Long Beach, Calif.- Each year, the Pangos All-American Camp held at Cabrillo High School in the LBC gains a little bit of steam. It's to the point, where the early June event has become a must stop for many of the nation's top players. Camp director Dinos Trigonis throws shoe affiliations to the wind and uses his pool of connections to attract top talent from all over the country. On opening night, though, it was a local, So-Cal wing DeAndre Daniels that stole the show.
It's Daniels, Jack
From the second DeAndre Daniels committed to the University of Texas, people knew that Rick Barnes and the Longhorns were getting a lengthy forward with a high skill level. Just at the end of his junior season, the near 6-foot-8 Daniels is proving to be one of the fastest rising prospects in the class of 2011.
First of all, the guy can shoot the heck out of the ball. Not only does he shoot it, he shoots it with range and reliable accuracy. After connecting on deep three after deep three on Friday night, Daniels showed legitimate three man quickness on his first step and went to the rack.
He's getting stronger, is mixing it up more off the dribble and gets underrated as a rebounder.
More Friday night standouts
Quinn Cook, PG- The Hyatsville (Md.) Dematha standout was easily one of the best scorers on the floor Friday night. He's neither super quick or athletic, but the six footer is very crafty and skilled with the ball. He hit on jumpers, some tough drives in transition and dribble pull-ups. His game features lots of spin and hesitation moves that he's able to pull off without losing balance because of his superior body control.
Amir Garrett, SF- A big time baseball prospect, the 6-foot-5 wing out of Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger is working on a bump in the next edition of 2011 rankings. An explosive lefty who plays with an edge to him, Garrett was smoking jumpers from all over the floor. Showing ball handling ability we've never seen from him, he was dusting defenders with a nasty little step-back move. He didn't just settle for jumpers either as he sped to the rim for dunks, got on the glass and was an active defender.
Myck Kabongo, PG- Headed to Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep for his senior year of high school, he was the second Texas commitment to have a big night. He's so quick with the ball that defenders play way off him making it hard for him and teammates to execute a proper pick and roll. Still, he uses his jets to go wide and still beat his guy to the rim where he's mastered an underhanded flip finish where he uses his body to ward off defenders. He didn't look to take jumpers, at all, but was a beast getting to the rim.
Jordan Tebbutt, SF- Built to play outside linebacker on Sundays, the 6-foot-5 junior to be from Tualatin (Ore.) Horizon Christian is an interesting wing prospect. He's an exceptional catch and shoot guy who can spray home threes from all over the arc despite a little bit of a flat release. He plays hard on each end but sometimes has trouble beating defenders off the dribble unless he puts his shoulders into them and big boys his way to the hoop.
Andre Hollins SG- The Memphis (Tenn.) White Station standout was easily one of the most aggressive defenders on Friday night. To go along with his solid wing defense, the 6-foot-1 Hollins has become a very good leaper off of two feet who explodes for slams around the rim. A good catch and shoot guy, he's a guy who causes a lot of discussion amongst scouts. While he could surely play for a SEC level program, he could step in and produce right away by going a level lower and playing in a conference like the Mountain West or Conference USA.
Josiah Turner, PG- A product of Sacramento (Calif.) High, Turner surprised us with his defensive ability. Often matched up with the jet quick Myck Kabongo, he did a fine job of staying in front of him. Even when Kabongo got by him, he recovered quickly and got back into the play. He's getting stronger which is helping him as a finisher. Loved his fan dribble to the left and pull-up jumper from 17 feet and he's proving over and over that he's sneaky on the glass and is always good for a couple of tips where he comes from nowhere.
Final Friday night notes
Isaiah Austin wasn't on the court we were focusing on, but we saw him making lots of plays. He hit on a nifty step-back three and a tough jump hook, but most importantly he was imposing defensively. Saw him block and alter a ton of shots. He got off to a slow start, but high flying wingQuddus Bello from High Point (N.C.) Westchester awoke the crowd with a ridiculous baseline slam over a group of defenders. After the slam, he used his improved ball handling to attack the rim. 2013 forward Aaron Gordon from San Jose (Calif.) Mitty made a strong first impression. A 6-foot-7 athlete with exceptional body control, he is a 4/3 combo who can score on the interior and has a good looking jumper. Would like to see how he handles the ball and makes decisions before leaning him more towards the small or power forward slot. Speed is a virtue at the point guard position and Jerome Seagears has plenty of it. The the six foot tall floor general from Flora McDonald in Red Springs, N.C. is a jet with the ball who weaves in and out of traffic and shows tremendous burst to the rim in pick and roll situations.
He wasn't on the court that we were focusing on, but it was hard not to notice Jalen Jones of Mansfield (Texas) Timberview. A long 6-foot-6 wing with high level athleticism, Jones is a blur in transition who can also knock down jumpers out to the three point line. At a limited first glance, he looks like a potential Big 12 level sleeper. Six foot off guard Bruce English of La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran is a guy who attacks the rim off the dribble. He uses his explosive leaping, strong shoulders and long arms to play a bit bigger than his size on the glass as well. We haven't seen anybody who makes usage of a jump stop at the rate English does. Looks like a good mid major prospect. Finally, we were pleasantly surprised that there wasn't too much shot jacking on Friday night. However, the parties who seemed to be most guilty were guys who are already borderline prospects. Guys, tossing up a bunch of airballs and driving wildly to the rim isn't helping your case.