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June 3, 2011
Pangos event loaded with talent
Each year, Dinos Trigonis' Pangos All-American Camp in Southern California is one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer. Usually held on the campus of Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., the 2011 camp will move to the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson. As usual, the camp will be loaded with much of the top West Coast talent supplemented by players from across the country, including Rivals.com's top three players in the class of 2012, Isaiah Austin, Shabazz Muhammad and Andre Drummond.
Here's a look at some of the things and players we'll be paying close attention to throughout the course of the weekend.
1. Battle of the bigs
The class of 2012 is long on big man talent so it isn't a surprise to find that a slew of them are scheduled to be in attendance. From the class of 2012 alone, five-star big men Isaiah Austin, Andre Drummond, Cameron Ridley, Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett and Anthony Bennett will be on hand. As will four-stars Ricardo Gathers, Robert Upshaw, Charles Mitchell and Adam Woodbury, among others.
While camp situations can lead to guards forgetting about the big guys and jacking shots, the hope this weekend is that these big and skilled players get the ball. There will be more than enough talented bigs for each team to score on the interior. We'll be looking forward to seeing who steps up and accepts the challenge of testing himself against a bunch of the nation's top big men.
2. Just how good is Tevin Glass?
Back in March, one of the more intriguing guys that we saw headed into the spring grassroots circuit was Tevin Glass. Near 6-foot-8, he's a rangy, skinny and athletic forward who looks capable of playing either the three or four on the next level.
More recently, Glass has been earning increasingly rave reviews and word is that he's added significantly to his offensive repertoire. We'll be looking to see if he can keep up the hot streak when the Georgia native takes his game all the way to the West Coast to compete against some of the best players.
3. Focused on point guards
At last weekend's Nike EYBL, Marcus Paige looked as if he may be ready to make a run at the crown of best point guard not named Kyle Anderson. He'll get another chance to make a statement on the West Coast when he takes part in Pangos. However, Paige isn't the only point guard whose stock looks to be on the rise that will be in attendance.
There isn't a point guard in the country who is more physically gifted than Nino Jackson. The Oklahoma-bred PG is a wicked athlete with length, quickness and explosive leaping ability to go along with creativity off the dribble. Can he focus and play under control? What about Tyler Lewis? The future N.C. State floor general has been putting up ridiculously big numbers all summer. Finally, what about Kris Dunn? The four-star point guard from Connecticut is the best point guard that most have never heard of and he could use Pangos camp as a platform to make a huge leap.