Pangos All-American Camp Day 1: Mustapha Heron dominates; Terrance Ferguson shows glimpses of greatness


CARSON, CA. — The annual Pangos All-American Camp tipped off on Friday night as some of the nation’s top prospects took the floor at Cal State Dominguez in one of the top events of early summer. Four-star Class of 2016 guard Mustapha Heron stole the show while three-star 2016 big man Nate Morris impressed. Five-star shooting guard Terrance Ferguson also showed some signs of greatness to end the opening night’s session.

Mustapha Heron puts on a show

Four-star Class of 2016 guard Mustapha Heron was the best player I saw during the opening night of Pangos as the native of Connecticut was simply unstoppable with the ball in his hands. A left-handed power guard, the 6-foot-5 Heron went for 26 points and scored in nearly every way possible in transition.

Although the former Pitt commit is still a reliable jumper away from reaching truly elite status, if he’s got a full head of steam going to the rim, he’s likely going to score or draw the foul. Some big men on the opposing team found out about Heron’s strength the hard way when he simply went through them at the rim for a couple of tough and-1 finishes.

Also an adept passer in the open floor, Heron will look to take his official visits this fall after he cuts his list in late summer. Heron told that Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas and UCLA are coming at him hard and he recently went on an unofficial visit to St. John’s to check out the Red Storm under new head coach Chris Mullin.

Nate Morris impresses in the opening game

Three-star 2016 center Nate Morris is a blue-collar big man who works hard to stay active around the basket on both ends of the floor. Morris is known for cleaning the glass and making hustle plays, but the 6-foot-10 native of Dallas opened some eyes on Friday night by showcasing some skill on the block.

Showing improved footwork, Morris dropped in a good-looking face-up jumper, had a hook on the block with his right hand and generally looked more confident as a scorer.

Already entertaining scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Kansas State, Morris told that he would like to see Oklahoma State at some point when he takes official visits in the future.

Terrance Ferguson shows glimpses of greatness

Watching five-star Class of 2016 wing Terrance Ferguson play can be a joy and painfully frustrating all within the same half. The 6-foot-6 native of Dallas is as athletically gifted as any wing in the country, but he’s prone to lapses of inconsistent play after making a highlight-reel dunk or a strong defensive stand.

Still, there are things that Ferguson does on the floor that very few people on Earth can accomplish — specifically his aerial assault of the rim on lobs and transition dunks. Also a solid 3-point shooter, Ferguson needs to flesh out his middle game if he wants to be a complete offensive weapon but he has a ton of tools to work with going forward.

Ferguson also showed a good IQ for the game by initiating some high ball screens with his big men and making good decisions out of those plays. He was patient finding big men in the post who had mismatches and also found some weak-side shooters once the defense collapsed to stop his drive.

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisville and Texas were the schools Ferguson mentioned to that are among the current picture and he has yet to cut down a list or set any visits.