When talking about brands, Dinos Trigonis has done a good job of putting both Pangos Basketball and Fullcourt Press on the map over the years. Not only on the West Coast, but the entire nation. High-profile prospects from all over the country have routinely traveled to play in events organized by the Southern California mastermind.
It started with the likes of Paul Pierce, Baron Davis and Tyson Chandler. The next wave players to emerge were none other than LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Russell Westbrook. James Harden, Brandon Jennings and Jrue Holiday followed suit. In recent years, John Wall, Anthony Davis and Shabazz Muhammad did the same.
It's difficult to imagine the bumper crop of highly-touted recruits in attendance at the Pangos Basketball and Fullcourt Press showcases over the course of the last month reaching the same level of success as the many who came before them. There is, however, no arguing with the track record of Trigonis and his past participants.That said, we plan to provide an in-depth look at the new generation coming up through the proverbial ranks.
CLASS OF 2014
Stanley Johnson, SF, Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei: Without putting too much pressure on the 6-foot-6 and 190-pounder, he is about as sure a thing as it gets. In the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Johnson is the nation's No. 2 player at shooting guard and No. 13 overall. With more close to 20 scholarship offers on the table, he recently cut his list to 10 schools. Powerhouse programs Kentucky, Louisville, Syracuse, Arizona and UCLA remain in the mix.
Daniel Hamilton, SF, Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco: If not for the presence of Johnson, Hamilton would likely garner the attention typically associated with being known as the premier player from the Golden State. Baylor, San Diego State and Louisville are a few of the others clamoring for a commitment from the 6-7 and 190-pound wing. UNLV and UTEP are also considered players. UCLA has a chance as well, albeit a slim one at this stage.
Bear Henderson, SF, Mission Hills (CA) Alemany: The 6-foot-5 and 195-pound forward has gone about his business in a quiet manner. Henderson, however, could be on the verge of a breakout effort. At least, on the West Coast. A scholarship is currently waiting from Colorado. USC and UCLA have recently reached out to him, but did not offer.
CLASS OF 2015
Stephen Zimmerman, C, Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman: He's one of the best in the business. And as a result, Zimmerman (pictured) is the nation's No. 2 player at his position in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, No. 4 overall. Arizona was one of the first programs to offer the 6-11 and 225-pound leftie and the Wildcats appear to be the frontrunner for a commitment. Also worth noting, Kansas, UConn and UCLA are not that far behind.
Tyler Dorsey, CG, Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco: Watch out for this kid. Sky's the limit. The 6-4 and 160-pounder can run the show from the point guard spot, or slide over to shooting guard and knock down perimeter jumpers on a consistent basis. College coaches and scouts, alike, are starting to realize the upside Dorsey possesses. His scholarship count is approaching double digits. Arizona, UConn, Florida and UCLA are among his suitors
Jimbo Lull, C, Palos Verdes Estates (CA) Rolling Hills Prep: You can't teach size and he has plenty of that. The 6-11 and 235-pound is a match-up nightmare for opponents at this level, although there's no guarantee he enjoys the same success in college. Loyola Marymount and Rice are somewhat interested in him, but have not offered yet.
CLASS OF 2016
Derryck Thornton, PG, Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep: Talk about a hot commodity, Pac-12 Conference programs such as Arizona, Washington and UConn already offered the 6-foot floor general. New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV and UTEP have done the same. Needless to say, keep a close eye on Thornton moving forward.
Vance Jackson, SF, Pasadena (CA) La Salle: At 6-7 and 195 pounds, there's plenty to like with regards to his frame. College coaches and scouts appear to agree. Jackson has scholarships waiting from Arizona and UConn. Kansas and UCLA have also expressed interest in the past. Both programs have not offered though. Perhaps in time.
Trevor Stanback, PF, West Hills (CA) Chaminade: UNLV and USC were among the first schools to put a scholarship on the table for the 6-9 and 215-pound post player. Gonzaga, UConn and UCLA have recently been in contact with Stanback and each program figures to step up its respective efforts to land him in the near future.
Sean Ceglinsky has covered prep and college sports on the West Coast for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on twitter: @SeanCeglinsky