Justin Young Rivals.com Basketball Recruiting Senior Writer
One of the best events in the fall is the Pangos All-South Underclassmen Camp, and this year's event was filled with a host of talented players from the class of 2011. There were a dozen sophomores who stood out to Rivals.com's Justin Young at the event at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, Ga.
Pangos All-South Underclassmen Camp Top 2011 Performers
The 6-foot-4 (and growing) guard had the entire camp buzzing with his big-time athleticism, aggressive scoring and electric plays throughout the event. Ware has the natural tools the great wide receivers have ? great speed, great size, great hands, great burst, and he's crafty and confident to boot. He's had a steady stream of college coaches coming to his school this fall to see him. The steady stream of scholarship offers is beginning, too. Ware said he has scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
On paper, Bello is 6 feet 3. On the court, Bello is more like 6-7. Easily the best rebounding guard in the camp, the freakish athlete was an animal on the boards and the best player above the rim in the gym over the weekend. He's one of the best athletes in his class nationally, and he is starting to improve his overall skill level to be a dangerous player at the 2 guard. His shot, ball-handling and overall feel for playing a shooting guard is still improving, but he's getting better each time out and looks to have the pieces of the puzzle put together for a great sophomore year.
When talking about players with big-time potential, the term ceiling gets tossed around a lot. With Miller, a skilled 6-foot-7 forward, he doesn't have a ceiling. He has a retractable roof. There were only a select few players in the camp with his kind of long-term potential. Miller is a legitimate wing player who can handle the ball, run the floor and score inside and out, and he showed that he isn't afraid to shoot from deep and score from the perimeter. Added strength, more experience and exposure to top-level talent are the things on his must-do list for the future. Speaking of lists, Miller needs to be on the list for the high-majors in 2011.
Last month, the 6-foot-7 combo forward was one of the best players at the Georgia Hoops Fall Showcase. At times at the Pangos camp he was one of the best in his age group. Nickerson has a lot of tools to work with and can be a dangerous player to defend because of his size on the wing and his active body at the power forward spot. He can score at the basket and he's developing his wing skills. When the perimeter skills come together, watch out. Nickerson could be one of the top risers in the Peach State this season.
Those that have watched the 6-foot-7 forward come up the basketball ranks in Atlanta have always said, "When the light comes on ?" with regards to Jacobs. The light switch was on over the weekend. The big man was one of the most aggressive players at his position all weekend and finished much stronger than he started. He's the apprentice to Derrick Favors and is starting to put the pieces together. Jacobs was the biggest "stock booster" of the camp, and it looks like he will be one of the most-sought-after big men in the Peach State in 2011.
At the Elite 75 Prep camp last month, the 6-foot-5 wing was the best player in the gym. That wasn't the case at the Pangos event. He was clearly one of the best in his class and had his moments that drew rave reviews. Gbinije had the wow play of the camp when he skied and dunked on a big defender. He can pull those types of plays out of his pocket when he needs to. And that is probably the beauty of his game. Gbinije only brings out the dynamite when it is needed. His offensive game can pick apart defenses quietly and effectively. That's why he's high on the wish list for so many elite programs early in his career.
The 6-foot-11 center displayed a fundamentally sound game in the post, including a nice-looking hook shot and a high comfort level with his back to the basket. Gorski was the best center prospect in the camp and continues to get better each time out. It helps that he is getting stronger, and he is playing with more confidence and ability now that he's putting on some weight to his long frame. Gorski will certainly have options when the time comes for him to make a decision. Will he go high-major or will he go to an academic school? There is a good chance he'll be able to find a spot that appeases both.
There has never been any question about the type of passer that Taylor is. He's a good one - and a confident one. Taylor orchestrated every team he played on and picked up 12 or so new friends over the weekend. The 5-foot-8 floor general distributed the ball on point, kept his turnovers to a minimum and put the ball into the right hands at the right times.
The 6-foot-2 guard has already established himself as one of the most athletic and explosive guards in his class nationally. At the Pangos camp, he hammered home that sentiment even more. His path to the basket is usually not disrupted, and he did a better job of finishing at the rim than he did last month at the Elite 75 Prep camp. Daniels is already on the high-major radar and will be on there until the day he commits to a school.
He caught our eye last month at the Elite 75 Prep camp. At the Pangos camp, the 6-foot-5 wing again proved to be one of the better sleepers in the camp. Harper is a lean wing with great length and good bounce. His perimeter game will be the key that unlocks more doors with his recruitment. For now, he's definitely worth a look for quality mid-majors and on the keep-in-mind list for the high-major schools. A young man playing with great confidence, Harper is on the ascension right now.
Putting the ball through the rim came easy for the 6-foot-4 guard. He tallied up scores at a rapid pace every time he was on the floor. Brogdon scores in traffic, buries jumpers on the wing and finds the spots on the floor to put himself into scoring position. He's been great in the fall and will be counted upon heavily this year at his new high school alongside USC-bound wing Noel Johnson.
When players defend, play hard and worry more about winning instead of accolades at camps like these, they are so much easier to stand out in a crowd. Johnson understood that. The 6-foot-4 wing was an animal in the top 50 Cream of the Crop game and was one of the best defenders on Sunday. He put his nose into tough places and didn't shy away from getting hit. Johnson scored well around the cup.