DUNCANVILLE, Texas – There was no shortage of quality defenders on hand for the 15th Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp on Oct. 3&4 at the Duncanville Fieldhouse. The most noteworthy of those, IMO, were Layden Blocker (Little Rock Christian…
DUNCANVILLE, Texas – There was no shortage of quality defenders on hand for the 15th Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp on Oct. 3&4 at the Duncanville Fieldhouse.
The most noteworthy of those, IMO, were Layden Blocker (Little Rock Christian Academy), TJohnn Brown (Garland, TX, South) and Jaxson Ford (Prosper in Texas).
The 6-foot-8 Ford only played two games with the “Auburn” camp squad on Saturday as family obligations kept him away from the gym on Sunday for the last of the camp games and the Top 30 Cream of the Crop all-star affair.
But Ford, who was a Top 30 choice a year ago as an eighth grader, was the best shot blocker at the camp, probably swatting a cumulative 10 attempts on Saturday.
Brown, a 5-11 sophomore point guard who was chosen the Most Outstanding Player for the winning squad in the Cream of the Crop, could have been the best-on ball defender on hand over the weekend.
His quickness of foot and hand, and determination, made it nearly impossible to dribble penetrate against him.
Also lining up in that mode, but about three inches taller, was Blocker.
He made life difficult for opposing ball handlers and consistently disrupted passing lanes, as well.
Brown and Blocker (pictured) should fall somewhere in the 20-30 range of the top point guard-types in the national Class of 2023.
And Ford is a candidate to end up in my Top 20 ratings for the Class of 2024 following the completion of the remainder of the All-Frosh-Soph circuit this fall (the Midwest version is in Chicago on Oct. 17&18, and the eastern one in the Philadelphia area the following weekend).
The All-West Frosh/Soph Camp ran Sept. 26&27 in St. George, UT.