By Iron Lion
I had the chance to attend the Pangos All American camp this past weekend in Long Beach. This is a annual event which is always loaded with top talent from across the nation. Last year, I was able to watch incoming Lion Patson Siame in action there. There was roughly 150 players at the camp this year, but the only player I was really interested in watching was 5’11” guard Ethan Telfair.
It came to my attention that LMU was showing interest in Telfair in a recent MaxPreps article by Jason Hickman. I had watched Telfair play at the Nike EYBL in Los Angeles earlier this summer, but was not aware that LMU was recruiting him at the time. I certainly jumped at the chance to watch him in action again. Telfair is the younger brother of current Toronto Raptor guard Sebastian Telfair, who choose to go to the NBA right out of Lincoln High School in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York City. In a New York Post article by ZACH BRAZILLER writes “Growing up in Coney Island was never simple for Ethan Telfair, the younger brother of Lincoln High School legend and NBA guard Sebastian Telfair. He heard constant comparisons to his superstar older brother and faced unfair expectations upon arriving at Lincoln as a freshman” As stated in the article Ethan choose to leave New York and ended up Oklahoma City with with Mr. Bryatt Vann.
I was able to watch Telfair in four games and came away very impressed. He is a lighting quick guard, who seemed impossible to guard. His hesitation and ability to change speed and directions is remarkable. He was in constant attack mode, breaking down defense and dishing out an array of assists. If he needed to score he did so in a variety of ways. He has a great shot but also used his athletic ability and speed to drive to the basket and finish. On defense he was tenacious and used his quickness to harass anyone he was guarding and in the process get a number of steals. (He lead the tournament in steals)
Telfair’s play at the Pangos tournament has generated a buzz (He was named to the top 30 team) and he will certainly have a lot of schools recruiting him. I certainly hope we are able to have him visit LMU on a official visit. I’m glad the Pangos tournament allowed him to get a small taste of what California has to offer. I think he would be a tremendous addition to the Lions and his style of play will fit perfectly with our style of pressing and running.
With the graduation of Anthony Ireland, it is imperative that we add a very talented point guard in the 2014 class. I glad we have guards like Kyron Cartwright and Ethan Telfair on the list of guards we are recruiting.
Stay tuned in as I contiune to following Ethan’s recruitment through out the coming months.
Updated 06-04-13 It has been reported on various recruiting sites that the LMU coaching staff has officially offered a scholarship to Telfair.
Go Lions !