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Barnes, McKie impress at Pangos

6/2/2009

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The 2009 Pangos All-American Camp, directed by Dinos Trigonis, had a bevy of outstanding prospects, including the No. 1 ranked player in the ESPNU 100 and eventual Pangos Camp MVP Harrison Barnes (Ames, Iowa).

Barnes isn't going to "wow" you with flash and style, but his overall game is tight on many levels. He was the best pure scorer at the camp and his demeanor is terrific. Although Barnes received most of the attention heading into the camp, there were many other 2010 talents -- Travis McKie (Richmond, Va./ Marshall) and Joe Jackson (Memphis, Tenn./ White Station) come immediately to mind -- who exhibited their skills.

In addition, the Class of 2011 -- most notably Quincy Miller (Winston-Salem, N.C./QEA) and P.J. Hairston (Greensboro, N.C./ Dudley) -- more than held its own against the upperclassmen in what was definitely Trigonis' most talent-laden event ever.

Standouts

Travis McKie (6-6, 180, SG/SF)
2010, Richmond, Va./ Marshall

With the exception of the all-star game, McKie, a Luol Deng clone, dominated the camp -- including his match up with Harrison Barnes. This willowy wing-type can affect the game on many different levels. He plays with maximum energy at both ends and loves taking on the other team's best player. He has the innate ability to rebound, lead the fast break and deliver a nice assist. Due to his lanky frame, quickness, and above average ball skills, he is deadly slashing to the basket. At the hoop, he can finish with either hand. In addition, he hit a quite a few 3s during the camp and his release looked solid. McKie, who is a Wake Forest commit, will need to get stronger to take the pounding at the next level, but his talent is immense.

Pe'Shon Howard (6-3,190, SG)

2010, Mouth of Wilson, Va./ Oak Hill Academy

Howard had a subpar all-star game, but he was quite good the rest of the camp. Howard has a chiseled physique and utilized it in a number of ways. He is an elite jump-shooter and has the strength to get it off while being heavily guarded. His ball skills and decision-making have improved since last summer, as well. He appeared to show better leadership skills on the court, and he wasn't hunting his shot as much as in the past. In addition, he handed out a quite of few impressive assists. Overall, Howard was one of the better scoring combo-guards at the camp. He has the strength and quickness to be a lock-down defender at the next level.

Harrison Barnes (6-6, 195, SG)
2010, Ames, Iowa

The more you watch, the more you like, when it comes to evaluating Barnes. He has a quintessential frame for the 2 or the 3 and the skills to boot. He is a very good athlete with deceptive speed and quickness off the dribble. His offensive game is polished; he can dominate his opponent in a number of ways. His jump shot is deadly in the midrange, but it's not as proficient from the stripe as it could be. However, he has a step-back fall away jump shot that was borderline Kobe-esque. His fundamentals are very good and he always gets into a triple-threat position before attacking his opponent. He can finish with either hand off the bounce and sometimes with a dunk in traffic. If a smaller, quicker defender gets into him, he has the savvy to post him up and attack. Barnes' pivot work in the paint area was smooth and he has a tremendous knack for finishing plays through contact. He moves well without the ball and there isn't any real wasted motion to his game. Overall, on the offensive end, Barnes isn't flashy, but his efficiency and production are high-level. Defensively, he picked up his man full court and with his length and feel, he should be an outstanding defender at the next level.

Tarik Black (6-8, 215, PF)

2010, Memphis/Ridgeview

As cliched as it sounds, this kid's a "a blue collar-type." Black is an upper-level rebounder, at both ends of the floor, and seems fully capable of fulfilling the same role on the upper-tier college level. He can knock in jumpers effectively from the midrange off the pass. Black can beat smaller opponents to the glass with his size and strength. He bests bigger players with his quickness to the ball and rim. Against high school foes, he can dominate with his size, strength, quickness and ample effort. His low-post polish, as well as his ability to face up against defenders, from 15 to 18 feet away, and drive it by them or knock in jumpers, will ultimately dictate his success on the college level. One thing is certain, though: His performance during the Pangos All-America Camp pushed him into the ranks of the elite power forward prospects in the national Class of 2010.

Quincy Miller (6-8, 205, PG)

2011, Raleigh, N.C./Quality Education Academy

Miller wowed opponents and talent evaluators-alike in Long Beach during the Pangos All-America Camp, with his play over three days forcing anyone in attendance to lump him together with the very best that the national Class of 2011 has to offer. His quickness -- straight ahead, laterally and off of his feet -- borders on the startling. He easily outsprints opponents of his size in transition, and just as readily beat foes to the glass or iron, either while crashing the boards or facing up and attacking an opponent off the dribble. With continued refinement of handling and passing skills, it wouldn't be surprising to see him spend a lot of time as a wing on the college level.

Will Barton (6-6, 170, SF)
2010, Baltimore/Lake Clifton-Eastern

Barton was definitely one of the more consistent standouts at the Pangos Camp. Despite having a very slight frame, he plays with reckless abandon. He is quite swift in the open court and slashed his way to the rim on a number of occasions. He is rangy, athletic wing-type who can score in a variety of ways. He can knock down the 3, but he is most dangerous when attacking the basket. He hit a number of acrobatic layups on which he adjusted his body and he demonstrated an innate ability to find the open man. His jump shot will have to get more consistent for the next level, but he is definitely one of the top wings in the country.

Joe Jackson (5-11, 165, PG)

2010, Memphis, TN/White Station

Jackson's speed and quickness while dribbling are most certainly of the highest level. His dribble is tight and knee high, and his burst off a crossover dribble is equally breathtaking -- either right to left or vice versa. Jackson seems to have learned to control his speed much more consistently than he did on the traveling team and camp circuit as a rising sophomore and freshman. Only the quickest of foot and most fundamentally sound of defenders in high school would seem capable of staying in front of him, and how many of those truly exist? His jump shot is a little tighter and more consistent, at least from the 16-18 foot range, than it was in the past two springs and summers. Still, his jumper only needs to be a secondary weapon. His explosiveness isn't limited to his speed; Jackson gets to the rim and finishes and can guard players four or five inches taller. He's also willing to give up his dribble and dish to an open teammate, regardless of where he is.

Terrence Jones (6-8, 220, PF)
2010, Portland, Ore./ Jefferson

Jones is one of the more unique talents in the country. He is a hybrid 4-man who can hurt his defenders in a variety of ways. He isn't overly quick or explosive, but he is well-put together and does a nice job utilizing his bulk and length. He can knock down shots beyond the stripe or attack his opponent off the dribble. His jump shot is solid, but he does have a slow release and it isn't real smooth. He has a quirky first step to the basket, but because of his strength and long arms Jones is able to get to the rim consistently. If his path gets cut off, he is a willing passer. However, he does settle too much for perimeter shots, and he needs to use his big frame and length to punish defenders in the post. In addition, Jones needs to show a willing desire to defend. He plays to straight up and down. As a result quicker 4-men can blow by him from the perimeter.

P.J. Hairston (6-5, 205, SG/SF)

2011, Greensboro, N.C./Dudley

Hairston is a very explosive perimeter prospect. One can't help but think of a former North Carolina prep who went on to standout careers at the University of North Carolina and the NBA -- Jerry Stackhouse -- while watching him blow past bigger defenders off the dribble or overwhelm smaller opponents in the post. He has long arms and broad shoulders and appears to be capable of easily adding another 15 to 20 pounds of muscle on the college level without it inhibiting his already surprising fluidity. He has a very quick first step, tending to go right most frequently, and has no problems finishing thru traffic. Hairston seems to settle for deep jumpers, at times. Although his consistency keeps that from being much of a knock. Offensively, his midrange game could use some work -- often, everything seems to be either a dunk, layup or deep jump shot. He also could refine his ability to create for teammates off the dribble.

Surprises

Andre Dawkins (6-4, 190, SG)
2010, Virginia Beach, Va./ Atlantic Shores Christian

Dawkins is a prolific, jump-shooting 2-guard who is committed to Duke. He has a solid physique with long arms and he's well-put together. He excels in catch-and-shoot situations; he gets his shot off quickly. In addition, his shot is equally effective in the midrange area after taking a couple of dribbles. He gets great lift on his shot and his release is smooth. On the other hand, despite being fairly bouncy, he isn't as effective getting to the basket as you would have hoped. His ball handling is only average at this stage. When quick defenders get into him, he struggles breaking them down. He does have a decent first step and he converted on a few floaters, but overall his ball skills (specifically his left hand) need to improve immensely to be effective in the ACC.

James Johnson (6-8, 215, PF)

2010, San Diego/ Morse

Johnson was the biggest surprise of the Pangos Camp. He is a versatile 4-man who may be able to play the wing as well. He has a lengthy frame with long arms and broad shoulders, and he's very bouncy. He runs well in transition and can finish with authority at the offensive end. He has very quick feet and his lateral mobility (could guard the three) is impressive for someone his size. His offensive game is rough around the edges; he hasn't played much organized basketball in his brief career, but there is a lot to work with. He has decent footwork in the post and possesses some allusive scoring moves. In addition, Johnson has 3-point range on his jump shot -- although it needs some polishing. Overall, Johnson plays with great energy and is a definite top 100 prospect.

Ramon Eaton (6-7, 190, PF)
2011, Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon

Eaton has been fairly ordinary throughout the spring, but hopefully his play at the Pangos Camp is a sign of things to come. He is a solid athlete who can finish with a dunk in transition, but he isn't overly quick. This lefty has a rangy frame and is beginning to figure out that his natural position will be a hybrid 4-man. His perimeter skills have improved; he knocked down a few 3-point shots. In addition, his passing was impressive. He handed out a quite a few nifty assists during the camp. Whether in transition or in the half-court set, Eaton's decision making was quite good. He does have a narrow frame and it will be interesting to see how much bigger he gets, but the versatility in his game should warrant Division I interest in the future.

Alex Kirk (6-10, 230)
2010, Los Alamos, N.M.

Kirk will remind you of those current and past bigs that Bo Ryan (Wisconsin) seems to have in his line up each and every season. He is a lengthy big man who doesn't have great feet and isn't very fast in transition, but his offensive skills are intriguing. He has an outstanding touch beyond the stripe and his release is quick and smooth. In addition, although he doesn't have great bounce, he knows how to position himself in the paint area and he possesses a very nice jump hook. Defensively, he keeps his hands up and has solid timing and soft hands for rebounding. Overall, he gives an honest effort each time out, and he could be dynamite in a pick-and-pop offensive set.

Dominique Carr (6-5, 190, SF)

2010, Riverside, Calif./ J.W. North

Carr might of have been the biggest surprise of the camp north of San Diego (James Johnson). He has a solid frame for the wing position and he plays with great energy at both ends. He excels in transition and he dished out a number of fine passes throughout the camp. This lefty plays hard at both ends and is a very potent rebounder for a player his size. He can lead the break and either attack the rim or drop-off a pass to an open teammate. His jump shot is solid when he sets his feet, but while creating off the dribble he tends to drift on his shot and it becomes erratic. His ball handling has improved since the regular season, but he still needs to refine his right hand to keep defenses off balance.

Pangos Notes

• Aaron Bright, a 5-11 junior out of Bellavue, Wash., doesn't have that highly coveted second gear, but he is very crafty with his handle and changes speeds very well. He was one of the few true point guards in this camp that understood the pick and roll and as a result he dished out a number of nifty assists.

• Keala King, a 6-4 junior out of Compton, Calif./ Dominguez, is a unique talent. If he wants to play at the highest level, point guard will have to be the call. He is known for his uncanny passing skills, but his jump shot needs to get much better. However, with his ability to finish with either hand, rebound, and post up smaller opponents, his game definitely presents problems for defenders.

• Doron Lamb, a 6-4 junior out of Mouth of Wilson, Va./ Oak Hill Academy, has one of the tightest offensive games in the country. He has a deadly midrange game. In order for him to reach his potential, his 3-point shot needs to get much more consistent.

• Winston Shepard, a 6-7 freshman out of Missouri City, Texas/ Hightower, may have had as much upside as any participant in the camp. This lengthy wing-type has athleticism and an immense upside, but he'll have to develop his perimeter skills and savvy to reach that potential.

• Kendall Williams, a 6-3 combo-guard out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./ Los Osos, continued his excellent play as he made the Top 25 Cream of the Crop game. If he plays under control and doesn't force the action, he is a solid Division 1 point guard.

• One of the better looking eighth graders at the camp was 6-3 Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C./ Upper Christian). He is a hold back, but his guard skills and overall talent cannot be denied.

• Royce Woolridge, a 6-3 junior prospect out of Phoenix, Ariz./ Sunnyslope, had a solid camp due to his outstanding 3-point touch. He isn't a superior athlete, but he has a great frame and should have a fine career at Kansas.

• Gary Franklin, a 6-1 combo-guard out of Santa Ana, Calif./ Mater Dei, is one of the better catch and shoot types in the country. He drained a number of 3-point shots throughout the event in transition. However, his decision making and point guard savvy need to improve greatly to be a full time point guard at the next level.

• Shabazz Muhammad, a 6-3 two-guard out of Las Vegas/ Bishop Gorman, continued to display the skills and talent that make him one of the most highly ranked players in the Class of 2012. He had a tendency to overhandle the ball in traffic, but he had a number of impressive finishes and knocked down the 3-point shot with regularity.

• JT Terrell, a 6-3 junior out of Burlington, N.C./ Cummings, put on a shooting display in the all-star game when he dropped in six 3s. He is a tremendous scorer with very long arms, but his midrange game hasn't progressed much since his sophomore season.

• One of the most explosive athletes in the camp was 6-4 sophomore Quddus Bello (High Point, NC/ Weschester Country Day). His skills, particularly his 3-point shot and mid-range game need polishing, however.

• He can score in a variety of ways, but 6-4 sophomore Darius Nelson (Sacramento, Calif./ Sheldon) took a number of questionable shots. By implementing the skill of passing to his skill set he'll become a much more complete player.

• The late-blooming Anthony Brown (Huntington Beach, Calif./ Ocean View) is starting to hit his stride. This long and wiry 6-6 junior has become much more athletic in the past year and assertive at both ends as well. His skills and savvy have never been questioned.

• Devonta Abron, a 6-7 hybrid 4-man out of Seagoville, Tex., has intriguing skills, an impressive upside and he plays very hard.

• Deandre Daniels, a 6-7 hybrid 4-man out of Woodland Hills, Calif./ Taft, has one of the smoothest shooting strokes out to the stripe. He has a lengthy frame that needs to add bulk to play inside at the next level, but he's an interesting prospect.

• He is already built like a high school senior and he more than held his own in the paint area throughout the camp, but 6-8 Charles Mitchell (Marietta, GA./ Wheeler) is surprisingly a member of the class of 2012.

• He has a tendency to sleepwalk through possessions, but 6-8 junior Luke Cothron (Red Springs, NC/ McDonald Academy has prototypical frame and athleticism for the 5/4 position at the next level.

• Melvin Tabb, a 6-8 member of the class of 2010 from Raleigh, NC/ Enloe,
had a solid weekend dominating the interior at the camp. He has a strong physique, is an excellent rebounder,

• Adonis Thomas, a 6-6+ wing-type out of Memphis, Tenn./ Melrose, should have been in the top all-star game due to his performance at the camp. He is a high-major prospect that can knock down the 3-point shot or finish strong at the rim.

• One of the better rebounders in camp was 6-7 junior Godwin Okonji (Henderson, Nev./ Findlay Prep). His post skills are still raw, but he has a great feel for the game in the paint area.


Frank Burlison contributed to this report.