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June 3, 2008

Pangos top performers

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Spotting the top 2009 talent at the Pangos All-American camp was an easy task. The players that were expected to lead the camp did just that.

Rivals.com's Justin Young spent the weekend on the West Coast and saw every player in the event. Here are his top performers from the rising senior class.

Pangos Top Performers
Michael Snaer, SG
From an offensive standpoint, no one did a better job on the wing and at the rim than the four-star guard from Rancho Verde (Calif.) High School. The 6-foot-5 guard was a constant 20-point-per-game scorer and showed off a fine arsenal of offensive weapons inside the Galen Center.

Snaer's best move was his off-the-bounce three-pointer that he connected on more times than not. His athleticism at the rim for dunks in traffic and tip-ins were a nice surprise. Snaer was our MVP of the weekend. It will be interesting to see him in the July period again for a sequel showing.

John Wall, PG
Making the cross-country trip from his Raleigh, N.C., home, Wall was the man everyone wanted to see on the West Coast. For the most part, he didn't disappoint. The nation's No. 1 player in the class of 2009 toyed around with the competition and showed more of a shoot-first mentality than he did with his AAU team in the spring.

The 6-foot-3 guard had little to no trouble getting to the rim any time he wanted to and scored with highlight play after highlight play at the basket. Athletically, there are few guards in the country that can do what he does from end to end. Wall was very good all weekend long, even though he knows he could have been even better.

Roger Franklin, SF/PF
No one had more fun and more production inside the paint than the long-armed Texan. Franklin was feeling the L.A. vibe all weekend and played like a man that was relaxed and didn't have any pressure on him to do anything that he normally doesn't do.

The four-star prospect from Duncanville High School was great as a pick-and-pop big man and was good as a midrange shooter. He connected on a few three-pointers when his number was called. His motor never stopped and his offensive rebounding and interior work was as good as it always is.

Solomon Hill, SF
The 6-foot-6 wing from Los Angeles powerhouse Fairfax High School was one of the top guys over the weekend because of his consistency, versatility and overall game. The big wing has a Big East-style to his game and played the point more than any other position at the camp. He shined as a passer, scorer, rebounder and slasher.

Hill's game is similar to Kentucky-bound prospect DeAndre Liggins. In fact, Hill might be better because of his overall toughness and sheer production on the offensive end as a scorer. Outside of his perimeter shot, which still needs some fine-tuning, Hill has a great set of tools to work with at numerous positions.

Hollis Thompson, SF
The Georgetown-bound wing forward stood out because he didn't force things, stuck to his strengths and hit jumper after jumper. Hitting jumpers in camp settings are easy to spot because of the transition style of play. Thompson kept it fundamental. Nothing was forced on his end.

His rebounding was the best part of his silky-smooth game. Despite his thin frame, Thompson was able to get into the paint for rebounds with little trouble, particularly on the offensive end of the floor.

Cory Jefferson, C
The Baylor-bound center from Texas was the best big man in the camp. The rising senior wrecked havoc on the defensive end as a shot-blocker and kept it simple on the offensive end for the first two days of action.

He has a go-to hook shot that he converted with ease and used his great length to capture rebounds on both ends of the floor. When he snatched the offensive board, the ball was promptly put back up for the easy score. Simplicity was his strength all weekend.

Joe Burton, C
The great spring Burton had is rolling over into the summer months. The big man from Hemet, California was as fun to watch as any one player in the camp. He scored in the post, corralled rebounds in and out of his area with his great hands and made sure the attitude on his team was intense but also fun.

It could be argued that Burton was the best overall passer of any player in the camp. The big man found his teammates with pinpoint passing and delivered pitches that were immediately turned into quick points. There is a value to Burton and, at the right college, the Rivals150 prospect should have a nice career ahead of him.

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