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Posted On: 10/21/20 5:14 PM

What locals from the Pangos All Midwest Camp qualify under the "Next Up" list?  Here are the local standouts from the event, and what you should know about them. 

Isaac Asuma of Cherry (5’10, 2024).  Isaac made the Next 40 game for the event.  This is a player that scored 20 a game on the Cherry varsity last season making 46 percent of the threes he took! Hard working, high IQ player that shoots it very well but is even better going at the rim.  

Casmir Chavis of DeLaSalle (6’2, 2024).  Like Isaac, Casir (also known as Cash) made the Next 40 game after a weekend of playmaking.  But like I said when I watched this young man last winter, he’s one of the youngest game changers defensively that you will see.  Can go at the rim and complete with the best of them as well. 

Tommy HumphriesTommyHumphries6'4" | SFTotino-Grace | 2023StateMN Jr. of Totino-Grace (6’4, 2023).  Another player named to the Next 40 game, Tommy continued his stellar off-season with another standout performance.  He’s becoming that scary mismatch that all schools are looking for, guard skills in a big, long frame.  A top three prospect in Minnesota, and growing. 

Tommy HumphriesTommyHumphries6'4" | SFTotino-Grace | 2023StateMN Jr. of Totino-Grace (6’4, 2023).  Another player named to the Next 40 game, Tommy continued his stellar off-season with another standout performance.  He’s becoming that scary mismatch that all schools are looking for, guard skills in a big, long frame.  A top three prospect in Minnesota, and growing.  Ben KopetzkiBenKopetzki5'9" | PGAndover | 2023StateMN of Andover (5’11, 2023).   The other player from Minnesota named to the Top 40 game?  A skilled, head strong talent from Andover named Ben KopetzkiBenKopetzki5'9" | PGAndover | 2023StateMN.  The Prep Hoops scouts in attendance (online) couldn’t get over how well Ben shot the ball, and how skilled he is mixed with great control.  Alexander Mattes of East Ridge (6’3, 2023).  Alex received the honor of playing in the Cream of the Crop Top 30 All Star game at the event.  You have to love the way Mattes moves with the basketball quickly shifting his weight to get to a balance to make a play.  Mattes can use that frame to score on either side of the rim, and Mattes was going head to head with top Midwest young players, and producing.  CJ O’HaraCJO’Hara6'4" | SFTotino-Grace | 2023State#58NationMN of Totino-Grace (6’4, 2023). When it comes to the 2023s at the event, O’Hara was one of the best overall, and the best from Minnesota.  He knocked out a three each contest and his aggressiveness and agility to put the ball on the deck and finish at the cup constantly placed him in the Cream of the Crop top 30 game.  I believe the final numbers had O’Hara finishing at a near 60 percent rate.  Chiang Ring of Minneapolis South (6’8, 2024).  Ring was the most talked about Minnesotan at the event and one of the most talked about names overall.  Scouts from locations all over the nation had Chiang on the short list of top players at the event.  Ring was a certainty on the Cream of the Crop Top 30 game and once in it, Ring proved he belonged.  Ring’s biggest impressions were made with his shot blocking and rebounding in bulk off the rim, but he also showcased some excellent post moves among his deep finishes.  Camren Smith of Minneapolis South (6’3, 2024).  Smith has that long, agile frame that just wired it’s way through positioned defenders and scrambling held defensive movement.   A combination of one hand runners was finished as was a number of contested And1 completions at the rim.  Outstanding wing prospect.  Nasir WhitlockNasirWhitlock6'0" | PGDeLaSalle | 2023StateMN of DeLaSalle (6’1, 2023). Very few players had defenders scrambling this weekend like Nasir did.  Guys were tripping all over themselves trying to keep Nasir within contesting range and what’s even scarier is that even in small spaces created Nasir found his way to release makes.  Maxsamus WilsonMaxsamusWilson6'3" | PGSouth St. Paul | 2023StateMN of Hopkins (6’4, 2023).  First off, when we did the Hopkins preview the other day we don’t believe Max was yet a Royal.  He is now.  Wilson instantly adds talent and depth to the Hopkins line-up and also gives the Royals a nice pair with himself and Elvis NnajiElvisNnaji6'8" | CHopkins | 2022State#149NationMN going forward. As far as his weekend at Pangos, Wilson played at a Cream of the Crop game top 30 level joining Ring, Mattes, and O’Hara in the top game.     

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