Los Angeles, California -- The Pangos All-American Camp, now in its fifth year, has become a must-stop on the summer camp circuit. Founded by fullctpress.net editor and publisher Dinos Trigonis, the camp will bring together 120 of the nation's top high school players, including standouts such as Howard Thompkins (Wesleyan, Atlanta, GA), Brandon Jennings (Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson, VA) and DeMar DeRozan (Compton, CA).
Trigonis founded the camp in June 2003 as a tool to help promote the Pangos brand and the camp has served as a "coming out" party for many up-and-coming national-level basketball recruits.
"The camp has helped our brand developing and it also is great for kids who might not have had a strong spring," Trigonis noted. "Robert Swift (Seattle Supersonics) had a bad spring the summer before his senior season but he was the MVP here. It's a great opportunity for some players to redeem themselves."
Two of the MVP's of the first three camps have been prep-to-pro players --Swift (No. 12 pick in 2004 NBA Draft) in 2003 and C.J. Miles (No. 24 pick in 2005 NBA Draft) in 2004.
Thompkins, Jennings and DeRozan are ones to watch for top honors at this year's event. Thompkins will lead a strong contingent of players from Georgia which will also include top 10 2009 prospect Derrick Favors (South Atlanta, GA) plus junior T'Andre Williams (Norcross, GA). Jennings led Oak Hill Academy to the FAB 50 national title last season as a junior and earned second team EA SPORTS All-American honors in the process. DeRozan, meanwhile, is starting to live up to the potential he flashed when he was named to the Student Sports Freshman All-American team two years ago. Very few players around the country have been playing better than the Compton standout since the end of the regular high school season in March. Trigonis also states that his camp also focuses on showcasing up and coming talent and sleepers who might not have shown up on the national radar.
"Two years ago, Anthony Randolph (Woodrow Wilson, Dallas, TX) had never been ranked on a national level and prior to that camp, most scouts had never seen him play," Trigonis stated about the 2007 Roundball Classic All-American.
This year at the Pangos Camp, a host of top underclassmen are also scheduled to attend, including Shawn Williams (Duncanville, TX), Roberto Nelson (Santa Barbara, CA) and Colin Borchert (Glendale, Mountain Ridge, AZ). Some of these players will likely be chosen to the Student Sports Underclass All-American team scheduled to be released next week.
The camp does not have academic or SAT instruction, partly because of time constraints but mostly because of Trigonis' belief that there is no substitute for Monday through Friday classroom instruction. Those campers scheduled to take the SAT on Saturday morning at USC, however, will not be missing any time on the court because Trigonis has already allotted for that time period within his three-day schedule.
After Dave Miller (the New Orleans Hornets Assistant Coach of Player Development) leads individual instruction, the campers play in a series of games Friday night, Saturday and Sunday morning. The two-day camp is highlighted by two all-star games at the conclusion of the event on Sunday afternoon. The "Cream of the Crop" Top 40 Game and the "Cream of Crop" Top 20 Game will showcase the top overall players at the camp and usually go a long way in solidifying a national reputation or turning a sleeper into a household name.
So who will be the next player to emerge such as Randolph or which player will turn in a MVP-type performance similar to Swift or Miles?
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