Christian Polk, Lance Thomas and Jeffrey Pendergraph led the Blue past the White 70-66 in the main all-star game at the Pangos Camp. In the Top 40 all-star game, junior guard Jonathan Gibson connected on 6 3s but his team was whipped by a group led by Javaris Crittendon who scored 13 points in the 77-60 victory.
To end our event coverage we recap the play of the 22 players who were selected to participate in the top all-star game.
C.J. Miles, SF/SG, 2005: The No. 6 player in America didn't close the camp strong with a 3-point effort in his last game. Basically, Miles is still learning the importance of playing with intensity each time out. By the end of the summer, he'll have it down. He's too tough to check off the bounce and too good of a shooter and scorer to not put up big numbers each time out.
Dior Lowhorn, PF, 2005: He was the surprise of the day as he scored 15 points in the all-star game. Lowhorn did his damage from the perimeter of all places. Not known for his shooting, the Berkeley-based standout made jumpers on Sunday. He'll be a mid-major priority recruit who gets nibbles at the high-major level.
Vernon Goodridge, PF, 2005: He'll do a post-grad year at Philly Lutheran next season. The 6-foot-9 native of Brooklyn got better as the camp went on. Goodridge is big time in terms of rebounding and working around the cup. If he can make free throw line jumpers as he did later in the camp then that would be a bonus. He's a high-major who had 12 in the all-star game.
DeAndre Bell, SF, 2005: He's a strong athletic guy who was a star in Los Angeles last season. Though he played in just a few camp games because he took the SAT on Saturday, Bell made his mark. Right now, the strength of his game appears to be his passion for the mid-range game. He had 2 in the all-star game.
Jerry-Davon Jefferson, PF, 2005: He's another guy who was outstanding throughout the camp but didn't fare well in the all-star game with 6 points. At 6-foot-7 he's more small forward than power forward in height, but his game is that of an athletic four-man. His athleticism helps him at both ends and if he can get his academics in order would be a high-major priority.
Fendi Onobun, SF, 2005: The 6-foot-6 Arizona-bound forward always tries to empty his tank. Currently he's working on expanding his range behind the arc but he's not known for his shooting. He'll do the dirty work as a passer and defender and is a power three-man right now. He had six in the game.
Rashad Woods, SF, 2005: His 3-pointer accounted for his only points in the all-star game. Woods is a talent who probably could stand to use some refining in terms of shot selection.
Eugene Harvey, PG, 2006: The 6-foot St. Benedict's prospect was arguably the top true point guard here. However, the camp did not feature a strong point guard presence to begin with. Harvey was selected for the game for his ability to get guys involved and pass the basketball. He did not score in the all-star game.
Wes Matthews, SF/SG, 2005: His play at the end of the camp was much stronger than his play at the beginning. Matthews had 9 in the game. Over the course of three days, he showed that his preference is to play on the perimeter. He's a good, but not great athlete. His jump shot came around midway through the camp.
Stefan Jackson, SG, 2005: The Philly Lutheran prospect is 6-foot-4 and his best asset is his mid-range game. This is a young man who likely receives mid-major recruiting attention.
Draelon Burns, SG, 2004: He was held to a deuce in the game, but earned his way into the contest with consistent guard play. He can make 3s, is fairly athletic and is strong. He's qualified and unsigned.
Artem Wallace, PF, 2005: The Washington-bound 6-foot-8 presence was selected to play but came up injured as the camp closed. Wallace dropped 20 pounds since April and its made him into a more productive player. He'll be hoping to keep his momentum from a good Pangos weekend going into the summer.
Lance Thomas, PF, 2006: Clearly, he was the best underclass prospect at this camp and No. 2 over prospect behind Miles. In fact, from a performance standpoint you can argue him for MVP of the camp. Since the beginning of the spring he's gone from lock high-major prospect to elite high-major status. Why? The guy makes mid-range jumpers, works on the glass, runs, passes and plays with savvy. It looked like he ran out of gas in the all-star game but still had a workman-like 10 points.
Danny Williams, SG, 2005: Those close to him say he'll need a prep year and frankly after this weekend, there should be more teams waiting him out. Williams' offense was on display for three days as he effortlessly stroked 3s and created shots for himself. Shot selection is an area to work on but he's athletic and has game. Scored 7 points in the all-star game and was one of the guys who really boosted his stock this weekend.
Seketoure Henry, SG, 2005: Early in the spring Henry was using his athleticism to attack the rim. Recently he's starting to look a little more one-dimensional as he settles for long jumpers. He had 7 in the all-star game but will need to diversify his offense.
Christian Polk, SG, 2006: In 2003, Polk had a better overall Pangos performance. He was selected to the all-star game to be a ball handler in a situation where point guards were not found in great quantity. His offense in the game – 11 points – came around. His strength relies in his developing body and his ability to make jump shots.
Bryan Harvey, SG, 2005: Harvey was a late arrival to the camp but was selected to the all-star game for his talent. He had 9 in the game but his shot selection was very much in question. He's an offensive talent but not when he's forcing opportunities.
Jamal Boykin, PF, 2005: One of the camp's most consistent performers struggled in the all-star game – largely due to defense by Onobun – and scored just one field goal. He did have a series of outstanding passes. The issue with Boykin has nothing to do with effort (he's a noted gym rat) but can he consistently score against size and athleticism? He's a smart player who is a max effort/intangibles guy.
Joe Darger, SF, 2005: The Riverton, Utah, product didn't score in the all-star game. He's had an interesting spring and Pangos Camp as he seems to have struggled with his confidence. A strong Saturday effort got him into the game but he did little to catch our attention on Sunday.
Alex Stephenson, PF, 2006: He's just scratching the surface and once he decides to approach the game with the attitude that he can be a dominant player that just might happen. In the meantime, he's a prospect with fine skills, a nice body and plenty of potential. He had 6 in the contest.
Jeffrey Pendergraph, PF, 2005: He helped himself a ton this weekend. Mid-major will probably line up to get in on him and high-majors will be forced to evaluate him in July. The guy had 10 in the game and scored inside and off short jumpers.
Taj Gibson, PF, 2005: The New Yorker might wind up out West for his senior season and if he decides to stay out here, he can do so with the comfort of knowing he's played well on this coast. Frankly, this was the best we've ever seen him as he used his length to score and showed much more in terms of tools in getting baskets.
Dionte Christmas, SF, 2005: The Philadelphia product will be a senior next season and could garner mid-major attention. Not an overly skilled guy but he'll make some shots and is a nice athlete.
News & Notes
We hear Dior Lowhorn's recruitment is pretty open. However, San Francisco is reportedly doing an unbelievable job recruiting him. …
Jamal Boykin has his list at five schools: Boston College, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Duke. All but the Blue Devils have offered. Duke will watch him this summer and decide whether or not to offer. "I'll kind of wait until I have all of my options," Boykin said. "Then it'll be easier to make a decision." Boykin said there was no chance that he'd let any other schools into the process. "At this point for another school to come in would be disrespectful to the schools that have been in there for a while."