One of the top prospects in attendance at the Pangos All West Frosh/Soph Camp was Deon Stroud, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound wing Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial.
Stroud has the size, length and athleticism to defend multiple positions on the perimeter. His perimeter shot has quickly improved, while his handle is also getting better. Stroud’s physical tools and improving skill give him a high ceiling.
“I’m more of an explosive guard,” Stroud said. “I can shoot off the dribble and play defense.
“I’m working on perfecting my game; I want a tighter handle, to be more consistent and to be able to guard all positions. I’m staying in the gym, being humble and trying to hone all my skills.
Stroud’s first offer came in August from San Jose State after an impressive July on the AAU circuit playing with Team Arsenal.
“I was very grateful to get a D-I offer,” Stroud said. “I know it’s not easy.”
The sophomore wing has one school he’s especially hoping recruits him.
“My dream school is Arizona,” he said. “I don’t know why, just Bear Down.”
Stroud has a couple areas he’ll be looking for in a program.
“Academics so I can have a career after basketball and whatever fits me most so I can become a better player,” he said.