There is a high concentration of talent from all over the Eastern Seaboard at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp at the Riverwinds Community Center (Thorofare, N.J.). It was two local talents, however, that were among the first day standouts.
Thorofare, N.J. -- With the large number of basketball-crazed communities within a stone's throw of the Riverwinds Community Center (Thorofare, N.J.), it was no surprise 13 eastern states were represented at the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp.
Participants came from cities such as Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New York City and as far away as Miami, Fla. to compete and expand their national reach among scouts. Ironically, it was a player from a proud basketball town less than 10 minutes away that produced one of the top five performers on the first day.
Camden, N.J. is a rough neighborhood, but the one thing its proud residents get behind is their local basketball stars, the majority of whom matriculate to Camden High School. The school first gained national recognition in the 1970s under coach Clarence Turner and were named mythical national champions for the 1985-86 season. Their 1980-81 team had three players in the rotation for the 1986 NCAA Champion Louisville Cardinals: Milt Wagner, Billy Thompson and Kevin Walls.
Wagner's son, DaJuan, also starred at Camden, scoring a New Jersey record 3,462 career points and earning 2000-01 Mr. Basketball USA honors. Dajuan Wagner was in attendance Saturday at the Pangos All-South Frosh/Soph Camp checking out perhaps the next Camden High great -- 6-foot-2 sophomore (2018) combo guard Corey Greer.
Greer is a physically strong guard with muscular legs and a strong base. He is rarely off-balance, always relaxed under pressure and has the ability to finish with either hand with explosive moves to the basket. Greer can also distribute the ball, but like most of Camden's top players over the years excels the most at putting the ball in the hole.
Greer, the son of 6-foot-5 1994 McDonald's All-American Lamarr Greer of Middle Township (Cape May Courthouse, N.J.) who later played at Florida State, has gotten to know Dajuan Wagner and the 2002 NBA lottery pick out of Memphis has made it a point to be somewhat of a mentor to Corey Greer.
"He tells me to be aggressive and to be efficient out on the court," Corey Greer said. "DaJuan stresses that I shouldn't play around and waste my time out on the court doing flashy things."
"Corey is going to be one of the best out of all of us," Dajuan Wagner said. "He's also going to help the Camden team. He's been around the game his whole life and you can see that in the way he plays."
Greer could develop into a big-time player for the Panthers, but regardless of how it plays out don't expect him to be the final big-time scorer to come down the Camden assembly line. Dajuan Wagner Jr. is in fifth-grade and already has a big-time reputation in the local basketball community and will likely be a third generation star for the famous high school basketball program.
Scottie Lewis Has Crowd Buzzing
There is an undeniable New York flavor to the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp, as the crowd anticipates the next ankle-breaking crossover or rim-rattling dunk. The guards in attendance love the flashy play and drew some ohhs-and-ahhs, but the one player the crowd can't seem to get enough of is 6-foot-5 freshman wing Scottie Lewis of Ranney (Tinton Falls, N.J.).
Lewis has already built a reputation as one of the top 2019 prospect in the country and showed why on Saturday evening. Lewis has been throwing down 360 degree dunks with ease since seventh grade, but he's more than just a dunker. He has nice lift and good arch on his jump shot and range that extends out to the college 3-point line. He's also coordinated using both hands and keeps his head up and on a swivel when attacking. Simply put there is not a lot of holes in Lewis' game and that's rare for a young player with his athleticism.
Idan Tretout, Ethan Wright Are Fast Risers At Pangos All-East
Two players who didn't come in with big-time reputations who stood out on the first day of camp were 6-foot-3 sophomore shooting guard Idan Tretout of Bishop Loughlin (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and 6-foot-2 sophomore combo guard Ethan Wright of Newton North (Newton, Mass.).
Tretout is not only an aggressive and explosive athlete around the rim, he was knocking down jump shots at a high rate. He got better as the day wore on and will be one we closely evaluate for a potential recommendation in the Cream of the Crop Top 30 All-Star Game.
Wright had everybody asking, "Who is that?" after he threw down a monstrous follow-up dunk only a few minutes into the first game of camp. In addition to his athleticism, Wright knows how to play the game at a high level. He uses hesitation moves, as well as subtle fakes, to beat defenders and is a heady passer and deft ball-handler. Wright also has great instincts on the defensive end and his hustle created another highlight play in the evening session when he came up with a big-time chase down block.
Wright is a perfect example of what this camp is intended for -- for young high school players to demonstrate their abilities and enhance their games playing against top-level competition.