Monday, May 17, 2010

Kevin Pangos....the next one?????

Kevin Pangos...Steve Nash....Kevin Pangos...Steve Nash....
Kevin Pangos is only 17 years old but the comparisons to the 2-time NBA MVP have been coming
on strong lately as this Newmarket, Ontario native is rising up the ranks of Canada's basketball elite
point guards list.

He's got the demeanor and basketball IQ...but it puts a lot of pressure on the young man to compare him to the future Hall of Famer in Nash.

Let's just say that Pangos a pretty good basketball player...FOR NOW.

Pangos, 6'0", played for Dr. Dennison High School and his OBA rep(AAU) squad is the York North Basketball Avengers.

This summer...Pangos will join the Canadian cadet national team as they head to Hamburg, Germany for the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Men(July 2nd-11th).

Pangos has been tearing up the baskeball hardwood for the past couple of years...check it out.


Was named MVP and a tournament All-Star at the Victor Rho Milan International tournament in May, 2009. His Hoop Factory Elite squad downed Sabonis Kaunas of Lithuania 93-86 in the championship game.

Last year represented Canada on the Cadet team at the FIBA Americas U16 Championships helping the team to finish 3rd behind the U.S.A. and Argentina. He led all scorers with 28 points.

Helped Dr. Denison reach the OFSAA AAA quarterfinals where averaged 25ppg and 7apg.

In early April 2010 he was MVP of the Junior Invitational tournament in Italy. His Team Hoop Factory Elite team finished 2nd losing the championship game to Torrolondones, Madrid(Spain).

On April 17th, 2010 played in the Jordan Brand Classic International game at Madison Square Garden for the Black squad where he scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds and blocked 2 shots. Unfortunately his side went down to the White Squad(Duane Notice 23 points, 8 rebs, 2 assts) 72-71.
Despite not having a spectacular game Pangos' basketball skills were appreciated by his coach in the game Miles Simon(Former Arizona Wildcat and now assistant coach).  Simon praised his smarts, quickness and shooting and called him an "excellent player".

I got a chance to catch up with him at Hoopdome in Toronto after his team was knocked out of the tournament there on the weekend of May 14th-16th.

Peep the interview below:



In case you haven't...the dude's name is Duane Notice. Sick baller...great personality...ready to take on the world.

15 years old
6'2" 200lbs who is highly developed physically for his age. He's already blessed with a College/Pro Body.

In grade 9, as a starter on the Toronto St. Michael's Sr. Basketball squad averaged 30ppg, 8rpg and 5apg.

Last year was named MVP as his Ontario team claimed the national Under-15 championships, while averaging 24.8ppg, 6rpg, 4.7apg and 2.3spg.

Last year represented Canada on the Cadet team at the FIBA Americas U16 Championships helping the team to finish 3rd behind the U.S.A. and Argentina.
Notice scored 18 points in the Bronze medal win against Venezuela.

Notice just completed his sophomore season High School season at St. Mike's where he averaged 22ppg, 6rpg and 5apg. The Blue Raiders finished with a 31-12 record and won the Independent Schools Athletic Association to qualify for an OFSAA(Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association) birth. In OFSAA they made it to the quarterfinals of the Quad A(top classification of the province) tournament.

Here's Part 1 of my interview with Duane Notice at Hoopdome on May 4th 2010...

On the weekend of April 17th, 2010 Notice took part in the Jordan Brand Classic International game at the "World's Greatest Arena"...Madison Square Garden.
His White team downed the Black team 72-71 as Notice dropped 23 points(10-19FG) and pulled down 8 boards, 2 assists and 1 blocked shot while earning Co-MVP honours with Germany's Malik Muller.
The game featured 16 of the top 15- and 16-year-old players outside of the U.S. in the world!
Newmarket, Ontario class of 2011 sensation Kevin Pangos aslo joined Notice in the game...taking the floor for the Black team.
Another Canadian baller, rising star Anthony Bennett(6'8") played as well. Bennett is currently enrolled at Mountain State Academy(WV).

To cap off a great experience in which Notice got to meet Michael Jordan, the Vaughan, Ontario native clinched the win in the dying seconds with a steal of Pangos and a reverse slam as the impressed NYC hoops crowd looked on.

Notice says he will play out his high school career right here in Canada and forgo heading down to a U.S. prep school.

Notice will compete this summer for the Canadian basketball squad in the first ever FIBA U17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

Check out part 2 of my interview with Duane Notice on May 4th, 2010.
Also on Youtube at dunkuverymuch4life.