Prospects at the Pangos Sweet 16

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Pangos Sweet 16 came to an end with an exhibition featuring a show from Zena Edosomwan. Here are some notable performances from Sunday's action out west...

Zena Edosomwan, PF, Belmont Shore: Edosomwan is improving at a rate that doesn't just seem month to month but even quicker. Almost every time out he shows something new. His face-up game continues to improve and he's gaining confidence with a first step that opposing fours have been consistently taken off-guard by. If he doesn't go to the hoop he's a serious threat to pull up from midrange and knock down the open shot. Beyond that, he's playing tough defense, rebounding and playing hard on both ends. The fact that he's really starting to improve this late into his high school career - and this close to the beginning of his college career - is a great sign for him at the next level.

Kenny Martin, PF, Arizona Aces: Martin really played well at Pangos and Sunday was no different. Martin's motor consistently puts him at the right place at the right time, whether it be to block a shot, get a rebound or a putback. He moves well, can hit the outside shot and defensively should be able to guard both the four and five on the next level. Martin plays hard every second he's in the game and is a competitive kid who you can tell places an emphasis on winning based on his excitement whenever a teammate scores or his focus on the game from the bench. Those qualities are more rare than they should be and shouldn't go unnoted. He's played well in front of numerous high major coaches and it's safe to say that offers are on the way.

Ben Carter, PF, Las Vegas Lakers: Carter's skill level and work ethic continue to serve him well. He really does a good job attacking the basket from the high post and fighting for rebounds and putbacks. Carter had a nice little run of about eight straight points on Sunday and is a tough matchup in AAU for opposing teams because there aren't a lot of posts who are capable of defending his full offensive arsenal.

Gabe York, SG, Compton Magic: Fresh off his commitment to Arizona, York played in an exhibition game and showed some of his offensive arsenal. York struggled a little bit going to the basket but showed a nice floater and stepped out to hit a three. York is best in transition and there won't be much of a learning curve getting used to that element of the college game. In the half court set guards don't score a ton of lay-ups in college so he'll be best hitting threes and using screens to move towards the basket and utilizing that floater. The more he can add to his midrange arsenal will also be a big help for York on the next level.

Arik Armstead, PF, Compton Magic: Scout.com's #1 overall football prospect, Armstead got it done on the basketball court on Sunday. He showed a nice stroke from midrange and three, while also playing tough around the basket, rebounding and scoring from inside. Armstead plans on playing basketball on top of football in college and should be able to help his team in that sport as well.

Brendyn Taylor, PG, Team Jennings: Playing off the ball has been tough for Taylor, who really looks his best when he's running the point. Taylor is developing as a point guard but he hasn't been able to show too much of it to this point in July. That said, he's done some good things shooting the basketball, finding open teammates, rebounding and playing tough defense. He hasn't played much over the past year so there's a rust factor but he has a lot of tools to work with and whatever college coach gets him will be getting a player with more ability than he sometimes shows playing on the wing.

Ikenna Iroegbu, PG, Belmont Shore: There aren't too many point guards as quick as Iroegbu with the ball in his hands. He gets the ball and just flies up and down the court. Iroegbu's handles, quickness and strength definitely make him a very intriguing prospect. He has to continue to learn the point guard position so he can use his physical gifts to make his teammates better, while improving his shot. The potential is there for Iroegbu but coaching will be essential for him and the next year is going to be critical for learning how to play the point guard position.

Chance Murray, SG, L.A. Rockfish: Murray showed a little more of his scoring ability than usual, taking his defender off the dribble and pulling up for some floaters from midrange. Murray has to be more aggressive when he does have the ball and work harder without it to make sure it ends up in his hands. He can really shoot it and you hate to say a kid should be more selfish but the more that Murray can show his scoring ability, he'd be helping both his team and himself.

Kameron Rooks, C, Gamepoint Black: Watching Rooks a year ago, you could see a young big kid with soft hands and a growing, big body. He was probably 6-foot-8 at the time and has grown a couple inches since then. He still looks young and it wouldn't be a surprise if he continues to get taller. Regardless, he's big enough. Rooks has a huge frame, very soft hands and plays hard on both ends. He's constantly fighting for position on offense and defense and when he gets the ball it's usually an automatic two points. He has to improve his body and trim some of the baby fat, but he's still a young kid and at this point the top center prospect out west in 2013.

Day 2: It was a tough game for Rooks on Sunday in one viewing, as he wasn't finishing like normal, missing a lot of the automatic baskets he usually converts. Rooks is starting to have high major coaches at all of his games and the pressure to perform is probably a little bigger than what Rooks is used to. Regardless, his soft hands and big body make him a player that coaches are going to continue to follow closely over the next year.

Tyler Dorsey, SG, Belmont Shore: The young kid was absolutely lights out on Sunday, as he was hitting from outside and midrange. Dorsey played with confidence and when he got the ball did a great job either nailing the set shot or taking a couple dribbles closer to the basket and pulling up from midrange. There are a few really good 2015 prospects out west who have been talked about over the past month and Dorsey did his best to show he belongs on that list.

UCLA, Arizona, Cal, and USC watched Isaiah Bailey's game.

San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher as well as assistants from St. Mary's, Colorado and California watched Brendyn Taylor, 2014 forward Anthony Swan and 2015 guard Darryl Stewart's first game.

Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson, as well as assistants from California and Fresno State, Colorado, UCLA, Arizona, St. Mary's and UCSB all watched Rooks.

Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek, Oregon head coach Dana Altman, Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson and assistants from UCLA, USC, Cal, Oregon and Portland watched Ben Carter and Rosco Allen's first game. UNLV head coach Dave Rice, Sendek, Altman and assistants from Oregon, Cal, UCLA, St. Mary's, Portland, New Mexico and UTEP watched their second game.

Arizona State's Herb Sendek is a regular attendee at the games of Kenny Martin. Arizona head coach Sean Miller, Oregon's Dana Altmant, New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies also made a game, along with assistants from USC, Cal, Colorado, UCLA, Fresno State and St. Mary's

Craig Robinson watched 2013 Orange (Calif.) Lutheran forward Payton Banks twice.

Altman, UNLV head coach Dave Rice, San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher, Craig Robinson and assistants from Oregon State, New Mexico, Oregon, Stanford, California, USC, Colorado, Portland and St. Mary's watched Rosco Allen and Ben Carter's game.

Arizona and USC are the two schools recruiting Isaiah Bailey as of now.

Kameron Rooks has heard from UCLA, USC and Notre Dame. Oregon State and U.C. Irvine were the first to offer Rooks. "It gave me a lot of confidence in myself. It was really cool. I want to go visit them," Rooks said of the Oregon State offer.

Payton Banks claimed an offer from USC and says he's being recruited by Drake, Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado.

Rosco Allen hopes to narrow his list to below 10 shortly. He has an unofficial visit scheduled to Stanford in August.

Ben Carter mentioned Boston College, New Mexico, Arizona State, Oregon and UNLV as schools doing a good job recruiting him.

Kenny Martin is hearing from Arizona State, Syracuse, UTEP, St. Mary's and Ohio State. He says he would commit to Arizona State or Syracuse if offered. Ikenna Iroegbu picked up an offer from Colorado to go with his recent one from Arizona. He's also been hearing from Washington State and Virginia Tech recently.


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