UA Next Combine: Top Guards

Southern California

Posted On: 05/8/18 1:44 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 guard performers from the event:

Richard Isaacs, Jr., Las Vegas (NV)

Few see the floor better than Isaacs. The 6-foot prospect is a true point guard in every sense of the term and that has a lot to do with the fact that he’s been immersed in the game and playing up for most of his youth career. Isaacs thinks the game one or two steps ahead of the opponent, is a willing and dynamic passer and continues to raise his athleticism each time out.

Jack McCloskey, Costa Mesa (CA)

McCloskey is of the scoring point guard mold and a lot of that comes by way of a smooth jump shot. The 6-foot-2 guard has good size and length for the position and good ball skills which allow him to get into his consistent mid-range pull-up game. McCloskey has a consistent 3-point shot both off the catch and off the dribble, as well.

Devin Newsome, Fresno (CA)

Las Vegas-based combo guard Milos Uzan (right) scored in a variety of ways at the UA Next Combine Saturday.

Newsome is wired to score and he does so in a variety of ways. The 6-foot off-guard is both quick and shifty in space and has impressive downhill speed and balance in transition. Newsome can pull-up and knock down a balanced mid-range jumper or carve his way to the basket and finish with floaters or layups off the glass with english.

Ben Shtolzberg, Northridge (CA)

Shtolzberg had his passing chops on display throughout the first game of the day. The 5-foot-11 point guard plays with good pace and a high basketball IQ. One of the more intriguing parts of Shtolzberg’s performance is he didn’t force too many offensive actions in a camp setting.

Milos Uzan, Las Vegas (NV)

Uzan was one of the most prolific scorers at the event. He’s crafty on the ball, works well out of high ball-screen action and uses his long strides and ability to change speeds and direction to get where he wants on the court. The 6-foot combo guard finishes around the basket in a variety of ways, but his float-game is advanced for his class.