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June 1, 2008

Pangos: Saturday

LOS ANGELES -- The Pangos All-American camp continues on inside the Galen Center at USC. Some of the local prospects and one of the top Texans in the event had it rolling with some signature performances.

STAR POWER

There is a quality to Roger Franklin's game that has shined through here in L.A. He's a high-energy player that just finds ways to produce, produce and produce. The 6-foot-5 prospect enjoyed a big Saturday. In the morning, he worked as hard as anyone in the gym as an interior scorer and rebounder inside and out of his area.

In the afternoon game, he went for 20-plus points and hit a game-winning hit with less than a second left on the clock. Outside of the points and rebounds, Franklin is a natural vocal leader that is sincere in his encouragement and motivation. Players are responding to him and it's been fun to watch the Texan in action.

The Michael Snaer show was on in prime time on Saturday night. The California wing was outstanding. Snaer's ability to shoot off the bounce is his best asset. In fact, his fall-away deep perimeter shot was one of the best overall basketball moves of the day. The 6-foot-5 rising senior also showed off some freaky athleticism with a constant barrage of attacks to the rim where he scored with dunks and tip-ins.

Once he tightens up his ball-handling skills and goes to his athleticism more, Snaer's offensive package will be one of the best in the West, if it isn't already.

To fully appreciate what Solomon Hill does, watch him in a couple of games and the full picture is painted on the basketball canvas. The 6-foot-6 wing has point guard skills in terms of his ball-handling, passing and court vision. Hill's cross-over and in and out dribble had defenders quite confused.

As a shooter, Hill is streaky but when it mattered, he hit the big bucket. Hill peppered in enough three-pointers to keep people honest and he dug down deep for some tough scores in the midrange.

There was a nice chemistry between UCLA bound class of 2010 guard Kendall Williams and 2009 Georgian Brandon Reed on Saturday afternoon.

Williams was in a zone in a big time, confidence snatching victory. The 6-foot-2 guard showed off great speed, great passing and good to great shooting in the tussle. Williams made quick friends with Reed, who was dangerous from deep and ready to score at the rim.

Both had it dialed in for 20-plus points. Williams excelled at the point while Reed shined at the two. Both were amongst the best at their respective positions on Saturday.

HI, MY NAME IS…

Arizona wing Marcus Ruppel was a nice revelation. He's a long, wiry athlete with a good shot, good frame and good bounce off the floor. Ruppel is a good student and should be a name to follow in July when he returns to his Arizona Rage team.

Texas forward Daniel Alexander opened a lot of eyes with his play. The 6-foot-8 forward possesses a high basketball IQ, good shot and good passing skills. He's been consistent in this setting and finding ways to make the right plays.

Simple production is the key for California big man Chris Cunningham. The 6-foot-8 forward positioned himself really well down low for rebounds and buckets at a close range.

SCHOOL LIST CENTRAL

After a dynamic spring, Solomon Hill said he has watched his recruitment sky-rocket as Oregon State, Boston College, San Diego, San Diego State and UNLV all offered scholarships. Texas, Gonzaga, Kansas State, Michigan and Southern Cal are also in the picture. Hill said he plans on a return trip to the Galen Center next week for USC's elite camp.

Tony Freeland, one of the early surprises from the camp, said he has heard from Marquette, DePaul, Oklahoma, Loyola Marymount, Long Beach State, Kansas State, UC-Riverside and Iowa State.

Jalen Kendrick, a class of 2010 prospect and a star at last weekend's Tournament of Champions, rattled off a list of Florida, Texas, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Xavier, LSU and St. Joe's. Kendrick, an Atlanta native, is feeling the West Coast love. "I'd love it if UCLA started recruiting me, too."

Roger Franklin offered up a list that consisted of Indiana, Virginia Tech, Florida, Southern Cal, Texas A&M, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Baylor, Utah, Oklahoma, "and pretty much all of the Texas schools and the Big 12…I want to go to a basketball powerhouse. I want to be somewhere that I can play great basketball."

Joe Burton said he is hearing from Utah, Gonzaga, Central Florida, San Diego State and Marquette.

California rising junior Tyler Lamb said he has offers from Southern Cal, UC Santa Barbara and San Diego while "everyone in the Pac-10" while Tennessee, Indiana, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Clemson and Florida State are also in the mix.

Georgia guard Isaiah Grayson said he is hearing from Cincinnati, Clemson, Temple, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida State and isn't ruling out a trip to prep school this coming fall.

California point guard Robert Smith said he has offers from Santa Clara, Southern Cal, Cal, San Diego State and Nebraska while Pepperdine, Gonzaga, San Diego and Virginia are also in the picture.

Missouri, UCLA, UNLV, Stanford, Marquette, Southern Cal and Florida State are in the running for Michael Snaer.

Pair good academics with a solid skill set at the power forward position and it shouldn't come as a big surprise that Chris Cunningham's list is well-rounded and diverse. Santa Clara and UC-Riverside have offered while the new staff at Stanford has made him a priority, says Cunningham. Washington and Pepperdine are also in the mix.

Victor Rudd gave a list of Southern Cal, Loyola Marymount, Oregon State, Arizona, California, Memphis, Georgetown and Marquette.

Marcus Ruppel said he has been offered by Pepperdine and will attend Oregon State's elite camp. Cal, Marquette, Nebraska, San Fransisco, Arizona State and Southern Cal are also interested.

Off to Brewster Academy, Houston native Garland Judkins is taking a three school list of Baylor, Miami and Marquette with him to New Hampshire.

Class of 2010 surprise Daniel Alexander has a busy summer ahead of him. The Texan will camp at Baylor, Marquette, Texas and Texas A&M.

NOTES FROM THE NOTEPAD

  • John Wall, the nation's No. 1 player, is toying with the opposition with his quickness. Sometimes, the hand brake needs to be pulled and his speed needs some tempering. Overall, it looks like Wall is almost bored by the competition. Truth be told, there isn't anyone here that can really stay in step with him.

  • Utah bound big man Jeremy Olsen had an important six minute stretch in a back-and-forth game. The 6-foot-10 big man hit a big three-pointer, blocked a shot, grabbed a rebound, made a big outlet pass and scored in the paint at a crucial moment. His team still lost the game but his play during that stretch was strong.
  • While he isn't here in L.A., we learned that Las Vegas guard Anthony Marshall will be making an unofficial trip to Miami on June 8.

  • Victor Rudd and Guy Landry are doing their very best to make the highlight video from the event. Expect a number of their aerobatics to be shown on YouTube in the near future. Both guys are silly above the rim.

  • Gary Franklin, a class of 2010 scoring point guard, hit his open shots and showed confidence at the helm of his team's offense. His play isn't overly fancy and that isn't the kind of player he is. What he does well is score, particularly from the perimeter.

  • Georgia bound guard DeMario Mayfield is showing off his athleticism and ability to get to the rim. In his first time in an all-star setting, the small town Southerner is trying to find his spots to shine.


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