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Francisco's Take: Under Armor Next

By Joel Francisco , 05/30/17, 7:30PM PDT

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Under Armour Next Combine

Torrance, CA.

 

Drew Regilsford, the director of the Under Armour Next Combine, assembled a quality group of prospects that will be headed to a number of different high schools in the Fall. Each of the 40 prospects that were in attendance had their moments, but when the dust settled there were a few prospects that stood out including 6-foot Hercy Miller, 6-foot-4 Tyler Powell, and 6-foot-3 Malik Thomas.

 

 

Francisco's Finest

 

Camp MVP's

 

Hercy Miller (Calabasas, CA.)

2021, PG, 6-foot, 151 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Has the skill and feel to be a varsity player from the moment he arrives. Shows a nice burst, advances the ball in transition, and can knock in shots off the bounce. Can be too casual at times at both ends, but he has a nice upside.

 

Tyler Powell (Los Angeles, CA.)

2021, WF, 6-foot-4, 179 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Burly wing who plays the game with purpose. The ball doesn't stick most of the time and he can score from all three levels. Shows a nice 3-point shot, dunks in transition, and even showed a "euro-step" move in tight traffic.

 

Malik Thomas (Alta Loma, CA.)

2021, SG, 6-foot-3, 183 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Thomas was a man among boys most of the time. Gifted scorer who can convert buckets through contact or nail jump shots from anywhere. At this stage he hunts shots too often and he leaves his feet while passing, but he's headed to a high school (Damien) that should clean up those areas.

 

On the rise

 

Zaon Collins (Las Vegas, NV.)

2021, PG, 5-foot-11, 150 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Collins is just scratching the surface. Long arms, terrific burst, and advanced vision. Strength will come in time, but he has the physical tools and savvy to be a very good point guard one day.

 

Michael Mitchell (Los Gatos, CA.)

2021, CG, 6-foot-1, 160 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Mitchell is a smooth operator with the ball who possesses a feathery shooting touch as well as some sneaky ball skills. Keeps the ball low while attacking the defense and he can get his own shot due to his craftiness.

 

Anthony Swift (Las Vegas, NV.)

2021, PF/WF, 6-foot-5, 164 pounds

 

Joel's Take: While a fair amount of prospects at this event looked physically mature, Swift appears to be just beginning his journey. Broad shoulders, long arms, and nimble feet describe this up-and-coming prospect. Showed a soft touch to the elbow and some evolving ball skills.

 

Immediate impact

 

Devin Askew (Anaheim, CA.)

2021, PG, 6-foot-3, 175 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Physically ready to play varsity basketball and he always plays with a high motor. Loves to attack and either finish or kick it out to open shooters. Has the strength to finish through contact or hit the 3-point shot off the dribble. Needs to work on changing speeds to keep defenders off balance.

 

A "Big" with skill

 

Trumann Gettings (Calabasas, CA.)

2021, PF, 6-foot-7, 205 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Trumann has an older brother playing at Cornell and it appears Trumann will make an immediate impact as well in high school due to his motor and developing skill set from 17-feet and in. Can convert buckets in the paint as well as out to the elbow--not too mention he has the ability to take defenders off the drive.

 

Slick and Savvy

 

Kobe Stroughter (Las Vegas, NV.)

2021, PG, 5-foot-11, 130 pounds

 

Joel's Take: One of the more intriguing kids in camp. This lefty is slick with the ball in his hands, showed a nice burst off the dribble, and dropped off some nifty passes off the high screen-and-roll.

 

Scorer's Mentality

 

Chris Page (Gardena, CA.)

2021, 6-foot-4, 170 pounds

 

Joel's take: Relentless scorer in transition as well as off the bounce in the half court. This slasher has broad shoulders and very good length, but his game will go to another level, if he involves others more often.

 

Will McClendon (Las Vegas, NV.)

2021, WF, 6-foot-3, 175 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Yet another prospect who had little trouble getting his shot off by either attacking off the dribble or in transition. Has a nice combination of strength and skill to score in a variety of ways.

 

Mr. No Nonsense

 

Solomon Jones (Long Beach, CA.)

2021, PF, 6-foot-6, 185 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Loved Jones demeanor throughout the camp. Never said a word and just produced as a rebounder, defender, and finisher. Has excellent hands.

 

Derrick Nettles (Perris, CA.)

2021, C, 6-foot-5, 218 pounds

 

Joel's Take: Not sure if he plays football, but he looks the part of a future offensive tackle. However on the hardwood, he has excellent feet, a soft shooting touch out to 19-feet, and he has a high motor.

 

Lefty with feel

 

Kyle Schilling (Morgan Hill, CA.)

2021, CG, 6-foot, 155 pounds

 

Joel's Take: This lefty shoots a bit of a knuckle ball, but his release looks smooth. High IQ player (innate passer) who moves well without the ball and is a clever finisher in the paint.