Pangos Camp Evals, News

The national experts contribute to a look at last weekend's Pangos All-American Camp, with an added UCLA perspective, with reviews of Dakarai Allen, Karviar Shepherd, Jaron Hopkins, Zach LaVine and more...

Zach LaVine, PG – After a slow start in the opening round of games, Lavine, a 6-foot-3 lead guard, came alive. In the second half, Lavine went on a run where he drained a pair of deep three balls, then had a pair of tough finishes in the lane. In transition, LaVine is especially tough to guard in transition because of his speed and athleticism. Throw in a legit jump shot with range and you have an impressive all around lead guard prospect.

Isaac Hamilton, SG: After a slow start, Hamilton started to get things rolling in the second half. His bag of tricks on offense is deep, and on Friday he pulled out pull-up two-pointer while being fouled, a fadeaway jumper from the baseline and a floater. When it comes to scoring, there hasn't been much slowing Hamilton down this spring.

Dakarai Allen, SF: This isn't an environment known for its defenders, but don't tell Dakarai Allen that. This guy was a defensive machine on Saturday and scoring on him wasn't much of an option. He had some points going to the basket, but his steals converted for lay-ups and dunks highlighted his performance in the afternoon session. A defensive specialist, Allen never disappoints on that side of the ball. He visited UCLA Friday.

Karviar Shepherd, C: The big center was feeling comfortable from midrange, knocking down a couple shots from about 10-feet out. He was a defensive presence on the block, rebounding and even taking a charge in the closing minutes. It was definitely a good opening night for Shepherd.

Day Two: After a great start to the event on day one, Shepherd started day two off in similar fashion. The 6-foot-9 post player didn't get many touches, but when he did they turned into buckets. He dropped in a right jump hook and also buried an 18-foot jump shot. A physically strong player, Shepherd's offensive development is significant and he's developing into one of the better post scorers in the 2013 class. He visited UCLA Friday.

Jaron Hopkins, SF – A discussion broke out mid-game among analysts about Hopkins and his future position. The truth is, Hopkins is a versatile, utility guard. He can play on the ball because of his steadiness and court vision. But he's also a guy that could slide over to the two or three, as he can defend each spot, is a consistent shot maker from mid-range in and is an elite level athlete. At 6-foot-5, Hopkins is an impressive talent that has made nice improvements to his game this spring. He planned to visit UCLA after the Pangos Camp.

Brandon Randolph, PG/SG – A true combination guard, Randolph has the ability to play either guard spot. He uses his speed and an extra burst to get by defenders. Once his shoulders get by the opposition he's capable of scoring in a variety of ways. He has mid-range pull-ups in his arsenal, as well as floaters in the paint and the strength to score at the basket.

Day Two:
Randolph had a strong Saturday night performance. He knocked down a shot from three, but it was his confidence attacking the basket and finding open teammates for assists that really stood out. The strong guard muscled his way towards the hoop for baskets and used a crossover for a dunk in traffic. This is a good setting for Randolph, and he's taking advantage.

Solomon Poole, PG – An athletically gifted guard, Poole looks tremendous in up and down settings, so camp ball is right up his alley. Poole did a good job getting his teammates involved in the opening round of games, but also mixed in strong drives to the rim and showed deep range on his jump shot.

London Perrantes, PG: He didn't do a ton scoring wise, but Perrantes deserves some ink for being the rare player who shows up to an all-star camp and is more concerned with making his teammates better than getting his own points. Perrantes spent the entire game creating for teammates and even though he wasn't trying to score, his impact on the game was felt.

Namon Wright, SG – The west coast has been buzzing about Wright and his recent developments. Physically his body has changed, as he's grown and has added some muscle to his frame. A talented passer, Wright is a guard that can play a couple different positions. He could play some one in a pinch, but is at his best attacking and looking to score at the rim.

Wayne Selden, SG – A strongly built wing, Selden is a prospect that can play a handful of positions. He's skilled enough to play on the ball, but is also a talented enough scorer to play on the wing. Selden sees himself as a two guard and that's the position he played today. He hit a pair of jump shots and used his athleticism and strength at the rim. Selden is a high level talent and one of the best junior-to-be guards in the country.

Day 2: On Saturday, Selden described himself as a shooting and said that's the position he plans to play in college. But in the top 30 all-star game, Selden, a 6-foot-5 strongly built guard, slid over to the lead guard spot and handling the distributing duties. Selden tossed out six assists and showed off his vision and passing ability. Also a talented scorer, in the morning session of games, Selden shot the ball well, especially from mid-range. He visited UCLA Friday.
Daniel Hamilton, SF: You never know how a young kid is going to perform in this often one-on-one environment and it's always refreshing to see a talented player who is cool with just being a distributor. Hamilton got some points around the basket, but he played pass-first basketball on Friday and picked up some sweet assists to teammates.

Payton Dastrup, C – In the spring when Dastrup, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound big man, played travel team ball he showed great touch around the basket and an impressive mid-range jump shot. On Friday, Dastrup showed more of the same. With majority of the post touches going to Cliff Alexander, Dastrup opted to face up defenders and shoot mid-range jump shots. In all the talented junior-to-be hit four 15 to 18-foot jump shots on opening day.

Shaqquan Aaron, SF – A lengthy scoring wing, Aaron was looking to put up points in the first half of his first camp game and he did just that. Aaron pumped in deep jump shots, scored from mid-range and had a few finishes at the rim. In the second half, outside of a monster slam in traffic, Aaron was somewhat quite due to a defensive switch. Overall, there's plenty to like about the makeup of Aaron's game. He can put up points in a hurry and has good size for the position.

Stanley Johnson, SF: The rising junior came to play in the morning session. First off, Johnson was delivering one very good pass after the other and came to work with an unselfish attitude. His pull-up game was on point and he was knocking down jumpers from both midrange and three-point range. As always, Johnson played very hard and rebounded.

Day 2:In the final all-star game, Johnson, a 6-foot-6 wing prospect, broke out for 18 points and five rebounds. Johnson scored it through contact in transition, had a couple nice finishes in the half court and knocked down one of his two three-point attempts. A strongly built wing, Johnson proved this weekend that he's effective in slashing roles, but also is a talented passer and a guy that hit shots from three when his feet are set.

Isaiah Briscoe, SG: A well put together freshman, Isaiah Briscoe had some strong left-handed takes to the basket, made a big time pass from the top of the arc to the paint through traffic for an assist, had a swift handle in the open court and pulled up to hit a three-pointer. Day Two: Although I've seen Briscoe, a 6-foot-2 powerfully built guard, play on and off the ball in different settings, I prefer him as a scoring option. His mentality is to put up points, and he's wired to do so. For such a young prospect, Briscoe knows how to utilize his strength on his way to the basket and he also has a pretty good shooting stroke out to 21-feet.

Ben Simmons, PF: Just a freshman, the Aussie Simmons proved he belonged on this stage. He knocked down step back and spot up three-pointers, had a floater and pull-up jumper from midrange and scored around the basket. It's pretty easy to see that this kid is a very good prospect. Briscoe was trying to arrange an unofficial visit to UCLA while he was in town.

*Byron Zeigler, a 6-foot-7 2013 forward out of Detroit (Mich.) Community (and the son of former UCLA assistant Ernie Zeigler) is an athletic live body that is at best corralling rebounds and throwing down dunks in transition. *Defensively, Dakarai Allen is a step ahead of most wings in the 2013 class. He took it upon himself to guard Shaqquan Aaron in the second of their game and put a stop to his scoring. The next step is developing some consistency and confidence on the offensive end.

*Just a 2016 point guard, Derryck Thornton, Jr. proved he belonged all weekend, picking off passes on defense, pushing the ball up the court and making several sweet passes for assists. He had the pull-up jumper working, but it was his defensive awareness and passing ability that you had to like. The youngster isn't here to admire the older players; he's proving he belongs. It's refreshing to see a young point guard with his understanding for how to play the position.

*An athletic forward, Anthony January took some difficult shots on Friday and finally got them to fall in the second half, making a pull-up jumper and good looking finger roll. He was feeling confident from three in one of the night sessions, while he also used his size, handle and athleticism to get to the basket and score in the paint.

*Athletic wing Sir Washington made some plays in the open court, gave good effort and knocked down a midrange jumper and long two.

* This isn't the ideal environment for a pass-first point guard like Shaquile Carr, but credit to him for playing smart basketball and looking to create for others. He made some plays to help teammates get baskets.

* Isaiah Briscoe was scoring from inside and out, hitting a couple three-pointers, while also attacking the basket. He also hit a good looking floater.

*2014 standout Stanley Johnson was solid during the second round of games. The 6-foot-6 wing knocked down a three-pointer, hit a pull-up from 10 feet and had a strong finish in transition.

*2014 big man Payton Dastrup says the entire PAC-12 is showing interest. He also mentioned BYU, Utah State, UC Davis, Oklahoma, Virginia and Boston College. Elliott Pitts recently landed an offer from Colorado. He visited California last weekend and says he's wide open at this point.

Brandon Randolph is hearing the most from San Diego State and Pepperdine, which have offered, and USC.

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