Pangos AA Camp: The Bossi Awards
CERRITOS, Calif. – After taking in all of the action at the 2019 edition of the Pangos All-American Camp, where five-star Paolo Banchero was among the standouts, it's time for the Bossi Awards. I want to focus on players who I didn't cover in either of my weekend takeaway articles (linked below) and cutting it down to these 11 wasn't easy.
Most Reliable: Paolo Banchero
The award: Banchero is a reliable producer as a scorer, rebounder and passer. He's also a reliable teammate who plays team basketball regardless of the setting. Guys like him who have skill and can produce efficiently are so in demand as more playmaking is initiated by frontcourt players.
The Influencer: Josh Christopher
The award: It wouldn't surprise me if there were players at Pangos who have more than Christopher's 276,000 Instagram followers. But I'm not going to check and IG followers isn't my point here. My point is that Christopher carries himself with a swagger that his fellow players seem to really like. On top of that he produces and usually plays hard which means others want to play with him.
The recruitment: Arizona State (brother Caleb Christopher will be a freshman) and Missouri (cousin is strength coach) have family ties and entire West Coast wants him. Most recent offers have come from SEC programs Alabama, Arkansas, Vanderbilt.
Potential to Production: Moussa Cisse
The award: Each time I see Cisse he's a little more about production and a little less about potential. Don't get me wrong, as a big man on his way to 7-foot who blocks shots and runs the floor, Cisse still has tons of potential too. But, he's getting more reliable as a scorer and rebounder, and reminds me a lot of 2020 five-star N'Faly Dante.
Best Performance: Cade Cunningham
The award: From beginning to end, I didn't see a more consistent performer than Cunningham. He's continued to build off of a great high school season and he's continuing to apply pressure to Evan Mobley (who was also very, very good before shutting things down Sunday morning) for the No. 1 spot in 2020. The tall point guard does it all and exudes confidence.
No Days Off: Hassan Diarra
The award: Diarra was not among the players using Pangos as a vacation of sorts. I can't imagine he ever plays basketball without taking it very seriously. He's all effort all the time and is a slick driver who continues to build his jump shot.
Player's Choice: Bradley Ezewiro
The award: At least three or four players brought up to me, totally unprompted, how much they liked either playing with or watching Ezewiro play. He looks like a freak defensive end out there because of his strength but he can also get off the floor in a hurry. He does the dirty work and isn't afraid to talk a little trash.
The recruitment: Washington State is his first high major offer. Montana, New Mexico, San Francisco and Southern Utah are among others involved.
Prettiest Jumper: Josh Hall
The award: This one is right to the point and Hall had the best-looking jumper I saw at Pangos Camp. I just wish I had gotten to see a bit more of it but unfortunately he wasn't feeling the love from his teammates. As smooth as he shoots it from distance, it's hard not to see some flashes of young Joe Johnson (or Rodney Hood) in his game.
Mr. Smooth: Jaden Hardy
The award: There's nothing Hardy does that isn't smooth. Whether it's handling the ball, shooting or making plays in transition, it all seems to come easy to him. On top of making things look easy, he's got a tremendous feel for the game.
Bump 'N Grind: Clifford Omoruyi
The award: I didn't see many guys who appeared to enjoy creating contact on either end of the floor. Omoruyi has a lean strength about him and will be a monster after a college weight room. His energy was great, he rebounded, finished when he got chances and showed improving hands.
Exceeding Expectations: Isael Silva
The award: After seeing Silva over Memorial Day weekend I was pretty sure he would be a four-star prospect in 2021 and could hang with the best. He's definitely going to be a four-star and looks like a legitimate top 50 prospect in his class at this point. The best passer in camp, he's also a good athlete and can knock down a jumper from deep.
Taking Advantage: Mwani Wilkinson
The award: If you are an athletic dude who thrives in the open floor then Pangos Camp can be pretty beneficial to you. Add in a motor and you become popular real quick because everybody wants to see dunks. Wilkinson took advantage of all of that and then some putting together a bunch of high wire act buckets. He's also got some toughness and is just getting familiar with competitive hoops.
The recruitment: Hometown UNLV, Southern Utah and UCSB have offered early.