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Kevin Pangos might not possess the most potential in the world but it’s clear that he can play. The Canadian point guard has established himself as a high major point guard with strong performances at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Germany and now the Nike Global Challenge in Portland.
Canada finished third in the event and Pangos had 20 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and four turnovers in the bronze medal game.
Pangos plans to visit Gonzaga after the tournament and Rivals had this to say on his performance in the early going.
Point guard Kevin Pangos was solid at the point of attack for Canada. Pangos finished with 15 points on 5-16 shooting, but much more importantly dished out nine assists to only three turnovers.
Draft Express also posted an extensive scouting report on Pangos after seeing him play in the U17 championships. Here’s a snippet:
Pangos is extremely skilled with the ball in his hands. He’s also a very good shooter who can make jumpers with his feet set or off the dribble and is particularly effective in the mid-range area. He runs the team steadily and confidently, showing strong ball-handling skills and solid court vision. He’s effective in the pick-and-roll but prefers to settle for a pull-up jumper rather than take the ball strong to the rim. When he does get to the basket, he lacks the strength and explosiveness to finish the job, something that might become more pronounced at the college level than it is now.
Joe posted an interview with Pointer over the weekend and the wing forward continued to show off his finishing ability to the world at the Nike Global Challenge (watch the video up top, seriously). If you are interested in watching extended footage from the NGC. You can watch the first and second halves of the NGC championship game which features Dom Pointer, Carlton Brundidge, and Amir Williams.
Leading the Midwest in scoring was high energy forward Dominique Pointer who scored 16 points on 50 percent shooting , grabbed 10 rebounds, came up with seven steals and dished out four assists.
Dominique Pointer has had a stellar summer. West Virginia, Detroit, Ohio State, Tennessee and Miami have offered. DePaul is also a school of interest. Pointer plans on waiting until the spring and hasn’t scheduled any visits.
But the highlight of the weekend for Pointer was his monstrous slam where he jumped over an innocent defender. Pointer has definitely established himself as one of the premiere finishers in the class of 2011. (Added video above)
Brundidge notched 14 points in a Saturday game and followed that up with 18 points in the Midwest squad’s championship loss.
Amir Williams posted a double double on Friday before being limited by a concussion injury on Saturday.
Rivals caught up with Ferrell for an updated list and also had this to say about his game:
Indiana, Butler, Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State, Illinois, Washington, Michigan, Virginia and Florida
Yogi got off at slow start and looked downright shaky during the first half. He was playing a little out of control and seemed to be pressing as his team trailed into the second half.
During the second half, the 5-foot-11 point guard got it started defensively by making life rough on Quinn Cook and Ryan Boatright. Then, he hit one of his trademark jumpers. After that, another. Then, a pull-up on a dime three on the break and Ferrell was in the zone. He made a tough floater from 12 feet plus a foul and found others for easy buckets to go along with his 17 second half points.
The 2011 and 2012 teams will have a rematch tonight live at 7:45 CST on CBS College Sports TV.
Alex Murphy didn’t list Michigan.
Javontae Hawkins and Denzel Watts both played well for Flint’s CANUSA squad. Watts played well at the point guard while Javontae Hawkins led the team in scoring.
Denzel Valentine was interviewed by SpartanNation’s Hondo Carpenter (audio). In the interview Valentine states that he’s down to three schools, Michigan, Michigan State, and Georgetown and wants to make his decision within the next month before school starts.