Pangos Camp Day Three

LOS ANGELES, CA – The final day of the Pangos All-American Camp is in the books and Brandon Jennings certainly made a statement with his play all weekend. Demar DeRozan and Olek Czyz put in noteworthy performances as well, and a pair of freshman point guards looked the part of solid high-major guards.

Although camp organizer Dinos Trigonis didn't get some of the top kids that were committed to attending the camp, he did put together a quality event that gave us a look at some top young guard prospects, a few high-level wings and a couple of new prospects that are sure to make noise.

Brandon Jennings, PG – The 6-foot-1 PG made his presence known this weekend, as he flat out dominated the competition. By far the best player in attendance, Jennings never let up and took it right at defenders. The Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill product is lightning quick, has an incredible handle and tops it off with court vision that could attract any high-major wing or big to play alongside him. No one from the class of 2008 has made a move for the number one spot and if efforts like this continue from Jennings, look for him to be in the conversation and at least move up in the rankings.

DeRozan goes for 30 in all-star game
Demar DeRozan, SF – As the camp continued DeRozan stepped his game up. On Saturday he began relentlessly attacking the basket and his jumpers began falling. Sunday was a similar scene, as the 6-foot-6 wing from Compton (CA) High hit a couple of threes and had some ridiculous finishes in the open court. DeRozan did have the luxury of playing with the best point guard in high school basketball (Brandon Jennings) and the duo put on a show throughout the weekend. He has good size for the wing, a solid frame to work with and athleticism that many prospects dream about. DeRozan did, however, save his highest point total for the Cream of the Crop Top 20 all-star game, where he scored 30 points and was MVP of the game.

Renaldo Woolridge, PF/SF – At 6-foot-8 and a solid 210-pounds Woolridge certainly looks the part, and at times he shows that he can fill it. This weekend the North Hollywood (CA) Harvard-Westlake standout took too many deep threes and off the dribble jump shots, but it's clear he has some talent and a considerable up side. He has a great frame, with long arms and high-level athleticism. If Woolridge is more selective on his shots and takes his act inside every now and then, he'll have a chance, as he's certainly an intriguing prospect.

Darius Garrett, PF – The more we watched Garrett, the more he grew on us. With a hint of A.J. Stewart to his game, Garrett is primarily a shot-blocker, and according to one of his AAU teammates the Powder Springs (GA) MacEachern standout led the state of Georgia in blocked shots this past season. There's not much to his offensive game, and his footwork needs to improve, however he's an interesting prospect because of his length, athleticism and motor.

D.J. Seeley, SG – It didn't take Seeley long to start jacking up shots when he arrived on Saturday morning. After a solid performance yesterday, the 6-foot-4 guard, who seemingly needs the ball in hands to be effective, went to work off the bounce. He pulled up for mid-range jumpers and finished on a handful of slicing drives to the basket. He certainly has a scorers mentality and with his tools and ability to put the ball on the deck and go to work he should be a fine contributor at California.

McDonald works out during camp
Phillip McDonald, SF – There were a handful of T-Mac All-Star players in attendance and McDonald was among the most impressive. A 6-foot-5 wing out of Houston (TX) Cypress Christian, McDonald is capable of knocking down deeps jumpers or taking it to the rim for strong finishes. While most prospects his age don't have a developed mid-range game, McDonald loved pulling up for 15-footers on the break. He likely won't be a burger boy, but he's a solid top 100 guy that gets the job done.

Olek Czyz, PF – At most high-level camps there is usually a prospect that raises their stock to new heights, and Czyz was certainly that guy this weekend. The 6-foot-8 forward gets after it on both ends and plays as hard as any prospect we've seen this spring. His 40-inch vertical helps him snag rebounds, block shots and throw down exciting dunks. Although his ability to bang and will his way to the rack for notable dunks is impressive, he does have other facets to his game. He's capable of hitting set three-pointers, mid-range jumpers and jump-hooks in the paint. Throw in the fact that he knows the game, makes heady plays and has great footwork and we have quality big man on our hands. High-majors in search of a four should quickly pick up the phone and inquire about Czyz, as his blow up has begun.

Terrence Shannon, PF – Much like Garrett, Shannon didn't catch our eye during our first look, but today he looked the part of a future high-major forward. Although just 6-foot-6 the Forsyth (GA) Mary Persons standout out works his competition in the paint. Shannon also showed off some offensive moves like a jump-hook, a nice drop step move and an ability to seal defenders off for easy lay ups. On top of that, he has a workhorse mentality and is a high-level athlete that likes to play above the rim.

Tyler Lamb, PG – This 6-foot-5 lead man, who has already developed a reputation on the circuit, caught our eye in his final camp game. Due to great size, Lamb can see over defenders and find teammates in the sets or in the open court. The Ontario (CA) Colony standout clearly knows the game and understands how to use his body when trying to finish in the lane. Lamb also has a tight handle, decent athleticism and deceptive quickness.

Gary Franklin, PG – At 6-foot, Franklin is a much different type of point guard than Lamb. While size is Lamb's strength, its Franklin's speed and quickness that help him be effective, especially in the open court. Franklin is also capable of breaking down defenders and pulling up for jump shots. His performance in he Cream of the Crop Top 40 game was inspiring and he looks to be one of the better point guard prospects in the class of 2010.

Phillip McDonald is down to three schools. Kansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are on his list and he claims scholarship offers from all three.

Renaldo Woolridge holds scholarship offers from Pepperdine, Arizona State, Oregon State and Colorado. He's also hearing from Marquette and Maryland. He listed Pepperdine and ASU as his top two. The 6-foot-8 forward will narrow his list soon, but won't make a decision until the end of the summer.

Edgar Garibay claims scholarship offers from Marquette, Louisville, UNLV and Washington State. Arizona State and Memphis are recruiting him as well.

Darius Garrett is hearing from NC State, Clemson, Western Kentucky, VCU, MTSU, Tennessee Tech and College Charleston.

Richard Howell said he likes Michigan State, Florida and Tennessee the most. He's also hearing from Georgia Tech, Georgia, Minnesota, Kentucky, NC State, Clemson, Alabama and South Carolina.

Terrance Shannon has interest from Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Penn State.

Although Steve Tchiengang didn't participate in the Pangos All-American Camp, he did make the trip to watch. He claims scholarship offers from Louisville, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Baylor and Boston College. Texas A&M, Georgia Tech and Maryland are also involved.

Trigonis did a great job putting together this event and his hospitality was much appreciated. He also picked a prime spot to hold the camp, as the Galen Center, which is located on USC's campus, is a top-notch basketball facility.

Derrick Favors was in attendance, however he didn't play. The 6-foot-9 PF hurt his ankle at the Tournament of Champions and is still recovering. He should be back in the next few weeks.

Joining Favors on the sidelines was Tchiengang. The Houston (TX) Cypress Community product said he plans to be back from his stress fracture in three weeks for the NBPA camp.

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