Six players represented the state of Washington this weekend at the Pangos camp in Long Beach, CA. Two of them were named to the top 60 cream of the crop. Here’s what I saw from the local representatives. Isaiah Cunningham…
Six players represented the state of Washington this weekend at the Pangos camp in Long Beach, CA. Two of them were named to the top 60 cream of the crop. Here’s what I saw from the local representatives.
I watched several of his games and one thing was for sure, he was the best player on the floor for most of the day. He stood out in several areas. He was the best point guard on his team, when he did bring it up even though there were several other smaller guards on his team,he was still the best point guard. He is more of a scoring guard, and made good decisions, creating shots for himself whenever he wanted to. He scored on pull up jumpers going either way, often with a crossover dribble to shake the defender first. He scored on spin moves and drives to the bucket. He made his open looks from three. He grabbed rebounds and went coast to coast for buckets. He used the change of pace dribble extremely well, and would continuously size up the defense and get to the basket, often with spin moves in the lane to finish it off. I was really impressed with was his defense and how hard he played. This kid is a defensive stopper and moves his feet at an elite level. He’s a good sized guard with length and energy that he uses to impact the game. He showed me that he is capable of playing either guard spot, but he’s best as a scorer who has elite athleticism. He has improved his jumper in the off-season which really showed up. He will be an immediate impact player this season at Lincoln and one of the best players in his league. He’s an underrated prospect but that won’t last long from what I saw this weekend. He was named as a top 60 impact player for the tournament but was probably more like a top 10 player.
He was the other player named to the top 60 cream of the crop from Washington. In the first game I watched him, he was instant offense, getting buckets in a hurry. He made tough step back shots, and had some nice drives to the basket, finishing strong with either hand. He was also effective at any position on the floor, with most of his points coming off the ball. He was really effective at getting his shot, much like Cunningham was. He also showed a good shooting stroke, knocking down threes and mid-range shots. He was a game changer and helped his team as soon as he got on the floor. He showed a lot of confidence, whether he was shooting it or handing it. He rebounds well and fills up the stat sheet. He was the second most impactful player from Washington in the tournament.
He played really well when I watched him. He’s versatile and can score inside and out. He has the ability to get to the basket with his dribble and score. He took one from the top of the key and drove to the hole for a dunk. He has a nice jumper, showing range beyond the three point line. He has excellent form on his shot and looked like a great free throw shooter. He showed a nice little jump hook in the paint. He plays with a little bounce to his game, making him effective with his long frame. He scored double figures in the game I saw, and didn’t take many shots. Lots of potential here for the skilled big man. He’s slight of build but has the ability to play the stretch three, which makes him more versatile as he continues to get stronger. The more active he is, the better he was. He has a nice skill set for a kid his size.
This kid is a shooter and he showed his quick release with range in the tournament. There were other things that I was looking for, and found. He showed the ability to give a head fake and put the ball on the floor for a mid-range jumper. He’s also a good enough ball handler to play either guard position. He’s still growing and he’s got some good guards to learn from at Federal Way this year, includingand . He’ll get stronger and when he does, those things I was looking for will show up, making him a scorer, not just an elite shooter. His shots weren’t falling in a couple games I watched but there was enough evidence there to know he’s capable of reeling off some huge games with his range and quick release. He’ll make some big gains in the next year and will be a big time scorer in the future.
He showed some great upside as an athletic and active player with a lot of length. He got at least two buckets on put backs, both were impressive, the first with one hand. He took the ball from just inside the three point line and took one dribble and pulled up, nothing but net. He made a fade away off a spin move from fifteen feet. He did all that in the 2nd half span of about six minutes. He blocked shots, and his presence was felt inside when he was in the game. He’s athletic, and showed a lot of skill for a kid his size. This was the first time I had watched him, and came away impressed with his performance. A ton of upside for this kid who played with a lot of energy.
I didn’t get a chance to watch this kid, but he was the sixth player from Washington at the camp. Rumor has it that he played well. He was named to the top 50 at the Pangos All American camp back in April, and he can shoot it. I will have to go back and watch, and keep him on my radar for future articles.