For the first time the basketball community was put in to the spotlight at Johnson gym on the University of New Mexico Campus for the Pangos Summer tip off rolled into town bringing along some of the best payers in the western half of the United states and coaches from all over; UNLV, UNM, Miami, Eastern New Mexico, Denver Tulsa, Utah, NMJC, NMSU and many more. The camp was put on by fullcortpress.com.
Now let me take the chance to introduce you to some players at the camp that I took some time to really watch and focus on.
St. John Bosco HS ( Bellflower , CA ) 2011(6'0)
The most complete player in the camp. Early in the day he started knocking down the three ball. After thinking he was only a spot shooter he showed me why he is one of the best in the class of 2011 players in the country. He is just one unstoppable player with his unbelievable court vision, passing abilities and by the why he is quick on his cuts to the basket and the fishing around the hoop is top notch. The only thing I could see him needing to work on is his strength and understanding more about being a true point guard.
Marek Oleniski (6'8) Roswell HS ( Roswell , NM ) 2010
He is a big boy that can shot the ball from all over the court, but with as much upside he has with shooting, he lacks in his abilities down low. On fast brakes he would mach rather pull up for the 15 then take it to the hoop. But if he is on watch out, but if he is off he could be a liability to the team.
Bruce English (6"1) La Verne Lutheran ( La Verne , CA ) 2011
Very athletic, one of the best on the court at the camp. He has speed up and down the court, but one thing you don't see in a lot of players is speedy on their lateral movement, from side to side and he has that. He also posses good court vision and the understanding of the game.
Scott Adler 6'4 Mesilla Valley HS (Las Cruses, NM)
He reminds me of a undersized big man he has the ability to play down low but not the size. But he did show spots we could hit the outside shot and drive and create on his own. He knows the fundamentals of the game and uses them to help his game, does a lot on the court that does not show up on the scoreboard. A Roman Martinez type of player
The Red Menace Pangos Summer All Camp team.
PG- Cezar Guerrero (6'0) St. John Bosco HS ( Bellflower , CA ) 2011
SG- Bruce English (6"1) La Verne Lutheran ( La Verne , CA ) 2011
SF- PJ Hogan (6'7) Cleveland HS ( Rio Rancho, NM)
PF- Calvin Brown (6'9) Mayvale HS ( Phoenix , AZ 2011
PF – Godwin Okonji (6'9) 2010 Findlay Prep ( Henderson , NV
Now for a little treat for you Lobo fans starving to here about 2010 basketball recruiting. So we all know about Alex Kirk and Michael Cobbins are the players UNM wants, well Lobo fans meet Godwin Okonji a 2010 from Findlay Prep ( Henderson , NV ) who could be a back up target for UNM. He can be a force inside and he loves to stay down low and be a back to the hoop type of player. But don't count out this young man to step out and hit the 15-17 foot jump shot on occasion or finish the fast brake with a flashy dunk. He also has a nice body that any strength and conditioning coach at any school would like to get there hands on. Theredmenace.com got a few seconds to spend with him:
How was the Pangos camp?
It was a lot of fun, I love playing with guys like this.
What are some things you would like to work on before you get to college?
Friendly Prep is a good school, no doubt and they will make me work on everything, but we really want to work on our defense. Helping the helper and just really focus on the help side and the defensive side of the ball
Who are some of your top schools?
Utah , SDSU, San Diego , Hawaii , Texas Tech and not to forget New Mexico
Any top schools?
I am really open to any schools at this point.
What is something you can take away for the Pangos camp?
It is just a good camp the guys came out and played hard and it was just fun.
Look for further updates on Godwin Okonji here at TRM as he gets closer to choosing a school for him to continue his basketball career.