Pangos All-American Camp: Top Point Guards


Posted On: 06/5/18 12:13 PM

Norwalk, Ca. — The Pangos All-American Camp is consistently one of the premier showcase events in the country, drawing high level players from all over the United States.

Pangos founder and camp organizer Dinos Trigonis put together a solid, invitation-only roster with a balanced positional mix of point guards, shooting guards, wings, forwards and centers for the three day event at Cerritos College.

Other than one of the parking ticket machines mysteriously breaking, the camp went off without a hitch and here’s a quick breakdown of the top point guards on the weekend.

Posh Alexander, Our Savior Lutheran (NY)

Alexander is physical, tough and athletic at 5-feet-10. The rising junior got thrived in the up-and-down atmosphere of the camp, getting downhill in a hurry where he probed the paint, used his strength to get into the body of bigs and finish through contact.

Jalen Cone, Walkertown (NC)

Cone was another sub six-foot guard who impressed with his no nonsense approach the game. Few players are willing and active defenders in the showcase camp setting, but the 5-10, class of 2020 prospect was picking up 94-feet from the first minute he took the floor. Offensively, Cone is speedy in transition, changes speeds and direction on a dime and has a deadly pull-up jump shot off the bounce.

Sharife Cooper, McEachern (GA)

Cooper came in with a big reputation as a scorer with a ton of feel and didn’t disappoint. The pace went as the 5-10 junior-to-be dictated. He has the ball on a string, is deceptive with hesitations and burst in the half-court setting and is a smooth operator out of high ball-screen action. Cooper fills it up from the perimeter in a hurry.

Tre Mann, Villages School (FL)

Mann is of the scoring guard mold, but the 6-foot-3 rising senior put the ball in the bucket better than most others on the weekend. He epitomizes the popular “three level scorer” terminology with his smooth pull-up perimeter jumper, floaters in the lane and impressive finishing package. But Mann did more than tickle the twine as he didn’t dribble the air out of the basketball and did some work screening off the ball.

Hesperia and The Truth guard Jaden Shackelford was one of the standout guards at the Pangos All-American Camp. Photo Credit: Devin Ugland.

Jaden Shackelford, Hesperia (CA)

Like Mann above, Shackelford is more a scorer than distributor at this point in his development, but was clearly one of the top local players in attendance. The silky smooth 6-foot-3 lefty does a great job of creating space on the perimeter with his footwork, allowing him to get his shot off in just about any situation imaginable. What’s most intriguing about Shackelford is his ability to play both on or off the ball with no change in his impact on the game or production on the stat sheet.

Jaden Springer, Rocky River (NC)

Springer takes my award for the best point guard in camp. The strong 6-foot-3 rising junior wasted no time asserting himself, opening the camp with a barrage of mid-range pull-up jumpers and pretty feeds to teammates for easy buckets. Springer struck a nice balance of scoring and distributing in a setting that promotes “getting buckets” and still managed to find time to defend.