The 2020 Pangos Terrific 24 was held recently (Friday night July 17th-Sunday July 19th) at the Factory D1 in Indianapolis IN and featured 40 travel teams coast to coast and plenty of D1 talent was on-hand. Several media/scouts other myself stopped by including Brian Snow (247Sports.com), Brian Rogers (Eyecatchers), Trevor Andershock & Drew Davis (Indiana Basketball Source), Timothy Coleman (Big Tim’s HS Basketball Revue), Littel Vaughn (Check Ball Magazine), Travis Graf (Cats Illustrated), Mick Walker (BuckeyeScoop.com), Matthew DaRosa.(Endless Motor Sports), Tony Leach (Prep Ball Stars), Kyle Neddenriep (Indy Star), Matt McKay (Pro Insight), Jack Pilgrim (Kentucky Sports Radio), Stephonn Bunton (The Blue Chip Report), Colin Hass-Hill (Eleven Warriors), MidwestHoopsSpotlight.com and Wes Hinton (Reputable Recruiting) as well as video outlets including Who’s Next HS, Overtime, Frankie Vision, Dead Stock Visuals, Sloche and InTheGymHoops.com.
BallerTV.com live-streamed all the games for this tourney and viewership averaged 200+ viewers per game through-out the event. Games are also archived and currently still available online: https://www.ballertv.com/events/terrific-24-2020
On the event’s final day, it was College Prospects running the table, going 6-0 for the weekend and capturing the 17u Gold chip over a very hot shooting and well coached Indiana Elite/Team Indiana squad 63-56.
College Prospects’ road to the 17u Gold chip included wins over a tough and sharp-shooting DI Indiana 17u crew 61-60 (semi-finals) and Y-n-R 17 (IL) (quarterfinals). Indiana Elite/Team Indiana had impressive 17u Gold play-off wins over California-based squads Belmont Shore (semi-finals) and College Prep Academy (quarterfinals). Belmont Shore beat a very good Beyond Ball (IA) squad in their quarterfinal match-up while DI Indiana knocked off a very talented Tru Game (OH) unit in their quarterfinal game.
In the 17u Silver Play-offs, it was program affiliates Illinois Stars 17u/UA Rise and Illinois Stars 17-Johnson that reached the Final (both elected not to play the title game). IL Stars 17u/UA Rise reached the Final by beating Hoop Phi (MO) in the quarterfinals and edging Team Illinois Int’l in OT 76-75 while IL Stars 17-Johnson got there by defeating DI Indiana 4AH (quarterfinals) and a very good Louisville Legends 17 team in semi-finals.
The first report related to this event was a recap of opening night:
This report will cover the 17u Division Gold and Silver Playoffs as well as top 2021 prospects. Follow-up reports will overview 2022 and 2023 prospects.
Gabe Sisk 6’5” 2023 Ballard (Louisville KY)
Young wing with excellent potential was outstanding all tourney long for 17u Gold champ College Prospects. Talented scorer with very nice basketball instincts, Gabe utilizes a very nifty hesitation dribble to free himself from defenders and has an accurate touch from beyond the 3-point stroke. Anticipates well on the defensive end and rebounds well for his position. One of the most promising and underrated 2023 prospects in the nation, Sisk had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists in the 17u Gold title game. Video highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpATb3rwPRY
Grant Newell 6’7” 2021 Whitney Young (Chicago IL)
One of the more versatile and underrated hybrid-forwards in attendance was a key piece of College Prospect’s 17u Gold title run. “Jack of all trades” player impacts the game on both ends. Very good student (3.6 GPA) has offers from DePaul, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Western Illinois and is getting interest from Cal, Tulsa, Murray State, Valpo, Cornell, Western Michigan and Miami OH.
Langdon Hatton 6’11” 2021 North Harrison (Ramsey IN)
Sharpshooting center with length and range on perimeter shot looked like Bill Laimbeer in Indiana Elite/Team Indiana’s 17u Gold Playoff Semi-Final win over Belmont Shore – connecting on 7 “threes” en route to 27 points. Amazing student (4.4 GPA/28 ACT and ranked #1 academically in his HS class) has offers from the likes of Western Kentucky, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Toledo, Western Michigan, Lehigh, Elon, William & Mary and Evansville with Pepperdine and Stanford just jumping into the mix after his strong Terrific 24 performance.
Ahamad Bynum 6’3” 2021 Simeon (Chicago IL)
High scoring DePaul-bound guard had 30 points (6 “threes”) for Chicago Magic in a pool play loss to Belmont Shore. One of most dangerous scorers in nation with a long-range perimeter stroke smoother than shot of Louie XIII. Extremely speedy and difficult to contain off the bounce, Bynum also has a very quick release trigger that makes him a very difficult defensive matchup. Great get for DePaul coach Dave Leitao. Video-highlights: https://twitter.com/WhosNextHS/status/1286775193072009216
DaRon Holmes 6’9” 2021 Montverde Academy (FL)
Holmes got off to a great start on the event’s opening night and continued his impressive play throughout the weekend averaging 22.2 points per game and leading Belmont Shore to the 17u Gold Playoff Final 4. Fluid pogo-stick forward is also rapidly developing his 3-point touch. DaRon’s fine play as of late has him ascending rapidly in the national rankings and is now arguably the #3 best prospect on the West Coast behind Paolo Banchero and Jaden Hardy. Schools positioning themselves for the Goodyear AZ native include Marquette, Kansas, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, USC, Arkansas, Virginia, Dayton, Illinois, Notre Dame (dad’s alma mater officially offered this past week) and Kentucky (now making a late run at him after this tourney). Video highlights: https://twitter.com/endless_motor/status/1284356570097291264
Brooks Barnhizer 6’6” 2021 Jefferson (Lafayette IN)
Strong WF was the heart and soul of an Indiana Elite/Team Indiana that reached the title game of the 17u Gold Division. Brooks has the strength to finish in traffic and a feathery touch to tingle the cords from deep. Barnhizer has committed to Northwestern and will give Chris Collins a nice piece to plug into his Wildcat offense.
Jalen Blackmon 6’1” 2021 Marion (IN)
Smooth lead guard can get buckets. Missing most of his junior season due to an ACL injury, Jalen is healthy now and put in work here at the Terrific 24 sparking his D1 Indiana 17u squad to the 17u Gold Playoff semi-finals. Blackmon was averaging 29.8 points per game through eight HS games as junior prior to his injury. Blackmon has offers from Houston, Saint Louis, Grand Canyon, Ball State, Akron and Miami OH with interest from Indiana and Purdue. Father James Blackmon Sr. is his coach at Marion while older brother James Blackmon Jr. played at Indiana. Video highlights: https://twitter.com/inthegymhoops_/status/1286122393061208064
Michael Foster 6’9” 2021 Hillcrest (Phoenix AZ)
Milwaukee WI native patrols the paint like a county sheriff and has a dominant, alpha male personality. Very rugged PF with elite interior scoring skills is nationally ranked #6 by ESPN.com, #7 by Rivals.com, #7 by 247Sports.com and #8 by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine.
Malaki Branham 6’5” 2021 St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron OH)
Strong and athletic WG just committed to his home state power Ohio State. Malaki is assertive off the bounce and can finish in traffic. Underrated perimeter shooter is ranked #27 by 247Sports.com, #28 nationally by ESPN.com and #35 by Rivals.com. Video highlights: https://twitter.com/niketeamtrugame/status/1286299852649967618
Joseph Hunter 6’5” 2022 San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno CA)
Hunter is quickly shaping up as a talented 2022 multi-purpose guard with increasing national value. “JoJo” has the size to get to the cup off the bounce as well as guard big wings, the pin-point passing ability and court vision to play on the ball and an accurate enough 3-point stroke to keep defenders on their toes. Ranked #43 nationally by 247Sports.com and #47 by Van Coleman/Nothing But Net Magazine, Hunter was outstanding in Belmont Shore’s 84-63 17u Gold quarterfinal win over an excellent Beyond Ball (IA) club – scoring 25 points and having several boards and assists as well as a signature come from behind transition blocked shot of a break-away lay-up. Arizona, USC, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska, TCU, Fresno State and Ole Miss are among those programs that have offered Hunter with Kansas now showing real interest too. Video highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGKKm2aEnGk
Jayden Epps 6’2” 2022 (Kings Fork/Suffolk VA)
Strong and assertive lead guard with plenty of scoring power is one of the premier playmakers in rising junior class. Nationally ranked #47 by Rivals.com and #63 by 247Sports.com, Epps has offers from the likes of Arkansas, Florida, Maryland, Georgetown, NC State, Providence, Xavier, Texas A&M, VCU, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Ole Miss, Penn State, Hampton and Saint Louis. Video highlights: https://twitter.com/BallerTV/status/1285353925646995458
Jalin Billingsley 6’8” 2021 Lutheran East (Cleveland OH)
Billingsley can score with his back to the basket as well as attack effectively off the dribble. Solid rebounder and defender. Jalin (ranked #147 by the 247 Sports Composite) has offers from Dayton, Arizona State, West Virginia, Colorado, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Temple and VCU. Video highlights: https://twitter.com/niketeamtrugame/status/1286293873707425793
Trey James 6’10” 2021 Martin County (Inez KY)
Big body takes up space in the paint and does not mind banging on the boards. Once committed to Wake Forest when Danny Manning was still the Demon Deacons coach, James is currently ranked #191 nationally by the 247Sports composite with current offers from Iowa, Elon, Appalachian State and Tennessee State with interest from Iona, Ohio State and Louisville.
Brandon Weston 6’5” 2021 Morgan Park (Chicago IL)
Athletic wing with range on jump shot looks headed to Hillcrest (Phoenix AZ) this Fall. Nationally ranked #61 by 247Sports.com and #74 by Rivals.com, Weston has HM offers from Illinois, Pitt, Wake Forest, Iowa State, Arizona, Nebraska, St. John’s and Seton Hall.
Maker Bar 6’10” 2022 Ballard (Louisville KY)
Very long and very active big man was an important cog in College Prospects’ run to 17u Gold title. Emerging name in 2022 had 9 points and 8 rebounds in the Final. Bar has a Western Kentucky offer and serious Interest from Louisville, Georgetown, Cincinnati and Jackson State.
Sekou Kalle 6’9” 2021 DeSales (Louisville KY)
Really like what I’m seeing with respect to the development of Kalle. Strong and athletic two-way player with excellent attitude & work-ethic. Has really filled into his long frame with plenty of muscle. Sekou averaged 14.5 ppg and 10 rpg here and has offers from UCLA, Western Kentucky, Rutgers, Eastern Kentucky and Bellarmine.
Quimari Peterson 6’1” 2021 Westside (Gary IN)
Quick and pesky lead guard can absorb contact and finish at the cup as well as spot up from the perimeter. Peterson has a reported offer from New Orleans.
Bradley Ezewiro 6’9” 2021 IMG (Bradenton FL)
LSU signee was a crowd favorite due to his numerous thunderous dunks. Carson CA native was a force for Belmont Shore in the 17u Gold playoffs, scoring 27 points vs Beyond Ball (IA) (quarter-finals) & 24 points vs Indiana Elite/Team Indiana (semi-finals). Planning to spend a post-grad year at IMG before enrolling at LSU in Fall of 2021.
Tevin Smith 6’5” 2021 Danville (IL)
Slashing scorer is athletic in transition and is also an excellent defender. Smith made several key plays for 17u Gold champ College Prospects. Oregon, DePaul, Bradley, DePaul, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, UT-Martin and Miami OH are among his current offers.
Luke Brown 6’1” 2021 Blackford (Hartford City IN)
Savvy lead guard with potent perimeter stroke and creativity off the bounce. Signature game was a 36 point outburst for DI Indiana 17u in a big 17u Gold playoff quarterfinal win versus a talented Tru Game (OH) team. Brown just recently pulled the trigger for Stetson after receiving other offers from Appalachian State, Lehigh, Wofford, Cleveland State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Niagara, Indiana State, Akron, Ball State and Indiana State. Video-highlights: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDAHvsrHm-m/
Darrell Reed 6’8” 2021 Hammond (IN)
Long and athletic PF is quick on the boards and is a tenacious defender. Y-n-R 17u (IL) standout got an Alabama State offer after the event to add to his previous Detroit and Illinois-Chicago offers.
Skyler Schmidt 6’7” 2021 Clermont Northeastern (Batavia OH)
Slightly undersized but very tough and productive PF has a New Orleans offer with interest from West Virginia, Virginia and Loyola-Chicago. Video highlights: https://twitter.com/niketeamtrugame/status/1286297462563655680
James Glenn 6’2” 2021 Southeast Polk (Altoona IA)
Glenn continues to impress me with his poise, savvy and overall playmaking skills. Outstanding student (4.0 GPA).
Jayden Brewer 6’5” 2021 Ben Davis (Indianapolis IN)
Lefty athletic wing is a terror in transition and can torch the nets from deep. As he gets stronger Brewer has excellent long-term upside as well as reported offers from Evansville, Cleveland State and Miami OH with interest from the likes of Butler, Xavier, Purdue and Iowa State.
Darrion Williams 6’6” 2022 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas NV)
Capital Christian (Sacramento CA) transfer is relocating to Gorman for his junior season. Versatile and multi-dimensional player is a pin-point passer and good mid-range shooter. Core component of a College Prep Academy (CA) squad that reached the 17u Gold playoff quarterfinals (lost to Indiana Elite/Team Indiana). Colorado State, Hawaii and Montana are among those showing current interest in this very good student (3.7 GPA).
DJ Hughes 6’8” 2021 Lawrence North (Indianapolis IN)
Strong and sturdy PF is a dependable visitor on the glass and can score on the block. Hughes committed to Butler in June, picking the Bulldogs over other suitors that included Ball State, Duquesne, Toledo and Evansville.
Darrius Washington 6’8” 2021 Fern Creek (Louisville KY)
Western Carolina-bound PF is an active, physical force inside and can score with regularity on the block.
Taevon Dozier 6’6” 2021 Butler (Louisville KY)
Energy forward is an impressive slashing scorer that can finish in traffic.
Kendall Brasfield 6’1” 2021 Curie (Chicago IL)
Excellent defender can get into paint to score.
Jevin Sullivan 6’4” 2022 North Polk (Alleman IL)
Strong wing with excellent perimeter stroke and off the charts grades (4.2 GPA).
Terrance Ford 6’1” 2021 Leo Catholic (Chicago IL)
Ford was one of the standouts for Team Illinois International here. Point guard can set the table for teammates and can score when needed. Windy City sleeper.
Alex Horiuk 6’11” 2021 Jesuit (Sacramento CA)
Ukranian big man is a very intriguing prospect with a nice long frame and very good academic marks (3.5 GPA). Physical rebounder can score with touch around the cup.
Dylan Ingram 6’7” 2021 Simeon (Chicago IL)
Under the radar big with nice perimeter stroke has a Chicago State offer.
Bernard Dzesi 6’8” 2021 Martin Luther (Milwaukee WI)
All-tourney pick has a nice frame and strength. All-tourney pick for a solid World Hoops Elite 17 squad has a Cleveland State offer.
Amarion Osborne 5-10 2021 Kankakee (IL)
Very confident PG has nice ability to make big shots as was evident by his 3-point dagger that forced OT against a loaded Illinois Stars/UA squad in 17u Silver quarterfinals.
Sione Lose 6’4” 2021 Capital Christian (Sacramento CA)
Skilled and athletic WG has shot-making ability.
Julius Rollins 6’7” 2021 Hillcrest (Country Club Hills IL)
Athletic and assertive forward with nice length can score off dribble and is an excellent defender. Rollins has a bevy of offers that include Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Toledo, Kent State, Cleveland State, Oakland, North Carolina A&T, LIU, Illinois Chicago, Chicago State and Southeast Missouri Statet. Video highlights: https://twitter.com/YnRbball/status/1285627947496484867
Jaden Rogers 6’0” 2021 Fern Creek (Louisville KY)
Crafty PG is an elusive ballhandler and nice table-setter with 3-point range on jump shot. Miami OH, Morehead State and Evansville are his current reported offers. Video-highlights: https://twitter.com/DeadStockVisual/status/1286346392005476357
Manny Austin 6’3” 2021 Hoover (Des Moines IA)
Very underrated WG can score in a wide variety of ways and is a deceptive athlete that can finish above the rim.
Malik Stanley 6’0” 2021 Warren Central (Indianapolis IN)
Quick and shifty point guard has a reputation as a high level scorer and is underrated as a pesky defender. Just received offers from the University of Tampa and Southern Indiana and IUPUI is taking a long look.
Tre Valeriano 5’10” 2021 Washington (Milwaukee WI)
All-tourney pick is a crafty playmaking PG with nice ability to create for teammates. Tre has a Cleveland State offer.
Jake Heidebreder 6’5” 2021 Floyd Central (Floyds Knobs IN)
Heady SG with nice shooting stroke is an underrated defender. Fabulous student (4.4 GPA/29 ACT) has offers from Indiana State and Lipscomb. Video highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMa9qv2blgg
Jaehshon Thomas 6’2” 2021 Whitney Young (Chicago IL)
Savvy point guard can score from both mid-range and from beyond the 3-point arc. Fine passer and crafty ball-handler too. Terrific student (4.2 GPA) has been contact with DePaul, Tulsa, Utah State, Western Illinois Niagara, Colgate, Miami OH and Illinois-Chicago. Video highlights: https://twitter.com/DeadStockVisual/status/1286427381234835459
Brayson Edwards 6’2” 2022 Sylacauga (AL)
Strong and extremely bouncy WG with real scoring ability.
Curt Hopf 6’8” 2021 Barr Reeve (Montgomery IN)
Skilled post-forward is also a top-notch student (3.7 GPA).
Davonte Hall 6’1” 2022 Thornton Fractional North (Calumet City IL)
Speedy floor-general pushes rock well in transition and has ability to apply harassing defensive pressure.
Armarion Savage 6’0” 2021 East Aurora (Aurora IL)
Leading scorer and assist leader for an Illinois Stars-Johnson squad that reached the 17u Silver Playoff title game.
Justin Gladney 6’2” 2021 NELA Prep (Los Angeles CA)
Former Fairfax/Los Angeles product is a strong lefty combo-guard that can make perimeter shots as well as apply heavy defensive pressure. Spending a post-grad year at Keion Kindred’s new NELA Prep in Los Angeles CA.
Zahkir Faircoth Williams 6’7” 2021 Henninger (Syracuse NY)
WF with length can drive to cup with either hand and is a good offensive rebounder. Good student (3.2 GPA) has a nice mid-range game and is an underrated perimeter shooter.
Darrion “DJ” Jones 6’1” 2021 Bogan (Chicago IL)
Outstanding on-ball defender creates separation off the bounce and has nice perimeter touch. Video highlights: https://twitter.com/YnRbball/status/1285727112826097665
Marcel Drone 6’7” 2021 Sheboygan South (Sheboygan WI)
Athletic forward is a solid rebounder.
Phil Holmes 6’8” 2021 Simeon (Chicago IL)
Simeon sleeper is a rangy forward with a Chicago State offer.
Markevious Luster 6’4” 2021 Rockford East (Rockford IL)
Very good 3-point shooter and rebounder for size.
Chianti Clay Jr. 5’11” 2021 Hillcrest (Phoenix AZ)
Small but quick PG with confident 3-point stroke.
Ruot Bijiek 6’10” 2022 Hillcrest (Phoenix AZ)
Sudanese big man from Iowa is making the trip to the Copper State for his junior season. Strong rebounder and finisher inside.
Kennedy Brown 6’8” 2020 Bogan (Chicago IL)
Big man is a solid rebounder and tough defender. Appears headed to prep school.
Deontay Sprattley 6’0” 2020 Lincoln (Brooklyn NY)
Unsigned senior PG is headed to spend a 5th year at Vision Academy (NY). Excellent defender has nice court vision and is a fine passer.
Jaylen Fairman 6’0” 2021 Jeffersontown (KY)
PG competes on every play and is good in ball screen action. Very good student (3.55 GPA) is getting interest from Lehigh and Cornell.
Lamont Pulliam 6’5” 2021 Bennett (Buffalo NY)
Athletic swingman excels in transition and is a very good slashing scorer.