CERRITOS -- The Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp is an annual launching pad for top West Coast talent. On Saturday, there was plenty of young talent shining and there were some easy to identify West Coast strengths when it comes to prospects. National Basketball Analyst Eric Bossi has takeaways from Saturday's action.
MOBLEY AND COTTRELL COULD BE TOP TWO WEST COAST BIGS IN 2020
Sophomore big men Evan Mobley and Isaiah Cottrell are two of the top three ranked big men on the West Coast and they are both ranked among Rivals.com's top 30 prospects in the class of 2020. Watching them on Saturday, they appear to be on a collision course to be fight it out for top West Coast big in their class. At least two this point.
Currently ranked a little bit higher at No. 22 nationally, I give the edge to Mobley. At 6-foot-10, he's a skilled center with terrific hands, soft touch and skill. He's very skinny at this point and not a high flyer, but he moves easily and has long arms he uses to disrupt shots on the defensive end. Mobley said that UCLA, Stanford and USC have been in to see him this fall.
Ranked No. 29 overall, Cottrell fits the mold of the new age four man. He's long, he's mobile and he can face up and shoot with legitimate touch to the three point line. He runs very well and proved to be a bouncy finisher around the rim. Like Mobley he is slight of build, but once he grows into his body he could develop into an elite level recruit. Cottrell has offers from Virginia Tech, Stanford, UNLV, Washington, Creighton, St. John's, Oklahoma State, Arizona, LSU, USC and others.
THERE'S SOME PROMISING WINGS OUT WEST IN 2020
Headlined by 2020's top ranked player, 6-foot-5 shooting guard Jalen Green -- a total of seven shooting guards and small forwards from the West rank among the national top 40. Saturday, Green and three of the other seven -- Josh Christopher, Johnny Juzang and Jaylen Clark -- were on hand and they all played to their lofty rankings.
Whenever I see Green, I'm taken by how easy the game is for him offensively. He's got extreme body control and athleticism and a fluid handle that lets him get to the rim when he wants and from there his athleticism takes over.
In the night's first round, Christopher and Juzang dueled and put up big numbers. The two didn't guard each other that much and have different styles on the offensive end. Christopher is a compact and explosive two guard who can really be physical off the dribble and he is looking to score. Juzang is a taller wing who moves fluidly and has excellent ball skills. He was really feeling it with the jump shot. Juzang said that he has offers from UCLA, USC, California, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington, Miami, Alabama, Tulane and Cal State Northridge among others.
Finally there is Clark. With near 6-foot-5 size, a strong frame and very good athleticism, Clark is a prototypical high major wing recruit. The jump shot is still developing, but he's on track there and he's under control and mixes up his game nicely. Clark mentioned offers from UNLV, Boise State, New Mexico State, Tulane, Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside. I have to imagine he'll soon be flooded with Pac 12 level offers.
AGBO LEADS A CREW MAKING NAMES FOR THEMSELVES
I can't in good conscience call a prospect who has just begun his sophomore year a "sleeper." But, there were some 2020 prospects who stood out to me as guys I think schools out west will be interested in getting to know more about and in a hurry.
From San Diego, tough 6-foot-5 wing Chibuzo Agbo was impressive. Along with strength he's got some slashing ability, hit some pull-up shots and did a good job of making the smart play, something that's not always easy in a camp setting. UC Irvine was smart to hand out and early offer and he's gonna get a lot more.
We currently have Dalen Terry from Arizona listed as a three-star prospect, but he has the tools to make his way into four-star territory. Terry is a smooth operator with the ball in his hands and though he lacks strength, he has the type of length and build you love to see in a wing prospect. Grand Canyon has offered.
Another who caught my eye was 6-foot-2 combo guard Donovan Yap from Las Vegas. He looks like a playmaker with the ball who should be a threat as a jump shooter. He's not in a hurry and seems to know he can make things happen off the dribble.
Lastly from 2020, combo guard Nimari Burnett recently made the move from Chicago to Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep. and he looks to have a pretty high level future. His jumper is a little inconsistent, but he isn't afraid to shoot it from deep and he's a deceptive athlete and crafty finisher around the rim. Home state Illinois has already offered.
SOME 2021 TALENT WAS ABLE TO SHINE
I was pretty impressed by how many promising 2021 prospects from the city of Las Vegas are at the All-West Camp. There were many to choose from but shooting guards Jaden Hardy, Drake Booker and Will McClendon really caught my eye. I'd seen Hardy in the summer with Detroit based The Family and his older brother Amauri Hardy is a former three-star prospect and freshman at UNLV. Hardy is strong, has good size at 6-foot-3 or so and he is a lethal jump shooter from deep. Booker is a slender 6-foot-2 combo guard who can really heat it up from deep and is smooth in creating his shot. I actually saw McClendon work out at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman on Friday and seeing him at camp confirmed that he's a nice player. Has some length, makes some jumpers and could be a high level defender. McClendon was recently offered by Washington and Hardy already has offers from UNLV and Georgia Tech.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey looks like it has a backcourt with lots of potential in Kennedy Reece Dixon and Damion McDowell. Dixon is a long point guard with some feel who is very slithery off the dribble. McDowell is an athletic wing slasher with long arms and good instincts.