There were a variety of players that managed to catch my eye during conditioning, drills and full exposure games this past weekend at the 2022 International Middle School Combine (IMSC) hosted by John Lucas Enterprise. Here’s the ones I liked.
2026 6’4” G/F Bryce Dixon of Kennemer MS (TX). Looked to initiate contact, gets downhill & took advantage of smaller defenders. Dixon is a big guard with athleticism and versatility plus he performs better in the open floor. However, he needs to concentrate on skill to score the ball off the dribble and a threat to knock down threes.
2026 6’5” F Elijah Williams of Scottsdale Christian Academy (AZ) has the attributes to succeed. Nice size, knows the game & played multiple roles. He’s physically strong and consequently productive at both ends as a result. Williams has a frame that’s already develop. Once he picks up his confidence offensively and show more of a physical dominance he will open more doors up in his recruitment. Definitely a player to continue to watch.
2026 G Jarvis Pope of Brandon Academy (FL) returned to IMSC this year looking totally ready! He has sharpened his skills & worked on his body. Pope may have been the best player on both sides of the court. Pope was assertive from start to finish, slashing to the rim and to taking multiple defensive assignments. Pope should work on shooting the long ball and other shot selections to expand his game. We love the direction his headed in!
2026 6’6” SF Jalen Montonati of Owasso Center (OK) shot the pull up mid range with confidence. One of the best mid range shooters in the field, Montonati displayed a soft shooting stroke off the catch and dribble. He was certainly one of the guys to catch the attention Scouts in attendance. Strength and movement without the ball will be important for Montonati.
2026 6’6” F Paxton Scalf (TX) played physical, nice touch around the rim & competed. He’s both competitive and physically strong. An emerging big wing with enough size to defend multiple positions. He plays with a motor and his offensive game will evolve. Work in the perimeter should be added and Scalf will watch his stock rise.
2026 6’3” G Jordan Skyers of Cardinal Hayes (NY) was aggressive & tough. Got in the paint and caused problems for defenses. Standing at 6’3″, Skyers is a big combo-guard who can play on or off the ball. Skyers plays with absolutely no fear and his aggressive high energy style of play will ultimately put him in a great position in a few years.
Notable Eye Catchers:
2026 Adam Boyd, Humble MS
2026 Phoenix Woodson, Crossings Christian School
2026 Joshua Coleman, Westlake MS
2026 Sean Mondragon, Baker MS
2026 Colin Langdon, Chisholm Trail Middle
2026 Aidan Conlan, Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
2026 Jaylen Simmons, Alamo Jr. HS
2026 Athan Olivier IV, Cathedral Carmel
2026 Dylan Mingo, Howitt MS
2027 Jadarian Holloway, Calvary Christian
2026 Devan Brown, Nolan Ryan Jr. HS
2026 Richard Claude, Hopewell MS
2026 Quentin Stewart, Strack Intermediate
2026 Acoya King, Taca Academy
2026 Byron Green, Rodeo Palms Jr. High
2027 Stevie Hall, West Bloomfield MS
2026 DJ Biggins, St. Gabriels
2026 Kobe Edwards, Greenfield
2026 Patrice Mppuli, Olympic MS
2026 Evan Egans, Crosby MS
2026 Dawson Gilbert, Adair County MS
2026 Stephen Walton, Churchland MS
2027 Michai White, Student Athlete Academy
2026 Justin Jones, Atlantic Shores Christian School
2026 Andrew Sellers, St. Thomas Episcopal
2027 D’agavis Greene, Southern Nash Middle School
2026 Christian Haskett, Bowie Middle School
2026 Kai Brookins, Winthrop Charter School
2027 Tyrone Jamison, Youree Drive
2027 Christopher Stokes, Wilders Prepatory Academy