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June 3, 2013
Pleasant surprises at Pangos AA Camp
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The Pangos All-American camp at Cabrillo High School lived up to its All-American billing, drawing like likes of five-star players such as Emmanuel Mudiay, Rashad Vaughn, Stanley Johnson, Chris McCullough, Elijah Thomas and Tyler Dorsey to Southern California.
While those guys lived up to their ratings, there were a number of "lesser-knowns" who played well at Pangos this past weekend. These players came in as solid basketball players, and left much the same, but there might be a new set of eyes watching these recruits.
2014 Terry Larrier, Wing, Malvern (PA) The Phelps School - Larrier was one of the more athletic players on display this weekend. At 6-feet-7, Larrier's leaping ability and superior length allows him to elevate and shoot over any defender - his length is also very crucial in how he defends, Larrier is very lanky and would benefit greatly from some added strength. The senior-to-be had a handful of spectacular dunks and defensive plays over the weekend that looked college-ready. Larrier was selected to the Pangos Top 30 game, and deservingly so. The senior-to-be has a laundry list of offers on the table, and whichever school lands the bouncy athlete will be more than happy with the product he puts out.
2014 Alex Robinson, Arlington (TX) Timberview - Yes, I know that Robinson is a four-star point guard, but it was easy to get lost in the shuffle amid all the five-star talent, but Robinson was able to avoid that fate. The 6-foot-1 lead guard was one of few players at that position to stay true to it. In a camp that was highlighted by flashy plays and one-on-one battles, the Texas native made sure to keep his teammates involved and remained a pass-first one-guard who defended at 100-percent rate of effort on the defensive end. Robinson was also the head of the Saturday night dunk-off after the games were finished, and the lefty did not disappoint with his superb athleticism.
2016 Thon Maker, Martinsville (VA) Carlisle School - There's really only one word to describe Maker - baffling - and in a good way. His combination of size (legitimate 7-footer) and skill is daunting. While many pundits feel that Maker should be on the block because of his size, he is much more comfortable on the wing - no really, he plays the two-guard or small forward. It's clear that the class of 2016 prospect has a long way to go as far as his development is concerned, but so far it's so good. Maker was bringing the ball up the floor (with a few turnovers mixed in), hitting outside jumpers, blocking shots, grabbing rebounds in traffic and getting in the post for some work. Maker has scary potential, and the sky is the limit for him.
2017 Deandre Ayton, San Diego (Calif.) Balboa City - Ayton will be a freshman next season, and for anyone who has to go up against him, I apologize in advance. Ayton is 6-feet-8 inches worth of talent and upside that is just starting to be tapped. The 2017 prospect looked like he belonged with these top tier players, and never once looked intimidated. Ayton was catching and throwing down lobs on the break, snatching up tough rebounds and played solid defense throughout the camp. Ayton is definitely a player to keep an eye on as he will undoubtedly continue to get better.
A lot of times players can be easily overlooked at camps with the kind of star power that the Pangos All-American camp boasted this past weekend. But the above recruits did everything in their power to either boost their stock, or put their name on the map.