Look at UCLA Prospects at Pangos

Here's the final look at the UCLA prospects that were at Pangos, as well as the latest with UCLA's involvement in their recruitments...

There was quite a bit of talent at the Pangos All-American Camp last weekend, and many UCLA prospects.

Josh Perkins, 6-2 PG Aurora (Col.) Regis Jesuit. Perkins is not a big-time athlete and there's a question as to how much upside he has physically. However, he's a very skilled point guard with great vision and passing ability, and he also has a very good handle. He's a good, not great, shooter with three-point range. He's got a low release on his shot and he'll need to work on that at the next level. He may have been pressing a bit trying to impress all the media, but he made far too many high risk, no-look passes over the course of the weekend. Yes, its camp ball, but you still want to show good decisions as a point guard and he seemed to be trying to hit a home run with each pass. However, that's something that can be corrected with coaching. Overall, he's a terrific prospect and the Bruins would do well to land him or Jordan McLaughlin. Perkins has an upcoming visit with Gonzaga, and that should be pretty telling. If he comes back from that with the mindset he's wide open his recruitment could be protracted.

Namon Wright, 6-3 SG Las Vegas (Nev.) Findlay Prep. Wright had a solid showing over the course of the weekend. He's not a big-time create your own shot kind of player and so camp ball isn't going to be the ideal setting to evaluate him. He does a lot of things well to help his team win games, but winning isn't a priority at all in the camp environment. Wright played very good defense at times in the games I saw and at one point was really getting after Emmanuel Mudiay. He wasn't able to shut down Mudiay, but it was a good sign to see him taking the challenge. Wright made his share of jumpers and drives to the basket, but he wasn't getting 20 points a game and there will likely be some bucket counters among the recruiting analysts doubting him. I'm still bullish on Wright. Very good body, above average athlete, excellent approach to the game, good skill level and nice upside.

Stanley Johnson, 6-6 SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Johnson has a game made for camp ball, as he's physically stronger than most kids, he loves to attack the basket and he can knock down open jump shots. In camp ball, there is no help defense, so even though Johnson is sometimes like a bull in a china shop, nobody is going to step in and take a charge. To his credit, he's really improved as a three-point shooter and he'll hit them consistently when he's open with his feet set. He's something of a straight-line athlete and he doesn't have the lateral quickness/agility you usually associate with high level small forwards. He can overpower opponents at times at this level, but there is a question about how his game will translate to the next level. I see him being a good, not great, player at the high major level in college.

Idrissa Diallo, 6-9 C Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral. Diallo had a very poor showing at Pangos, showing very little skill level and playing with virtually no energy. I lost track of the number of times he stood and watched, not contesting at all, as opponents got lay-ups with him in the vicinity. He was very upset with his teammates for not giving him the ball enough, but that's really no excuse for his performance. Camp environments aren't good for bigs, but other bigs dedicate themselves to rebounding and blocking shots, which Diallo didn't do, and didn't look capable of doing at an elite level. His feel for the game is lacking, his skill level is rudimentary and his hands aren't very good. He does have a very good body, and he can run very well when motivated. We recognize that it was his first time back playing after being off for a while due to injury, but he just simply didn't look like a UCLA-level prospect. He'll have the July Evaluation Period to prove that he is.

Thomas Welsh, 6-11 C Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Welsh helped his stock as much as any West Coast prospect at the event. He was moving well and being very active at both ends of the court. He would hedge on screens, bang people inside and he must have set a hundred ball screens for his point guards. He didn't get a lot of touches at the offensive end but, when he did, he consistently hit shots in the 12-15 foot range. He also made a great effort to go after offensive rebounds and he had a number of put back. On his best play of the weekend, he missed a little jump hook (that looked great), but went right back up for the rebound, kept the ball high and scored over a defender. It was easily the best play I've seen him make in a three years of watching him. He's improved his agility in the last year and his body looks a little better as well. Sometimes with young post players it takes them awhile to grow into their bodies but, when it happens, their game suddenly goes to another level. That's what has happened with Welsh. He's going to have issues at times going against great athletes, but he's really improved and he should be a priority for the Bruins in the class of 2014. UCLA contacted him Sunday night and are now on him. He's visiting both Cal and Stanford this weekend.

Brekkott Chapman, 6-7 SF Roy (Utah) High. This was my first look at Chapman and, while he does have some pretty good ball skills, I have to say I was underwhelmed. He's not very physical and it's difficult to see him defending power forwards at the next level. But he's also not a great match-up at the three as he doesn't have superior lateral quickness at that size. His best attribute is a pretty good, not great, stroke with range to the stripe. He spent a lot of time floating to the three-point line looking for jumpers. He's a decent athlete, and he did make some plays inside at times, but his game is very much a finesse game at this time. He'll likely end up at the high major level, but I'm not sold yet for UCLA.

Rashad Vaughn, 6-4 SG, New Hope (Minn.) Robbinsdale Cooper. The #2-ranked shooting guard in the nation showed why he's so highly-coveted; he's a great athlete, can really shoot it and get to the rim, and is a very good passer with good vision. He took an unofficial visit to UCLA after the camp, but UCLA is getting coming late to the Vaughn party and will be very challenged to be among his serious considerations.

Jabari Craig, 6-10 C, Tucker (Georgia). A long athlete, Craig is raw but very impressive. He's an easy athlete, meaning he moves easily, gets off his feet easily and runs the court well for his size. He has a couple of connections to UCLA, so it was natural to have him drop by UCLA's campus Sunday. He's originally from Canada, so there might not be any draw to staying in the South.

Craig Victor, 6-8 PF, New Orleans (Lousiana) St. Augustine. He's the #19-ranked player in the nation, and he looked it at Pangos, being very athletic around the basket. He was perhaps the best, most consistent rebounder for three days. He had a relationship with the old UCLA staff, and the new staff has tried to pick it back up with him. It's uncertain just how much of a chance they'll have.

Jacob Hammond, 6-8 C, Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) Oklahoma City Homeschool. Hammond isn't highly rated nationally, but he had a good showing during the weekend. He was athletic, quick off his feet, and moved well. He flashed a nice touch around the basket, too. He visited UCLA the weekend before when he was out here for the tournament in Corona, and he then visited again Sunday after Pangos. There is a connection with Hammond's AAU coach, and with his solid showing, UCLA will probably be on him and checking him out in July.

Stephen Zimmerman, 6-10 C Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Zimmerman was terrific at this event, showing off his considerable offensive skills both inside and on the perimeter. He's comfortable with his back to the basket, but he can also take defenders outside and either knock down jumpers or take them off the dribble. He's got excellent quickness and agility for a kid his size, which he uses to good effect at both ends of the court. He had several impressive blocks coming off the weak side on defense. He's got a really good motor, a very good feel and a very high upside. One of the elite prospects in the country.

Tyler Dorsey, 6-3 SG Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. Dorsey was aggressive on offense, knocking down jump shots consistently and attacking the basket when defenders played him for the jumper. He's a good, not great, athlete and he's got very good ball skills for a two guard. Unfortunately, he wants to play PG and that's the biggest issue I have with him as a prospect right now. From a skills, body type and athleticism point of view, he's a terrific shooting guard prospect. He's got a scorer's mentality and he's good at it. He doesn't have the feel or the approach to play point guard and there's also a real question about his ability to defend the one. It's a potential problem down the road if he doesn't recognize his strengths as a player.

Chase Jeter, 6-8 C Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman. Jeter is sometimes overshadowed playing with Zimmerman, but he's a big-time prospect in his own right. He's got a great frame and should be very strong one day. He moves well for a young big, with good hands and feet, and he's very comfortable playing with his back to the basket. He's the rare young post that understands he's a post. He can score inside and he's starting to show a decent touch out to 15 feet or so. He's young for his class and, while he's a pretty good athlete now, it's possible that improves in the coming years. Good feel for the game, very good approach and a really nice upside.

Isaiah Briscoe, 6-1 CG, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. He's not really a true point guard, with more of a scoring mentality. He can score, though. His body is a bit thick, too, which makes it uncertain if he guards a one or a two. If you want a pure scorer, though, regardless of really not having a position, Briscoe fills the bill. He's from New Jersey, actually plays for Kyle Anderson's old AAU team, so there's a UCLA connection. His family has always liked UCLA and has contacted the new staff. If UCLA goes after him it will help that he's transferring to Findlay Prep.

Chimezie Metu, 6-8 C Lawndale (Calif.) High. Metu has a great frame/body, with excellent feet, and a very high upside physically. His skills are still somewhat raw, and he's not real comfortable playing in the post, but he can make plays now as a defender/rebounder. His motor has been inconsistent in the past, but he generally played pretty hard at this event. One concern on him is that he hasn't developed a lot in the last year, but you do have to be patient sometimes with young posts. He's got two years to go and hopefully he'll have someone working with him to reach his considerable potential.

Marquese Chriss, 6-7 PF Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove. Chriss is a very intriguing prospect with considerable bounce. He's got long arms and good feet, with pretty good ball skills. He's just coming on to the scene, and he might have been a little overwhelmed at times, but he's got high major potential.

Ray Smith, 6-6 SF Las Vegas (Nev.) High. This was my first look at Smith and, while it's way too early to say he's a UCLA-level prospect, he does have the look of a guy that probably ends up a high major. Great wing body, good athlete (great first step) and looks like he has a clue. One to keep an eye on in the future.

Cameron Walker, 6-6 SF Santa Maria (Calif.) Righetti. Walker didn't do much over the weekend to make me think of him as UCLA-level prospect. I know the staff is showing him a lot of interest, but he really doesn't have any aspect to his game that is high-level. He's a fairly good spot-up shooter out to 17-19 feet, and he has decent ball skills overall for a kid his size, but he's not a great athlete and his motor was pretty ordinary this weekend. He needs to play with a lot more intensity and physicality if he's going to be a high-level player.

Trevor Stanback, 6-9 C West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Stanback is still just a baby, and he doesn't have the strength to do much inside against kids 3-5 years older, but he competed well at this event. He's already a good shot blocker and he's another young big kid that understands he's a post. He's very comfortable with his back to the basket and he's developing a nice little jump hook. His frame is just slightly narrow, and there is a question as to how he ultimately fills out, but he's got a lot of positive attributes as a prospect. Good feel, plays hard, willing to bang, good ball skills for a young post. He's definitely a guy UCLA will keep an eye on in the coming years.

Jayce Johnson, 6-9 C Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Johnson is a big boy, with huge feet, and it's possible he's not done growing yet. He's filled out considerably in just the last year and he's going to be a load someday. His offensive skills aren't yet refined enough to do much against the level of competition at this camp, but he played hard and was willing to throw his body around. Another young big to watch in 2016.

Vance Jackson, 6-6 SF Pasadena (Calif.) La Salle. Jackson is a sharp-shooting forward with range to well beyond the stripe. He's just a fair athlete at this time, but it's possible that will change in the coming years. He's got a good feel for the game and solid ball skills overall. There's a question about him staying at the three if he gets much bigger – not great laterally – but his ball skills and feel make him an intriguing guy in 2016. Thom Maker, 7-0 C, Martinsville (Virg.) Carlisle School. Maker is clearly a promising prospect, with very good athleticism for a 7-footer. He's thin and still has a great deal of upside physically, and the beginnings of a good skill set. He needs to learn what not to day, too; he turned the ball over five times in a row trying to bring the ball up the court. He plays hard all the time, which is pretty remarkable for a guy his size and age. Age, though, might be a problem. There are rumors circulating that he's not even close to be the age of a high school freshman. We're skeptical he'll be a recruitable athlete by 2016, but who knows?

Deandre Ayton, 6-8 C, 2017, San Diego (Calif.) Balboa City. He's remarkably athletic and not-awkward for a going-to-be high school freshman. It makes you wonder about his actual age, too. But he does look youngish. If his situation is legit, Ayton will be one of the best prospects in the west over the next few years, and nationally.


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