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2018 Pangos Spring Sweet 16 Recap
by Dinos Trigonis
(May 8, 2018)

The 7th annual Pangos Spring Sweet 16 was held last month (April 20-22, 2018) @ Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas NV) and surrounding gyms. Approximately 80 teams from six Western states participated.

A sizeable contingent of college coaches as well as many national/regional media and scouts attended including Van Coleman (The Basketball Channel/McDonald's All-American Game selection committee), Ronnie Flores (BallisLife.com & Grassroothoops.net), Dinos Trigonis (Fullcourt Press & Nothing But Net Magazine), Chad Groth (AreaCodesBasketball.com), Kim Muhammad (Unit 1 Hoop Source) and John Schwer (HighlightSportsProductions.com).

All games were live-streamed (and available) for replay by Ballertv.com.

In the 17u Invite Division it was Simply Fundamental (NV) (coached by Greg Lockridge) running away from the field to capture the title. SF knocked off a very good Utah Mountain Stars 17 squad in the Finals 81-71.  Tourney MVP 6-4 2019 PG Daishen Nix was terrific all-weekend long, leading the squad to the championship game where he had a game-high 22 points. Jovan Sljivancanin (17), Marvin Coleman (13), Deon Stroud (10) & Antwon Jackson (10) also were in double figures for Simply Fundamental.

In the 17u Invite Silver Division Playoff, it was Alpha Males (AZ) that knocked off Las Vegas Vegas Dynasty (NV)77-72 to win the crown.

In the 17u Platinum Division it was Las Vegas Olympians 17 (NV) outlasting the Colorado Miners 17 Black (CO) 51-48 in the championship game.

Colorado Miners 16 Gold (CO) was the class of the 16u Select Division – defeating Las Vegas Dynasty 16 (NV) 89-78 in the title game. 

Las Vegas Knicks 15 (NV) won the 15u Gold Division – emerging victorious over Vegas Elite 2022 (NV) 72-67 in the championship game. 

Below are 25 Pangos Spring Sweet 16 standouts that caught my eye this year.

Daishen Nix                         6’4”     2020   Trinity (Las Vegas NV) MVP
Nix’s evolution as a point guard is coming into full bloom this Spring.  Savvy playmaker with precision passing skills as well as legit 3-point range make him a solid HM prospect at his position.  Nix had back to back 22 point efforts in both the title game vs UT Mountain Stars as well as the semi-final win over Belmont Shore.  Washington was the 1st Pac-12 school to offer him recently. 2018 Pangos All-American Camp and Pangos Premier 80 Showcase invitee.

Deon Stroud                                    6’6”     2018   Trinity (Las Vegas NV)
Ultra-athletic wing is oozing with future pro potential.  Stroud has also improved his perimeter skills tremendously.  Signed with UTEP recently after considering offers from San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico and Fresno State. Big time get for new Miner coach Rodney Terry. All-tourney selection here.

Elias King                             6’8”     2019   Jesuit (Carmichael CA)
Consistent, dependable and versatile scoring forward will spend a post-grad year next school year prior to entering college in 2019-20.  Great at catching, facing and attacking the basket off an entry pass and has an excellent knack of drawing shooting fouls.   All-tourney selection averaged 20.2 ppg with a high-game of 27 points/14 rebs in quarterfinal win over NV Hard 2 Guard. Very good student is drawing mid-to-high major attention as well as serious interest from Ivy and Patriot League programs.  Brewster Academy (NH) is a possible post-grad destination.  2018 Pangos All-American Camp and Pangos Premier 80 Showcase invitee.

Bernardo Da Silva              6’9”     2019   Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant UT)
Strong and athletic PF is very underrated nationally.  Da Silva is active on the glass as a rim protector and rebounder as well as possessing a nice shooting touch. Pac-12/Mountain West caliber recruit.  Brazilian import is a 2018 Pangos All-American Camp and Pangos Premier 80 Showcase invitee.

Maddy Sissoko                   6’9”     2020   Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant UT)
Sissoko is a defensive terror in the paint that is a premier shot-blocker and rim-protector in his national class.  Offensive skills are also coming along nicely with impressive ability to finish in traffic and above the rim with authority.  Top 50-75 national potential.  Reminds me of a young Michael Cage Sr. (San Diego State/NBA). 2018 Pangos All-American Camp and Pangos Premier 80 Showcase invitee.

Emmanuel Taban               6’7”     2019   Apollo (Glendale AZ)
Swift and athletic WF has nice scoring instincts. 2018 Pangos All-American Camp and Pangos Premier 80 Showcase invitee is getting Pac-12 interest and has been offered by Kansas State, Wyoming and UC-Santa Barbara.

Hunter Woods                     6’6”     2018   Muir (Pasadena CA)
One of the West Coast’s top 2018 prospects still on the board is a versatile, multi-positional player with a dangerous long range jump shot. Long arms, agility and ample athleticism allow him to guard out on the perimeter as well as in paint. Woods had 36 points (5 threes) to spark Belmont Shore past Las Vegas Punishers 97-66.  Here are recent April video-highlights of Woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2QmrvDPIEs 

Jalen Graham                      6’8”     2019   Mountain Pointe (Phoenix AZ)
Bouncy PF is an excellent rebounder and consistent finisher on the block.  Led Alpha Males (AZ) to the 17u Invite Silver Division title.  Prime West Coast sleeper will be a Mountain West, West Coast Conference and Big West target this summer.

James Keefe                        6’7”     2019   Loyola (Los Angeles CA)
Skilled forward is a confident scorer who has not peaked physically yet.  Very good student is the son of former Stanford star and NBA lotto pick Adam Keefe.

Robert McRae                     6’4”     2019   Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Rugged combo-guard plays excellent defense and can finish at the rim.  Very underrated perimeter shooter really has improved his on-ball skills and has early offers from Montana and Cal Poly.  2018 Pangos All-American Camp and Pangos Premier 80 Showcase invitee.

Nathan Hansen                   6’3”     2019   Timpview (Provo UT)
Cerebral lead guard has nice ability to facilitate for teammates as well as bury long-range bombs.  Very underrated West 2019 prospect.

Marvin Coleman III             6’3”     2018   Foothill (Henderson NV)
Crafty lead guard is a tough competitor.

Antwon Jackson                6’6”     2019   Clark (Las Vegas NV)
Undersized and burly PF knows how to use big physique to rebound as well as score effectively in the paint. Max effort guy plays with great motor.

Hayden Welling                   6’8”     2019   Corner Canyon (Draper UT)
Skilled and agile face-up PF is also active on the glass.

Gary Harris                          6’5”     2019   Price (Los Angeles CA)
Slender and athletic swingman has committed to San Jose State. Harris is athletic in transition and will do a post-grad year in 2018-19 at Middlebrooks Academy (CA) before suiting up for the Spartans in 19-20.

Roman Silva                        7’0”     post.   Cooper Academy (Ontario CA)
Mammoth post player has nice touch around the basket. Worth the investment for mid-major programs that are willing to be patient with his continued development.

Luke O’Brien                       6’5”     2020   Columbine (CO)
Young scoring swingman can flat out shoot the rock and led the Colorado Miners 16u Gold squad to 16u title here.  Getting interest from Wyoming, Denver University and Northern Colorado.

Corey Sato                           6’6”     2018   Randall (Amarillo TX)
Big wing with range to the 3-point arc averaged 19 points and 7 boards for New Mexico Force during the tourney here including a 27 point outburst versus Las Vegas Dynasty.

Kevin Legardy                    6’1”     2018   Canyon Springs (Las Vegas NV)
Underrated scoring combo-guard signed with Idaho State a few days after the event.  1st team All-USA Today Nevada averaged 25.2 ppg this past season and led HS squad to Nevada 4A State Semi-Finals. 

Matthew Norman                6’4”     2019   Timpanogos (Orem UT)
Sharp-shooting WG had 34 points vs LA Rockfish here.  Good student (3.4 GPA).

Joshua Jones                     6’7”     2019   Rancho Dominguez (Long Beach CA)
Intriguing combo-guard with length has nice upside.  One to track.

Max Cheylov                       6’3”     2019   Calabasas (CA)
Long-distance 3-point marksman is an Ivy League-caliber student.

Ajang Aguek                        6’7”     2018   Ironwood (Glendale AZ)
Unsigned senior is a long and athletic forward with D1 potential.

Justin Hill                             6’2”     2019   Highland (Lancaster CA)
Very below-the-radar combo-guard has natural scoring skills and has the potential to be a long-term “diamond in the rough” prospect with additional strength.

Dylan Aiono                         6’6”     2019   Ayala (Chino Hills CA)
Rapidly improving SF finishes well in transition.  Uncle 6-8 Frankie Edwards played for Seth Greenberg at Long Beach State.

Marquise Nelloms              6’5”     2019   St. Anthony (Long Beach CA)
Active and energetic WF is a good slashing scorer.



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