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Singleton, Bernard, Freedman & Stanley Make Their Marks:
2015 Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp Report

by Dinos Trigonis
(October 5, 2015)

The 15th annual Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp that was held at Cerritos College (Norwalk CA) on September 26-27 featured approximately 180 top 2018 and 2019 players (along with a few talented 2020 ballers) from California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and New Mexico. The depth of the talent present had media/scouts optimistic about the future of West Coast high school hoops and this platform gave talented young prospects in those classes a real opportunity to display their skills and future potential.

Media and scouts on hand included camp co-director Dinos Trigonis(Fullcourt Press & Nothing But Net Magazine), camp co-director Etop Udo-Ema (Fullcourt Press & Dunk News), Frank Burlison (BurlisononBasketball.com/McDonald’s All-American Game voter), Van Coleman (The Basketball Channel & Nothing But Net Magazine

 National Recruiting Analyst/McDonald’s All-American Game voter), Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop/McDonald’s All-American Game voter), Ronnie Flores (GrassrootsHoops.net & BallisLife.com), Joel Francisco (ESPN.com), Josh Gershon (Scouthoops.com), Matt Rodriguez & Arek Kissoyan (BallisLife.com), Chris “Pop” Popoola  (PremierBall.com), Devin Ugland (HoopsbyUgland.com), Drew Ruiz (Slam Magazine), Dave Keefer (California Preps), Chris Cook (Phase 1 Hoops), Sean Moran(TheIntentionalFoul.com & Inside Carolina), Aaron Burgin (Full-time Hoops), Dave Benezra, Mike Mayo (Nike), Scott Kurtz (Kurtz Photo) and Nick Koza (Sportsamp.com).

The camp’s top 60 players were selected by the media/scouts in attendance and were showcased in the two “cream of the crop” games held at the conclusion of the event.   In the Top 60 game, it was 6-5 2018 Trey Johnson (Hillcrest/Idaho Falls ID) scoring 15 points to lead his White-wearing jersey squad 92-69 over the Black team and earning game MVP honors in the process.  In the Top 30 game, it was the White squad again prevailing over the Black 96-87 with game co-MVP 6-8 2018 Riley Battin (Oak Park/CA) leading the way with 19 points/8 rebs while fellow game co-MVP 6-5 2018 Harrison Butler (Mater Dei/Santa Ana CA) added 13 points/12 boards for the winners.  The Black team was led by over-all camp co-MOP David Singleton (Bishop Montgomery/Torrance CA) with15 points/6 boards/2 assists.

While this is a recap of the camp, please keep in mind that this is a very early look at underclass prospects that have much room for future growth and are all “unfinished” products.

Listed below are the Top 30 selections (in alphabetical order):

Top 30 Cream of the Crop Selections

Timothy Allen                      6’5”     2018   Desert Ridge (Mesa AZ)
Strong and athletic swingman can score in a variety of ways.  Several scouts present compared his playing style to a young Paul Pierce.  Best soph in Arizona not named Marvin Bagley.

 


Wayne Arnold                     6’2”     2018   Dominguez (Compton CA)
Slinky shooting guard with a smooth perimeter shot reminiscent of another Dominguez HS product Rod Palmer (UCLA/UCI player now an assistant with Long Beach State).

Ben Baker                            6’2”     2018   Berkeley (Berkeley CA)
One of the camp’s top surprises, this NorCal lead guard impressed scouts here with his scoring abilities and basketball instincts.

Riley Battin                          6’8”     2018   Oak Park (Oak Park CA)
Strong and savvy PF can score in the paint with the best of them on the West Coast in his 2018 class.  Battin had it clicking in Top 30 Game, scoring 19 points (as well as grabbing 8 boards).  Not extremely athletic or mobile, Battin is however very skilled, physical and assertive inside and reminds me of Mike Atkinson (PF who played for Seth Greenberg at Long Beach State in mid-90s and holds the Big West record for top FG% in a single season: 69.5% in 1994).  Excellent student is an underrated perimeter shooter too.

Jules Bernard                     6’5”     2018   Windward (Los Angeles CA)
Assertive and athletic WF is a terrific slashing scorer that finishes through contact.  This lefty also utilizes a very potent “stop & pop” step-back jump shot and rebounds at a high clip.  Bernard’s productivity was very evident during this camp and he made an impact on every game he participated in – earning a share of overall camp MOP honors with David Singleton.  This  very good student and nationally ranked prospect has already been offered by schools like UCLA, USC, Utah, Arizona State, SMU and Nevada.

Jamal Bey                            6’6”     2018   Gorman (Las Vegas NV)
Sleek and athletic forward runs like a deer in transition and finishes with impressive regularity in traffic.  Bey is not a finished product by any means but if his fine play here (and at the recent Ron Massey tourney) is any indication, he will be the object of future HM tracking.

Harrison Butler                   6’5”     2018   Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Strong wing with very improved perimeter shot played well here – capping it off with an impressive 13 point/12 board performance in Top 30 Game (earning game co-MVP honors).  Harrison’s father Ricky played at Kansas and UC-Irvine.




Taeshon Cherry                 6’8”     2018   St. Augustine (San Diego CA)

Long and athletic forward may have as much long-term upside as any player at this camp.  Cherry fills the lane like a gazelle on the break and his terrific length makes him potentially a valuable defender.  As Clark Francis loves to say “if he was a stock, now is a good time to buy!”

Pierre Cockrell                    5’11”  2019   Prolific Prep (Napa CA)
Smart, savvy Seattle WA native can get buckets and plays with confidence.

Marlon Cunningham         6’8”     2018   Albuquerque (Albuquerque NM)
Strong and burley PF takes up space in paint and has soft hands that allow him to score with regularity on the block.  New Mexico’s top soph prospect plays club ball for Ross Romero’s New Mexico Force.

Daijon Davis                        6’5”     2018   Orangewood Academy (Garden Grove CA)
Promising WF with nice length was a camp revelation.  Nice athleticism and very good upside are among reasons he will be worth monitoring over the next 3 years.

Spencer Freedman            6’1”     2018   Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Freedman has quickly established himself as Southern California’s top soph PG and was nothing short of fantastic here!  Terrific passer and 3-point sharpshooter averaged 25.0 points and 9.5 assists in the four camp games he played including a fabulous 34 point/9 assist  performance (which including an amazing 8 for 9 behind the 3-point arc).  Spencer (an outstanding student) was a serious contender for camp MOP honors before academic priorities forced him to miss Sunday afternoon’s Top 30 Game.  Freedman has the basketball smarts and top-notch PG skills to lead a squad at the highest D-I level.

PJ Fuller                               6’4”     2019   Garfield (Seattle WA)
Very versatile and athletic wing scorer is Top 25 national material in this 2019 class.  When PJ is focused and plays with energy he is a real problem for defenders!  Shaping up as a “must-have” recruit for Washington’s Lorenzo Romar who will have to fend off elite national programs coast to coast for his future services.

Austin Galuppo                   6’4”     2018   West Ranch (Stevenson Ranch CA)
Rapid-fire WG has extremely confident stroke!   Good student.




Jamal Hartwell                    5’11”  2018   Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)

Savvy floor general seems to give me that Tyus Edney-feeling every time I see him play.  Hartwell’s ability to change speeds and high basketball IQ allows him to keep defenders at bay and his pin-point passing skills were vividly on display in the Top 30 Game (6 assists).  Great kid too!

Kamaka Hepa                      6’9”     2018   Barrow (Barrow AK)
Skilled post man with nice size is also an excellent student (4.0 GPA).  Hepa really knows how to play and his versatility in the half-court (can play either on the block or at the high-post) makes him a valuable asset to any team.  Hepa also passes and runs well and possesses good hands.  Kamaka is Alaska’s top prospect since Mario Chalmers (Kansas/Miami Heat) and is extremely dedicated to his continued basketball development as his 3,000+ mile trek from the north slope of Barrow AK to Cerritos College (CA) proves!

Isaac Johnson                    6’8”     2019   American Fork (American Fork UT)
Long stretch forward with a feathery perimeter touch needs to add weight/strength but this young Utah native has plenty of tools to work with that will make him a priority West Coast recruit.

Rylan Jones                                    5’11”  2019   Logan (Logan UT)
Cerebral young PG knows how to run a team and has a perimeter jump shot that must be respected.  4.0 student is the son of Utah State assistant coach Chris Jones.

 

Jake Kyman                         6’6”     2019   Santa Margarita (CA)
Surprise freshman hybrid-forward has terrific hands and a nose for the ball as well as very nice inside-out offensive skills.  Jake comes from a lineage of good athletes and appears to not be done growing.  Mom (6’2”) played volleyball at UCLA while dad played same sport at Cal State Northridge.

Isaiah Mobley                      6’8”     2019   Rancho Christian (Temecula CA)
Talented and versatile forward has all the skills and basketball IQ to be a national recruit!  Great shot fakes on the block keeps defenders off balance and his above-average ball skills for his size make him a legitimate threat from the perimeter as well.  Top 25 national potential.

Payton Moore                      6’4”     2018   Windward (Los Angeles CA)
Blue-collar big wing was as productive as any player at this camp.  Very good student seemed to get to the cup at will off the bounce and was a “double-double” guy all camp long.  Strength and max effort levels are best attributes.

 

Elijah Scranton                   6’4”     2019   Village Christian (Sun Valley CA)
High energy wing is active both on the boards and in transition.  Very effective slashing scorer is  one to keep an eye on in this 2019 class.

David Singleton                  6’4”     2018   Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
Tough, hardnosed wing guard simply makes plays that impact the game on both ends.  Tremendous competitor relishes playing stubborn defense and contests every shot by opponents.  Singleton is also very talented on offensive end as he possesses a lethal 3-point shot as well terrific ability to get past defenders and finish through contact at the rim.  David averaged 23.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists in four camp games here and followed that up with a more than solid 15 point/6 board/2 assist effort in Top 30 Game.  “A” student was named co-MOP of this event (along with Jules Bernard) and is now getting serious interest from the likes of Stanford, UCLA (unofficially visited last weekend), Arizona, Cal, USC, Oregon State, Arizona State and Vanderbilt.

Wes Slajchert                      6’4”     2018   Oak Park (Oak Park CA)
Skilled lead guard has the kind of accuracy on his stroke to play out on the wing as well as the basketball instincts and sound decision-making ability to play on the ball.  Excellent student!

Kristopher Smith                6’3”     2018   Gahr (Cerritos CA)
Crafty combo-guard can score with effectiveness off the bounce and his mid-range pull-up jump shot is impressive.  “Scooter” played his freshman year at Bellflower HS (CA).

Cassius Stanley                 6’5”     2019   Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood CA)
Ultra-athletic big guard with improving ball skills and a very nice perimeter stroke was a high-light reel here.  Stanley is Southern California’s most athletic wing since DeMar DeRozan (USC/Toronto Raptors) and an early contender not only for California’s #1 spot in 2019 but also the nation’s as well.

Zach Taylor                         6’6”     2018   Fremont (Plain City UT)
Active forward runs well baseline to baseline and competes on every play.  Aggressive rebounder scored 10 points in Top 30 Game.

Ofure Ujadughele               6’4”     2018   Millikan (Long Beach CA)
Hardworking wing is an athletic scorer that plays hard on both ends and is athletic on his drives to cup.

Michael Wang                      6’9”     2018   Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Chinese foreign exchange student has nice perimeter range on his jump shot as well as a sturdy physique.  Rugged rebounder too.

Warren Washington          6’8”     2018   Escondido (Escondido CA)
National sleeper 2018 post from Northern San Diego County is very improved and now has a legitimate scoring touch in the paint.  Warren runs floor extremely well and is a good defender/shotblocker.  Solid student too.

Makani Whiteside               6’2”     2019   St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA)
High scoring young lead guard has a shifty handle and is also an excellent student.

Brandon Williams               6’2”     2018   Crespi (Encino CA)
Smooth and skilled combo-guard has a very nice stroke from deep and a very poised court presence.  Feel for game is impressive and will only get better as he plays for one of California’s top HS coaches Russell White.


Listed below are the camp’s Top 60 selections (listed in alphabetical order):


Amir Franklin Adams          6’2”     2019   Campbell Hall (North Hollywood CA)
Ethan Anderson                 5’10”   2019   Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Kaveon Batiste                   6’6”     2019   Pacific Hills (Los Angeles CA)
Elias Bell                             6’8”     2019   Paraclete (Lancaster CA)
JoJo Bush                           6’6”     2018   St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA)
Caleb Christopher               6’0”     2018   Mayfair (Lakewood CA)
Joshua Christopher             6’0”     2020   Mayfair MS (Lakewood CA) 
Dijaun Chumack                  6’0”     2019   Fairfax (Los Angeles CA) 
James Chun                        6’0”     2018   Riordan (San Francisco CA)
Quinn Collins                      6’8”     2019   Redondo Union (Redondo Beach CA)
Jonathan Daniels                5’10”   2019   Heritage Christian (Northridge CA)
Solomon Davis                    6’6”     2019   Rancho Christian (Temecula CA)
Brase Dottin                        6’5”     2020   Irvine CA  
Riel Fisher                           6’5”     2018   St. Monica (Santa Monica CA)
Jalen Flanagan                    6’2”     2018   El Camino (Oceanside CA) 
Ronnie Green                      5’10”   2018   Silverado (Victorville CA)
Saxton Howard                    6’5”     2018   Gorman (Las Vegas NV)
Jaime Jaquez Jr.                  6’5”     2019   Camarillo (Camarillo CA)
Trey Johnson                       6’5”     2018   Hillcrest (Idaho Falls ID)   
Jonathan Juzang                 6’6”     2020   Viewpoint (Malibu CA)
Luc Krystkowiak                   6’1”     2019   Brighton (Sandy UT)
Robert McRae                      6’3”     2019   Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Chance Michaels                 6’2”     2019   Gorman (Las Vegas NV)
David Mixon                         5’10”   2018   South Gate (South Gate CA)
Toby Okwuokei                    6’0”     2018   Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga CA) 
Cade Potter                          6’6”     2019   Orange Lutheran (Orange CA) 
Taurus Samuels                   6’0”     2018   Vista (Vista CA) 
Cameron Shelton                 6’1”     2018   Chino Hills (Chino Hills CA) 
Derrius Stewart                    6’7”     2018   Sheldon (Sacramento CA)
Lunden Taylor                      6’2”     2018   San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno CA)
Taylor Turner                        6’1”     2018   Wood Creek (Roseville CA)
Cashemin Williams              6’2”     2018   Central (Fresno CA)


Players not being selected to the all-star games, but deserving to be denoted as “honorable mention” include (in alphabetical order): 6’4” 2018 Ronald Agebsar (Sheldon/Sacramento CA),  6’5” 2018 Zim Agu (Gorman/Las Vegas NV), 6’6” 2018 Christopher Aibuedefe (Del Oro/Roseville CA), 6’3” 2018 Darius Ates (Price/Los Angeles CA), 6’5” 2019 Paul Bingaman (Buckey/Sherman Oaks CA), 6’1” 2018 Anthony Chavez (Valley/Albuquerque NM), 5’9”  2019  Phaquon Davis (Servite/Anaheim CA), 5’10” 2018 Max Davis (Millennium/Piedmont CA), 6’0” 2018 Miles Denmion (Poly/Long Beach CA), 6’2” 2018 Sam Duffin (Crossroads/Santa Monica CA), 6’2” 2018 Caden Farley (Coronado/Henderson NV),  6’7” 2018 Andre Fields (Warren/Downey CA), 6’4” 2019 Taren Freeman (West Valley/Hemet CA), 6’10” 2018 Jesus Garcia (San Ysidro/San Ysidro CA),  5’11” 2019 Jake Grinnell (Century/Pocatello ID), 5’11” 2019 Nathan Hansen (Timpview/Provo UT), 6’0” 2018 Elijah Harkless (Etiwanda/Etiwanda CA), 5’10” 2020 Dominick Harris (Rancho Christian/Temecula CA), 5’11” 2019 Deshun Hartwell (Century/Pocatello ID), 5’11” 2018 Roland Hawkins (Santa Monica/Santa Monica CA), 6’0” 2019 Gianni Hunt (Bishop Montgomery/Torrance CA), 6’1” 2018 Demetrius Jackson (El Toro/Lake Forest CA), 6’4” 2018 Cyrus Johnson (Windward/Los Angeles CA), 6’5” 2018 Andrew Kenny (Bellevue/Bellevue WA), 6’4” 2018 Isaiah Knox (Centennial/Corona CA), 6’3” 2018 Jarod Lucas (Los Altos/Hacienda Heights CA), 6’3” 2018 Garrett Maker (Palma/Salinas CA), 6’5” 2018 Michael Miller (Diamond Ranch/Diamond Bar CA), 6’7” 2020 Jordan Montrose (Irvine CA), 5’11” 2019 Tremmond Johnson (Warren/Downey CA), 5’10”  2019 Jaxen Turner (Perris/Perris CA), 6’2” 2018 KJ Redfield (Rancho Christian/Temecula CA), 5’11” 2018 Ryan Rose (Gorman/Las Vegas NV), 6’3” 2018 Dimitri Stavros (Huntington Beach/Huntington Beach CA) and 6’5” 2019 Kayvon Thibodeaux (Serra/Gardena CA) 

*** Photos courtesy of Scott Kurtz (Kurtz Photo) & Nick Koza (SportsAmp.com)

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