Long Beach, California. – When it comes to talent scouting on the West Coast, the Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph camp has become a must-have stop on the exploration trail. During the summer, events are as much about collecting information about the hiring of high-ranking high school students as they are about their evaluation. An event like the Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph is very different.
With talent drawn from all over the Pacific Coast, this is an opportunity to begin the work of assessing and identifying the next wave of talent that we’ll be tracking over the next few years.
247Sports was able to attend Saturday’s event and here are some of the players that caught our attention.
Tariq Bridges, CGI, Downey (CA) St. Pius – Bridges impressed as a tough combo guard who can get to the rim, score in traffic, and then create space for rebound shots. He is a good athlete, has shown ability to take shots from deep and most of all looked ready to compete on both sides of the court. Southern Utah has already proposed.
Isaac Carr, SG, Portland (Oregon), Central Catholic. Carr, one of the most beautiful shooters in the camp, showed a deadly blow from the depths and a lot of confidence. He has a bit of ball tremor in his hands and that wobble after the bounce puts defenders on their heels and opens up plenty of scoring opportunities for himself and others when he comes up with live dribbles.
juju ervin, PF, Spokane (Washington) North Central – Long and lean four men from Washington, Ervin was one of the most mobile frontcourt players in attendance. His ability to get ahead of others in the transition allowed him to finish the ring with ease, and although he was thin, he had a certain stiffness on the glass and a body that had plenty of room to build muscle. Sooner or later, it will draw glances from all levels up and down the West Coast.
Aaron Glass, SG, Rancho Cucamonga (CA) High-Glass is already reporting offers from Washington State, Weber and UC San Diego and has proven itself to be a very capable thrower, whether it’s catch and throw or rebound. He’s cunning in the lane and isn’t afraid to take on bigger defenders.
Kellen Hampton, San Francisco, Hayward (CA) Moreau Catholic – One of the top scorers in camp, Hampton really hit the spot with his jumper. Once the defenders began closing in to stop him from shooting, he used his 6ft 6in height and peppy athleticism to get to the rim and finish with authority. As his recruiting begins to pick up steam, he can look back to the weekend as a starting point thanks to his intriguing “three” and “D” ability.
D’Andre Harrison, PF, Gilbert (Arizona) Perry. The 6-foot-5 forward who is most comfortable at the rim at this point, Harrison was one of the hardest-working and most athletic guys in camp. It was fun to watch him race to the rim and finish with aggressive dunks and rebounds in traffic. He plays with famous prospects Koa Peat and Cody Williams in high school, and he’s got to make headlines of his own this winter.
Gavin Hightower, PG, Los Angeles (CA) Windward. One of the most accomplished point guards, Hightower is already a master at changing speed after the rebound. Just when the defenders thought they had cornered him, he used his above-average speed to break through and finish off the rim. He has a lean and long build, a dexterous passer and was one of the most prolific ball-handlers in camp. His jumping ability should develop over time, but his ability to stop and go is a weapon. That summer, New Mexico made him his first offer.
DeMarco Johnson, PG, Castaic (CA) Academy of Southern California. Just a year ago at this very event, Johnson first came to our attention, and this year the long 6-foot point guard has again impressed. He is a tricky rebound builder, elastic finisher around the ring and a tall defender who claims to be one of the top floor generals in his class in the West. By the time he graduates from high school, he has all the tools to break into the national rankings, and recently received his first major offer from Georgia, as well as tenders from Duquesne, New Mexico and Southern Utah.
Caspian Jones, San Francisco, Phoenix (Arizona). St. Mary’s Camp Ball is no place for passive behavior, and Jones really understood that. The 6’5″ wing never wavered, allowing jumpers to fly from deep, and it was fairly accurate from there. While he wasn’t afraid to take hits, he did so without landing many misses, and just when he looked like he was going for deep punches, he started to attack the ring where he could use his power.
Giovani Raff, San Francisco, Long Beach (CA) Poly- The already well-known Ruff is set to make his national debut in the Class of 2025, and he’s shown why. Two 6-foot-5 defenders trained deep jumpers, breaking free in transitions, attacking from the dribble and demonstrating a real ability to find empty balls. The ball just finds guys like him and when it does, he knows exactly what to do with it. Loyola Marymount and Long Beach State have invited Arizona, UCLA and USC to participate in the Pac 12 programs that are already tracking his progress.
Marco Varani, San Francisco, Bellevue (Washington) High- Varani is far from a finished product, after all, he’s just starting his sophomore year, and few of the players in attendance are anywhere close to the players they’ll be by release . But at nearly 6ft 6in, his length and ability to use opportunities to catch and throw from the depths was astounding. It will be very interesting to see where his game goes as he becomes more physically mature.
Dallas Washington, PF/SF, Rancho Santa Margarita is another one who first made a splash at the camp. In 2021, Washington also makes its national debut for 2025 this week. He’s a mobile four that dribbles, runs around the court, has a body to lean on and shows promise as a guy who can play facing the rim creating opportunities for mismatch. Washington State has been offered throughout the summer and will likely be offered bigger big offers before graduation.
Breillon Webb, SG, Seattle (Washington) O’Dea. One of the common complaints many have about the camp ball is that the defense is not rewarded. It’s not, it’s more like it’s not always encouraged. Whatever the case, it was the 6-foot-4 forward’s prowess as a ball-handler and vigilant assistant/defender of the team that earned him long stares. His offense has room to grow, but he promises to be a powerful doppelgänger that can develop as a jump shooter.
***We decided not to watch the MOP camp Tone Yesufu on Saturday play in favor of seeing some other players. Make no mistake, though, we’ve been keeping a close eye on him all summer, and this week he makes his brilliant debut in our first edition of the 2025 rankings.
Maximo Adams, San Francisco, Harbor City (CA) Narbonne. If we had to pick one player who really caught our attention due to his current skill level and long term potential, Adams would be the guy who made the most impression. Already pushing 6ft 6in, he is a smooth and proficient wing that shoots very competently from deep. He’s hit live passes with both hands, worked on the glass, and seems to have all the tools to turn himself into a national-level prospect. This is a very early process of his development, but he has clear abilities and great potential.
Taj ArizaSan Francisco, Playa del Rey (California) St. Bernard is the son of a longtime NBA player. Trevor Ariza, the 6ft 5in freshman is full of potential. Already 6ft 5in, with long arms and athleticism, he plays fast and likes to attack from the dribble while adding a few shots from deep. Pro kids always operate under a microscope, but he would have made the same impression no matter who his father was.
kayden bailey, PG, Crean Lutheran. Heading into camp, Bailey was a player that 247Sports had given him the opportunity to follow, and he pulled through. A nimble and experienced defender, Bailey read correctly as a passer, and when he had his scoring opportunities, he knew exactly what to do with them, whether he ended in the alley or shot from deep.
Rashod Cotton, PG, Modesto (CA) Christian – One of the most handsome generals in the camp, Cotton showed great sense of the game. He changed pace, knew when to score and when to lose, and always played productively. He will benefit from not having to play too much alongside a nationally ranked junior. Jamari Phillips and recent San Diego State Top 150 Commitments BJ Davis during his first year of high school. At the same time, we expect him to make some serious noise this year.
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