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June 3, 2013

Vaughn closes strong at Pangos All-American

MORE: Johnson puts on dominating performance

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The 2013 Pangos All-American camp came to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon with a pair of high-scoring Cream of the Crop games at Cabrillo High School. Stanley Johnson finished a dominating run by earning camp MVP honors, and five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn asserted his dominance.

Vaughn playing up to his ranking

Before the grassroots circuit started a few months ago, Rashad Vaughn was elevated into the national top 10, settling in at No. 6 in the class of 2014. The move looks to have been a wise one because the 6-foot-5 shooting guard had a solid run in the Nike EYBL that he backed up with a great performance at the Pangos All-American camp.

Because of his size, ability to shoot with range and athleticism, Vaughn is extremely tough for high schoolers to handle. Take away the deep jumper, and he's too strong to keep out of the lane. He goes to his left easily, and once at the rim he's an explosive finisher who can go over bigger players.

There are times when Vaughn's shot selection isn't ideal, and he sometimes will turn an easy shot into a difficult one. But these are things that he will work on with time and, once he becomes as comfortable shooting off of the catch as he is off the dribble, defenders will be scrambling even more.

He's ranked as the top shooting guard in the class of 2014, and that doesn't look to be changing after his run in Long Beach. Before leaving the area, Vaughn fit in a quick Sunday afternoon visit to UCLA, and he continues to list Iowa State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, Kentucky, Baylor and many others.

Vaughn told Rivals.com that he's hoping to have his school list cut down by late June.

Final notes from Pangos

A five-star, top 10 player in the class of 2015, Tyler Dorsey did nothing but secure his status at Pangos. A combo guard who can score at all three levels -- the rim, midrange and deep -- he continues to tighten his handle and force fewer deep jumpers, and he's getting more and more vocal. While he can pass well and isn't selfish, his strength is scoring and like always he performed well on the glass for a 6-foot-4 rising junior.

Arizona and Connecticut are among those showing early interest, but expect Dorsey to pay close attention to and be recruited heavily by the new staffs at UCLA and USC.

The No. 2 player in the class of 2014, Emmanuel Mudiay, picked up more steam as the weekend went on. Other than some dead legs early on Friday night, Mudiay had his best weekend of the spring. The physical tools are obvious with his size and athleticism, and he's pretty much impossible for high schoolers to stop from getting to the rim when he's so inclined. On Sunday, he even knocked down a few deep jumpers, which is something that he has struggled with during the spring. He tends to lean back and kick a leg out, which has resulted in many short shots. When he goes straight up and down and holds his follow-through, his shooting results are much better.

Go ahead and pencil in 2015 shooting guard Rex Pflueger as a four-star prospect. A 6-foot-4 shooter with athleticism, Pflueger plays with an edge and a chip on his shoulder. He hasn't been as highly touted as some of the other members of the Los Angeles area's strong 2015 class, but the Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei wing is starting to turn heads and he's been developing while a few others have evened off.

One of the breakout performers of the Pangos camp was 6-foot-6 wing Leon Gilmore. A native of Manvel, Texas, he is a solid all-around player who does a lot of things well. He has a solid frame, he can drive the basketball, he rebounds and he makes enough deep jumpers to keep defenders honest. With his play at Pangos and with the Houston Hoops in the Nike EYBL, Gilmore is making a strong push for the 2014 Rivals150 and is hearing from pretty much every high-major program in Texas.

Syracuse commitment Chris McCullough did nothing to hurt his status as a five-star prospect. The 6-foot-9 power forward changes ends as fast as any player on any level of basketball, and he isn't just bouncy but very agile and quick laterally. He still needs to add strength and be more consistent, but physically he has several tools and uses them on body-control drives and transition finishes.

Largely because he's the No. 2 player in the class of 2015, Stephen Zimmerman has gotten the bulk of the headlines recently when discussing Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman athletes. But Chase Jeter is coming on strong and will be the subject of plenty of his own. Like Zimmerman, he is a junior to be and he's solidified his four-status with a strong spring. Jeter is 6-foot-9 and adding strength and playing with much more physicality around the rim.

Finally, another ninth grader to be has put himself on the map before playing a minute of high school ball. The 6-foot-9 DeAndre Ayton more than held his own against much older campers. Physically, his coordination and athleticism given his size and age are impressive, and he runs the court extremely well. Ayton finished with lots of slams near the basket but showed some physicality and a soft touch. He'll be considered one of the premier young talents on the West Coast, and nationally, early in the class of 2017.

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