Pangos Camp Day Two Evaluations

The big names shined on Saturday at the Pangos All-American Camp, as players such as Shabazz Muhammad brought it as usual. However, there was a good group of breakout performances, too. Here are the standouts from UCLA's list of recruits and the west coast...

Robert Upshaw, C – He's progressed over the last year as much as anyone in the 2012 class. Already a top 25 prospect, he may even be slightly underrated. He won't wow you with his athleticism, but he will with his effort, rebounding and ability to score. Not only does he have soft touch on the block, but defenders have to respect his mid-range jump shot. On top of all that, his energy on the glass stood out a great deal.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF – Traveling the circuit, you won't find many players as intense and aggressive as the Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman standout. He plays every possession like it's his last and he's among the most vicious high school dunkers in recent memory. He appears more athletic and his game is certainly improved, as he appears much more confident and comfortable hunting jump shots. It's clear the five-star prospect spends a lot of time working in the gym and it's paying off.

Winston Shepard, PF/SF – Much like Muhammad, Shepard, a 6-foot-7 combo forward, plays with a strong motor and a lot of energy. During the nightcap, Shepard channeled his energy to pushing the break, rebounding and attacking the basket. He seemed to live at the free throw line and is certainly capable of finishing through contact when he goes to the basket.

Dominic Artis, PG: Not many guys on the West Coast have had as good of a month as Dominic Artis. He's going to end up at a high major if he chooses to be at one thanks to his ball handling and passing ability. On Saturday, Artis' shot was falling as well, making him an even bigger weapon at the point guard position. You hate to project growth, but Artis looks young facially and physically and could still be growing. If he can gain another inch or two, it will be hard to find many reasons for high majors not to go on him.

Demarquise Johnson, SF: Johnson was relatively quiet until late in the game, when he started getting aggressive to the basket. His athleticism has improved - he has a big time one-handed dunk on Saturday - and he's got a talent for getting to the hoop. There will be a strong correlation between his consistent effort in July and his final offer list.

Rosco Allen, PF: It's no surprise that Allen has played well so far this weekend, as he also did a nice job in last year's Pangos All-American Camp, as the wide open style gives him the opportunity to show off his unique handles for his size and allows him to run up and down the court, which he does well. Allen did a good job of playing hard and finishing around the basket, as many of his points came off easy dunks.

Ben Carter, PF: In a mostly no-defense game, Carter made it a point to play hard on both sides of the court. He had several rebounds and did a good job of slashing to the basket for points. Carter played solid defense and was a strong finisher in the paint.

Jordan Tebbutt, SF: One of the more controversial prospects in the 2012 class in terms of his ultimate level and position, Tebbutt came to play on Saturday night. Even though he's built like an undersized power forward, Tebbutt clearly wants to be a guard and when he got the ball, he took the thing straight to the basket, where he usually converted.

Xavier Johnson, SF: There is no question that Johnson has a very high ceiling. He played strong defense, which allowed him to get steals and get off to the open court. Johnson hit a couple threes, including a nice pull-up triple, and took the ball to the basket, which is something he doesn't do enough of in AAU ball. Johnson's lateral and vertical athleticism to go with a nice looking stroke give him plenty of tools for a college coach to work with.

Eddie Alcantara, SG: Alcantara's performance in the nightcap was definitely one of the better showings of the day. The wing showed absolutely no fear the entire contest, going right at his defender, playing with a competitive spirit. He's a powerful dunker and was hitting from outside as well.

Ikenna Iroegbu, PG – There have been plenty of rumblings on the west coast about this 6-foot-1 lead guard, but after finally laying eyes on the 2013 guard headed to Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill, it's easy to see his talent. Iroegbu is quick and athletic and loves to push the tempo. Although he does own an extra gear, he does tend to get a tad wild at times, but he's certainly a lead guard that is deserving of high major attention.

Stephen Domingo, SF – One of the more fascinating prospects of the day was Domingo, a 6-foot-6 lengthy wing prospect. He didn't get a ton of touches, but he certainly made the most of them. He knocked down a fade away from 8-feet as well as a 15-footer off a rebound in his night game Saturday. There's still some fine tuning to do, but he's certainly a noteworthy prospect.

Jordan Bell, PF: The offense wasn't really there, but he shot blocking was high level. Bell gets off the ground so quickly and contests everything around the rim. He sent several shots flying in the opposite direction. You won't find a Pangos All-American All-Defensive Team, but if there was one, he would be on the list.

Chance Murray, SG: The next year is going to be huge for Murray. Right now, he's a very good shooter that is a big time threat to knock it down when left open. How he can expand his offensive arsenal between now and next July is going to determine his ultimate level. He's got a very important skill; let's see how he builds on it.

Aaron Gordon, PF/SF: Gordon definitely has a unique talent in his ability to grab a rebound, race down floor in transition and either go to the hoop or find a teammate. Players with his size just shouldn't be that lethal in the open court with the ball in their hands. The next step in Gordon's development will be showing a consistent shot. He's likely to end up a high level prospect no matter what, but that will be a big key to him ending up as one of the very top of the class.

Stanley Johnson, SF – Despite being just a sophomore-to-be we have already seen quite a bit of the Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei standout. Today was a solid outing. Using his strong, physical frame, Johnson finished through contact and attacked the basket with a purpose. The 6-foot-5 guard also worked in a few jump shots, including a pull-up off the bounce from 18-feet.

*Playing on a team with a handful of extremely talented prospects, it was often tough for Dakari Allen to standout. But the 6-foot-4 long, lean wing prospect made some plays that caught our eye, including a block and mid-range pull-up.

*Jordan Tebbett said the PAC-10, Louisville and Virginia Tech are among the top schools recruiting him. He claims over 20 scholarship offers.

* Alessandro Alberto is hearing from Washington, USC, Arizona State and San Francisco.

*Nick Stover claims offers from LMU, Boise State, San Francisco and Nevada. He also mentioned Washington, Oregon, Boston College, Washington State and Pepperdine.

* Eddie Alcantara is hearing from UCLA, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, DePaul and Dayton. He'll unofficially visit UCLA on June 6.


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