Pangos All-South Underclassmen Camp Recap

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The fall provides us with a chance to bounce around to a number of showcase events. This weekend we spent some time in Georgia evaluating and monitoring a number of the top prospects in the south.

Dinos Trigonis and Pat Stanwood's 2009 Pangos All-South Underclassmen Camp was certainly a success, as a number of future college prospects made their way to Norcross (Ga.) Meadowcreek for two days of hoops.

Although there were a number of standouts, Deuce Bello was the guy that made a statement early on in camp and he kept it up throughout the two-day event. His athleticism is off the charts and if they would have named an MVP, he would have certainly received it.

There were also a handful of surprises. Nick Jacobs and Tre Leonard both would fall in that category, as they were likely among the top five scorers at camp. We also got to see a bunch of talented 2011 guard prospects including Bishop Daniels and Kevin Ware.

Deuce Bello, SG – It appears that Bello has picked up a few things from playing alongside John Wall, but the main thing appears to be a killer instinct. From the opening tip of the camp Bello took on all challengers and proved to be tough to defend, as he drove the lane and used his high level athleticism to finish with intensity and authority. The 6-foot-3 wing also showed some range on his jump shot. While his jumper isn't consistent, he's certainly a threat from deep. He's a high major prospect and a guy that appears to be improving every time out.

Stevie Taylor, PG – At one point during the camp Taylor inquired about what talent evaluators look for in a point guard. The response he received was leadership and good decision-making. Taylor must have taken the response to heart because he appeared to have a grasp of his camp team and was among the best lead guards in attendance. Obviously his size (5-foot-9) is going to hinder him, but he creates for his teammates, handles the ball with care and is a good shooter from long range.

Jonathan Holton, PF – A long, slender four-man, Holton certainly had his moments throughout the underclassmen camp. The 6-foot-6, possibly 6-foot-7, forward gets up and down the floor with ease, can score around the rim and is an above average athlete. Holton, a standout at Miami (Fla.) LaSalle, is also capable of knocking down jumpers out to the three-point line. Going forward he'll need to continue to spruce up his moves on the block, but he certainly has high-major potential.


Tre Leonard
Tre Leonard, C – At 6-foot-7, 250-pounds, Leonard can certainly hold his own on the block. He's equipped with a pair of soft hands and seemed to catch everything thrown his way. Once he caught the ball inside, Leonard managed to score with ease around the bucket. He has a soft touch and used a handful of moves to score. For a guy his size, he moves relatively well and he was an effective offensive rebounder.

Dominique McCoy, PF – Playing on his home court, McCoy managed to have a good showing at the All-South camp. The 6-foot-7 forward has a good grasp of how to score on the blocks, and is capable of using either hand to score around the rim. To go with his ability to finish, McCoy spent a lot of time positioning himself for rebounds and was especially effective on the offensive glass.

Jason Lee, PF – This 6-foot-7 built forward didn't make either of the events two all-star games, but we couldn't help but recognize his potential. His strong frame allows him to hold position in the paint and he managed to grab a bunch of rebounds. Scoring, however, was an issue for him at times, as he didn't show any developed post moves inside.

Malcolm Brogden, SG – Despite not having great athleticism, Brogden managed to standout at the underclassmen event because of his ability to score. His jumper consists of a nice looking follow through and more often times than not he seemed to find the bottom of the net. He's a crafty, 6-foot-4 two-guard that knows how to score and is capable of taking defenders off the bounce for scoring opportunities.

Kevin Ware, PG – Blessed with terrific athleticism and speed, Ware is tough to defend. While he seemed to have a little trouble hanging on to the ball at times this weekend, he certainly proved tough to handle when he attacks the rim. Once he's at the cup he has a unique ability to adjust his shot and finish. He's got good size for the point guard spot (6-foot-4) and is one of the few lead guards out there that has the ability to toss out alley oops and catch them.

Jaquez Motley, PG – In our first look at Motley, a 6-foot, 165-pounder, we came away thinking he'd be a strong prospect for a mid-major program. His court vision allowed him to find open teammates and he showed a good-looking stroke from deep. In his first game of the event he cranked his game up and was in all out attack mode, as he was finishing at the rim or driving he and dropping off assists to teammates.

Bishop Daniels, PG/SG – Throughout the camp, Daniels spent time playing on and off the ball, and he was effective playing both spots. The first thing that stuck out about Daniels' game was his athleticism. He claims a 44-inch vertical and after watching him jump, it's probably accurate. The 6-foot-2 guard had a number of acrobatic dunks, but also found other ways to score when he attacked the rim.

Michael Gbinije, SF – It took Gbinije, who was arguably the biggest name at the camp, a few games to get on track. In his first contest, Deuce Bello managed to get the best of him, but on day two he came ready to play. The 6-foot-5 wing has a smooth game, where he can take guys off the bounce and bury deep jumpers. His ability to score is the most impressive part about his game, because he has so many tools and ways to get buckets. The Christchurch (Va.) School had one of the best plays of the weekend, when he drove baseline, rose up on Jonathan Holton and threw down a right handed slam.


Nick Jacobs
Nick Jacobs, PF – Easily one of the biggest surprises of the event was Jacobs. Playing next to and in practice with Derrick Favors has clearly helped Jacobs, as the Atlanta (Ga.) South Atlanta standout was one of the most effective big men in attendance. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man scored on both blocks and showed good usage of each hand. He runs the floor, likes some contact inside and is an active shot blocker.

Matt Giorski, C – It had been a year since we'd seen this 6-foot-10 post prospect, and what a difference a year makes. Giorski, a Richmond (Va.) Cosby standout, seems to be coming into his own and look mores coordinated and developed since we'd last laid eyes on him. Giorski showed nice touch around the rim and even displayed a right jump hook. Going forward we'd like to see him go straight up inside, as he often fades on his shot, but with that said, we like the direction that he's heading.

Quincy Miller, PF/SF – One of the more intriguing prospects at Pangos Camp was this Virginia native. At 6-foot-6, possibly 6-foot-7, Miller spent a lot of time playing on the block, at least to start camp. Using his length, he scored inside and blocked a handful of shots on the defensive end. Then as camp continued, Miller, a hybrid forward, also showed an ability to step out to the wing and either knock down jumpers or drive to the hoop. He'll need to add some weight to his frame, but this is a guy for high-major programs to keep an eye on.

E. Victor Nickerson, PF – We've heard a lot about the Atlanta (Ga.) Paideia standout, and although we got to see him in the all-star game we don't have a great feel for his game. Nickerson, who stands 6-foot-6, has a long, lean frame and runs the floor well. He was active on the defensive end and had a few blocked shots.

Jordan Adams, SG – It'll be interesting to see how Adams, a standout at Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett, develops. At this stage he's a 6-foot-2 shooting guard with a nice skill set. He has a slow release on his jumper, but once the ball was away it looked pretty good. Majority of his buckets came off drives the basket, and he proved he could use both hands around the rim.

William Shaquille Goodwin, PF – At this point Goodwin is a more of a four-man, but depending on how he develops he could very well move out to the wing later in his high school career. Goodwin stands 6-foot-5, and the 2012 prospect already has a strong frame and is equipped with a pair of long arms. The Decatur (Ga.) Southwest Dekalb product moves well and showed an efficient mid-range jumper.


Shaquille Patterson
Shaquille Patterson, SF – At such a young age, Patterson already has a strong, built frame that is ready for the rigors of high school basketball. At 6-foot-5, Patterson has good size for the wing spot and he's a guy that already knows how to use his size and strength when he's attacking the rim. Patterson will attend Ridgeway (Va.) Magna Vista High School for his freshman season and is a guy that high major programs should keep tabs on.

Jordan Price, SG – Already a relatively big name in the state of Georgia, Price, a 6-foot-4 wing, displayed a nice skill set. Although Price wasn't a scoring force at the camp, he did knock down a handful of jumpers from long and mid-range. Price was a top 25 all-star selection.

Charles Mitchell, PF – The leading scorer at the Headliner camp held in Georgia over the summer put together a pretty good camp and was an all-star selection. He's listed at 6-foot-6, but we think he's probably closer to 6-foot-5, either way he had no problem scoring inside at camp.

With the use of both hands, Mitchell scored at will at times on the block. He also stepped away from the basket and knocked down mid-range jumpers. The future Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler standout has a strong, wide frame that allows him to take contact and snag rebounds in the paint.

Kevin Ware, a standout at Conyers (Ga.) Rockdale claims scholarship offers from Florida, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. He said Memphis, Ohio State and Tennessee are also involved.

Jonathan Holton said Georgetown, Florida, Miami, Mississippi and Rice have already been in contact with him or his high school coach.

Deuce Bello said Wake Forest, Oklahoma State and Baylor have offered him a scholarship. Memphis, USC, Miami, Notre Dame, Virginia, N.C. State and Oregon have also shown interest.

Dominique McCoy said his recruitment has already started. Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia State, Alabama and Harvard are the schools that he's heard from.


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