On Monday, a red-eye flight dumped me back home in North Carolina. Having trekked to L.A. for the Pangos All-American Camp, it was time to sack out.
What is Pangos you say? Excellent question.
Pangos, apparently, is an apparel company with international ties. It’s small potatoes (if its any potatoes) when compared to the likes of Nike, adidas, Reebok or even Gold Toe socks. Regardless, that didn’t prevent over 100 good players from gathering at Cabrilllo High in Long Beach, Calif. and spending the weekend with organizer Dinos Trigonis at the Pangos All-American Camp.
The event featured six future ACC commitments, five of whom were named to the Top 25 Cream of the Crop all-star game. Wake Forest commitment Tony Chenault made the Top 50 game.
J.T. “Sniper” Terrell turned in his best outing of the spring when he connected on six 3-pointers and poured in 28 points in the all-star game. Terrell, whose father James “Trigger” Terrell laced them up at Charlotte, would have been proud of his protégé. Terrell was named MVP of the game alongside Joe Jackson, a lightning quick speedster out of Memphis.
Other notable ACC all-stars included Andre Dawkins (Duke), Travis McKie (Wake Forest), Melvin Tabb (Wake Forest) and N.C. State’s Ryan Harrow. McKie, who has been hot since announcing his commitment to the Deacs, had the best weekend of the crop. Sometimes guys need to release a little pressure and once the commitment is made, they begin to play better ball. This has been the case for the hard-charging McKie.
Before the event began, small forward Harrison Barnes helped get the hype started. “Come see newly minted No. 1 player Harrison Barnes” read some of the pre-camp hype sheets. Barnes, to his credit, didn’t disappoint.
Named the overall camp MVP (John Wall won the award last year), Barnes used a unique blend of strength and power combined with a jump that when dialed in can’t be stopped. After camp, Barnes went to Southern Cal where he presumably said “no, thanks” to the Trojans and then over to Stanford. In a few weeks, he’ll do the Tobacco Road thing and visit UNC after NBA Camp with a potential stop over at Duke (been there twice already).
Quincy Miller, a sophomore power forward out of Winston-Salem by way of Chicago, turned in his strongest spring/summer outing. He’s got offers from South Carolina, Illinois and Auburn. ACC action is not far away for this up and comer.
There was a future ACC recruit in action. Trust me, I’d be the last guy to pub up an 8th grader but when you’re invited and play at a high level, well, you’ve earned it. Rodney Purvis, a guard from the 2013 class (really, that young?) scored like an upperclassmen. When it came time to announce the all-stars, he was the big snub. Hey, if you’re going to invite middle schoolers (personally we wouldn’t) and they play well enough, be kind enough to stick them in the all-star game spot they earned.
Around The ACC
North Carolina, at some point this month, will host Raleigh Word of God forward C.J. Leslie on an unofficial visit. By the time you read this, the visit could happen or more likely it goes down next week.
Harrow and Mychal Parker were chummy at the Pangos camp. Does that mean good things for the Wolfpack? Hmm.
At Pangos, super freshman wing Shabazz Muhammad of Vegas, indicated that growing up North Carolina was his dream school.
ACC commits headed to NBA Camp (June 17-21 in Charlottesville): Duke’s Tyler Thornton, Josh Hairston and Dawkins will be there. Florida State is repped by Ian Miller and Okaro White. UNC commits Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall will be there as will the Pack’s Harrow. Virginia Tech’s Jarell Eddie is going and Wake will be represented by McKie, Tabb and Terrell.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett came up with a great idea. The Cavaliers are conducting an elite camp the day before the NBA Camp begins. Since the NBA Camp is on UVA’s campus, one would think the turnout will be strong for the Wahoos elite camp. Pretty good idea for the new staff!
Wake Forest is bringing an old name back into the fold. Rusty Larue, a former Demon Deacon, joined the staff this month. Larue coached at Forsyth Country Day last season where his star player was Class of 2012 point guard Tyler Lewis. This was not a hire the coach, get the player scenario but should the Deacs deem Lewis good enough, having Larue on staff isn’t going to hurt their chances one bit.