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June 4, 2006

Pangos Camp Saturday recap

Cypress, Calif.- Some of the top talent on the west coast and from across the country showed up for the Pangos Camp. Darnell Gant was one of the top prospects that caught the eye of Rivals.com.

Darnell Gant- Only saw him miss one shot and that was a spinning left handed hook shot. An efficient scorer with tremendous body control, Gant scored from three off the dribble, hit several reverse lay ups off spin moves to the baseline and scored on put backs. Run the floor well and passes out of the double team with poise.

Gant says that UCLA, who has offered, is his favorite, but he is keeping his options open. He is also naming North Carolina, Washington and Texas as close competitors. UConn and Texas Tech are also involved.

Matt Simpkins- A live body, Simpkins plays with an edge. He had a dunk fest on Saturday off rebounds and running the floor. Showed a nice jump hook in the post. Needs to refine his face up game, but has a great deal of upside. Again, love the edge that this guy plays with.

Jeremy Hazell- Hazell was the guy that wore the wrong jersey and had everyone in the gym asking who number 49 was. Athletic with nice size for a wing, Hazell attacked the rim and drained three-pointers. Loves to play and compete. So much so, that I think he was doubling up by playing for more than one team. Does need to improve his ability to go left and sometimes forgets about his teammates.

Hazell has an offer from Oral Roberts and is also hearing from Oklahoma, Tennessee and Oregon.

Leonard Washington- Washington was one of the top competitors in the gym. He challenged every shot he could get near and had some outstanding blocks in transition. Scored well around the basket, and the lefty had a number of quality drives to his right and also finished with his right. Still shoots a flat jumper from outside, but just think P.J. Tucker.

Washington is leaning towards Oklahoma State, but also likes Texas and Tulane. All three have offered. LSU has also offered, and he named Connecticut, Florida, Florida State and Colorado State as other schools that are recruiting him.

Chandler Parsons- Parsons continues to build momentum as a prospect. A true small forward, he is making a variety of shots and finding cutters off the dribble. Runs the floor very well. So skilled, he needs to make sure he continues to develop the physical side of his game which he displayed last weekend.

Parsons visited ASU (offer) before arriving in L.A., and he will visit USC before leaving. Also named Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, UMass and Miami as schools that have offered. Tennessee, Georgia and Rutgers are also involved.

Jon Reed- A shooter with size, Reed has a very quick release off the catch. Not the quickest of foot, Reed does have room to improve as a creator and defender.

Reed is hearing from Arizona State, Washington State, Nevada, Florida State, Miami, California and Washington. He will visit Arizona State this month and likes the idea of "building up a new program under a brand new coach."

Kenyan Harmon- Long and athletic, Harmon can go and get a rebound and has some NBAish moves. The only problem is that he doesn't always convert. Nonetheless, he is always around the ball and involved in plays and is oozing with potential. Just needs some refinement.

Wendell McKines- Yes, he is a little undersized, but does he ever compete. And he is a top notch athlete. Started the day with energy and finished the day with energy, dunking every time he had a chance and snatching rebounds. Showed some small forward skills as a handler and passer, but struggled to find the net with his outside shot.

McKines has offers from San Jose State, San Diego State, St. Mary's and San Francisco. He is also hearing from Miami, Washington State, Washington and Pepperdine.

Chris Allen continues to play a mature all around game. He definitely performed like a top prospect in the country.

2008 Prospects

Malcolm White-Rivals.com can't get enough of this hard working big man. He plays 94-feet and challenges for every ball. His hands need some improving and his skill level needs work.

White has an offer from USC, and also likes Arizona, Mississippi State and UConn. The idea of playing closer to home at Mississippi State is appealing at this point.

Korie Lucious- Showed an extra gear handling the ball in the open court and did a nice job finding shooters while on the move. He can also shoot the three. Lucious has a chance to be a top level point guard, with his athleticism and scoring ability. He just needs to hone his point guard mentality.

Howard Thompkins- Still in the process of recovering from an appendectomy, Thompkins is not in top shape and lacks some explosiveness. Nonetheless, he is as skilled as any big man here. He passed the ball well in transition, scored off back to the basket moves and scored facing the basket both off the catch and off the dribble.

Dequan Jones- Jones had some athletic highlight plays. Needs to refine his skill level. But there is a high energy, high-major athlete there.

Darian Norris- One of the better point guards in the camp, Norris defended well, shot it well and passed it well. Played with strength and played like a winner.

2009 Prospects

Derrick Favors- This guy has a bright future. Good with either hand around the basket, Favors came up with the ball a lot around the basket.

GJ Villarino- Showed a lot of promise as a rangy point guard who is still growing. Shot it well and got by people off the dribble.

Justin Cobbs- Explosive with the ball, Cobbs is loaded with potential. Defends well, can get to the basket and he can shoot it.

More school lists

Trey Lang, who had a strong spring with the World Wide Renegades, has an offer from Bradley and is involved with Wake Forest, Arizona State and Auburn.

Seton Hall prep point guard, Ashton Gibbs has an offer from Rutgers and also likes Seton Hall, Georgetown, Iowa, Villanova and UConn.

A well built 2008 left handed shooting guard, Jerel Stephenson is hearing from Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, VCU, Arizona and Charlotte.

Power guard Zach Payton likes Tennessee, Oklahoma, Miami, Ole Miss, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Cincinnati. He will visit Cincinnati next week.


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