UA Next Combine: Best Bigs


Posted On: 05/9/18 6:57 PM

Bellflower, Ca. — St. John Bosco high school hosted the west edition of the Under Armour Next Combine series Saturday featuring many of the top prospects from the class of 2022.

The mix of players included eighth graders from the local Southern California area, along with others from Northern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon and Nebraska.

Among the most highly-regarded prospects in attendance were 6-foot-10 forward/center Dylan Anderson out of Arizona, Nevada-based point guard Richard Isaacs, Jr., Utah forward Jaxon Kohler and future Sierra Canyon wing Ramel Lloyd, Jr.

Here are the top big men from the event:

Max Allen, Las Vegas (NV)

Allen has an intriguing combination of size, strength and mobility for his class. At 6-feet-6 and a healthy 230-plus pounds, Allen is light on his feet, changes ends of the floor well and has a soft set of hands around the basket. Allen can catch and face-up on the perimeter and finish off a straight line drive bucket.

Dylan Anderson, Litchfield Park (AZ)

Anderson is all of 6-feet-10 and has a ton of tools in his arsenal. He has good hands, decent footwork and feel with his back to the basket, contests shots in the paint without fouling and is mobile in transition. The most intriguing par

Jaxon Kohler (left) and Dylan Anderson battled in the paint Saturday at the UA Next Combine.

t of Anderson’s game is his ability to knock down the open 3-point shot with fluid shooting mechanics. Anderson wears a size 19 shoe, which leads us to believe there’s a possibility he could grow a few more inches when all is said and done.

Jaxon Kohler, American Fork (UT)

Kohler’s low-post and paint scoring game is extremely advanced for a prospect in his class. He keeps the ball high on every paint catch and never brings it down below his chin when powering up to finish. He has a variety of moves on the block and knows how to drop-step on either side of the lane and can finish with either hand. Kohler is relentless on both the offensive and defensive glass.

Scott Truninger, Newport Beach (CA)

While the other three bigs on this list are loaded with skill, Truninger brought an old-school type approach to the event. The 6-foot-5 prospect seeks out contact on both ends of the floor, sets a good, hard screen and dives to the front of the rim looking for a pass and scoring opportunity or an offensive rebound opportunity.