2022 wing Aidan Shaw had himself quite the performance at the Pangos All-West Freshman/Sophomore Camp, which turned the heads of several recruiting analysts and college coaches across the country. Shaw’s performance was enough to earn himself Co-MVP honors with Kijani Wright, another 2022 standout from California.
The Blue Valley sophomore standout heard about the camp through twitter when a director of the camp reached out to him. The Freshman/Sophomore Camp is held nationwide in only 4 areas. Typically the areas are the West, Midwest, South, and East. Shaw went to the West camp which was held in Lynwood, California. Shaw knew to boost his stock he had to attend the west camp.
Shaw had actually attended the Midwest Freshman/Sophomore Camp in Chicago last year but wasn’t selected for any of the Top Player games the camp normally holds on the final day. Shaw felt slighted by the fact he didn’t get the recognition, but knew coming into the camp in 2019 that was going to change.
“I figured if I was going to get noticed, then I had to play against elite players and that’s why I chose to attend the West camp.”
“I knew I would be playing top ranked players and social media giants so my initial thoughts were to not worry about any of them and to play to my best ability, knowing my hard work would eventually pay off.”
Shaw originally had an unofficial visit set up to Missouri for the weekend of the camp, which he knew he had to make a sacrifice and reschedule the Missouri visit. Which it certainly worked out in Shaw’s favor. Shaw earned himself Camp Co-MVP, but also punched his ticket to the prestigious Pangos All-American Camp in 2020 in California.
“I was extremely excited,” said Shaw regarding being named Co-MVP. “Heck, it still blows my mind in regards to being named an MVP. I know I played well.”
How does a sophomore like Shaw, almost a virtual unknown to everyone in attendance prepare for such an event? “I didn’t want to be over confident so I told myself, ‘At least I will leave here actually leaving my mark.’ I work hard so I’m excited about the award, but I’m not complacent in my work moving forward.”
Shaw left the camp with MVP honors, but also an offer from USC and Coach Enfield. USC joined Vanderbilt and Oklahoma State as the only schools to have offered the rising sophomore, but that won’t stay the same for long.
The USC offer felt surreal to Shaw, who still can’t believe all of the interest that’s following him around after his breakout performance.
“Vanderbilt was my first offer and that was before the camp, and Oklahoma State had been recruiting me for a few weeks but officially offered when I went on an unofficial there last weekend.”
Vanderbilt has first year head coach Jerry Stackhouse leading their program, Stackhouse has seen success at both levels as a college basketball player, professional basketball player, and in the coaching ranks. Shaw offered high praise for Vanderbilt, saying that it’s a great school with a great captain leading the charge.
“Coach Stackhouse knows the game at the highest level, so he knows what success looks like.”
Last weekend saw Shaw visit Oklahoma State unofficially, and the staff made sure to show he will be a priority for them moving forward as they offered him a scholarship. Coach Boynton and his staff made sure the standout sophomore felt at home during the visit.
One school that was made wind of his performance? Kansas. The local school with the historic program has begun to show interest in the local kid. Shaw will unofficially visit Kansas this weekend for their Late Night At The Phog event. He’s looking most forward to touring the facilities as a recruit for the first time, rather than as a fan.
All of his success isn’t by luck, he’s put the time in day in and day out. He attributes some of his success to his trainer, Marcus Walker. Walker, a Kansas City native, played professionally overseas for years, and now trains the cream of the crop talent in the Kansas City Metro and nationally ranked players across the nation. “He’s been pushing me hard for the last twelve months,” said Shaw regarding Walker’s training. “He says ‘you want to be great, you’ve got it, but no one is going to give it to you’.”
“He pushes me every day, mentally and physically. Marcus doesn’t sugarcoat it.”
The 2022 rising sophomore is popping up on coaches radars all across the country, the blue bloods will be chasing, and he’ll be the next great talent out of Kansas City. Shaw’s looking to change the narrative about the talent level in Kansas City, and he’s certainly going to do it.