Rivals.com caught the action at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp in West Deptford, N.J., over the weekend. Here are a few of the observations from scouting the event.
1. Philly is loaded with underclass talent
An impressive number of high major prospects attended the Pangos All-East Fresh/Soph Camp in West Deptford, N.J. Out of that group of high major prospects, the vast majority made the trip across the river from the surrounding Philadelphia area. In fact 14 of the 30 participants in the all-star game were from the Philadelphia area.
Some of the Philadelphia area participants of note were Horace Spencer, who is considered one of the top freshmen post prospects in the country and dynamic guard Shep Garner out of the 2014 class.
Other Philadelphia area prospects of note were Marcus Floyd, Sammy Foreman, Conrad Chambers, Levan Alston, Jaquan Newton, Sean Lloyd, Basil Thompson, Jahyde Gardiner, Tony Toplyn, Trevaughn Wilkerson, Carnel Harley and Malik Starkes.
2. Big men develop later than guards
The toughest task in scouting underclassmen is evaluating the post players. Unlike the young perimeter players who typically have fairly polished skill games, the big men are still raw offensively and growing accustomed to their physical length.
It is far from an exact science when trying to determine how good a young post player will be. So much changes during a high school career with these prospects. One pretty reliable indicator, however, is what type of motor a post prospect plays with. Those that play with energy and exhibit a desire to compete are often going to achieve their potential. On the other hand, those big men that show little zeal for the game and competition are much less likely to fully develop.
3. Dribbling is the preferred skill
It's not like there weren't some good shooters at the camp, but there were definitely a whole lot of dribblers. The game is evolving into more of a dribble-based game as opposed to a cutting and passing game, and prospects are much more adept at dribbling than shooting.
This trend isn't necessarily all bad, but when prospects dribble just to dribble it kills the flow and energy of the game. When the dribble is utilized with the purpose of covering ground to create a play, then shots are created and teammates are energized.
Young prospects have to remember that no matter how flashy it looks, you can't dribble the ball into the basket and ultimately you need to become a quality shooter/scorer.