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Pangos All-American Camp Roundtable

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

Jalen Duren and Adem Bona battle for position. Credit: Scott Kurtz

Pangos All-American Camp gathered once again this year, this time with 105 of the top players in the country coming together in Las Vegas, Nevada, from June 6-8. With practice time, four games played by a majority of the players, plus Top-30 and Top-60 Cream of the Crop games, it was a great chance to see high-level competition. We asked five members of the Pro Insight team who were in attendance a series of questions to shed light on some of the standouts from the camp. Below, we’ve transcribed a discussion between Andrew Slater (based out of New York), Ani Umana (Texas), Conrad Chow (Nevada), Tyler Glazier (Utah) and Michael Visenberg (Oregon), who were all on-hand at Tarkanian Basketball Academy.

In the latest edition of 'P.I. Pulse,' the Pro Insight team takes turns discussing various topics surrounding the 2021 Pangos All-American Camp:

Q: Pangos All-American Camp is a pretty special, long-standing showcase event. After experiencing the latest rendition first-hand in Las Vegas, what would you say makes it so unique?

Andrew Slater: It is both the ability to attract consistently the depth of talent and across all sneaker platforms by Dinos Trigonis that sets the Pangos All-American camp apart. He manages to navigate the fine line of structure and competitive play without the suffocating pressure of some events.

Ani Umana: For sure it was the NBA scouts being present. Nearly all 30 teams were represented at the camp. Very uncommon for high school players to have that kind of an opportunity in a camp setting.

Conrad Chow: The Pangos All-American Camp is in its 19th rendition and it never fails to attract top current high school prospects as well as future NBA potential athletes. What makes this event so special is the high profile guest coaches that Dinos Trigonis has brought to the camp each time. This year’s skills instructor was NBA vet and former Phoenix Suns head coach Earl Watson. Besides coaching, the 2021 event was undoubtedly unique as the top 30 players in the “Cream of the Crop” game each got limited edition NFTs from BallerTV, a timely move as legislation moves forward for athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness (NIL).

Tyler Glazier: The talent. As mentioned by Conrad, Dinos has always done an excellent job getting talent in the building. The access for media is always fantastic, as well. It’s great to be able to connect with prospects, parents, coaches, scouts, etc. in such an open setting. There was a constant buzz of excitement in the gym throughout camp.

Michael Visenberg: This camp features 100 top players from across the country, plus offers an up-close look at some American-based international prospects, which is what makes this event particularly unique when comparing it to a USA Basketball minicamp, for example. It reaches across shoe circuits, which is always cool, and it had extra incentive in terms of the presence of NBA scouts. As Conrad mentioned, BallerTV even gave every Cream of the Crop Top-30 game honoree their own NFT. Great attention to detail with big time talent and intense competition is what makes Pangos so prestigious.

Q: Who was the most impressive prospect at camp not currently ranked in the top-50, or so, nationally?

AS: Of the non-top-50 ranked prospects, Anthony Black was most impressive, due to feel, size, relative improvement in skill, and upside.

AU: Yohan Traore, in my opinion. He’s a 6’10 forward that has exploded onto the scene this spring. He’s agile, he can face-up and score and he holds a massive amount of upside. He accumulated 14 points and 4 rebounds in the Top-30 Cream of the Crop game.

CC: Alex Karaban. He is a skilled wing who simply cannot be left open. With a higher premium placed on floor-spacers at the next level, the 6’7 Karaban demonstrated versatility as both a knockdown three-point shooter and a strong straight-line driver. He had the only 30-point-plus outing (31 points) the entire camp. Karaban made 14-26 threes at the camp and is positioned to climb into the top-50 or so, nationally.

MV: There were many and my ultimate feeling is that not having the spring and summer of 2020 for the players in the class of 2022 will lead to some radical rankings shifts in the coming months. Anthony Black will likely end up as a five-star, and another Texas product who was very impressive was Jordan Walsh. He led the camp in steals per game, could stretch from the outside and was constantly looking up the floor as a transition passer, ball handler. His team lost every game, though he was one of the standouts in the Top-30 game, finishing with some really athletic plays to end the camp with a bang, plus a W.

TG: Milos Uzan was consistently productive throughout the event as a lead guard. His high BBIQ was on full display as he was able to facilitate and run an efficient offense in more of a “get mine” type of setting. I’d been able to evaluate him in the past, but never in this type of setting. Was easily one of my favorite players at the camp.

Q: Who were you hoping to see at camp (prior to the rosters being released) that didn’t end up in Vegas last weekend and why?

AS: Of the initially listed group, I was hoping to see the Thompson twins compete, but it would’ve been surprising, given their Overtime deal. Of the second listed group, I would’ve been interested in seeing Skyy Clark compete against quality talent. As to why, I believe the official answer was that he “missed his flight.”

AU: Shaedon Sharpe. A few months back, I went down to Arizona and watched Dream City Christian hold a workout, but Shaedon’s participation was limited due to recovery from an injury. So I thought this would be my chance to see him live and 100%, but that didn’t occur. I liked what I saw in limited action and I know he has reached five-star status, since. It was a bummer he wasn’t in attendance.

CC: For me, this would be Elijah Fisher — one of the top players in the class of 2023. Fisher has been suiting up for Grassroots Elite Canada during the AAU season along with fellow top prospects Romad Dean and Zaiden Cross. Fisher and Crestwood Prep (Canada) matched up against Robert Dillingham and Combine Academy (NC) earlier this year. However, a camp setting would definitely have helped scouts get a better sense of his physical and on-court development to date.

TG: Tough not to say one of the top players in the 2022 class in Emoni Bates. Being based out west, it’s been a bit more difficult to evaluate him in-person during COVID-19 and I was hoping to get an updated look at his development. He was surely a special talent when I last saw him live at the USA Junior National Team minicamp in 2019, but his game and body have grown since then. It would’ve been beneficial to scout him in this type of setting.

MV: Even a camp like Pangos cannot get everyone, and beyond Jalen Duren, Keyonte George and Adem Bona, a lot of the consensus top of the class of 2022 unfortunately did not make it to the camp. One player I would have loved to have seen was Dariq Whitehead, who would have been a very welcome presence as a very bouncy athlete who could play both sides of the floor. Would have been great to see how his ball skills, playmaking ability and defense stood out among the other wings in attendance. Among the 2023 prospects, really was hoping for Dajuan Wagner, Jr. and Marquis “Mookie” Cook. Wagner, Jr. would have been a possibility to lead the camp in scoring and Mookie was invited but was still playing his high school season. Cook is another wing who can play both sides of the ball, has fantastic physical tools and it would have been great to see how he played against other top players in attendance.

Q: Who were some pleasant surprises for you throughout camp?

AS: I’m not sure if surprised was the word, but Ernest Udeh was fairly consistent and clearly worked on improving his skill-level over the pandemic. He felt significantly underrated at 181st in the rankings.

AU: Definitely Chisom Okpara. First time seeing or even hearing about him and came away impressed with versatility on the wing. Good feel as a passer, reliable as a shooter off the catch and has a strong, functional frame.

CC: It’s not easy going 15-15 from the charity stripe, but 7’1 Vincent Iwuchukwu did just that in addition to leading the camp in scoring at 21.8 points per game. It was a pleasant surprise to see Iwuchukwu made strides with his jump shot, even knocking down a couple of threes over the course of the weekend. He moves with tremendously long strides after his gather move when driving to the hoop as well as utilizing a strong lower body to get where he needs to go on the court.

TG: Quite a few guys made an impression in different ways, so I’ll name a few:

Rayvon Griffith, the 2023 combo guard out of Taft (OH) popped on a number of occasions. He’s a hyper-quick prospect who primarily played the lead guard role at 6’4”. He did a good job breaking down defenses, making quick decisions as a playmaker, defending, and scoring in the paint. Flashed some shades of Gonzaga commit Hunter Sallis.

Collin Chandler, 2022 guard of Farmington (UT) was another prospect who opened quite a few eyes at the event. After adjusting to the competition the first day, he came out gunning on days two and three. The quick and bouncy guard was able to generate space and get buckets against some of the top competition in the country. I’d seen it in-person before, but to do it in this setting was all the more impressive — I thought he further solidified his stock at the camp.

While Oziyah Sellers only participated in two days of the event, he didn’t hesitate in making his presence felt. He shot a blistering 66.7% from 3 on 12-18 attempts and was the second-leading scorer at the event at 18.7 pts/game. Aside from being a confident shooter, Sellers is also able to move without the ball, generate space off the bounce, and finish above the rim. Name to track closely at Southern California Academy/Team Arsenal (CA).

Lastly, Pop Isaacs had himself a very productive camp. Captaining one of the best squads at the event, Isaacs struck a nice balance between facilitating and scoring. He didn’t force the issue and was efficient when he decided to look for his shot. The talented guard from Vegas played in more of an off-ball role next to Gonzaga commit Nolan Hickman this past season at Wasatch Academy (UT), but looks ready to be more of a lead guard at Prolific Prep (CA) where he recently announced he’ll be transferring. His game and development have been on an upward trajectory over the past few seasons and it was good to see him rise to the occasion at a loaded event.

MV: It was a really nice camp for a couple of wings in Ven-Allen Lubin and Jaylen Thompson. Both were in the Top-60 game, and both were big factors for their team. Lubin is quite strong and was very efficient, showing some ability to finish inside and get to the line. Thompson has great physical tools as he is around 6’8 with ability to get his own shot. He took and made a high volume of three-pointers, with a strong pull-up game that should take him quite far. They both will be at high majors, more proof of how loaded this camp truly was.

Q: Who would you say boosted their stock as much or more than anyone in attendance?

AS: I would say the two that boosted their “stock” the most were Dereck Lively and