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Pangos Sweet 16 recap

5/1/2012

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- With the April evaluation period coming to an end, it was time to make a pit stop at the Pangos Sweet 16. Many of the elite prospects from the West Coast were scattered at various tournaments around the country, but the Pangos event gave us a chance to watch some up-and-comers as well as some intriguing Division I sleepers.

Surprise players

Robert Cartwright (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep)

2014, PG, 6-foot-1, 155 pounds

Cartwright is a heady pass-first point guard who possesses an advanced feel for the game. He has a solid burst off the dribble, a low crossover, and he knows how to snap passes to open teammates in transition and the half-court set. He doesn’t have elite speed or quickness, but he changes speeds very well and he plays with a bevy of moxie. He needs to continue to improve his strength, quickness and pull-up game out to the 3-point stripe, but he is definitely a Division I prospect.

Keanu Peters (Las Vegas/Valley)

2013, PG, 6-0, 150 pounds

Peters has an ideal Division I frame with good length and he has an excellent burst off the dribble. He pushes it hard in transition and can get to the rim with ease. In addition, he can pull up and knock down the jump shot or drop off a nice pass to an open teammate. Despite his physical attributes, his approach needs an overhaul. He has a tendency to pound the ball too much and he needs to learn to change speeds because he plays too fast, which leads to costly turnovers or forced shots. If he cleans up those areas of his game, he has the talent to play at the next level.

Nnadi Udengwu (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Ranch)

2013, SF, 6-4, 215 pounds

When describing Udengwu, the first description that comes immediately to mind is “beast.” He is a power wing with very long arms, strong hands and he plays with a very high motor. He can post up taller defenders and power through them or take them off the bounce thanks to his solid first step. He also has the ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Overall, he is one of those “no position” types, but due to his assertiveness and production he may find a place on the low Division I level.

Bayek Tutlam (Everett, Wash./Mariner)

2013, WF, 6-3, 160 pounds

Tutlam is a wiry wing-type with an outstanding shooting touch that extends out to 20 feet. He gets off his shot fairly quick and his release is smooth. His shot is more consistent off the catch (gets his feet set well), but he needs to get better with the ball, while being pressured. He plays the game with a good pace and rarely forces the action. He’ll need to get stronger for the next level, but he is definitely a Division I prospect.

Breakthrough performers