Thursday, November 13, 2014

Top West Coast Players are Crowned at King of Kings Camp

~West Coast Player Analyst - via onsite reporter

This past weekend, West Coast's Julius V. held the 2nd annual Pangos California Preps King of Kings Camp. This exclusive invite only camp was hosted by Julius Von Helznic who also severed as Camp Director overseeing the player selection process.


Philip Fuller
Descending upon the camp it quickly became clear and apparent that the Los Angeles King of Kings Camp was loaded with national talent. 2019 Shooting Guard Philip "PJ" Fuller was off the charts. The high flying 6'4 guard played on another level. He attacked the basket and finished at the rim. Fuller showed next level ability to create space and shot the ball very well from all levels. PJ has tremendous upside and can be considered to be one of the best 2019 players in the country without question.

Overall the 2019 class had more than a  few sleepers; players such as L Simpson and Darius Mason-Robinson - both kids are long athletic scoring guards that can rebound the ball tremendously well for their position. L is also a very tenacious defender and Mason-Robinson proved over and over again that he can get to the rim and finish with the best of them.  All the top 2019 California wings were all in attendance at this spectacular event.  6'6 Isaiah Mobley who arrived amid lots of fanfare has a very good basketball body to go along with his unique skill set. 6'4 Elijah Scranton really goes after it and he too pressed the paint all weekend and got to the basket at will. Kevin White at 6'3 showed off his ability to get the paint and elevate in the scoring zones and make good things happen for himself and teammates. 
Elias Bell
Onyeka Okongwu (2019) the 6'6 PF was a force to reckon with down low, but what really surprised all the scouts in attendance was his vastly improved shoot and 3-point range. Okongwu showed no fear on shooting it from deep. Postman Elias Bell was also off the charts, the 6'8 big ran the floor and handled his business on both ends of the court – Bell impressed with a very effective spin move on the post that defender found impossible to stop. also loved the PG play in Jonathan Daniels and Nico Mannion. Daniels is a point guard that will shoot the lights out. Mannion showed he can do the same, a very crafty and heady lead guard Nico flat-out plays the game the right way.

Nico Mannion

2019 SG Ethan Anderson was a sleeper before camp. He showed off his athleticism to go with his strong frame and immediately moved to the top of the many watch lists throughout the county.


Kyree Walker (middle)
The national 2020 talent was on another level. From Kyree Walker to Jordan Toles to Dillon Depina it was next level. 6'3 PG Kyree Walker went at absolutely anybody that got in his way. He finished at the rim, he knocked down the 3, and showed a consistent stop and pop in transition. He flat out put on a show for everybody in attendance even many of  high school media personnel were impressed with his overall skill set.  Jordan Toles who flew in from the east coast approached the game a little differently.  Toles a 6'1 shooting guard started showing his high level ability in the drill work. Jordan had a  business like approach as soon as the plane landed. He set the tone going into camp and the games. As always Jordan Toles relentlessly attacked the the rim showing an array of finishing moves - his motor is big time and his improved jump shot made almost impossible to defend. Dillon Depina a 6'1 SG was lethal from beyond the stripe he also finished well through contact. Depina without question is one of the most skilled perimeter players in the class in the country. His presence is felt anywhere on the court, both inside and out.

Dillon Depina

Fred Burton was able to showcase his ability to play both guard positions. At 6'1 he has really good size and length. Another Wing that was phenomenal was 6'2 Jack Rottler. Rottler was relentless on both ends. His skill set was definitely proven. Jack pushed the ball and made elite level plays coming off the rebound. He also shot the ball well from the field and free throw line. Josh Christopher and Keith Dinwiddie shot the ball knocking things down at a very high percentage all weekend. Josh was hit 3s in transition and Keith shot it with no conscience.

Physical play was the name of the game with Chibuzo Agbo, Obinna Anyanwu, and Marcus Joseph. Agbo and Anyanwu were very impressive with their perimeter shooting. Joseph showed that he can put the ball on the floor, as well as bang with any big.

Floor general Alex Wade plays the game the right way regardless of setting. Wade is the definition of a true PG. Those are very hard to find at any grade level. Jamir Thomas was another PG that stood out he showed his arsenal with a variety of floaters and on the other end with his on ball defense. We also loved PG Devin Askew; playing up he showed he could more than carry his own weight he set up teammates, knocked down shots and played an overall very tough floor game.


Paris Dawson (left) Zion Harmon (right)
Zion Harmon and Paris Dawson were game changers. Both kids stepped up to plate when needed. Harmon is a multi-faceted and multi-skilled Point Guard that plays with absolutely no fear! He made and competed at an elite level in the 2021, 2020, and 2019 All-Star games. Dawson did the same; Paris is a high volume scoring combo guard that refuses to take a possession off. His motor is off the charts. When the two of these elite players matched up they each made the other better by testing and pushing the limits as competitors. They both raised the bar for the entire camp, being they were matched up the 1st set of camp games. Performing at a top level against the 2019 kids showed why they are each one of the best around.

Harmon and Dawson were not the only national 2021 players in attendance. 2021 PG Hercy Miller played terrific. Miller is a PG with very good length. His athletic and strong body helps him get to the basket and finish through contact. Hercy is also a very reliable three point shooter in addition to being a very exciting player to watch. The fact that he is still raw makes his ceiling that much higher.

Other top 2021 kids were Jack Courneya, KP Brown, Chris Page, & Brandon Perez.


Josiah Johnson
PG position was loaded for 2022 and 2023 class. One of the best players in 2022 class Ramel Lloyd who showed off his passing ability and court vision – saw and made a lot of plays that many wouldn’t even dare attempt. Jalen Vazquez and Josiah Johnson are some of the top PGs in the nation. They showed the reason for their rank all weekend at King of Kings Camp. 2023 PGs Jonas De Krassel and Jordan Ross are also PGs to note and watch. De Krassel is a highly skilled point guard with an accurate jump shot. Ross is a smooth PG that plays with a chip on his shoulder.

2022 guard Helaman Ofahengaue has really good size. Helaman is another sleeper that proved he can score the ball at a high level.

2022 Christian Moore was one of the most intriguing players in the camp. Moore is a big combo forward. He rebounds the ball and pushes in transition. He can shoot the mid-range jump shot and his play making is very impressive. Moore clearly has a great size and a lot of upside!

Other 2022 notable players were Robert Diaz, Pejan Slater, and Jaxson Koehler.

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