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May 29, 2008

Pangos A-A Camp Set For This Weekend

Los Angeles, California -- The sixth annual Pangos All-American Camp set for this weekend May 30-June 1, 2008 at USC's Galen Center Pavilion has become a must-stop on the summer camp circuit. Founded by fullctpress.net editor and publisher Dinos Trigonis, the camp will bring together 120 of the nation's top high school players, including standouts such as first team EA SPORS All-American Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, Ga.) and Rivals.com's current No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2009, point guard John Wall (Word of God Academy, Raleigh, N.C.).

The event is open to the public. There is no admission charge.

Trigonis founded the camp in June 2003 as a tool to help promote the Pangos brand and the camp has served as a "coming out" party for many up-and-coming national-level basketball recruits.

"The camp has helped our brand developing and it also is great for kids who might not have had a strong spring," Trigonis noted. "Robert Swift (Seattle Supersonics) had a bad spring the summer before his senior season but he was the MVP here. It's a great opportunity for some players to redeem themselves."

Two of the MVP's of the first three camps have been prep-to-pro players --Swift (No. 12 pick in 2004 NBA Draft) in 2003 and C.J. Miles (No. 24 pick in 2005 NBA Draft) in 2004. The camp's MVP in 2005, Davon Jefferson (Lynwood, Calif.) didn't go straight to the pros but hopes to land in the first round of this year's draft.

Trigonis states that his camp also focuses on showcasing up and coming talent and sleepers who might not have shown up on the national radar.

"Four years ago, Anthony Randolph (Woodrow Wilson, Dallas, Texas) had never been ranked on a national level and prior to that camp, most scouts had never seen him play," Trigonis stated about the 2007 Roundball Classic All-American. Most pundits feel Randolph will be a top 15 selection in the 2008 NBA Draft.

Past camp standouts include NBA draft picks such as Swift (Seattle Supersonics), Miles (Utah Jazz), Dorrell Wright (Miami Heat) Kyle Lowry (Memphis Grizzlies), Arron Afflalo (Detroit Pistons), Javaris Crittenton (Memphis Grizzlies), Jared Dudley (Charlotte Bobcats) and Gabriel Pruitt (Boston Celtics). Many of the nation's top players in the Class of 2008 such as EA SPORTS National Player of the Year Brandon Jennings (Arizona signee), DeMar DeRozan (USC signee), Jrue Holiday (UCLA signee), Jeff Withey (Arizona signee), Malcolm Lee (UCLA signee), Olek Czyz (Duke signee), Drew Gordon (UCLA signee), Renaldo Woolridge, Dequan Jones (Miami FL signee), Larry Drew (North Carolina signee), Chris Singleton (Florida State signee), Howard Thompkins (Georgia signee), Korie Lucious and Hollis Thompson (committed to Georgetown).

As has been the case in past years, a large contingent of national/regional media and scouts are expected to attend. Past media/scouts attending include Dave Telep and Evan Daniels (Scouthoops.com), Jerry Meyer (Rivals.com), Van Coleman (Hoop Masters), Clark Francis and Patrick Stanwood (Hoop Scoop), Frank Burlison (Long Beach Press Telegram and Scouthoops.com), Brick Oettinger and Rob Harrington (Prep Stars) and Joel Francisco (ESPN.com).

The camp does not have academic or SAT instruction, partly because of time constraints but mostly because of Trigonis' belief that there is no substitute for Monday through Friday classroom instruction. Those campers scheduled to take the SAT on Saturday morning at USC, however, will not be missing any time on the court because Trigonis has already allotted for that time period within his three-day schedule.

After Dave Miller (the New Orleans Hornets Assistant Coach of Player Development) leads individual instruction, the campers play in a series of games Friday night, Saturday and Sunday morning. The three-day camp is highlighted by two all-star games at the conclusion of the event on Sunday afternoon. The "Cream of the Crop" Top 40 Game and the "Cream of Crop" Top 20 Game will showcase the top overall players at the camp and usually go a long way in solidifying a national reputation or turning a sleeper into a household name.

Last year's "cream of the crop" games were shown online at Vootage.com.

So who will be the next player to emerge such as Randolph or which player will turn in a MVP-type performance similar to Swift or Miles?

Stay logged in to StudentSportsBasketball.com and find out! The updates and scouting reports from USC Galen Center will be for our premium readers, so if you haven't already now would be a great time to join our team.

For more info about the Pangos All-American camp, contact Trigonis at (562) 343-1473 or by e-mail: trigonis3@aol.com. To view the 2008 camp schedule, please visit fullctpress.net


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