Pangos All-American Camp
June 4, 2012West Coast Hoops
Jordan Wilson By Josh Gershon
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Pangos All-American Camp is always good for breakout performances, and Jordan Wilson made a statement on a big stage Friday evening. More known commodities, like Isaac Hamilton and Karviar Shepherd, also came to play.
Christian Wood, PF: The UNLV commit was pretty active on Friday, as the up and down style of Pangos appeared to be well-suited for him. Wood displayed more of an in-between game than he has in the past, knocking down a baseline jumper from about 8-feet out and hitting a long jumper as well. He rebounded and showed his athleticism on a breakaway dunk.
Isaac Hamilton, SG: After a slow start, Hamilton started to get things rolling in the second half. His bag of tricks on offense is deep, and on Friday he pulled out pull-up two-pointer while being fouled, a fadeaway jumper from the baseline and a floater. When it comes to scoring, there hasn’t been much slowing Hamilton down this spring.
Jordan Wilson, PG: The little point guard had some pretty impressive moments at Windward this past season, and it was good to see him carry that over to this environment. Wilson was lightening quick getting to the basket, but also showed his range by knocking down an NBA three. He mixed in a couple pull-up jumpers and steals at midcourt for transition buckets.
Brandon Austin, SF: While Austin didn’t do much from a scoring perspective, he’s a mobile 6-foot-6 forward who played hard defensively and had some really nice passes in this game. With 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton, Jr. making a big impact on the game in the first half, Austin was assigned to defend him in the second half and did a better job defending him than his teammates. You can never sleep on athletes with Austin’s size that can guard multiple positions like that.
Karviar Shepherd, C: The big center was feeling comfortable from midrange, knocking down a couple shots from about 10-feet out. He was a defensive presence on the block, rebounding and even taking a charge in the closing minutes. It was definitely a good opening night for Shepherd.
Daniel Hamilton, SF: You never know how a young kid is going to perform in this often one-on-one environment and it’s always refreshing to see a talented player who is cool with just being a distributor. Hamilton got some points around the basket, but he played pass-first basketball on Friday and picked up some sweet assists to teammates.
Isaiah Briscoe, SG: A well put together freshman, Isaiah Briscoe had some strong left-handed takes to the basket, made a big time pass from the top of the arc to the paint through traffic for an assist, had a swift handle in the open court and pulled up to hit a three-pointer.
- After drawing an and-one on a three-pointer to start the game, the shots weren’t always falling for Conner Frankamp, but he impacted the contest by making a good amount of nice passes to teammates.
- The first look at Vince Hunter showed a ridiculous athlete at about 6-foot-8. That was clear after a few dunks, but he had a ridiculous follow-up dunk towards the end of the game that proved Hunter’s point loud and clear.
- Just a 2016 point guard, Derryck Thornton, Jr. proved he belonged on Friday night, picking off passes on defense, pushing the ball up the court and making several sweet passes for assists. It’s refreshing to see a young point guard with his understanding for how to play the position.
- An athletic forward, Anthony January took some difficult shots on Friday and finally got them to fall in the second half, making a pull-up jumper and good looking finger roll.
- Athletic wing Sir Washington made some plays in the open court, gave good effort and knocked down a midrange jumper and long two.
- Damontrae Jefferson is a little point guard who can handle it and isn’t afraid to shoot from anywhere on the court. He scored from all three levels, including making an NBA three and knocking down a floater.
Jordan Wilson has an offer from Portland and interest from San Francisco and USC.
Leland King has an offer from Cal Poly as well as interest from Stanford and Ivy League schools