Held at the sprawling Joy of the Game facility in Deerfield, Ill., just outside of Chicago, the Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp didn't attract all of the top underclassmen in the Chicago Land area. However, the event brought out some of the better below-the-radar young prospects in the entire Midwest, as well as a few players already on the national scene. Run by California-based grassroots mainstay Dinos Trigonis, the event featured some intriguing talents who should be followed closely over the next few years.
Dejuan Marrero SF (6-foot-6, 195 pounds)
2012, Gary, Ind./Bowman
Marrero, likely the prospect at the event with the most name recognition, didn't disappoint. He consistently attacked his opponents with relentless drives to the goal (usually straight-line drives or transition opportunities) and strong finishes. While his outside shooting was usually hit and miss, his ballhandling ability, assertive rebounding, putbacks on the offensive boards and overall combination of strength and athleticism simply overwhelmed his peers. In addition, Marrero was crafty enough to consistently draw fouls (even in a camp setting), his on-ball defense was impressive and he displayed a crafty in-between game. Continued refinement of his dribbling and more lift on his jumper will be important to Marrero's development, but the gritty wing's motor, competitive mean streak on both ends, versatility (he often snatched defensive boards and initiated fast breaks, sometimes finishing them himself) and willingness to do the dirty work on the inside help more than compensate.
Darrell Bowie SG (6-6, 200)
2012, Milwaukee/Wauwatosa East
Bowie, a long, fluid swingman from New Jersey Nets star Devin Harris' alma mater, made an immediate impact with his high level of activity. A jack of all trades but master of none, Bowie was most effective as a slasher, often getting to the bucket efficiently and finishing at the rim. Not an off-the-charts athlete, he made his presence felt on the defensive end and on the glass by utilizing his length and quick feet to be in position to make plays. Although Bowie's game still needs some polish, he was an effective ballhandler in transition and knocked down some midrange jumpers.
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