TALENT GALORE At Pangos All-East!
The Pangos All-East Frosh-Soph Camp concluded on Sunday afternoon with two entertaining and closely contested all-star games. There was talent galore in both games and plenty of size in the Cream of the Crop Top 30 game. Taking home MVP honors for the winning black team in the top all-star game was a pair of sophomores: lefty wing forward Dynodre Dominguez and big man
The 2017 Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp tour is now complete and the last stop on the tour in West Deptford, N.J., did not disappoint. The All-East camp usually has the most size in terms of height and plain physical dominance underneath. This was the case this year, as no less than 19 players chosen for the camp’s top all-star game (Cream of the Crop Top 30) among 32 players were 6-foot-6 or taller.
One of those players, 6-foot-10 sophomore (2020) Elijah Hutchins-Everett, was named co-MVP of the game after helping the Black Team record a 88-87 victory over the White Team. The talented big man netted a team-high 16 points and added five rebounds and two assists. Also having a big game for the winning black club was 6-foot-8 small forward Dynode Dominguez , a sophomore from New Hampton (N.H.). A long lefty with a frame reminiscent of former UNLV and NBA small forward Stacy Augmon, Dominguez had some pretty finishes in transition and finished with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Although there was some heavy action underneath, as is the case with close all-star games, the perimeter players had a huge outcome in the game. It wasn’t decided until 6-foot-9 2020 power forward Maximillian Amadasun of Our Savior Lutheran (Bronx, N.Y.) missed a free throw with his Black Team leading 88-87 and the White Team couldn’t get off a clean look in the final 10 seconds. It seemed like that free throw was the only thing Asadasun (six points) did wrong all weekend, as he had an excellent showing blocking shots underneath and cleaning up loose balls with powerful put back finishes.
A conventional 3-point play on a driving layup with 1:42 remaining in the game by 6-foot 2020 guard Posh Alexander, Asadasum’s high school teammate, gave the Black Team a 88-83 lead that seemed safe until the White team got back in the game afters one careless play by the opponent and some converted free throws. The White Team was trying to set up a good look for 6-foot sophomore guard Marcus Dockery, but he couldn’t get off a clean look at the end.
Alexander, who was the most confident and physically dominant guard in attendance, shared camp Most Outstanding Player honors with Dockery, the camp’s best overall shooter. Alexander had 15 points for his team in the Cream of the Crop Game, while Dockery netted a game-high 17 points and also had five rebounds. Alexander nailed two 3-pointers and had 10 of his 15 points in the second half. Dockery opened the game with two 3-pointers, but cooled off from the outside in the second half. He did hit one more 3-pointer and scored on a variety of driving moves to the hoop.
Although he didn’t have a big statistical output in the all-star game, another forward who’d we put in the same breath as the previously mentioned players in terms of production and performance at this camp was 6-foot-7 sophomore Ismael Plet of Virginia Episcopal School (Lynchburg, Va.). For a player with his size and build, it was impressive to see him change direction with the ball and hit a couple of baseline crossovers. Combine his aggressive nature and strongman form with his ball skill and quite a prospect emerges.
Plet scored six points for the White Team. Another impressive player for that club was 6-foot-6 freshman (2021) Tayquan Woodley of Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia). He scored on strong drives near the basket and displayed good athleticism and body control. Woodley finished with 11 points.
With all the big men taking up spots in the top all-stat game, we felt some of the best guards in attendance played in the Cream of the Crop Top 60 game. Most noticeable among that group was 5-foot-11 sophomore Hassan Perkins of Sanford (Hockessin, Del.) and 6-foot-1 freshman Ryan Meyers of Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.). Meyers was named game MVP for the White Team in its 87-85 victory.