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By Dinos Trigonis, Nothing But Net Magazine Editor-in-Chief
The 14th annual Pangos All Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp presented by Eastbay was held recently (October 20-21) at The Park District (La Grange IL/near Chicago). This event featured 220-plus top 2021 and 2022 players (along with a few talented 2023 players) from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Texas, Arkansas and Winnepeg, Canada.
Baller.tv live-streamed all games at the event (they are also now available for replay).
Media/scouts on hand included Dinos Trigonis (Fullcourt Press, Pangos & Nothing But Net Magazine), Frank Burlison (BurlisonOnBasketball.com/McDonald’s All-American Game & NBPA Camp selection committees), Van Coleman (The Basketball Channel, Nothing But Net Magazine National Recruiting Analyst, McDonald’s All-American Game voter & NBPA Camp Selection Committee), Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop/ McDonald’s All-American Game & NBPA Camp selection committees), Ronnie Flores (GrassrootsHoops.net, BallisLife.com, “Fab 50” National HS Team Rankings & Mr. Basketball USA Tracker), John Stovall (ESPN.com), Scott Burgess (Prep Hoops Illinois), Scott Phillips (NBC Sports), Rodger Bohn (SLAM Magazine), Scott Comeau (BallisLife.com), Joe Henricksen (Chicago Sun-Times/City-Suburban Hoops Report), Larry Butler (Illinois Spotlight), Thom Jones (TJ Hoops Scouting), Brian Rogers (Eye Catchers Scouting), Derek Ellison (Illinois Scouting Report), Seth Pote (ChicagoLandPrepsHoops.com), Littel Vaughn (Checkball Magazine), Ed Sandoval (MOSHoops.com) and Richard Barron (Hoopsville).
The camp’s top 60 players were selected by the national media present and were showcased in the two “cream of the crop” games held at the conclusion of the event. Unfortunately, there was not enough room for all of the worthy kids deserving to be in the two all-star games so I have listed those not honored as Top 30 and Top 60 selections but nonetheless impressive, as camp “honorable mention” at the end of this report. 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.
In the Top 30 Game, 6-2 2021 scoring combo Ahamad Bynum (Simeon/Chicago IL) was on fire, pouring in a game-high 30 points (on 10/17 FG; 6/8 3FG) to lead his White squad to a 85-79 victory of their Black counterparts. That scoring outburst earned Bynum Top 30 Game MVP honors. Helping the White unit’s cause was Bynum’s Simeon teammate 6-2 2022 Jaylen Drane (17 points, 5 assists and 5 steals), 6-9 2021 Chase Courbat (Cedar Falls/IA) with 17 points/9 rebounds and 6-2 2021 Anton Brookshire (Kickapoo/Springfield MO) who chipped in with 12 points, 6 boards, 5 assists and 2 steals as well as a buzzer-beating 3-point daggar to end the 1st half that gave the White squad a 46-35 lead at intermission. Leading the Black team was camp overall MVP and the growing consensus of most media/scouts as the nation’s top soph 6-9 Patrick Baldwin who finished with 11 points (including two “3”s), 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Baldwin was fabulous all week-end long and is arguably the most talented and skilled player/prospect in the history of the Pangos All-Midwest Fr/So Camp.
In the Top 60 “Cream of the Crop Game” it was the White team coming from behind and beating the Black squad 73-69. 6-0 2021 PG Isaac Haney (Dora/MO) led the winners with 10 points, 4 boards, 3 assists and 2 steals and was named Top 60 Game MVP.
I highlight those players selected for the Top 30 Cream of the Crop Game below
Top 30 Cream of the Crop Game Selections (in alphabetical order)
Ola Ajiboye6’4″2021Von Steuben (Chicago IL): Quick slashing scorer is a solid defender and has decent touch that extends to 17 feet.
Patrick Baldwin6’9″2021Hamilton (Sussex WI): Sensational soph keeps getting better and better every time I see him. Special talent has amazing blend of pro shooting ability, outstanding court vision and pin-point passing, terrific ballhandling for size and magnificent basketball IQ. Reminds me of a Ben Simmons-type player with a better jump-shot at same stage. Loves to compete and work at getting better at every opportunity. Has come to this camp for 3 straight years (named camp MVP last 2 years). Have not seen a more overall talented player than Baldwin in 2021 yet. Excellent student, leader and person too! Duke, UCLA, Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin, Marquette, LSU, Minnesota, USC, Arizona State, Missouri, Northwestern, Kansas State, Wake Forest and DePaul among the many schools that have offered. Father Patrick Sr. is the head coach of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Anton Brookshire6’2″2021Kickapoo (Springfield MO): Savvy lead guard has a versatile skill set and real impact on the game. Confident playmaker has a winning mentality. Played well in Top 30 Game: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Ball is Life scout Ronnie Flores selected Brookshire as his #6 ranked player at the camp. Brookshire has offers from UNLV, Missouri State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Jason Brower6’8″2021Wayland Union (Wayland MI): Physical rebounder was a regular visitor on the glass and can finish on the block.
Kobe Bufkin6’32021Grand Rapids Christian (Grand Rapids MI): Talented, athletic and smooth lefty lead guard is a potential national soph sleeper. National scout Frank Burlison thought Bufkin was as “complete” a guard as was on display at the camp.
Ahamed Bynum6’2″2021Simeon (Chicago IL): Ultra-confident combo-guard is a scorer-supreme. Was cooking like a Benihana chef in Top 30 Game as he exploded for 30 points (6/8 3FG) and was unstoppable from all areas on the floor. When Bynum learns to be as adept at creating for teammates as he does for himself, he will become an even more dangerous offensive weapon. DePaul and Illinois-Chicago has offered Bynum and I expect that list to get much longer before it gets shorter. Uncle Will Bynum played at Georgia Tech and in NBA.
Andre “AJ” Casey6’8″2022Simeon (Chicago IL): Young, athletic forward is oozing with elite high-major potential! Reminds me a lot of a young Ed O’Bannon (UCLA/NBA). DePaul and Tulane have already extended offers. Very good student too.
Chrishawn Christmas6’4″2021Westside (Gary IN): Athletic swingman is quick to the rim and finishes well in transition.
Chase Courbat6’9″2021Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls IA): Active and agile PF with size was a force to be reckoned with in Top 30 Game. Hoop Scoop’s Clark Francis on Courbat: “has excellent post moves and a great nose for the ball, gets more than his share of rebounds, and is an excellent shot blocker.” Terrific student (3.95 GPA) had an impressive 17 points/9 rebs in Top 30 Game. Ball is Life scout Ronnie Flores pegged Courbat as his #2 ranked player at the camp.
Jaylen Drane6’2″2022Simeon (Chicago IL): Very talented point guard with elite HM potential. Smooth ballhandler can create off the bounce for himself or teammates and utilizes his long arms well on the defensive end for steals and deflections. Drane has good range on his jump shot as well. Left his mark on Top 30 Game with an impressive stat line: 17 points, 3 assists and 4 steals. Ball is Life scout Ronnie Flores chose Drane as his #3 ranked player at the camp. The Simeon backout for the next few years of Drane and Ahamad Bynum is going to be a big problem for Wolverine opponents.
Michael Duax6’5″2021Hempstead (Dubuque IA): Active and assertive wing is athletic and excels attacking the hoop. Very good rebounder too (had 5 boards in Top 30 Game). Duax is also a fantastic student (4.0 GPA)
Sekou Kalle6’10”2021Aspire Academy (Louisville KY): Impressive shot-blocker & rebounder is making progress on the offensive end of the floor. Finishes with authority inside. Ball is Life scout Ronnie Flores went with Kalle as his #8 ranked player at the camp. Mali native has reported offers from Western Kentucky, UCLA and Rutgers.
JR Konieczny6’6″2021St. Joseph (South Bend IN): Versatile and skilled swingman with great feel is triple-threat every time he steps on the floor. Dangerous perimeter shooter with range is also a very good student (3.5 GPA). Did a little bit of everything (6 points, 5 rebs, 3 assists and 4 steals) in Top 30 Game. Ball is Life scout Ronnie Flores slotted Konieczny as his #7 ranked player at the camp. Valpo (offer) among the growing number of programs recognizing his talents.
Khamari Lands6’6″2022La Lumiere (Laporte IN): Very promising young swingman is dangerous to contain when he attacks the cup in transition. High-major prospect was one of the best defenders in camp. Lands had a respectable 7 points in Top 30 Game.
Rocco Muratori6’11”2021West Lafayette (IN): Center with nice size competed well here. Rocco has good agility and ability to finish his drives to the cup. Solid defender and rim-protector. With additional strength, has Big-10 potential (Purdue already showing interest). Good student too (3.3 GPA).
Grant Newell6’6”2021Whitney Young (Chicago IL): Good-looking and very versatile WF is an excellent scorer as well as student (3.8 GPA). High-major prospect has an early DePaul offer. Looks to be a priority Big 10 recruit.
Caleb Schlaak6’6”2021Kennedy (Cedar Rapids IA): Very good student (3.7 GPA) is a hybrid-forward with a nice skill set.
Calvin Schmeling6’4″2021University School of Milwaukee (WI): Wing with solid size is an outstanding 3-point shooter.
Trey Shearer5’11”2021Montezuma (IA): Gritty point guard knows how to run a squad and is an underrated defender. Top-notch student too (3.96 GPA).
Tevin Smith6’3″2021Danville (IL): Athletic wing has real “slash & score” ability and is an underrated scorer from mid-range as well. Outstanding student too (3.76 GPA).
Kaden Stork6’4″2022University (Bloomington IL): Assertive scorer with range on his jump shot.
Najashi Tolefree6’3″2022West Allis Central (West Allis WI): Wing guard has nice ball and passing skills and can get to the cup off bounce.
Leland Walker 5’10”2022North Central (Indianapolis IN): Athletic lead guard with very nice speed in transition that can also finish at the hoop.
Reggie Ward6’4″2021St. Rita (Chicago IL): Impressive wing scorer looks to be a focal point for coach Gary DeCesare’s Mustang offense this upcoming season. Good student too (“B” average).
Jalen Washington6’7″2022Westside (Gary IN): Very promising hybrid-forward is athletic in transition and has emerging HM offensive skills. Reminds me a lot of Milwaukee native Kevon Looney (UCLA/Golden State Warriors). Ball is Life scout Ronnie Flores picked Washington as his #5 ranked player at the camp. Scored 9 points (including 1 “three”) in Top 30 Game.
Brandon Weston6’6″2021Lake Forest Academy (Lake Forest IL): Powerful, explosive and strong WG can finish through contact as well as score from all areas on the perimeter. 2nd straight year as a Top 30 Game selection. Weston, originally from Brooklyn NY, has a UMass offer.
Players that were selected to the Top 60 Game (in alphabetical order) include:
Xavier Amos 6’4″ 2022 Whitney Young (Chicago IL)
Dylan Arnett 6’6″ 2022 DePaul College Prep (Chicago IL )
Tyane Barnes 5’9″ 2021 Grandville (MI)
Rasheed Bello 5’9″ 2021 DePaul College Prep (Chicago IL)
Cassius Brooks 5’10” 2021 Currie (Chicago IL)
Jaylen Bryson 6’8″ 2021 Centennial (Champaign IL)
Jalen Butler 6’6″ 2021 Niles North (Skokie IL)
Sterling Chapman 6’5″ 2021 Campus (Wichita KS)
Steven Clay 6’5″ 2022 Menomonee Falls (WI)
Kenyon Coates 6’2” 2021 Oak Park River Forest (Oak Park IL)
Michael Davis 5’11” 2023 Morgan Park (Chicago IL)
Kai Evans 6’2″ 2021 Montini Catholic (Lombard IL)
Jaylin Gibson 6’3″ 2021 Evanston (IL)
Jermel Grigsby 6’5″ 2021 Currie (Chicago IL)
Sean Jones 5’9″ 2022 Lincoln (Gahanna OH)
Isaac Haney 6’0″ 2021 Dora (Dora MO)
Ashton Henderson 6’0″ 2022 University Prep (Detroit MI)
Byron Hobbs Jr. 6’3″ 2022 Hyde Park Academy (Chicago IL)
Phillip Holmes 6’7″ 2021 Simeon (Chicago IL)
Tyrese Hunter 5’11” 2021 St. Catherine’s (Racine WI)
Jadin Johnson 6’4″ 2021 Lincoln (Council Bluffs IA)
Henry Krzyzewski 6’8″ 2021 Metea Valley (Aurora IL)
Antonio Lisenbee 6’5″ 2022 Cathedral (Indianapolis IN)
Trevon Love 6’1″ 2021 Jennings (St. Louis MO)
Ben Loverude 6’4″ 2021 Des Moines Christian (Des Moines IA)
Sincere Malone 6’4″ 2021 Simeon (Chicago IL)
Brian Mathews 6’8″ 2021 DePaul College Prep (Chicago IL)
Avyion Morris 5’7″ 2022 Simeon (Chicago IL) Quinton Murrell 6’2″ 2021 Rufus King (Milwaukee WI)
Logan Phillips 6’5″ 2022 Lafayette (St. Louis MO)
Frederick Poole 6’1″ 2021 Simeon (Chicago IL)
John Poulakidas 6’5″ 2021 Neuqua Valley (Naperville IL)
Jack Pronger 6’6″ 2021 MICDS (St. Louis MO)
Landon Regnerus 6’5″ 2021 Grandville (MI)
Kanye Smith 6’5″ 2022 Whitney Young (Chicago IL)
Keon Thompson 6’0″ 2021 Merrillville (IN)
Brock Wakefield 6’2″ 2021 South Iron R-1 (Annapolis MO)
Daren Watts 6’4” 2021 Miles MacDonell Collegiate (Winnepeg CAN)
Kimahri Wilson 6’0″ 2021 Carmel Catholic (Mundelein IL)
Delon Zollicoffer-White 6’2″ 2021 Rufus King (Milwaukee WI)
There were several other players that were talented enough to play in the all-star games but not selected due to space limitations. They also deserve recognition and are thus, denoted as “honorable mention” (in alphabetical order):
Gabe Burkle 6’6″ 2022 Prairie (Cedar Rapids IA)
Antoine Butler 5’11″ 2021 Lawrence Central (Indianapolis IN)
Tayshawn Comer 5’10” 2022 Cathedral (Indianapolis IN)
Caleb Corro 5’11” 2021 St. Patrick (Chicago IL)
Dalen Davis 5’10” 2023 Ogden International (Chicago IL )
Terrance Donta Dawson 6’3″ 2021 Harrison (Colorado Springs CO)
Desmond Dunn 5’10” 2021 Kenwood (Chicago IL)
Matthew Enright 5’10” 2022 Webster Groves (St. Louis MO)
Gary Ford 5’10” 2021 Webster Groves (St. Louis MO)
Rodney Fuller 6’0″ 2022 Bourbonnais (Bradley IL)
Devante Hall 5’11” 2022 Orr (Chicago IL)
Spencer Hixson 6’5″ 2021 Des Moines Christian (Des Moines IL)
Christian Henry 6’1″ 2021 St. Rita (Chicago IL)
Caleb Horton 5’10” 2021 Kenwood Academy (Chicago IL)
Nathanael Hoskins 6’3″ 2021 Danville (Danville IL)
Dylan Ingram 6’6″ 2021 Simeon (Chicago IL)
Dylan Johnson 6’6″ 2021 Western Dubuque (Dubuque IA)
Tyler Johnson 6’0″ 2021 DePaul (Chicago IL)
Cam Lawin 5’11” 2022 Orr (Chicago IL)
Leonte Lilly 5’9″ 2022 Orr (Chicago IL)
James Lloyd 6’6″ 2022 Notre Dame of Niles (Niles IL)
Johnathan Massie 6’3” 2021 Atascocita (Humble TX)
Alexander Mileski 6’6” 2021 Swan Valley (Saginaw MI)
Justin Mullins 5’11 2022 St. Patrick (Chicago IL)
Aidan Shaw 6’6″ 2022 Overland Park (KS)
Donovan Sparks 6’1″ 2022 Nicolet (Glendale WI)
Parker St. Pierre 5’11” 2022 Valley View (Jonesboro AR)
Jarrett Strate-Lutzow 6’6″ 2021 Hononegah (Rockton IL)
Trayton Trice 6’5″ 2021 Romeoville (IL)
An incredibly deep pool of young guard talent was on full display at the 18th annual Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp held at Westminster High School on September 22-23. What this year’s camp lacked in big time wing talent, as seen in 2017 with the likes of five star recruits Jalen Green and Josh Christopher, was made up for with a group of young and talented guards. Although there were a handful of talented bigs and a couple of athletic wings, it was the impressive guard play that stood out most through the weekend.
Lead Guards Ran the Show: 2021 Mater Dei PG Devin Askew quickly established himself as the best player in the camp. Askew seemed to do whatever he pleased on the offensive side; possesses a quick first step and a wide array of moves off the bounce to get by his defender. Has a quick and compact release on his jumper, capable of shooting both off the bounce or catch equally as well. Askew has the talent to be considered the best guard in the state these next few years.
2021 PG Isael Silva may have had the highest basketball IQ in the entire camp. The savvy lead guard showed skills beyond his years; made several high level passes that will leave you scratching your head. An excellent decision maker in both transition and the half court, Silva is a true floor general. As much as he excels with the ball in his hands, the most impressive part about Silva’s game is his ability to play off the ball so comfortably. He even drew comparisons to Ricky Rubio by some after his strong showing.
Vegas guards show out: 2021 Guards Frankie and Zaon Collins both had great showings. Frankie Collins was one of the best athletes in the camp; has that next level burst and is crafty around the bucket. Zaon Collins showed his lead guard skills as he played with poise and competed on both ends.
Askew may have been the best player in the camp, but 2022 PG Richard Isaacs Jr was easily the most electrifying player. Excelling in transition, Isaacs seems to just hit another gear with the ball in his hands. On top of his superior speed and ball skills, Isaacs possesed arguably the best jumper in the camp. He has the ability to stop on a dime and rise straight up into his smooth jumpshot and come straight back down showing impressive balance and consistency for a player his age. Isaacs will be an exciting player that will always attract a crowd during his prep career.
Athleticism raises eyebrows: 2021 Guard KJ Simpson and 2021 Wing Anthony Swift proved to be the best athletes of the camp as both made big time highlight plays at the rim all weekend. Simpson makes up for his lack of size with stand out quickness and athleticism, helping him play much bigger than his actual size. Once he polishes up his ball skills he’ll have the chance to be a big time prospect down the road. The same goes for Swift who has one of the highest upsides in the camp and was also maybe the only true “wing” in the camp. He is an absolute nightmare in transition as he runs the floor like a guard and finishes with the best in his class.
San Diego continues to produce talent:San Marcos Guards Chris Howell (2021) and Devon Arlington (2022) were two of the best guards in the camp. Howell was perhaps the most versatile player in the camp. When you combine his ball skills with his size and length, you get a big time prospect and that’s what Howell is becoming. Arlington immediately impressed with his poise and smoothness with the ball. A very confident young guard with a strong feel for the game. I’d like to see him be more of a facilitator as he will need to learn to balance his floor game and learn when it’s necessary to look for his own points. Seems to still be growing and has the chance become one the top guards in the state for his class
2021 Guard Aaron Burgin has been on a bit of a tear these past few months. Burgin is an aggressive guard rapidly growing as both a facilitator and scorer. He possesses a quick release on his jumper with smooth mechanics, unafraid to let it fly. Got hot from deep several times throughout the weekend opening up his dribble drive game where he showed his ability to see the floor as well. Proved to also be one of the better guard defenders when motivated.
Big Upside Big Men: 2022 Forwards Henri Adrissa and Kijani Wright both proved themselves as two of the more promising long-term prospects in the camp. Wright showed an impressive set of skills as he was grabbing rebounds and pushing the ball coast to coast with ease numerous times throughout the camp. Adrissa showed his big time athleticism, length and impressive feet locking up guards on the perimeter after a switch several times. Both prospects should develop into highly coveted national recruits.
Under the radar guards: 2022 PG Isaac Peralta showcased his impressive floor game throughout the weekend. Has the ball on a string and can get anywhere he wants with ease. Handles pressure comfortably and can see the floor well. Jumpshot can use some work but has the foundation in that area to build on. An interesting young point guard to keep an eye on.
2022 PG Ben Shtolzberg was possibly the most underrated playmaker in the camp. Has a knack for setting up his teammates and is able to get in the lane and make plays with ease. Very unselfish player who didn’t demand the ball; was also comfortable moving without the ball. Should develop into one of the better playmakers in the state for the coming years.
By Dinos Trigonis, Nothing But Net Magazine Editor-in-Chief
The 2018 Pangos Best of SoCal Fall Showcase was held last month (Saturday September 15th) at Santiago High School (Garden Grove CA) and featured 140-plus top prospects from Southern California
Media and scouts on hand included camp co-director Dinos Trigonis (Fullcourt Press, Pangos & Nothing But Net Magazine), Frank Burlison (BurlisononBasketball.com/McDonald’s All-American Game voter/NBPA Camp Selection Committee), Ronnie Flores (GrassrootsHoops.net & BallisLife.com/Fab 50 National HS Team Rankings), Devin Ugland (HoopsbyUgland.com & PrepHoopsSoCal), Aaron Burgin (PrepHoopsSoCal & Fulltime Hoops), Dave Keefer (California Preps), Richard Whiteside (Ballervisions) and Nick Koza (SportsAmp.com)
Baller.tv live-streamed all the games (with play-by-play by Patrick Pratt) and those games are archived and currently still available on their website.
Listed below are several of the event’s standouts by class:
Giordan Williams 6’2” 2019 Poly (Long Beach CA)
Very good scoring off-guard has excellent shooting touch and as well underrated athleticism. Williams had 22 points in Top 20 Senior Game including this great slam off a lob pass by John Clausell: https://twitter.com/JuliusVElite/status He is slated to visit Boston University, UC-Riverside and Santa Clara later this month.
Ethan Anderson 6’2” 2019 Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Strong and confident UNLV-bound PG has very nice perimeter range on shot and can explode to the rim. Scored 18 points in Top 20 Senior game here.
Jordan Brinson 6’3” 2019 Westchester (Los Angeles CA)
Scoring combo-guard has nice ability to “stop and pop” from the perimeter. Just committed to Missouri State.
Christian James 6’3” 2019 St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA)
Under the radar combo-guard has nice ball skills as well as scoring ability both from the perimeter and driving to the cup. James had a game-high 25 points in Top 20 Senior Game. Poised for a big senior season
Kaveon Batiste 6’7” 2019 Westchester (Los Angeles CA)
Athletic and active forward runs floor very well and is a regular visitor to the glass.
John Clausell 5’5” 2019 Leuzinger (Lawndale CA)
Ultra-quick but small PG is a blur with the ball in his hands and a very pesky on-ball defender. Played great here (14 points and 15 assists including a great lob to Giordan Williams).
Other senior players worth noting include (in alphabetical order):
Kevin Bethel, 6’0”, 2019, Westchester (Los Angeles CA)
Roy Clarke, 6’3”, 2019, Fremont (Los Angeles CA)
Kobe Craig, 6’7”, 2019, Fremont (Los Angeles CA)
Cameron Denson, 6’4”, 2019, Compton (Compton CA)
Owen Fromm, 6’6”, 2019, East Valley (Redlands CA)
Justin Hill, 6’2”, 2019, Highland (Lancaster CA)
Joshua Jones, 6’6”, 2019, Lynwood (Lynwood CA)
Justin Rene, 6’3”, 2019, Poly (Long Beach CA)
Malik Salahuddin, 6’2”, 2019, Poly (Long Beach CA)
Judah Brown 6’6” 2020 Pacifica Christian (Newport Beach CA)
Ultra-athletic swingman with rapidly improving range on jump shot had 30 points in Top 20 Junior Game here, turning heads with his high-flying slams and high-octane scoring ability. Very good student (3.7 GPA) is on the verge of a break-out junior season and skyrocketing in the national rankings. Brown has offers from Nevada, Rice, UTEP, Long Beach State and UTEP and is getting interest from UCLA, Oregon State, Western Kentucky, Wake Forest, Florida State, TCU, Texas and Georgetown.
Bradley Ezewiro 6’8” 2020 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA) Bradley, an St. Anthony/Long Beach CA transfer, is a well-built southpaw with soft hands that allow him to catch and score in traffic and has very good ability to spot-up from the perimeter. Rugged rebounder and physical defender too. Currently sits in the #113 spot in 247Sports.com’s 2020 national rankings. Ezewiro is getting strong looks from the likes of Oregon State, UCLA, Cal, Kansas State, Colorado State, Cal State Fullerton (offer), UC-Santa Barbara, UC-Davis (has unofficially visited), Eastern Washington, Montana and Seattle. Played very well recently at the John Lucas Elite Invitational Camp in Houston.
Isaiah Johnson 6’7” 2020 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA) Johnson was the CIF-3AA Player of the Year last year at Crean Lutheran (Irvine CA), leading the Saints to the 2018 CIF 3AA championship. Isaiah has transferred to Bishop Montgomery for his junior season and is quickly being recognized as one of the fastest rising junior prospects in the West as well as one of the top 2-way players in all of Southern California. Strong and athletic, Johnson can score on sweeping drives to the hoop as well as via an improved mid-range jump shot. On the defensive end, he is an excellent positional defender and an impressive rebounder and shot-blocker. Johnson is quickly getting on the radar of schools like Cal, UCLA, Oregon State, UNLV, Rutgers (offer) and UC-Irvine. Played very well recently at the John Lucas Elite Invitational Camp in Houston.
Sam Dudley 6’2” 2020 Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach CA)
Silky-smooth jump shooter found nothing but the bottom of the net here as he connected for 25 points (including 5 threes). Underrated ballhandler and creator off the bounce is the son of former Yale and NBA center Chris Dudley. Very good student (3.4 GPA).
Keith Dinwiddie 6’3” 2020 Fairfax (Los Angeles CA) High-scoring combo-guard is a bona-fide bucket-getter. Has been offered by UC-Santa Barbara and Montana and is getting long looks from Arizona, UCLA, USC, Texas, Rutgers, Utah, San Diego State, Pepperdine, UC-Irvine, Grand Canyon and Santa Clara.
Quincy McGriff 6’5” 2020 Santa Monica (CA) Very improved multi-positional perimeter player is both an effective scorer and facilitator. “Crime Dogg” has offers from Long Beach State, San Francisco, UC-Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Montana, Texas-San Antonio and Towson as well as interest from Utah, USC, UCLA, Kansas State, St. Mary’s, Pepperdine, New Mexico, UC-Irvine, Hawaii, Utah State, Seattle, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, UC-Irvine, Missouri State and Pacific.
DJ Davis 6’0” 2020 Centennial (Corona CA) Hot-shooting combo-guard does not hesitate to pull trigger when he gets a good perimeter look. Real West Coast sleeper has NBA range!
Demetrius Calip II 6’4” 2020 Taft (Woodland Hills CA) Athletic lefty scoring combo with range on his shot and the quickness and bounce to get to the rim and finish.
Christian Oliver 6’10” 2020 Santa Clara (Oxnard CA) Wide-body center with improving skills is an emerging prospect in the West Coast junior class and has attracted offers from TCU, Ole Miss, San Francisco and Texas Tech.
Michael Ofoegbu 6’7” 2020 Mayfair (Lakewood CA) Long and quick swingman attacks the rim well and has the length to be very good defender. Originally a member of the 2019 class, Ofoegbu intends to spend a post-grad year in 2019-20.
Other junior players worth noting include (in alphabetical order): Dylan Cabs, 6’6”, 2020, Mayfair (Lakewood CA)
Malachi Jones, 6’4”, 2020, Santa Monica (Santa Monica CA)
Cheik Kone, 5’11”, 2020, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach CA)
Ian McCloskey, 6’4”, 2020, San Gabriel Academy (San Gabriel CA)
Malvin Payero, 6’1”, 2020, Valley Christian (Cerritos CA)
Marcus Reedy, 6’7”, 2020, Ribet Academy (Los Angeles CA)
Luis Riascos, 6’5”, 2020, San Gabriel Academy (San Gabriel CA)
Jabari Steward, 6’7”, 2020, Compton (Compton CA)
Brandon Whitney, 6’1”, 2020, Alemany (Mission Hills CA) Justin Williams, 6’2”, 2020, JSerra (San Juan Capistrano CA)
Tyler Powell 6’5” 2021 Ribet Academy (Los Angeles CA)
Strong and athletic WF can finish with authority at the rim and is quickly improving his scoring skills. St. Bernard/Playa del Rey CA transfer is already on the radar of Pac-12 programs.
Malik Thomas 6’3” 2021 Damien (La Verne CA) Powerful and assertive lead guard with very refined perimeter shot. Excellent defender too.
TJ Wainwright 6’2” 2021 Santa Monica (Santa Monica CA) Dangerous lefty shooter with great trust in the accuracy and range of his jump shot. Quickly picking up mid-high major interest after an impressive performance at the recent Pangos All-West Fr/So Camp. Culver City/CA transfer is a very good student (3.5 GPA).
Jahmai Mashack 6’3” 2021 Etiwanda (Etiwanda CA)
Mashack was denoted by long-time scout and McDonald’s All-American Game voter Frank Burlison as “the best defender on display in any of the games on any grade level” here and his quickly improving offensive skills weren’t too shabby either (15 points). The next major prospect out of Dave Kleckner’s Etiwanda program. High-end student too (3.5 GPA).
KJ Simpson 6’2” 2021 Chaminade (West Hills CA) Bouncy WG with real scoring ability and an excellent GPA (3.7 GPA).
Christopher Washington 6’3” 2021 St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA) Slithering combo-guard has the quickness to beat defenders off the dribble as well the long-arms to be a harassing defender.
Luke Turner 6’6” 2021 Rancho Christian (Temecula CA) Turner already has a reputation for being an excellent shooter. Underrated rebounder is a very good student (3.7 GPA).
Christian Bento 6’11” 2021 Great Oak (Temecula CA) Rapidly developing young center with the length and size worthy of high-major looks.
Nick Davidson 6’8” 2021 Santa Margarita (CA) Skilled PF with nice ability to stretch defenses with his potent outside shot. Terrific student (4.1 GPA).
Derrick Nettles 6’6” 2021 Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley CA) Burly PF uses body well to score inside and has soft shooting touch.
Paxton Burzell 6’7” 2021 JSerra (San Juan Capistrano CA) Agile and active combo-forward with ability to score in a variety of ways. Should benefit being under the tutelage of new JSerra coach Keith Wilkinson (former UC-Riverside assistant and USC forward).
AJ Burgin 6’2” 2021 San Diego (San Diego CA)
Fresh off an impressive performance at the Crème of the County Showcase in San Diego during Labor Day weekend, Burgin continued to serve notice that he is a young SoCal prospect on the rise. Jump shot was falling often here (15 points). Excellent student too (4.0 GPA)
Jeremiah Paul 6’4” 2021 St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA) Strong and assertive wing can get to the cup off the bounce and finish despite contact.
David Elliott 5’11” 2021 Birmingham (Lake Balboa CA) Quick and crafty scorer with elusive ball skills.
Devin Walker Lewis 6’4” 2021 Los Altos (Hacienda Heights CA) Excellent shooter was on fire in Top 40 Junior Game with an event-high 33 points. That impressive performance earned him a promotion to the Top 20 Game where he once again was in double figures (14 points).
Other soph players worth tracking (in alphabetical order): Cory Curtis Jr., 6’3”, 2021, View Park (Los Angeles CA)
Yahsani Humphrey, 6’1”, 2021, East Valley (North Hollywood CA)
Solomon Jones, 6’6”, 2021, Poly (Long Beach CA) Brandon Richard, 6’6”, 2021, Windward (Los Angeles CA)
Brendan Terry, 6’5”, 2021, Crossroads (Santa Monica CA)
Barry Wilds Jr., 5’11”, 2021, Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Xavier Williams, 6’4”, 2021, Ribet Academy (Los Angeles CA)
Skyy Clark 6’2” 2022 Oaks Christian (Westlake Village CA)
Silky smooth lead guard has polished jump shot as well as ability to finish above the rim. Will be one of the elite playmakers in his class both regionally and nationally.
Jorge Ochoa 6’7” 2022 Orange Lutheran (Orange CA) Strong hybrid-forward with a scorer’s mentality and touch as well as nice footwork on the block.
Randi Ovalle 6’7” 2022 San Gabriel Academy (San Gabriel CA) Talented young swingman is oozing with HM potential.
Christian Moore 6’4” 2022 Brentwood (Los Angeles CA) Very promising WG with all the physical tools to be a priority HM recruit.
Brandon Perez 6’2” 2022 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks CA) Assertive off-guard with deep perimeter range. Top-notch student (4.0 GPA) as well.
Nir Shtolzberg 6’1” 2022 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks CA)
Heady SG with a confident and accurate outside stroke. Excellent student too.
Barrington Hargress 6’0” 2022 Ribet Academy (Los Angeles CA)
Quick lead guard with ability to beat defenders off the bounce.
Gabriel Quiette 6’4” 2022 Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA) Athletic swingman is a very good defender and capable scorer.
Other frosh players worth noting include (in alphabetical order):
DJ Henry, 5’10”, 2022, Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA) Pablo Magallanes, 6’4”, 2022, Orangewood Academy (Garden Grove CA) Nicholas Payne, 6’2”, 2022, Escondido (Escondido CA)
Anthony Scott, 6’4”, 2022, Mission Bay (San Diego CA)
Kamaury Washington, 6’2”, 2022, Rancho Dominguez (Long Beach CA) Adrian Weills, 5’10”, 2022, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village CA)
Orlando Greenlow 6’5” 2023 Santa Monica CA Athletic and powerful forward with great physique has ability to dominate games at his grade level. HM name for the future.
Brady Dunlap 6’4” 2023 Santa Clarita CA
Son of Cal State Northridge assistant Jeff Dunlap has excellent court instincts and a very impressive 3-point shot. High-major WG in the making.
Ashton Hardaway 6’2” 2023 Bethany Christian (Carson CA)
Son of former NBA All-Star point guard and current Memphis coach Penny Hardaway has high basketball IQ and nice scoring skills. Looks like Mater Dei or Bishop Montgomery are likely high school destinations.
Dusty Stromer 6’2” 2023 Heritage Christian (Northridge CA)
Active swingman with a high motor and playmaking abilities on both ends of the floor.
Presley Bruskotter 5’11” 2023 Calvin Christian (San Diego CA) Terrific young shooter with deep range.
Other frosh players keeping an eye on include (in alphabetical order):
Isaiah Chappell, 6’3”, 2023, Los Angeles CA
LaQwon Cole, 5’10”, 2023, Los Angeles CA
Jontue Cooper, 5’6”, 2023, Lakewood CA
Devin Curtis, 6’6”, 2023, Santa Monica CA
James Davis, 5’10”, 2023, Nelson Academy (Signal Hill CA)
Drey Fox, 5’9”, 2023, Carmel Valley MS (San Diego CA)
Ethan McCloskey, 5’8”, 2023, San Gabriel Academy (CA)
Jack Turner, 5’10”, 2023, Rancho Christian (Temecula CA)
Tommy “TJ” Waters Jr, 5’8”, 2023, Cerritos CA
Maurice Wright, 6’1”, 2023, Palmdale (CA)
*** Action photos courtesy of Nick Koza (Sports Amp)
By Dinos Trigonis, Nothing But Magazine Editor-in-Chief
Fast-rising scoring guard Bryce Hamilton from Pasadena (CA) has committed to UNLV after considering offers from the likes of Ohio State, Arizona State, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Nevada, UC-Santa Barbara, UTEP, Santa Clara, Utah State, Portland and Buffalo.
The 6-foot-5 Hamilton is ranked No. 76 in the Class of 2018 by Nothing But Magazine, No. 74 by Rivals.com and No. 84 by Scout.com
In 2016-17, Hamilton led Pasadena to a 27-win season, the Pacific League title and trips to the CIF-Southern Section Division I-AA and CIF Division II State Regional championship games. He averaged 24.6 points, 8.2 boards and 2.7 assists per game. In the state Division II regional final, Hamilton had 31 points (22 in 2nd half).
Those efforts led to him being named League MVP, Pasadena-Star News’ Player of the Year and first-team All-CIF I-AA.
Last Spring and Summer, Hamilton was a standout for the Belmont Shore Basketball Club. He earned all-tourney honors at the Pangos Spring Sweet 16 in Las Vegas (NV), Terrific 24 in Indianapolis (IN) and Fab 48 in Las Vegas (NV). Hamilton was one of the leading scorers in the 500 team Fab 48 with 49 points in one game. For video highlights, follow the link (click here).
Hamilton was also invited this past summer to the prestigious Pangos All-American Camp in Cerritos (CA) and NBA Player Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville (VA). He is also a very good student, sporting a 3.4 GPA.