CERRITOS, Calif. — The Pangos All-American Camp has become one of the best events of the summer for identifying top-end national high school talent. With NBA personnel able to attend the event this year, it also added a new reason to pay even more attention to the star-studded event.
While the camp featured more than 100 future college players over the weekend at Cerritos College, here are 10 players who stood out in terms of production and long-term potential.
Top Five (Listed in alphabetical order)
Scottie Barnes — A Class of 2020 wing hailing from Davie, Florida, the versatile and defensive-minded Barnes was arguably the most intense player at the run-and-gun Pangos camp. Pushing 6-foot-8 with an ability to guard at least four (if not all five) positions on the floor, Barnes fits the new-age profile of a wing who can handle, pass, score and defend practically anyone.
Still needing work as a scorer and perimeter shooter, Barnes is perhaps at his best on offense with the ball in his hands, as he can push defensive rebounds to make plays while also finding teammates with his naturally unselfish style of play. Also adding some muscle during his sophomore year, Barnes has an intriguing frame that should be able to add more strength without detracting from his quickness and mobility. Already considered a consensus top-10 prospect in his national high school class, Barnes has a shot to be the top overall player if his offensive polish continues to come along.
Charles Bassey — A known five-star prospect throughout his high school career, the 6-foot-10 Bassey showed why he’s one of the top Class of 2019 prospects in the class. A staple at the Pangos All-American Camp the last three years, Bassey is equipped with a strong and sturdy frame, very good hands and a solid feel for the game out of the post.
Rebounding is also a strength of Bassey’s as he’s able to corral a lot of balls within his area and sometimes outside of it. Adding more muscle during the past year, Bassey might want to tone down on the weight lifting and focus more on his agility, however, as he’ll need to improve his quickness defending on the perimeter and in space. A more classic, old-school big man who can score on the block, Bassey also doesn’t show much when it comes to a consistent jumper or face-up game. But with a high motor and displaying high character, there is a lot to like about Bassey in terms of his basketball future and what he brings to the table.
Anthony Edwards — The Georgia native was one of the biggest stock risers at the Pangos Camp as this five-star Class of 2020 guard was one of the most productive and electric players in attendance. With a natural gift for scoring that was on display as early as last spring, Edwards is a three-level scorer who can pump in deep three-pointers while also getting to the rim and finishing well above it.
A sneaky athlete in terms of lift and first step, Edwards has solid size at 6-foot-4 as he’s able to get past smaller guards or bully them if he isn’t quick enough. In the open floor, Edwards is also slippery enough to glide to the rim and finish over length. Putting down perhaps the best poster dunk of the camp, Edwards will also play through contact as he isn’t afraid of anything getting in his way.
Evan Mobley — Perhaps the most impressive overall prospect at Pangos, this 6-foot-11 Class of 2020 big man is getting serious buzz as the No. 1 player in the class. Gifted with long limbs, mobility and a good feel for the game, Mobley makes plays all over the floor as he’s beginning to understand all that he’s capable of.
While he can get passive sometimes, in part due to his lack of physical strength, Mobley has some solid post moves, a good-looking jumper and an ability to handle the ball a bit for his size. Displaying good natural timing as a rebounder and shot blocker, Mobley also proved that he can get things done on the defensive side of the ball. Mobley’s mobility should also allow him to defend much better in space as it will be interesting to see how he can help defend high ball screens as his career goes along. Mobley should be able to hedge and recover with ease, making him a fascinating long-term prospect.
Jaden Springer — Another Class of 2020 five-star prospect, Springer is known nationally for his scoring acumen and solid athleticism. In the up-and-down setting of Pangos, Springer thrived with those abilities as he did a great job of getting buckets and putting pressure on the defense.
The jumper is still a bit of a work-in-progress off the dribble, but Springer does a nice job of setting up his jumpers with his ability to attack off the bounce. A bit mechanical on some moves, Springer should be smoother with added reps and practice at game speed. The 6-foot-4 North Carolina native easily plays above the rim off of two feet and is also a decent leaper off of one as well. One thing to be concerned about with Springer is how his body might have peaked physically at a younger age. Not a great wingspan or overall frame, Springer needs to rely on his skill level to improve in order to maximize his full potential.
Tre Mann — It feels like the 6-foot-3 guard from Florida barely missed a jumper this weekend as this Class of 2019 lead guard was on fire. With an ability to knock down jumpers off the catch or off the bounce, Mann puts constant stress on the defense by displaying really deep range and a pretty quick trigger from dribble to shot.
Showing off a float game when the defense played him off the line, Mann has some crafty moves going towards the basket, which helps offset his lack of consistent finishing ability over length at the rim. Because of the deep jumper and solid mid-range package, Mann is someone to keep an eye on at the college level and beyond. Not many players at Pangos shot the ball at a higher level over the weekend.
Isaiah Mobley — The older brother of Evan Mobley, the 6-foot-9 Isaiah is slightly smaller and a member of the Class of 2019. Already committed to USC for college (father Eric Mobley was hired as a Trojans assistant in late March), Isaiah appears to be a very good get for head coach Andy Enfield.
More of a point-forward with skill than his younger, more athletic brother Evan, Isaiah has a chance to thrive at USC by playing the Bennie Boatwright, floor-spacing spot for the Trojans. With his ability to handle the ball and pass, Mobley can make plays with the ball in his hands pushing off of a rebound — although he needs to improve his tunnel vision and overall feel. But when he makes the simple play, there’s a lot to like about Mobley because of his skill level. If Mobley can improve his inconsistent perimeter jumper, then he could become an even better long-term prospect for the next levels.
Isaiah Todd — One of the long-established five-star prospects in the Class of 2020, the 6-foot-10 Todd has a lot of intriguing tools to work with. At one point considered the No. 1 prospect in the class, Todd’s stock has dipped a bit due to a questionable motor and a poor feel for the game.
While some of those issues are still present at times, Todd still has a ton of undeniable ability for a player his size. At times camping way too long on the perimeter, Todd spends too much time trying to break down players in isolation ball and jacking up contested perimeter shots. Although Todd has good ball skills for his size and a workable perimeter jumper, he’s at his best when he plays inside-out and uses his athleticism in transition. Still a force in the open floor when he attacks the rim and dunks, Todd has the tools to be a major force at the next levels of basketball. The major question becomes if Todd puts together the mental part of the game to match his extensive physical gifts.
CJ Walker — One of the camp’s more pleasant surprises, the 6-foot-8 Walker looks like a major stock riser in the national Class of 2019. Viewed as a back-end four-star prospect by most major recruiting services heading into camp, Walker was outstanding as an energetic forward capable of making plays all over the floor.
With an astounding activity level around the rim, Walker has major leaping ability to go along with solid natural timing for rebounds and putbacks. A lanky 190-pounds, Walker is a bit on the slender side right now, but that also enables him to maintain a quickness that lets him defend multiple spots on the floor. Making more consistent plays in the halfcourt and improving his inconsistent, but workable, jumper are the next steps in Walker’s long-term progression. But he did a lot of exciting things at Pangos Camp this weekend.
Kahlil Whitney — Coming off of a monster spring playing with the Mac Irvin Fire in the Nike EYBL, the 6-foot-7 Whitney has the look of an intriguing two-way wing at the next levels. While early in his career, Whitney was a run-and-jump athlete with some flashes of promising skill, lately he’s been more assertive on offense as his confidence has grown with added moves.
A solid perimeter shooter who can also attack the rack and create at the rim, Whitney can handle the ball a little bit as a secondary handler as he’s becoming more comfortable reading ball screens and making simple reads. Defensively, Whitney is enticing because he can switch onto bigger or smaller players and make an impact using his length and solid defensive instincts.