Category: Insider! News Written by Scott Burgess
The Pangos All-Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp was a tremendous event featuring many of the top prospects in the state’s 2016 and 2017 classes. There were also some out of state prospects that stood out. Here we take a look at the top 2016 point guards at the event.
Mike Smith (Fenwick – 2016)
Fenwick sophomore Mike Smith was one of the state’s top young point guards coming into the event and increased his stock with his play at Pangos. Smith has improved greatly as a pure point guard. He has always been able to put up buckets, but showed a tremendous feel for the position and getting others involved with his vision at the camp. He made good decisions with the ball and worked well around screens. Smith pushed it in transition and was a playmaker with the rock in his hands. His jumper was solid including a sick step back in a key moment of one game. He has a quick first step to blow by his opponent and slips through traffic. Defensively he is good getting deflections and causing turnovers getting in passing lanes. Huge weekend for the Fenwick guard!
Charles Moore (Morgan Park – 2016)
Moore is another highly rated point guard who performed well at the camp. These types of settings fit what Moore does best. He is a flashy point guard that loves to get out in the open floor, make the exciting pass, and shoot threes. The Morgan Park star played his game and did it effectively. His vision is crazy as he sees guys before they are even open. He can be a little turnover prone, but has improved on that considerably more often than not making the correct decision with the basketball. Moore is a plus shooter from deep that has range beyond the arc. Even after seeing him do it for over a year it is still a bit surprising when they go in from that deep, but they do on a semi regular basis. He is quick off the dribble and usually when he gets in the lane he is looking to dish. The biggest concern is always going to be his height and strength. After seeing Tyler Ulis a lot of schools are starting to be more open to a smaller point guard.
Devon Sams (Bolingbrook – 2016)
Sams is a strong and physical guard that does a great job powering his way into the lane. His strength and quickness allows him to get to the hoop where he finishes well in the paint. The area he has made the biggest stride in is his mid-range game. Throughout the weekend he consistently knocked down shot after shot from 15-18 feet. This will help him considerably if opponents have to respect that area of his game consistently. He also did a nice job of creating space for his shot. Defensively he is a bulldog pressuring the ball and getting right up on his opponent.
Josh Thomas (Simeon - 2016)
Thomas has been solid the last two times I have seen him. The strong and physical combo guard showed more athleticism than I thought he had previously. He is at his best using his strength and power to get to the basket where he is good finishing in the paint through contact. His jump shot has made improvements since the spring and summer as he made several over the weekend, but does force some shots he shouldn’t. Was ok distributing over the weekend, but to reach his full potential will need to make more strides in this area.
Terrence Williams (Montini Catholic – 2016)
I didn’t get to see a ton of Williams at the camp, but what I did see was a point guard that can handle the ball well against pressure and getting others involved. One to keep an eye on further this season.
Eugene German (20th Century Charter, IN – 2016)
The 2016 point guard put his name on the map in a major way over the weekend. German is a quick and explosive lead guard that dominated games at times with his dynamic playmaking ability. He got in the lane at will with his quick first step and explosive ability on the perimeter. In transition he was completely impossible to stay in front of with his speed. German shot the ball well from the perimeter. He is a plus passer that was good at driving then kicking to open teammates.