Myself and Coach Richard Law arrived in California yesterday to attend the Pangos All American Camp. Two of our players are in tow (2012 Chase Brogna and 2012 Alex Caruso) with the other two (2012 Uche Ofoegbu and 2012 Connor Lammert) joining us later today at the camp. We took an unoffcial visit to Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA on what is arguably the most beautiful campus in America).
Early this afternoon we took the boys out into Long Beach Harbor, rented a speed boat and checked out the Queen Mary , sea lions basking in the sun and the whole California beach scene. I’m a big believer in taking as many campus visits as possible when we travel witho our players as well as immersing them in the local culture.
Texas D1 Ambassadors @ Pangos All American Camp
For those fortunate enough to get an opportunity, Dinos Trigonis’ Camp is one of the most talented and classy events in the country. There’s always a load of talent and Trigonis makes sure the media and the players are treated like kings. He puts us up in 4 star hotels near the beautiful Long Beach waterfront, feeds the players and always has a great venue (This year it’s Cal State- Dominguez Hills).
2012 Alex Caruso 6’6″ G from College Station A&M Consolidated
Look for Caruso to continue his climb up the lists of high major sleepers. He can score, has great court vision, is unselfish and is a high level athlete. (Caruso plays with a balance of swagger and respect for the game. He had 7 points, including an impressive dunk while making sure that Houston Bush’s Cameron Ridley (Texas) got to touch the ball.
2012 Chase Brogna 6’0″ G from Houston St. Thomas
Brogna will get a chance to show off his high level shooting ability, and his improved handles and ability to run a team. He’s not new to high level play as he led St. Thomas to the State Championship with a 25 point finals output. (Brogna was off the ball most of the time, and received limited touches. He did have a nice steal, several assists and finished with 4 points.
2012 Uche Ofoegbu 6’5″ G from San Antonio Stevens
This camp is best suited for Ofoegbu and his athletic game. He’ll get up and down the floor, rebounding and scoring above the rim and beyond the three point line. Ofoegbu was not shy about getting his. He had 14 points, including a couple of three pointers.
2012 Connor Lammert 6’9″ P from San Antonio Churchill
All star camps are always tough on big men, as the guards tend to dominate the ball and take most of the shots. Still only 16, Lammert will show his varied skill set which includes a three point shot in his arsenal. (Lammert had almost zero touches in game 1, but he did have an impressive tip-dunk.
Here’s some National ink received on Day One by Texans
By Josh Gershon of Rivals.com
CARSON, Calif. – The Pangos All-American Camp is always loaded with high level recruits and the 2011 version is no different with prospects such as Shabazz Muhammad and Cameron Ridley showing off on Friday.
Cameron Ridley, C (Houston Hoop Stars): The physical post was a beast on the glass and when he got touches in the paint, he converted easily, throwing down a handful of dunks in the second half. Potential matchups with Andre Drummond and Isaiah Austin are looming, but if Ridley brings it like he did Friday night, he’s going to be competitive in any matchup thrown his way.
Alex Caruso, SG: (Texas D1 Ambassadors) The scoring was sporadic, but the passing was terrific. Cameron Ridley wasn’t getting a ton of touches, but once Caruso got the ball in his hands, he made sure the big guy got the ball where he needed it around the hoop. A versatile player, Caruso did a good job rebounding and defending even though he wasn’t scoring as he’s capable of. This is a big weekend for the temporarily under the radar guard and Friday was a good start.