shoulders, long arms and a nice frame. He's a very good athlete - especially for the point guard position - and combine that with his handle and you have a young player who is tough to stop off the dribble. Christopher sees the court well and is a very good passer. Moving forward, he'll need to focus on being efficient over flashy, cutting down on turnovers in the process, but his physical tools and skill level give him upside.
, SG, Etiwanda (Calif.): The younger brother of 2015 Pepperdine
power forward commit Kameron Edwards
, Kessler is much more of a wing and a talented one at that. Edwards is best from midrange, where he can scorer with his floater or pull-up jumper. He gives up a lot of strength, but doesn't mind posting up smaller defenders before scoring with his fadeaway. Edwards plays hard and scores points on the offensive glass with his motor.
, CG, Gilbert (Ariz.) Christian: One of the top freshmen at the camp, Lee is a 6-foot-2 combo guard who has a very good frame with above average length and looks like he's still growing. Between his handle and body control, Lee is tough to stop off the bounce and can create his own shot. He scored most of his buckets attacking the basket, but also hit the occasional jumper and floater. Lee changes speeds really well, making him a threat in the open court. He's one of the top young prospects I've seen in Arizona.
, SG, Bellflower (Calif.): A versatile wing, Smith is about 6-foot-3 but definitely looks like a kid who could still be growing. He has a good frame, long arms and generally plays hard. Smith can score with his pull-up jumper from midrange, knock down three-pointers, get points with his floater and get to the basket. He's also a very good passer and plays unselfish basketball. He's a nice prospect.
* Scout.com doesn't cover middle school prospects but P.J. Fuller, a 2019 wing out of Seattle, deserves note. He's a lanky wing at 6-foot-4 who can really shoot it despite being so physically immature, making him a high level prospect at this stage. Another top 2019 prospect was Isaiah Mobley, a 6-foot-6 versatile forward out of Temecula (Calif.)
* Keep an eye on 2017 Lynwood (Calif.) point guard Jace Bass
. He has a slight build but has good length, finished at the basket with his right hand but knocked down a floater with his left and showed impressive speed in the open court.
* Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt has a skilled 2017 hybrid forward in Matt Mitchell
, who has the body of a four but prefers to play out on the perimeter and can definitely score with his jump shot.
* Las Vegas Bishop Gorman's 2018 forward, Jamal Bey
, scored from all three levels this weekend, knocking down three-pointers and midrange jumpers off the catch and getting to the basket.
* Daniel Schreier
is a 2017 four man from Santa Monica (Calif.) that can really shoot it, especially from three, where he's a big threat to knock down shots off the catch. He can also put the ball on the ground and hit one or two dribble pull-ups from midrange.
* Los Angeles Windward's 2018 forward Jules Bernard
is a lanky prospect who had success with his pull-up midrange jumper.
* Kendall Small
's little brother, 2017 Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair point guard Kyle Small
, is undersized at 5-foot-5 but is extremely quick and is a threat to knock down jumpers, especially from three.
* We didn't get a big enough viewing of Small's Superior Athletes teammate, La Verne (Calif.) Damien's Justin Hemsley
, but Jeremy's little brother is a long wing with a good frame that can get to the basket.
* Lonzo Ball
's little brother, 2017 Chino Hills (Calif.) small forward LiAngelo Ball
, has good size at about 6-foot-5 and is one of the top outside shooters in Southern California.
* He's not going to "wow" you with any one thing he does, but 2017 Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon wing Terrance McBride
is a very good utility player, and whether it be his defensive ability, slashing or passing, he always seems to find a way to help his team.
* Another of the camp's most versatile players was 6-foot-4 Wasatch (Utah) Heber small forward Elias Ballstaedt
. The 2017 prospect made several terrific passes, played hard and knocked down jumpers and rebounded.
* 2017 Las Vegas Bishop Gorman small forward Ryan Kiley
had a lot of success in the Top 60 game by attacking the basket in transition and scoring on the offensive glass.
* Incoming Etiwanda (Calif.) 2017 point guard Miles Oliver
is a strong kid who can really create his own shot for the position, scoring on several step-back jumpers, while also showing pretty good vision.
* San Diego Kearny has a skilled power forward in Robby Robinson
who has long arms, plays hard, can face up or score inside and rebounds well.
* Jalen Harris
is a strong 2017 point guard from Los Angeles Windward who is score-first, but can get to the basket, knock down jumpers from midrange and three, or create for others.