Posted On: 09/13/18 11:25 AM

A Scout’s Take: Ron Massey FHC (Best Combo-Guards)

NORWALK, Ca.—Dinos Trigonis, one of the pronounced Grassroots pioneers, orchestrated yet another epic Fall Hoops Classic—now named after former Long Beach Jordan Head Coach Ron Massey. 

In a field that was loaded with much of Southern California’s elite programs, it would be Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) that would bag the championship with impressive wins over Harvard-Westlake, Mater Dei, and Bishop Montgomery. Bishop Gorman’s electrifying junior Noah Taitz would bring home the MVP as he lit up the score board in a variety of ways. 

Jaylen Clark (Corona Centennial)

2020, CG, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds

Jaylen Clark is all-around gifted combo-guard. (Photo by Mark Dustin for the Press Enterprise)

Joel’s Take: Slowly, but assuredly, Clark is scratching the surface of his potential. At this event he showcased his ball skills, passing acumen, and shot making abilities. He was tough to deal with off the dribble, can finish through contact, and is best described as a shot maker. Improving his defensive skills (sliding his feet, getting in a stance, etc.) will elevate his stock. 

Amound Anderson (Leuzinger)

2020, CG, 6-foot-3, 165 pounds

Joel’s Take: Anderson has all the skills to be a Division 1 player, now it’s time to continue to refine them. The slick lefty can push it hard in transition, slash his way to the rim, knock in the jumper, or snap a pass to an open teammate. However, to take his game to another level, it will be about consistency. Getting stronger with ball (off hand), finishing through contact, and continuing to improve his point guard skills.

Devin Askew (Mater Dei)

2021, CG, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds

Joel’s Take: Askew is one of the more interesting prospects in So-Cal. He can lead the break, find open teammates with the pass, run high screen and roll, and knock in the deep jump shot. His passing can be forced at times (flash over efficiency) and he needs to get better attacking with his off hand (left), but overall he is a gamer. 

Jordan Archie (Bishop Montgomery)

2019, SG, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds

Archie is a jack-of-all-trades guard

Joel’s Take: Archie is the glue in a deep and talented back court of Bishop Montgomery. He is a jack-of-all-trades guard who is equally adept at facilitating as he is scoring. He is deadly in the mid-range utilizing his strength and no nonsense mindset. Overall, he is one of the bette sleepers heading into the regular season. 

DJ Davis (Corona Centennial)

2020, CG, 5-foot-11, 150 pounds

Joel’s Take: This scoring machine is streaky, but when he does get into rhythm it’s an impressive show. The undersized combo-guard is about scoring, but he will find the open teammate as well. His range is out to 25-feet and he is quick and nifty off the dribble when attacking the rim. He needs to get stronger and improve his point guard skills and savvy (can force the issue), but he is a talent. 

Jarod Lucas (Los Altos)

2019, CG, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds

Lucas in a natural scorer with a ton of moxie

Joel’s Take: There might not be a better competitor at his position than Lucas. The physical combo-guard can knock in jump shots from deep, especially off the dribble. He has the strength to drive through contact and finish and the savvy to make the right play for an open teammate. He needs to improve his quickness (burst off the dribble) and lateral quickness to take on D1 caliber point guards at the next level.