LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Pangos All-American Camp, which was hosted by Dinos Trigonis, attracted high-level players from all over country to Cabrillo High School. The weekend started out with former NBA and college assistant coach Dave Miller instructing the players on the nuances of the game and putting the campers through various shooting drills before they went head to head.
(High Point N.C./Westchester Country Day)
2011, SF, 6-foot-9
The versatile athlete is at his best when he utilizes the entire floor to score the ball. Miller has all the tools to produce a double-double every time he steps on the floor. He is very good at grabbing a defensive rebound and taking a bust out dribble to lead the fast break .Behind the arc, he shoots the ball with confidence and you can tell he has spent time working on his 3-point shot. He demonstrates excellent vision and a willingness to make an assist. Drives opponents into the paint and scores with his natural ability and instincts. He can hurt defenses in the paint area at the mid/low block with his footwork, length and soft touch. Defensively, he blocks shots to get the transition game going. His overall body strength will continue to improve, but he needs to give a consistent effort at all times.
Sidiki Johnson (Newark, N.J./Saint Benedicts)
2011, PF, 6-8
The Arizona commit has had a fantastic spring campaign thus far and really asserted himself all weekend long. Johnson has a high motor and as a power forward, he drives the ball from 17 feet comfortably past bigger defenders and finishes inside the paint. He rebounds the ball actively on both ends of the floor and converts at the free throw line. Defensively, he looks to protect the rim with his body or by blocking a shot. In transition, he works on beating the defense and finishing the break. However, Johnson needs to work on getting lower and slowing down in the mid/low post, while attempting his moves. He also showed some toughness during the camp. After spraining his ankle Saturday evening, he came back Sunday morning and played.
Isaiah Austin (Arlington, Texas/Grace Prep)
2012, C, 7-0
He has a beautiful jumper and can easily knock it down from 17 feet. However, Austin settles too much for his jumper at times and he can dominate with his unstoppable right-handed jump hook over his left shoulder. At his height and length, he shoots it looking down at the basket and has a good release and rotation. His passing instincts are impressive and he can see over everyone and hit his open teammate. He is willing to rebound out of his area. After a defensive rebound, he is comfortable going the length of the floor with the ball in his hands. On the defensive end, he really changes, challenges and blocks shots.
Norman Powell (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln)
2011, SG, 6-2
He continued his torrid spring with his play at this event. Powell is an outstanding shooting guard prospect with elite athleticism, very long arms and a much-improved jump shot. It is still streaky, but he gets great lift on it and his release is fairly quick. Powell attacks the rim in transition and has an assortment of shots (finger rolls, floaters and dunks). He also has a terrific demeanor and plays the game with an even keel. He needs to work on his ball skills, particularly his left hand, but he is very potent pushing the ball in transition and generally makes good decisions. Due to his consistent play and terrific upside, Powell is making a push towards becoming the No. 1 prospect out West for the Class of 2011.
(Worcester, Mass./Brewster Academy)
2011, PG, 5-11
He is one of the top point guard prospects in the country. The former Providence commit has a nice frame, elite quickness, speed and can deliver a nifty assist. The most impressive aspect of his game is his tight handle. He keeps his dribble very low, making it very difficult for defenders to check him in transition. Tharpe had a number of sequences where he weaved his way through heavy traffic and either exploded to the rim for the finish or dropped off an assist to his open teammate. He changes speeds very well and is terrific in a pick-and-roll offensive set. His passing is spectacular at times (threads the needle), yet efficient as well. Tharpe also hit a number of 3-point shots this weekend, but his shot needs to get more consistent to keep defenses honest at the next level.
Thomas Gipson (Cedar Hill, Tex./ Cedar Hill)
2011, PF, 6-7
He is a blue-collar big that can step out and hit the jump shot at the elbow. The left-hander has extremely wide shoulders, solid length and decent bounce. Gipson has very good hands and was one of the best rebounders at the event. He snatches everything in his area and doesn't try to do too much. He is one of the few bigs in the country that knows his role. There is no wasted motion to his game and he's very effective. He can post up strong, utilizing his width, and he can finish consistently in the paint area. His post skills need continued repetition, but the talent is there.
Player to watch
Rosco Allen (Las Vegas/Findlay Prep)
2012, SF, 6-7
He has definitely elevated his game in recent months. Allen is a hybrid 4-man that can beat his opponents in many ways. In the past, he settled far too much for his 3-point shot -- which is quite effective. However, now he has added a greater urgency to attacking the basket. He was relentless all weekend while attacking in transition and he converted at a consistent rate, despite his lack of upper-body strength. He has excellent footwork and utilizes the pump fake to separate from opponents and he displayed a much-improved post game. Allen is definitely one of the elite prospects on the West Coast and with his improved play should become a national recruit sooner rather than later.
• Myck Kabongo (Toronto, Can./ St. Benedict's Prep) was selected the camp MOP. He dazzled the audience and frustrated the competition with his electrifying burst in transition. This elite point guard has several gears in his arsenal and his pinpoint passing was high-level as well. Kabongo has also improved his mid- and long-range jumper.
• Point guard Jerome Seagears (Washington, D.C./Flora McDonald Academy) had a strong showing. He ran the floor well, scored the ball off the bounce or with the jumper and executed pick-and-rolls well. Schools he is hearing from are Florida, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Boston College and Arizona.
• Chasson Randle (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) is comfortable both on and off the ball. He has a deep jumper, middle game and the ability to dish out assists. His top schools right now include Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa, Wake Forest, Minnesota and Miami.
• Quinn Cook (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) always plays with the proper demeanor. The scoring point guard plays a team concept, create for himself and makes his free throws at a high percentage.
• Sim Bhullar (Saltsburg, Pa./Kiski), a 7-3 sophomore, has as much upside as any prospect that was at the camp. He converted a number of plays around the rim with remarkable agility and terrific hands. He is more mobile (decent feet) than most realize and he has terrific hands. Bhullar converted a number of plays around the rim with remarkable agility, considering his youth.
• After a sub-par junior campaign, LaQuinton Ross (Burlington, N.J./Life Center), displayed a much-improved all-around game at this event. Instead of settling for 3-point shots repeatedly, Ross attacked the rim off the dribble and handed out a number of assists.
• Grant Jerrett (La Verne, Calif./Lutheran), a 6-8 sophomore, has had an up-and-down spring, but impressed at the Pangos camp. He was extremely assertive at both ends and converted a number of baskets in the paint area. He has terrific hands, decent footwork and he ran hard in transition all weekend.
Paul Biancardi is a veteran of the coaching ranks with years of college experience. He has recruited on a national level with stops as an assistant coach at Boston University and Boston College, associate head coach at Ohio State and most recently as an assistant at Saint Louis University. Biancardi was head coach at Wright State University from 2003 to 2006. In 2004, he was named Horizon League Coach of the Year. He is a selection committee member for the prestigious McDonald's All-America Game and the Gatorade Player of the Year award. Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.