Singleton’s Scoring Binge Leads
Belmont Shore to 2016 Pangos Spring Spectacular Title

by Dinos Trigonis
(April 29, 2016)

The 5th annual Pangos Spring Spectacular was held April 15-17, 2016 @ Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas NV) and surrounding area gyms.  80 teams from six Western states as well as Florida and Australia participated.  A sizeable contingent of college coaches as well as national/regional media and scouts attended including Ronnie Flores (BallisLife.com & Grassroothoops.net), Dinos Trigonis (Fullcourt Press & Nothing But Net Magazine), Chad Groth (AreaCodesBasketball.com) and Matt Rodriguez (BallisLife.com).

Fast-rising elite 6-4 2018 guard David Singleton III (Bishop Montgomery/Torrance CA) put on a scoring exhibition that the tourney had never seen – leading his Belmont Shore squad to a 5-0 tourney record and 81-67 victory over a sharpshooting and tough MOC Elite Black 17 team in the 17u Invite Gold championship game. 

Singleton reached the 40+ mark three straight games, capping it off with a 42 point out-burst vs MOC Black 17 in the title game.  Belmont Shore’s path to the championship included a 90-65 semi-final win over 702 Attack (NV).

In the 17u Invite Silver Division Playoff, it was Team Arsenal 17 Elite (CA) that edged Arizona Aces/Unsigned Seniors (AZ) 68-65 to win the crown.

In the 17u Platinum Division Gold Playoffit was Arizona Aces Elite 17 (AZ) outlasting Start2Star (CA) 73-71 in the championship game.

California United 16 (CA) was the class of the 16u Division – defeating Power Factory 16 (AZ) 60-47 in the Gold Playoff championship game while Coastal Elite 16 (AZ) beat Las Vegas Knicks 16 (NV) 75-70 in the 16u Silver title game.  Cal United’s 6’3” 2018 Lunden Taylor (San Joaquin Memorial/Fresno CA) was named 16u Division MVP.

California United 15 (CA) won the 15u Gold Division – emerging victorious over Vegas Elite 2020 Blue (NV) 96-87 in the championship game.  Talented 2020 prospects 6’4” Jalen Green& 6’5” Julian Strawther named 15u Division co-MVPs.

The 2016 Pangos Spring Spectacular 17u Invite Divisionall-tourney team (MVP followed by rest of team in alphabetical order) is as follows:

David Singleton                    6’4”     2018    Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA) MVP
Singleton had a “major statement” weekend here and showed the ability to play either guard spot very effectively.  Singleton possesses one of the quickest shooting releases in the country and his range on his shot extends well beyond the HS 3-point line. David also finishes with authority through contact and plays tough defense.  Rattled off 44 points, 41 points and 42 points to end the tourney – averaging an event best 35.6 ppg in the process and leading Belmont Shore to a 5-0 record (corralling tourney MVP honors).  Excellent student (3.9 GPA) is now hearing from Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Michigan, Cal, USC, UConn, Georgetown, Vanderbilt and Harvard.

Samuel Adjei                         6’7”     2016    Redemption Christian (NY)
Active power forward rebounds well.

Chris Barnes                         6’4”     2016    Compton (Compton CA)
Athletic wing with 3-point range recently committed to UTEP.

Isaiah Brooks                        6’0”     2016    Williston North Hampton (Easthampton MA)
Westlake Village CA native is a crafty PG that can score.

Willie Christmas                    6’5”     2016    Air Force Prep (Colorado Springs CO)
Oceanside CA native is a strong wing that can finish through contact.

Kihei Clark                             5’9”     2018    Taft (Woodland Hills CA)
Young PG with a tremendous feel for game can score out to the 3-point line as well as create effectively for teammates.

Jonathan Conley                   6’6”     2016    Moravian Prep (Hickory NC)
Emerging HM wing prospect has dramatically improved his skills over past year.  Ultra-athletic and explosive off the dribble, Conley has also developed a potent perimeter shot.  Former Inglewood HS product is hearing from UNLV, Cincinnati, Washington State,Oregon State and UTEP.

John Edgar                            6’6”     2016    Ayala (Chino Hills CA)
Strong, physical forward can score in bunches inside.

Maka Ellis                              6’5”     2018    Sierra Vista (Las Vegas NV)
Skilled lead guard with size can put points on board and is an excellent student.

Timmy Falls                           6’2”     2017    Dublin (Dublin CA)
Savvy combo-guard with nice mid-range pull-up jump shot.

Harry Froling                         6’10”   2016    Lake Ginninderra (Douglas, Australia)
Skilled PF with size and agility has nice touch on his perimeter shot.  SMU-bound Aussie participated recently on International team at Nike Hoop Summit in Portland OR.

Naseem Gaskin                     6’3”     2018    Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland CA)
Young wing guard attacks defenders off the bounce and is a very good defender.

Bryce Hamilton                     6’2”     2018    Pasadena (Pasadena CA)
Promising young lefty scoring lead guard is quick and athletic on drives to the cup and has accurate touch on his 3-point shot.  Very good student too (3.4 GPA).  Dad played for legendary Bear Haskins at UTEP & cousins are Jordan (NBA), Isaac (UCLA) and Daniel Hamilton (UConn).

Elijah Hardy                           6’0”     2018    Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland CA)
Quick combo-guard has nice ball skills and is a terrific passer.  Attended last October’s USA Basketball mini-camp in Colorado Springs CO.

Anthony Langston                6’8”     2016    Narbonne (Harbor City CA)
Very improved late-blooming PF is active on the glass.

Majur Majak                           7’0”     2018    Village Christian (Sun Valley CA)
Young center with great length is improving rapidly as shot-blocker and defender.

Dre Marin                              5’11”   2017    Apollo (Glendale AZ)
High-scoring playmaker with rock-solid ball skills.

Deng Mayot                           6’7”     2016    St. James College (Ipswich, Australia)
Very athletic wing forward runs the floor like a deer in transition and is an excellent defender.

Cezar Meza                            5’9”     2016    Norco (Norco CA)/MOC Black 17
Crafty PG with a legitimate perimeter stroke.

Jailen Moore                          6’1”     2017    Redondo Union (Redondo Beach CA)
Outstanding perimeter shooter with range.

Isaiah Nichols                        6’5”     2016    Old Avon Farms (Avon CT)
Lead guard with size has excellent all-around skills.  Oxnard CA native is hearing from San Jose State, Utah State, Colorado State, UMass, Central Connecticut, Albany and Drexel.

Malik Ondigo                         6’9”     2016    Dysart (El Mirage AZ)
Very improved interior player is considering spending a post-grad year at Brewster Academy/NH.

Ethan Richardson                 6’9”     2016    Madera (Madera CA)
Big, assertive post can finish with authority inside.

Solomon Ruddell                  7’0”     2017    Hill School (Pottstown PA)
California native is a skilled center with soft hands and has nice mobility.  As strength increases over time and with physical conditioning, will be a factor at next level.  Very good student is hearing from Stanford, UC-Irvine and SMU.

Kavaughn Scott                    6’7”     2016    Orange Lutheran (Orange CA)
Athletic and strong PF has impressive explosiveness inside paint.  Very good student too.

Blake Seits                             6’3”     2017    Ramona (Ramona CA)
Lights-out shooter had 6 “threes” in a tourney game.

Nigel Shadd                           6’9”     2017    Tri-City Christian (Chandler AZ)
Post-player with size, mobility and excellent upside.  One to track in the West’s 2017 class.

Jerrell Springer                     6’6”     2017    Shadow Ridge (Las Vegas NV)
Bouncy swingman makes plays on both ends.  Real West Coast sleeper.

Paul Vilela                              5’9”     2016    Centennial (Corona CA)
Strong lead guard has deep 3-point range.

Isaiah White                           6’6”     2016    Damien (La Verne CA)
Super 2016 West Coast sleeper is a very versatile forward that makes an impact on both ends of the floor – attacking the hoop off the bounce, filling the lane like a gazelle in transition or mixing it up on defensive glass.  Had a 32 point game here.  Recruitment is starting to pick-up and is now hearing from the likes of UTEP. Considering spending a post-grad year at Brewster Academy/NH.

Cameron Williams                6’5”     2016    Redondo Union (Redondo Beach CA)
Athletic, slashing wing scorer is dangerous in transition.

17u Invite Division players meriting “Honorable Mention” include 5’11” 2016 Kenneth Arrick(Saguaro/Scottsdale AZ), 6’5” 2017 Ben Avera (Clovis North/Fresno CA), 6’1” 2017 Jace Bass(Price/Los Angeles CA), 6’2” 2016 Ryan Beddeo (Brewster Academy/Wolfeboro NH), 6’5” 2017 Aaris Bonds (Far Northeast/Denver CO), 6’4” 2016 Gianni Brown (Narbonne/Harbor City CA), 6’0” 2017 Matteo Busnardo (Mullen/Denver CO), 6’2” 2016 Dominic Coleman (Chapparal/CO), 6’5” 2017 Jasper Cook (Sierra Vista/Las Vegas NV),  6’2” 2017 Michael Diaz (Orange Glen (Escondido CA), 6’4” 2018 Mike Feinberg (Sierra Canyon/Chatsworth CA), 6’2” 2017 Deshay Gipson (Highland/Palmdale CA), 6’5” 2018 Gary Harris (Price/Los Angeles CA), 6’0” 2016 Denzel Holt (Beverly Hills/Beverly Hills CA), 6’7” 2016 Chance Hunter(Inglewood/Inglewood CA), 6’0” 2017 Matt Johnson (Rangeview/CO), 6’8” 2017 Myles Johnson (Poly/Long Beach CA), 6’2” 2018 Damani Lewis (Knight/Palmdale CA), 6’4” 2017 Nic Maccioni (Faith Lutheran/Las Vegas NV), 6’2” 2017 Chris McCoy (Sierra Vista/Las Vegas NV), 5’6” 2016 Elijah Nesbit (Redondo Union/Redondo Beach CA), 6’3” 2017 Zach Phipps(Saugus/Santa Clarita CA), 6’2” 2016 Trace Redfield (Rancho Christian/Temecula CA), 6’1” 2017 Austin Remus (Valor Christian/CO), 6’6” 2017 Tyler Smith (Steele Canyon/El Cajon CA), 6’6” 2018 Fletcher Tynen (Bishop Montgomery/Torrance CA), 6’2” 2017 Ofure Ujadughele(Millikan/Long Beach CA), 6’5” 2016 CJ Van Beekam (Paradise Valley/Phoenix AZ), 6’5” 2017 Hunter Woods (Muir/Pasadena CA), 6’0” 2017 Asad Yousef (Overland/Aurora CO)

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