One of the nation’s top showcases for freshman and sophmore hoops talent took place this weekend in South Jersey at the Riverwinds Community Center. The Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp featured the class of 2019 and 2020 top players from Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Massachusetts. Headlining this year’s camp was Class of 2019 top point Cole Anthony, Baltimore freshman studs Justin Lewis and Che Evans, Lawrence Woodmere Academy’s big man Aidan Igiehon and Girard College freshman Mikeal Jones.
Below are some notes from this weekend’s Pangos All-East Frosh/Camp:
Molloy’s Cole Anthony Continues Reign as Top Point Guard of 2019
The 6’2 guard out of Queen’s Archbishop Molloy has solidified himself as the top
point guard of his class with the likes of Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and St. John’s already taking notice. Anthony was in attack mode all weekend penetrating his defenders and finishing in the lane with explosive dunks and finishes. Known for his freakish dunks and ultra confidence on the floor, Anthony performance led him to being named the camp’s Most Outstanding Player.
Igiehon Was the Camp’s Top Big Man
No one dominated this weekend in the paint like Lawrence Woodmere Academy’s 6’10 sophomore Aidan Igiehon. An athletic big that can face-up and hit the perimeter jumpshot, Aidan was very dominant in the paint as he battled for offensive and defensive rebounds and finished around the rim. Nearby St. John’s is Igiehon’s lone offer although Kansas and Villanova are showing strong interest in the Ireland native.
Team Melo Freshman Duo Turning Heads
Justin Lewis (Calvart Hall) and Che Evans (Dulaney) are names you will be hearing for the next couple of years in the Baltimore area. Lewis, a 6’7 freshman forward that has a huge wingspan and toughness to bang down low, looked terrific over the weekend making the Cream of the Crop Top 30 game. The 6’6 Evans, who also made the Top 30 game, is more of a wing guard that has the ability to knock down the open jumpshot and can put the ball on the floor and finish over smaller defenders. Both Evans and Lewis holds offers from UNLV, St. John’s and Georgia Tech with many others taking a peek.
Imhotep 2019 Class is One to Watch
One of the top programs in Pennsylvania, Imhotep Charter, had a few sophomores on display over the weekend with 6’8 forward Donta Scott being the most notable. Scott showcased his ability to play inside and on the perimeter as he finished in the paint with ferocious dunks and hit a few pull-up jumpers off the dribble. 6’5 combo guard Dahmir Bishop came into the camp unknown but managed to turn some heads with his athleticism and floor general skills. Point guard Fatayn Wesley, a 5’6 lightning quick playmaker, was relentless getting to the basket this weekend and connected on some long treys as well. The last sophomore of the bunch, Chereef Knox, also showed promise this weekend with his slashing ability and ability to guard multiple positions.
PSA Cardinals Will Be Loaded with 2019 and 2020 Talent
We all watched the magnificent run that New York based AAU program, PSA Cardinals, had in the Nike EYBL league that ended in a championship loss to Mokan Elite. We also know that the Cardinals has the top 2019 point guard in super explosive guard Cole Anthony (See Above). But the Cardinals has quite a few notable freshman and sophomores that also participated in the camp, who will make headlines this season. Freshman wing Jabri Abdur-Rahim (Seton Hall Prep), the son of NBA standout Sharif Abdur-Rahim, has made his way to North Jersey from California and is one of the top players in his class. Iona Prep (NY) sophomore guard Bryce Wills is a big guard that has a smooth game and was in attack mode all weekend as he abused smaller guards. 6’3 freshman guard Quran McPherson (The Patrick School, NJ) is a quick combo guard that can score in bunches and has a solid perimeter stroke. The Cardinals also will be the home of sophomore Ismael Massoud (McDuffie, MA), a 6’7 versatile forward that played a terrific all-around game this weekend, whether he was slashing the basket or finding teammates for easy buckets. During the weekend, sophomore big man Max Lorca was also impressive as he used his athleticism to block shots and finish with alley-oops. Freshman sharpshooter CJ Wilcher (St. Benedict’s, NJ) and point guard RJ Davis (Archbishop Stepinac, NY) will be worth watching this season as they held their own during the prestigious camp.
Our Savior Lutheran’s Posh Alexander is Next Line of New York City Point Guards
Alexander was one of the most unselfish players throughout the weekend as he sliced and diced through defenders to find his teammates for easy baskets. Although the 5’11 point guard is an explosive leaper and has the ability to finish in the lane on tough layups, Alexander came into the camp displaying his floor general skills in the highly anticipated event. It will be fun watching Alexander this season as he suits up for Our Savior Lutheran for his freshman campaign.
Mikeal Jones Has a Chance to be Special
The 6’7 Jones is a class of 2020 reclass who played last season for Philadelphia Catholic League champions, Roman Catholic. A versatile four man that can hit the outside shot, Jones knock down a few treys and looked very comfortable blowing by bigger defenders as he possesses solid ball-handling skills. Jones, who has an offer from Penn State, was Co-MVP of the Top 30 game.