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Posted On: 09/28/18 1:48 PM
WESTMINSTER, Ca. – The anticipation was that the 2018 version of the Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp was going to be particularly “point guard-heavy”.
And the Saturday-Sunday event proved to be exactly that – and then some.
I’ve already addressed the Class of 2022 (current freshmen) “point guard-types” who were so good over the weekend, Richard Isaacs Jr. (of course) of Henderson, NV, Coronado being the most notable although another “Junior” – Jason Hart (L.A. Dorsey) – continued with his strong late-summer and fall efforts during the event.
But, over the course of the three camp games they played on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, and then the Crème of the Crop Top 30 – in which they teamed to help their white jerseys squad to a 102-86 victory – the Class of 2021 point guards that stole the proverbial “show” were Devin Askew (Santa Ana Mater Dei) and Isael Silva (Carmichael Jesuit).
Silva (26) and Askew (20) combined for 46 points, 11 3-pointers, nine assists and nine rebounds in the White’s 102-86 victory.
Askew came into the camp as one of the more nationally hyped PGs in the Class of 2022 for the past couple of years.
Silva, despite a strong freshman season and quality showings in the spring and summer with the Team Lillard 15s squad, didn’t have anything near the national or regional cachet that Askew possessed before the Pangos camp.
But the gap should have tightened considerably after Silva’s performance in front of a lot of “national scouts” who hadn’t seen him or even heard of him before the weekend.
Askew (pictured) and Silva are going to have some nifty duels – either on the high school, camp or club ball scene – over the next three years that could ultimate determine the consensus choice for the No. 1 point guard in the California Class of 2022.
Two other very good point guards from the class that landed in the Top 30 Crème of the Crop game were Zaon Collins (Las Vegas Bishop Gorman) and Chris Howell (San Marcos in San Diego County).
Like Askew and (especially) Silva, they are exceptional passers although not nearly the “scorers” that they are.
Here are some more “point guard-types” who were Top 60 Game selections and did enough over the weekend to put them just on the cusp of the Top 30 contest, IMO: Dave Elliott (Lake Balboa Birmingham), Aaron Burgin Jr. (San Diego), Brennan Rigsby Jr. (DeBeque in Colorado), Keith Higgins (West Hills Chaminade) and Mike Anderson (Philadelphia Roman Catholic).
Anderson could further showcase himself as one of the best PGs in 2021 – in the East and nationally – with a strong effort during the Pangos All-East Frosh/Soph Camp in Thorofare, NJ, the final weekend of October.