Every year Dinos Trigonis brings in a wide collection of talent from not only California, but also from Texas, North Carolina and a few other states to make up the Pangos All-American Camp.
Held at Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo, the all-star camp consists of skill work, game sessions and a pair of all-star games on the final day of camp.
Last year Harrison Barnes was the big name. This year the camp has quite a bit of depth, as guys like Quincy Miller, LeBryan Nash, LaQuinton Ross, Myck Kabongo, Brad Beal, Chasson Randle and Anthony Davis have made the trek to Long Beach.
Nino Johnson, PF – In a class that is certainly lacking big men, Johnson, a 6-foot-7 power forward, appears to be a guy that is slowly emerging. We heard he played well at the TOC last week and on day one of camp he was terrific. Showing an aggressive, physical style, Johnson attacked the opposition and scored it well inside. Johnson was active the entire game, finished with both hands around the rim and looked to score at every opportunity in the paint.
Jerome Seagears, PG – Going up against Chasson Randle, Seagers, a 6-foot floor general, more than held his own. In fact in this one we thought he played like the best guard on the floor. Seagers used his speed to get by defenders and once he was in the lane he either finished at the rim or created for teammates. He was great in pick and roll situations and also showed a nice mid-range pull-up that he managed to knock down a pair of times on Friday.
Chasson Randle, SG – While we thought Seagears got the best of him, Randle, a 6-foot-2 guard, still managed to show why he's such a highly regarded prospect. A combo guard, Randle can score in a variety of ways, whether it's off jump shoots from long range or finishes in the lane. He's also capable of spending some time on the ball, despite that not being his primary position.
Naadir Tharpe, PG – During the opening day of camp Tharpe, who just recently opened up his recruitment after an early verbal to Providence, had his jump shot working. In the first half alone he managed four three-pointers, but he also looked to create for his teammates. He used screens efficiently and showed a nice change of pace to his game. This was one of the better outings we've seen from Tharpe recently.
Rosco Allen, PF – Easily the best effort of the day came from this 6-foot-8, 185-pound face up four man. Over the past year we've seen his progression and it's been fun to watch. He's becoming more aggressive, has better overall moves and was fearless against Isaiah Austin during the first game of camp. At his size he's got an impressive all around skill set that allows him to attack off the dribble, face up for jumpers or maneuver in the paint for buckets.
Jordan Goodman, PF – There's a lot to like about this 6-foot-8, 195-pound face up power forward. Once a Georgetown commit, Goodman is now back on the market and he confirmed that he's making the move to the 2012 class. He's got a versatile game that allows him to play away from the basket. Today he hunted jump shots and attacked off the dribble. We certainly like that he's able to do that, but we'd still like to see him get more done in between the blocks.
Charles Mitchell, PF – An animal in the post, Mitchell went to work in the paint. A physical post prospect out of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, Mitchell was active on both ends grabbing any and every rebound in his area. Offensively he makes quick and aggressive moves toward the basket. He uses his strength to score through the opposition, but also showed ball fakes, jump hooks and face up jumpers.
Isaiah Austin, C – There aren't many prospects in all of high school basketball that have the ceiling this 7-foot center has. His massive wingspan makes him a serious threat to block any shot in his vicinity. On Friday he was especially active swatting shots, including the final shot of the game as time was expiring. His overall talent level is high, as he has great set of mitts, good touch and can face up for jumpers. With that said, we'd like to see him spend more time in the paint, rather than fading to the three-point stripe.
Rosco Allen has a long list of offers. Thus far Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon, Washington, San Diego State, BYU, Utah, UNLV, Northwestern, Texas, Harvard have offered, per his dad. Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida and Penn State have show initial interest.
Xavier Johnson said Stanford, UNLV, USC, UCLA and Georgetown were a few of the schools that have begun showing him interest.
Brad Beal, a five-star prospect, struggled to get his long-range jumper working, but he still had a solid opening day game. His two handed dunk down the lane drew quite a few eyes. Jalen Jones, of Mansfield (Tex.) Timberview, put together a solid game today. He knocked down a few threes and had a number of finishes in transition. Darnell Harris had his stroke working in the second half of his game. He went on a spree where he knocked down a trio of threes. Kyle Caudill, a 6-foot-11 post prospect, has a great set of hands and can score with either hand around the rim.