The Pangos All-American camp is one of the first major AAU basketball events in the summer. This invitation only camp attracts some of the highest rated HS players from across the nation. It is a guarantee that almost all players that are invited to this event go on to play D1 basket ball, and a handful make it to the NBA. College coaches were not allowed to attend as it takes place during a NCAA “dead period”. However, there is a bevy of national recruiting analysts that showed up to cover the players and participate in the event.
The event is absolute free to the public and is highly recommended for basketball fans who want to see the next crop of future stars. Last year incoming freshman Lion Nick Stover participated, this year LMU commit Patson Siame attended.
Patson a 6’11’ center from Zambia committed to LMU in March and a received a fair amount of publicity from national recruiting sites. Early analysis noted Patson’s great potential and the impact he would have at LMU. Patson was only in the US for a few months but was invited to the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit. (He did not get to play much due to an injured ankle) Other than the Hoop Summit, there was not much information available on Patson, so being able to see him play in person was really great.
Patson had an excellent showing and really turned some heads. The overall impression that recruiting analysts seem to express was Patson is raw, but has the tools to be a high caliber player; and that we (LMU) got an absolute steal in him. I would say 99% of the other players at the camp have being playing basketball since they could walk. Patson has only been playing organized basketball for about two years now. The fact he could attend such an elite camp and turn some heads really shows how good he can be. I spoke with several recruiting analyst including Dave Telep and they were all impressed.
The recruiting analyst Twitter feeds mentioned Patson several times.
Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello
Loyola Marymount got itself a steal in Patson Siame. Somewhat raw offensively, but he blocks shots and finds ways to score at the rim.
Dave Telep @DaveTelep
Patson Siame hasn’t played much organized ball. One day … LMU stole him
Dave Telep @DaveTelep
Patson Siame been playing hoop 2 years. Looked great all weekend. Made himself big, rebounded and hustled. Made most of his chance.
Joey Velasquez @HoopsWhisperer Patson Siame (Las Vegas, NV) is the best big man in the #Pangos #AACamp and is displaying his footwork, and inside presence during #creamofthecropgame
Another surprise on our list of players who dominated the camp has to be Loyola-Marymount-bound 6’11 Patson Siame from Las Vegas (Impact Academy) NV, who was ranked fourteenth in scoring with 11.7 ppg, fifth in rebounding with 6.3 rpg, and second in rejecting with 1.7 bpg after the second day of camp and also impressed us with his length, athletic, quick hands, and ability to run the court. He does need to develop some post moves, but he surprised us on more than one occasion with his ability to find a way to score.
* Patson Siame, a native of Zambia who made his prime time stateside debut at the Nike Hoop Summit in April, looks to be all of his listed height of 6-11 with Top 100-caliber potential. Siame has only been in the United State for four months but is already committed to Loyola Marymount. Don’t expect that to change. A source in the building Saturday says he has deep ties to WCC program. He will play next season at Impact Academy in Nevada.
Loyola Marymount got an absolute steal in Patson Siame. He’s still raw offensively, but the 6-foot-11 big man blocks shots and rebounds . . .
* Loyola Marymount has got itself a good player in 6-foot-11 big man Patson Siame. He’s a hard worker on both ends, will play with some fire around the rim and doesn’t let much shake him. Whether he ends up as a 2012 or 2013 player is up for debate, and he could enroll for second semester next season.
ESPN Recruiting “Buzz”
When we last wrote about Patson Siame, the 6-foot-10 big who oozed potential but struggled while playing (as a late addition) for the World Select Team.
At the recent Pangos All-American Camp, though, Siame was perhaps the most interesting prospect. ESPN’s Dave Telep notes Siame has only been playing basketball for two years, but praised his rebounding efforts. CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello had similar sentiments, writing the big could impact Loyola Marymount with his shot-blocking ability (even though it might take some time for Siame to find his offensive groove). According to sources who have seen Siame in action while in Africa (Siame is from Zambia), Siame is long and has a decent jump-shot, but could get initially pushed around while competing at the Division I level. The one upside for Siame’s early days at the WCC program is that LMU is known to play in transition, and Siame is more than able to get up the floor quickly.While the ‘potential’ tag could have some assuming Siame will shine in his freshman season, it’s most likely Siame will fully develop after at least one season in Max Good’s system.
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A nice dunk by Patson at: 33
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