The 2017 Pangos Frosh/Soph Camp four-stop tour concludes with the All-East camp at the RiverWinds Community Center at it hasn’t disappointed so far. There is an abundance of talent at each position and different types of talent in terms of need for colleges at the next level. In terms of show-topping guard with a tons of offensive talents, it was hard to top the day one performance of Posh Alexander.
At the first three stops on the 2017 Pangos Frosh/Soph Camp tour, there were noticeable strengths of the campers at each particular stop. At the All-South Camp, the athleticism on the wings stood out while at the All-Midwest Camp, the skill and polish level of the power forwards and stretch fours was particularly impressive. After one day at the Pangos All-East, it’s evident there is an abundance of talent…and it’s across the board. Want a physically strong lead guard? There’s one. Looking for a rugged shot-blocker? He’s here. Want a bouncy wing whose best days are clearly ahead him? You’ll find him. Want a knock down shooter? This camp has you covered.
If a novice was to walk in the gym, it’s hard to imagine that person would miss the talents, confidence and swagger of 5-foot-11 2020 (sophomore) point guard Posh Alexander of Our Savior Lutheran (Bronx, N.Y.). He’s confidence borders on cocky in a good way. The power point guard who has some Khalid El-Amin (UConn) and Cory Fisher (Villanova) in his game has blow by ability and can finish in the key from various angles. Like many New York City point guards, he can also thread the needle or whip the bullet pass at a moment’s notice and seemingly when he has nowhere to go. Alexander was relentless in attacking the rim and many time was doing it on a straight line or a quality hesitation move. He’s a MOP candidate after day one of the camp.
The biggest revelation in camp arguably is Maximillian Amadasun, a 6-foot-9 sophomore and Alexander’s teammate at Our Savior Lutheran. Amadasun was aggressive every moment he was out on the court in a controlled manner. There isn’t a better shot-blocker in camp in terms of timing and attempting to control the ball. Amadasun is also an excellent outlet passer and selfless in nature. The scouts on hand made a favorable comparison to former NBA defensive whiz Ben Wallace.
Like many of the frosh-soph camps over the years, it’s difficult to find quality and consistent outside shooting and to a degree, it’s expected. Shot selection and consistent shooting with good form and follow through, or being able to shoot off the dribble, is one of the last skills quality players develop. With that in mind, we did evaluate one excellent shooter in terms of form, consistency and confidence. His name is Marcus Dockery, a 6-foot sophomore at Roosevelt (Washington, D.C.). The lefty with the sweet-shooting touch had his stroke going early and he was pulling with confidence. According to Frank Burlison of BurlisonOnBasketball.com, he made 18 3-pointers in day one camp games.
In terms of overall skill level and playing the game the right way, 6-foot-5 freshman (2021) Alexis Reyes was hard to top. His starts and stops with the basketball were what you might see out of a NBA player or four-year college starter. He used that and changing speeds to get by defenders time and time again and finished with controlled layups or quality shots. Reyes has good size, can see the floor and has the burning desire to get better, which is the one quality you expect to see evidence of from every player in this type of camp setting.
“I came here to improve my guard skills,” Reyes said. “I have been working on getting to the rim and developing my skills, because when I was younger I was just taller than everyone else so I didn’t play guard. Developing and showing my guard skills, that’s what I need to do to get better.”
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