Posted On: 09/18/18 11:35 AM
Garden Grove, Ca. — The Pangos Best of SoCal Fall Showcase at Santiago High brought together many of the area’s top prospects for a class vs. class style event.
Here are some breakout performers from the Top 20 game for the junior class:
Malvin Payero, Valley Christian
Expect Payero to make a lot of noise this coming season at Valley Christian under new head coach Josh Beaty. The 6-foot-1 point guard is tough as nails, competes on both ends of the floor and didn’t let the showcase atmosphere take away from his hard-nosed style of play. Payero was out there to win the game and made winning plays on both sides of the ball.
Sam Dudley, Santa Fe Christian
Dudley was locked and loaded from 3-point range from the opening tip. The son of former NBA center Chris Dudley, Sam is a rangy 6-foot-2 two-guard with smooth shooting mechanics and a high basketball IQ. Dudley made the move from Balboa School to Santa Fe Christian for his junior season and will be a consistent floor spreader from deep and a guy who moves well without the ball.
Christian Oliver, Santa Clara
Oliver is an intriguing long-term prospect because of his combination of size and skill at 6-feet-10. The center has flown under-the-radar over the last year or so because he’s playing in the under-covered area of Oxnard, but that could change soon. Oliver showed a couple of strong back-to-the-basket moves and the ability to stretch the floor to the 3-point line. Both of those attributes, along with his 6-10 frame, are at a premium in the 2020 class.
Judah Brown, Pacifica Christian
After sitting the 2017-18 high school season, Brown opened the eyes of college coaches over the summer club campaign. The 6-foot-6 wing has all the size, length and athleticism one would want in a Division I caliber small forward and is gradually adding the skill to match. Brown thrived in the free-flowing atmosphere of the event, finishing off multiple transition opportunities with dunks.
Isaiah Johnson, Bishop Montgomery
We’ll continue to write about Johnson no matter what event he plays in because he never changes his approach to the game. The 6-foot-6 forward plays with focus, energy and effort on both sides of the ball and is one of the better paint finishers in the class. Johnson polishes off paint touches equally well with his strong and off hand and is one of the most versatile defenders in Southern California.
Luis Riascos, San Gabriel Academy
Riascos is another guy that just gets things done. The 6-foot-5 wing can play both on or off the ball with his rebound and push ability and his knack for finding teammates with vision and precision passing in the transition setting. Riascos has the defensive chops to guard three position at the high school level.