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Pangos Frosh/Soph Camp kicks off in Norwalk

NORWALK, Calif — The annual Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp has established a reputation of bringing many of the best freshman and sophomore high school basketball players under one roof. If the first day of the 2015 installment serves as any indication, this years camp will only add another notch to the All-West Frosh/Soph Camp prestige belt. Camp Director Dinos Trigonis pulled together 170-plus of the best first and second year high school players in the western United States for a two-day event which began Saturday at Cerritos College. Many of the first day standouts are familiar names to the readers, including sophomores Jules Bernard (Los Angeles Windward), Spencer Freedman (Santa Ana Mater Dei), David Singleton (Torrance Bishop Montgomery), Brandon Williams (Encino Crepsi), Taeshon Cherry (San Diego St. Augustine), Timmy Allen (Mesa, Ariz. Desert Ridge) Jamal Hartwell (Los Angeles Fairfax), Payton Moore (Los Angeles Windward) and 6-foot-9 Alaskan Kamaka Hepa of Barrow high school.

Bishop Montgomery sophomore David Singleton was one of many standouts at Cerritos College Friday. Photo Credit: Devin Ugland

The highly-touted freshmen who lived up to their billing in the afternoon and evening sessions were super-athlete Cassius Stanley (Studio City Harvard-Westlake), Robert McRae (Los Angeles Fairfax), Isaiah Mobley (Temecula Rancho Christian), Elijah Scranton (Sun Valley Village Christian), Gianni Hunt (Torrance Bishop Montgomery), Jonathan Daniels (Los Angeles Heritage Christian) and P.J. Fuller (Seattle, Wash. Garfield). There were even a handful of talented eighth grade prospects on hand, led by Dominick Harris, Josh Christopher, Jonathan Juzang and Braise Dottin. In addition to the notable names in attendance were a number of “lesser-known” and “sleeper” type prospects looking to make a name for themselves. One of the more interesting players on the day was 2018 point guard Ronnie Green out of Victorville (Calif.) Silverado High. Green is an intense, fiery and vocal leader on the floor who works his tail off on the defensive side of the floor. He has a quick first-step, works well in pick-and-roll situations and can get to the basket where he can finish or draw the defense and dish to an open teammate.

Victorville (Calif.) Silverado guard Ronnie Green made his case as a college prospect in the 2018 class at the Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp Friday. Photo Credit: Devin Ugland

Jamal Bey, a 6-foot-5 wing out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman is another prospect who has seen his stock rise since the summer AAU circuit came to a close. Bey has great size and feel for the two or three position and skill to boot. The sophomore played well for the Gaels last week in the Ron Massey Memorial Fall Hoops Classic - slashing to the basket for easy buckets and nailing perimeter jumpers - and had similar success Saturday night. More 2018 standouts: Ben Baker, Berkeley (Calif.) Toby Okwuokei, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Taurus Samuels, Vista (Calif.) Demetrius Jackson, Lake Forest (Calif.) El Toro Warren Washington, Escondido (Calif.) Ofure Ujadughele, Long Beach (Calif.) Millikan Harrison Butler, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Michael Wang, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Zach Taylor, Plain City (UT) Fremont Danon Whitehead, Villa Park (Calif.) Jalen Flanagan, Oceanside (Calif.) El Camino Much like the 2018 class, there were more than just the big-name 2019 prospects who stood out on Saturday and a player who could become a household name by the time his prep career is finished is Los Angeles Fairfax guard Dijuan Chumack. Chumack has that true point guard feel all coaches search for in a one. He’s smooth with the ball in his hands, has no wasted movement, moves the ball ahead in transition via the pass and can knock down mid-range and perimeter shots. Chumack needs to add strength to his wiry frame, but he’s a prospect to keep an eye on moving forward. Camarillo (Calif.) G/F Jaime Jaquez, Jr. is another freshman who impressed. Jaquez is as athletic as they come at 6-feet-5 and likes to get out in transition where he can lead the break and make plays for others or get wide and finish at the rim. More 2019 standouts: Rylan Jones, Logan (UT) Jake Kyman, Santa Margarita (Calif.) Isaac Johnson, American Fork (UT) Chance Michaels, Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman Action resumes Sunday morning at 9 a.m.


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