Pangos AA Camp: Day 2, Part B

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Isaiah Austin sent a message with his play in the evening session. The 2012 center turned in the best effort we've seen him put together. Throughout the day, guys like Amir Garrett and Brad Beal caught our attention.

Amir Garrett, SF/SG: Since April, something's clicked for him. He's carrying himself with more confidence and his game is opening up. The lefty stroked 3 balls and was smooth. His best moment came off an offensive rebound and a dunk follow. Word on the street is that he's an elite left-handed fireballer, which may ultimately be the direction he opts for.

Kenyatta Smith, C: He's undersized – in terms of height -- but it's not going to matter. His footwork is there and the hands are very good. He's a big-bodied kid, not the same size as Dejuan Blair but similar physical makeups. He's every bit of 265 but he's not slow. A hustling guy, the high-majors will warm up to him in the summer. However, he's an outstanding student with Ivy League interest.

Brad Beal, SG: There are some guys whose game sets up for camp basketball because of the tempo and transition aspects of the setting. For others, and Beal is one of these guys, camp ball violates the very fabric of their being. Beal's wired to win, compete and play the game using his teammates. He's not into jacking shots and lack of structure frustrates him. Having said that, in the second half of the nightcap, the Florida pledge took matters into his own hands and for a long stretch let you know how easy it is for him to score. When he asserted himself his talent as a shooter, penetrator and athlete were obvious.

Chasson Randle, PG: It didn't matter that this was a chaotic camp game, Randle brought an economical, intelligent approach to his team. Every time we see him he looks a little more athletic and there's no wasted energy in what he does. He's a straight high-major point guard that is going to be a part of a winning formula. In short, he's college ready when the time comes.

Myck Kabongo, PG: He was the best player on the floor in the game we saw and he was opposite Naadir Tharpe. Kabongo proved to be hard to guard but it was his vision that really stood out. Tharpe had a big game Friday night but found the sledding difficult against Kabongo. When Kabongo went down, Tharpe asserted himself. Kabongo's going to be Canada's point guard one day.

Quincy Miller, PF: He went 4-for-7 from three land in the game we saw but overall it wasn't vintage. He's at his best when he's mixing perimeter with paint and not settling for long jumpers (which he can make). We didn't' see the evening game but apparently he had a big one late.

Isaiah Austin, C: His second game was the most complete effort we've seen him string together. His ball skills, for a big guy, will catch you by surprise and he's got good touch. He dropped a hook shot, made some jumpers and was a presence on the glass. Austin is a Kareem Abdul Jabbar clone in terms of body style. He hasn't gotten his strength yet which will help him sustain longer effects. If he can compete at the level he did Saturday night, he's got as much long term potential as just about anyone in his class. Defensively he blocks shots with either hand and can rebound and trigger a break.

Jordan Tebbutt, SF: One of the most physical guys in his class. Tebbutt's a freight train that seeks contact once he gets a foot in the lane and isn't giving up until he gets to the rim. His jumper is strong and he'll be on high-major priority by summer's end if he isn't already.

Best bucket we saw came from LeBryan Nash. He drove and went chest-to-chest with Quincy Miller and powered through him. Impressive finish. … Askia Booker is going to make one mid-level program very happy. Good speed, strong basketball IQ. … Jevante Thompson reminds me of Demetri Goodson. Both Texans and his hesitation stuff to the hoop is strong. … Kudos to power forward Ryan Anderson. He's been playing behind the line all spring but finally put in work in the paint and showed the toughness we'd hadn't seen before. … Byron Wesley has it figured out. He's got game in the lane and on the perimeter. Nothing to fancy, just diverse. …

Anthony Davis injured his hip and is done for the weekend. …

Amir Garrett lists Arizona State, Arizona, Virginia Tech, UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount and Duke as schools of interest. … Kenyatta Smith has Pepperdine (offer), Harvard, Penn, Princeton, UCLA and Stanford on his list. … Askia Booker has an offer from Montana State with interest from Washington State, Portland, Portland State, Baylor, Colorado, San Diego, San Diego State, Baylor and Virginia. … Thomas Gipson played hard again. Georgia State and FIU have offered. Marquette and West Virginia are coming on while Tulane has offered and Kansas State is interested. …


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