Posted On: 09/26/18 7:12 PM

  WESTMINSTER, Ca. –  One has to hand it to Richard Isaacs Jr., aka “Pop Pop”:

  Every basketball hurdle that has been put in front of him over the past year or so has been consistently cleared with a whole lot of room to spare.

   The 6-foot-1 freshman at Coronado High (in Henderson, NV) – who seemingly spends as much time hooping in Southern California as he does Las Vegas – was at his dazzling best Saturday and Sunday during the Pangos All-West Frosh/Soph Camp at Westminster High in Orange County.

   There were stretches of his three camp games and in the Top 30 Crème of the Crop All-Star game in which he appeared as if he could knock in a jump shot at anytime and anywhere and against any defender who dared tried to check him.

   And, of course, he also showed off his next-level handling and passing skills while helping his team when its three camp games by comfortable margins.

  Isaacs (pictured) was clearly the top point guard-type from the Class of 2022 members among the 200 or so players in attendance.

   He’ll be among the 80-plus players (across all four high school classes) at the USA Basketball Mini Camp, Oct. 5-7, in Colorado Springs.

  The guy who – for the time being at least – Isaacs’ top challenger for the top spot among western 2022 point-guards turned in the latest in a serious of strong performances over the past couple of months.

   Jason Hart. Jr. (L.A. Dorsey) was an easy choice as a Top 30 Crème of the Crop selection and the left hander will go into the season in November as the No. 1 freshman among L.A. City Section programs.

   Another 2022 point-guard who more than deserved a spot in the Top 30 Crème of the Crop clash (but he was only selected to the Top 60 game) was 6-2 Aidan Burke (San Jose Mitty).

   The presence of Isaacs and Hart – no doubt, each is among the very best at their position in the national class – at the camp served to overshadow just how polished Burke is.