Hoops By Ugland Skills Summit: Top 2019 Guards

Southern California

Posted On: 08/14/18 11:00 AM

Irvine, Ca. — Saturday’s Hoops By Ugland Skills Summit at Beckman high school featured 92 players from the classes of 2019 to 2022.

The event featured two hours worth of intense skill work, guest speakers with deep roots in the basketball community and camp games to close out the day.

Here are the top guard performers from the 2019 class.

Jarred Hyder, Damien

Hyder was unstoppable during game play with his crafty ball handling into his quick pull-up jumpers from 3-point range. The 6-foot-3 combo guard has a herky-jerky isolation breakdown style that keeps defenders on their heels and can finish off drives with wrong-foot takeoffs and off-hand finishes.

Noel Scott, Washington Prep

Scott dominated his games with sheer toughness. The 6-foot-4 combo guard used his long strides and ability to absorb contact to get into the paint and finish around the basket. Scott’s stout on-ball defense and quick hands resulted in a bevy of steals and transition dunks.

Damien High senior Jarred Hyder was one of the top guards in his class at the Hoops By Ugland Skills Summit. Photo credit: Dylan Stewart

Bilal Mike, Washington Prep

Mike was one of the under-the-radar guys to make some noise at the camp. The 6-foot-2 scoring guard bullied his way to the basket, using his explosive leaping ability to get into the body of defenders and finish through contact.

Justin Rene, Long Beach Poly

Rene was one of the smoothest scorers in the gym. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard was superb in isolation situations, breaking down defenders with the dribble and hesitations, then getting into his one or two-dribble pull-up or all the way to the cup where he finished with a crafty layup package.

Pierce Sterling, Riverside Notre Dame

The left-handed Sterling jumped on the radar as a knockdown catch-and-shooter from 3-point range, but he showed that he has a little more offensive game in his arsenal. Sterling was more confident driving to his left and riding defenders all the way to the basket where he finished over length.

Darryl Payton, Rancho Verde

Payton is a high motor two-way guy who can play both on and off the ball. The 5-foot-10 guard keeps defenses honest with his consistent catch-and-shoot 3-pointer, but can also go by defenders either out of the triple threat or in isolation and put pressure on the rim.

Jaron Rillie, Dos Pueblos

Rillie was one of the best passers in the gym. The 6-foot-1 lefty sees every part of the floor on the break and delivers passes on time and with precision placement. It was very clear that Rillie’s teammates knew that if they got him the ball and ran the floor, they’d get it back in position to be successful.