Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Cali's best shine at Pangos Showcase
By Joel Francisco
CERRITOS, Calif. -- Ryan Silver, one of the bright up-and-comers in the club basketball scene, put on an impressive Pangos Spring Showcase event this past weekend that featured a bevy of Division 1 prospects.
Although it wasn't filled with high major targets, the event was still loaded with explosive talents like 6-foot-5 sophomore Jeremiah Headley (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union) and multi-skilled players like Jeremy Hemsley (La Verne, Calif./Damien).
Jeremy Hemsley is a 6-foot-2 combo guard with offers from UConn and UNLV, among others.
Jeremy Hemsley (La Verne, Calif./Damien)
2015, CG, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds
Status: Claims verbal offers from UConn, UNLV, Boston College, New Mexico, Portland, UC Irvine and Pepperdine. UCLA, Arizona, Gonzaga, Oregon, USC and Washington State are showing interest.
Hemsley is a jack-of-all-trades guard who impacts the game at several levels. He plays with a relentless passion and leaves his imprint on each and every possession. His offensive game consists of slashing to the rim, and he even showed off a much more consistent jump shot. He is neither a true 1 or 2, he is just a gifted guard.
Point of interest
Kendall Small (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View)
2016, PG, 6-foot, 165 pounds
Status: Claims offers from Gonzaga and UCLA, while USC, San Diego State, USC, UNLV, UConn, Oregon, Washington State, UC Irvine and Pepperdine are showing interest.
Small wasn't his usual dominant self but he was extremely efficient. In most camp-like settings, players have a tendency to dominate the ball, but Small set up teammates, knocked down open jump shots and exhibited his high IQ for the game.
Diamond in the rough
Jeremiah Headley (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union)
2015, SG, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds
Status: Claims interest from Washington, Oregon, Arizona State, Cal, Florida State and Oklahoma State.
Headley is just scratching the surface of his impressive potential. He is an explosive perimeter player who has major bounce and an evolving skill set. His jump shot is playable, but it needs to be more consistent. Overall, his strength allows him to catapult to the rim in transition and finish plays with either hand around the basket. He also boasts a non-stop motor.
Kenneth Davis (Compton, Calif./Centennial)
2016, PG, 6-foot-3, 135 pounds Davis has a prototypical Division I frame and very long arms. He plays the game with an even keel for someone so young and he does an outstanding job of advancing the ball in transition to open teammates. In the halfcourt, despite his lack of strength, he has a low and tight crossover and his vision is outstanding. Once his lanky frame fills out and he continues to work on his midrange skills and jump shot, his future is bright.
Ahead of his time
Max Heidegger (Encino, Calif./Crespi)
2016, PG, 5-foot-11, 155 pounds Heidegger doesn't pass the look test, but he is certainly a gamer. His IQ, savvy and skill set is off the charts for someone so young. Whether he's attacking bigs in the paint with a floater or splitting double teams with his nifty handle, he is fun to watch. No matter the competition, he is going to get his points at all three levels.
Rogers Printup (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran)
2015, WF, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds When it comes to production, few players Printup’s size have impact he Printup does. He is a wing-type that plays with maximum energy and has the frame to finish through contact while attacking the rim. In addition, he has shown the ability to knock down jump shots out to 20-feet. Defensively, he has the instincts and assertiveness to lock-down his opponent.
Cameron High (Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union)
2015, PG, 6-foot-1, 155 pounds It's taken more time than anticipated considering his impressive freshman campaign, but High is once again showing the talents most of us had grown accustomed to early on. He is playing much more assertive since the beginning of the spring and is now exhibiting his multi-gear burst and point guard skill set.
D.J. Ursery (Encino, Calif./Crespi)
2014, SG, 6-foot-3, 180 pounds
Status: Has offers from Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara; interest from San Diego State, Long Beach State, Pepperdine, San Francisco, LMU and Boise State
Each and every season there are a few late bloomers who slowly creep up to D-I status. The left-handed Ursery is a product of an outstanding program headed by Russell White. He lets the game come to him, knocks down deep jump shots and has an ideal frame for the next level.
L.A. power Westchester features a stellar floor general in Akil Reese.
Akil Reese (Los Angeles/Westchester)
2015, PG, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds
Status: Has interest from Long Beach State, Boise State, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Sacramento State and San Diego.
Reese is yet another prospect evolving out of LA City power Westchester. The rangy combo-guard has developed nicely in the past year and does a little bit of everything on the court. He can elevate in transition for the slam or advance the ball in the open court for an easy score. His jump shot (gets solid lift) has improved, so to have his ball skills. Look for him to have a breakout season during his junior campaign for the Comets.
• Leland Green, a 6-foot-2 freshman out of Redondo Beach, Calif./Redondo Union, has a similar game to current Philadelphia 76er Jrue Holiday when he was in high school. Green affects the game at both ends and his savvy is impressive.
• Joe Furstinger, a 6-foot-8 junior out of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., is a gangly 4-man with ball skills. However, he played too much on the perimeter at this event and needs to learn to screen and roll and finish through contact.
• Kahlil Simplis, a 6-foot point guard out of North Hollywood, Calif./Campbell Hall, continued to exhibit why he is considered one of the more underrated point guards in Southern California. He knocks down deep jump shots and can manage an offense both vocally and with his skill.
• Stephen Thompson Jr., a 6-foot-3 sophomore out of Torrance, Calif./Bishop Montgomery, may not appear on many Top 100 lists just yet due mainly to his undeveloped frame. However, his demeanor, shooting touch and acumen are high-level.
• Add another impressive point guard prospect to the Class of 2016 in 6-foot Dylan Crawford (La Canada, Calif./St. Francis). Crawford distributed the ball quickly in transition and knocked in some jump shots as well.
• Charlie Hall, a 6-foot-3 sophomore out of Santa Monica, Calif./Crossroads School of Arts/Science, is the son of Hollywood actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- known as "Elaine" on Seinfeld. The left-handed Hall has some impressive ball skills to boot.