The state of Utah has proven over the last year that the talent level here is much higher than people realized. Dozens of out of state colleges had flooded to Utah to recruit. In result, over 30 players from the class of 2017 signed a scholarship to a college outside of Utah. I will be highlighting several "under the radar" kids in the class of 2018.
Truman Brown 6'3 Guard (Layton) 3.9 GPA had a very solid junior campaign by averaging over 10 points per game for a very good Layton team. During our boys showcase he was one of the best players in the gym. Brown is a knock down shooter that has great elevation on his shot from the three and the mid-range. He was also able to finish at the rim as he is an above-average athlete. Several colleges at the showcase expressed interest in him ranging from Jucos to NCAA D2's.
Armani Levine 6'6 Forward/wing (Alta) is a very intriguing prospect at 6'6 he is a bit of a tweener but I liked what I saw from him at our showcase. He was a able to take opposing forwards off of the bounce and finish at the rim. Levine was also able to step out and hit the mid-range to three point shot. He needs to get in the weight room and add a couple of post skills but I think he could be a very solid junior college or NAIA player.
Zach Philips 6'0 Guard (Hillcrest) just moved to Utah from Moses Lake Washington where he averaged over 20 points per game as a junior. At our showcase I really liked his ability to get to the rim and finish. Philips has a very strong body and a quick first step that allows him to beat defenders. If he can improve his jump shot I think he can be very effective at the Juco/NAIA level.
Josh Jenkins 6'5 Wing (Stansbury) was very good at our boys showcase and has multiple colleges in attendance excited about him. He is very athletic and plays well above the rim. Jenkins has a solid shot and if that improves he will be a very tough cover. I think he can play at high level Juco or would be a great pick up for a sub-D1 school.
Gaaga Isibo 6'7 forward (Layton Christian) has only been in the United States for about a month but has left a big impression in his short time here. I was impressed with his length as he blocked or altered shots throughout the showcase. Isibo also had multiple dunks that were in traffic. He is a little raw offensively but I think he can play at a high-level Juco and sky is the limit on where he could end up from there.