The Pangos Jr All-American Camp held February 23 – 24 in Redondo Beach, California was hosted by Dinos Trigonis, the man who has had a first look at many of the top NBA players. The invitational only camp attracted the top middle schoolers in the nation. Kids represented from seventeen states and three countries, kids came as far as China to compete and be ranked.
The weekend started out with some of the best coaches and trainers instructing the players on the points of the game and putting the campers through various drills before they went head to head to see who would be the standout players and be selected for the Cream of the Crop All Star game and be ranked as top 50 or top 25 in the Nation.
Bakersfield Standout Players
Bakersfield had a strong presence, with nine players representing at the Pangos Jr. Camp. Many of the players are apart of two of Bakersfield top Basketball organizations, Basketball Universe Academy and Bakersfield Elite Basketball. Of those nine player, four players ranked in the top 25 in the Nation. And one ranked top 50 in the Nation.
6th grade division Ranked Top 25 in the Nation
· Kadar Waller, son of Doc Waller, CSUB Director of Basketball Operations
· Logan Stout, brother of Bailey Stout a 6-0 2016 standout
· Daniel Viveros, son of Coach Viveros, Tevis Junior High Girls basketball coach.
4th grade division Ranked Top 25 in the Nation
· Seth Marantos
8th grade division Ranked Top 50 in the Nation
· Justin McCall, son of CSUB Women’s Head Coach Greg McCall.
For the first invitational extended to Bakersfield to the Pangos Jr All American Camp, with over 300 kids in attendance, Bakersfield had some stand out players. Coach Jesse Soto, Director of Bakersfield Elite AAU organization, was on hand both days of the camp to witness the drills, games and ranking of the Bakersfield players.
Past Pangos event alumni
Include LeBron James (Miami Heat), Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers), Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Baron Davis (New York Knicks), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards),Josh Childress (Brooklyn Nets), Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls), Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons), Drew Gooden (Milwaukee Bucks), Sebastian Telfair (Phoenix Suns), Rashard Lewis (Miami Heat), Richard Jefferson (Golden State Warriors), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), Hakeem Warrick (Charlotte Bobcats), Earl Watson (Utah Jazz), Stephen Jackson (San Antonio Spurs), Arron Afflalo (Orlando Magic), Gabriel Pruitt (Boston Celtics), Jared Dudley (Phoenix Suns), JJ Hickson (Portland Trailblazers), Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks), James Harden (Houston Rockets), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76’ers), Jordan Hill (Los Angeles Lakers), Austin Daye (Detroit Pistons), Darren Collison (Dallas Mavericks), John Wall (Washington Wizards), Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz),Jason Kapono (Philadelphia 76’ers), Brook Lopez (Brooklyn Nets), DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), CJ Miles (Cleveland Cavaliers), Robin Lopez (New Orleans Hornets), Wesley Mathews (Portland Trailblazers), Jerryd Bayless (Memphis Grizzlies), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder), Nick Young (Philadelphia 76’ers), Jordan Farmer (New Jersey Nets), Dorell Wright (Philadelphia 76’ers), Jeff Pendergraph (Indiana Pacers), Spencer Hawes (Philadelphia 76’ers), Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls), Quincy Pondexter (Memphis Grizzlies), Landry Fields (Toronto Raptors), Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets), Brad Beal (Washington Wizards), Darius Morris (LA Lakers), Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jeremy Tyler (Golden State Warriors), Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), Wayne Ellington (Memphis Grizzlies) and Gerald Henderson (Charlotte Bobcats)
ABOUT PANGOS JR CAMP
The camp attracted the top 6th. 7th and 8th graders from throughout the nation and Canada. The competition was fierce with noted trainers on hand to put campers through an intense array of drills and development work. All participating players were provided an opportunity to improve their skill level and compete against the top athletes from across the country. Primary focus of the camp was to educate and teach middle school players and their parents what it takes to be successful at the next levels.
For more information
Bakersfield Elite Basketball ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Basketball Universe Academy ~ www.bballuniverse.com
Pangos ~ www.pangosbasketball.com
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