The Pangos All-American Camp is an invite-only event and has long served as a premier stage for high school players to showcase their skills and talents in front of NBA teams, national scouts and media outlets. Pro Insight spent the week in Las Vegas and caught up with Garwey Dual of Southern California Academy (CA) and George Hill All Indy (IN). Dual especially showed his defensive motor while at Pangos, playing with urgency and causing problems for the offense while being the primary on-ball defender.
Dual is an incoming senior who recently announced his commitment to Providence and his transfer to SoCal Academy from Carmel (IN). The class of 2023 combo guard is ranked 73rd nationally per 247Sports composite rankings.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Dual dives into the difference between basketball in Houston and Indiana, modeling his game after Kyrie Irving and Allen Iverson, his breakout spring, and much more.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2023 prospect Garwey Dual, from Houston, Texas:
Pro Insight: What are you hoping that you can prove throughout this camp?
Garwey Dual: I am hoping that I can prove that I can play with the best, play defense on the best and the ability to make plays.
PI: For someone who hasn’t seen your game, how would you describe it?
GD: I am somebody who likes to let my defense dictate the game. I am somebody who can depend on their shot more and go in the paint. Whatever is available to me, I’ll take it.
PI: What would you say is the biggest thing you would want to improve on over this next year?
GD: I want to prove that I can play the best, no matter who, especially at something like this in the Pangos camp where I can play with a lot of talent. I want to improve on my post game, as well.
PI: One thing that I have noticed is your ability to get downhill — you have a tight handle and have a great and unique pace that not a lot of people have…do you know how you got that, or did it just come naturally?
GD: Really watching a lot of Iverson and Kyrie and how they have such great pace and counter moves and don’t really picture what you’re trying to do rather just do it instead of just trying to program and become a robot.
PI: Could you share a little bit about your family and background and how you got to this point?
GD: My mom is from Liberia, and my dad is from Sudan. I was raised in Houston. How I ended up moving from Houston to Indiana, I moved to Indiana seven months ago. We came down here and saw how good of an opportunity it was and met Coach Mike Saunders and just from there he changed my life.
PI: This has been a breakout spring for you — can you talk about playing top guys and that first experience of playing top competition?
GD: At first, it was a lot of me trying to see where I stand, but when I started to pick up my confidence, I noticed I can play with the best of them. So I kept playing my game at the end of the day.
PI: What made you start playing basketball?
GD: I’ve just always been around it. I noticed I was good at it so I just kept going with it.
PI: Did you play any other sports growing up or did you just hoop?
GD: I just hooped. I played soccer for a year but I really didn’t like it so I started hooping.
PI: Where would you say your love of the game comes from? Is it the competition? Do you just like playing? Do you want to take care of your family? Where would you say the love comes from?
GD: All of it. The energy, the amount of fun I have while I play it — that’s where it comes from.
PI: What are your interests outside of basketball?
GD: I want to do real estate. I want to own a lot of real estate.
PI: What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
GD: I’m pretty good at math. A lot of people don’t know, but I’m pretty good at math.
PI: What’s the best advice/phrase that you have held onto for the most of your life that’s stuck out to you?
GD: One of my coaches told me, “if you don’t do it right the first time, when do you know you get a chance to do it right the second time?” Whenever you get the opportunity, take it, because you never know when it's your last.
PI: You said your parents both immigrated — can you talk about the uniqueness of that and anything special that you have learned from their journeys?
GD: They showed me that somebody can come to a different country and start from nothing in their mid-20s. They basically showed me that I have no excuse for not being successful.
PI: Who are your top 5 artists right now?
GD: NBA YoungBoy, Lil Durk, Future, Quando Rondo, Gang51E June
PI: Favorite shoes to wear on and off the court?
GD: Off the court, I like slides, like Nike Slides. On the court, I like Kyries, because they protect my ankles.
PI: What are the main differences you see when you compare Houston basketball versus Midwest basketball?
GD:I feel like Houston basketball makes you tough, makes you want to stop whoever is in front of you. I feel like in Midwest basketball you have to be able to run plays, you have to be able to move well without the ball. It’s a huge difference between them but overall, I feel like they both make you better.