Updated: Jul 27, 2021
After a long break from live scouting brought on by circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Pro Insight’s Matt McKay, Jr. returned to the trail this past week at Glendale, Arizona’s ‘Section 7’ event, where the Pro Insight team had the chance to evaluate some of the best of the west in high school basketball.
In the latest edition of ‘P.I. Pulse,’ McKay details his trip, shares a glimpse into the state of the company, and outlines some of those who really caught the Pro Insight team’s attention:
Aside from one outlier weekend in which we co-hosted our own exposure event back in October, this weekend’s ‘Section 7’ event in Glendale, Arizona provided my first opportunity to evaluate prospects on such a large scale live since COVID began — and boy, did it feel great to not be squinting at my laptop, streaming another slew of games.
Since I last hit the trail pre-pandemic in March 2020, things at Pro Insight looked a bit different: we were still in our infancy as a company; the brand was still taking shape; we had no clue that the world was about to shut down and that we’d be forced to get creative in order to evolve; we had certainly never heard of Zoom.
That particular week, I had the chance to cover multiple conference tournaments as well as become familiar with some top up-and-coming Vegas prospects via private workouts. Getting familiarized with guys like 2022s Milos Uzan and Chris Dockery, 2023s Sebastian Mack, Osiris Grady, and DJ Fizer, and 2024 prospect DJ Thomas made myself and our senior recruiting analyst Tyler Glazier increasingly aware of the talent-laden pipeline in Nevada.
It came full circle this past weekend as Tyler and I watched all six of those guys show well in Glendale at Section 7.
15 months in between scouting trips, and just as every one of those players has evolved into the national recruiting conversation, Pro Insight has followed suit: we’ve increased the quantity of our staff into double-digits and have provided global event coverage; we’ve expanded our focus from simply grassroots into covering the NBA draft, as well; we’re approaching 30 clients, working with some terrific NCAA and NBA teams; we’re reaching over 3 million screens per month across our social channels; and most importantly, through our Q&A series, we’ve used our platform to share the stories of over 100 amateur prospects around the world, spanning every region in the U.S., as well as nearly 25 countries.
With that, let’s jump into some of the the prospects that caught our eye this past weekend in Glendale:
Class of 2022
Chris Dockery | Guard | Cathedral/Middlebrooks (CA)
Dockery’s combination of length, backcourt positional size, and fluid body mechanics immediately popped on the court. He gets up and down the floor gracefully, defends multiple positions, and is an intelligent facilitator. Thanks to his tools, Dockery excelled in the open court and did an excellent job making decisions with the ball on the move. We walked away pleasantly surprised by his baseline perimeter skill-set and expect him to pick up a few more offers based on his play throughout the weekend.
Jaxon Kohler | Big | American Fork (UT)
It’s easy to take Kohler for granted at this point. The 6’9 throwback post player has been so skilled for so (seemingly) long, that his ability to create something out of nothing on offense unfairly goes overlooked and under-appreciated. There’s no one at the high school level that can guard Kohler one-on-one in the post — his footwork, touch and creativity are all too good. He was up to his usual productive self this weekend in Glendale and a recent Oklahoma offer might indicate that the big fella’s recruitment will continue to gain national esteem.
Shane Thomas | Guard | Durango (NV)
Thomas was one of the most pleasant surprises of the event. A hard-nosed, tough, defensive-minded perimeter player that knocks down open shots, this 2022 guard helped himself about as much as any prospect in attendance. Thomas’ game begins with his great effort and activity level on both ends. He’s never standing still on O, and will never point the finger on D as he’s always in the middle of the action, rarely missing a loose ball or an opportunity to contest a shot. At this event, he solidified himself as a rock solid 2022 recruit. He’s made a significant jump since attending our event in October.
Milos Uzan | Guard | Desert Pines (NV)
One of the more “big ticket” names at Section 7, Uzan consistently drew large crowds of NCAA coaches throughout the event. A knack for building instant chemistry with teammates, Uzan does an excellent job of running a free flowing offense while maintaining discipline. He thrives at making quick reads on the break or taking his time to pick defenses apart in PnR. Uzan is also efficient at making and converting on correct reads when it comes to scoring or passing. Uzan holds a handful of high-major offers, but that number is likely to increase after this weekend's showing.
Class of 2023
Kylan Boswell | Guard | Corona Centennial (CA)
Fresh off a big performance against Sierra Canyon in the CIF southern section open division title game, Boswell continued his impressive play at Section 7. It was our first look at the 2023 combo guard and he didn’t disappoint in any way, shape or form. At 6’3” with a physically mature frame, Boswell was efficient using his body to get to his spots, finishing through contact, and knocking down open looks. Aside from his natural skillset, Boswell’s poise and high BBIQ also popped on the court. Overall, Boswell was one of the more impressive prospects at the event and is one of the top 2023 recruits on the entire west coast.
Sebastian Mack | Guard | Durango (NV)
Son of longtime NBA journeyman Sam Mack, the 17-year-old rising junior is really starting to come into his own as a player, himself. Wired to score and make things happen on offense, Mack doesn’t need any help generating buckets thanks to his sturdy frame, functional athleticism, wiggle with the ball, ability to create separation, creativity and confidence as a scorer, and range shooting. If Mack can approach anywhere close to his father’s height (6’7), it will be a scary sight for opponents and a welcomed bonus for his recruitment; which has already reached the national level.
Jared McCain | Guard | Corona Centennial (CA)
The best high school team in California is more than just a one-man show in Kylan Boswell. Options 1A and 1B toggle between KB and Jared McCain. Listed at 6’2, but he plays much bigger due to his strong trunk, huge hands and elite body control as an athlete. Throughout the event, McCain displayed his functional athleticism, was a ballhawk on D, and a consistently smart decision-maker on O. It’s early in our group’s evaluation process, but it was difficult to avoid the Malcolm Brogdon vibes from this 2023 two-way impact combo guard.
Jace Posey | Guard | Strake Jesuit (TX)
Posey was another 2023 prospect who caught our attention at Section 7. At a big 6’3” with room to grow in addition to a plus-wingspan, Posey has the necessary physical tools to succeed at the next level. As a combo guard, Posey was efficient at getting to the basket off the dribble or via his activity as a slasher throughout the event. Posey is also an above-average athlete due to his quick first step and vertical pop. The son of former NBA champ James Posey is one to keep an eye on in Texas as he has a solid blend of translatable traits.
Andrej Stojakovic | Wing | Jesuit (CA)
Stojakovic came into the weekend relatively unknown, but finished as one of the most intriguing prospects in the building. The 6’6 wing showcased all of his skill set, showing ability to score at every level, including the ability to take advantage of smaller guards in the post. He spent the majority of the weekend playing on the ball as a PG, highlighting his comfort in the backcourt against pressure. Stojakovic plays the game the right way — he sets up teammates, can run an offense, and has an ability to get to his spots and raise up when he wants. Given his development and growth over the last 12 months (growing nearly six inches since his freshman season), the sky certainly seems to be the limit. As he continues to fill out and gain experience, he’ll have a chance to become a priority recruit in the 2023 class.
Keyon Kensie | Wing | Compton (CA)
Kensie was one of the more intriguing long term prospects that we were able to catch at Section 7. Passing the eye test at 6’7” tall with a balanced frame, fluid body mechanics, and a budding perimeter skillset, Kensie stands out as a high-upside prospect with some elite natural tools to work with. Only a rising junior, Kensie is at the right stage of his development to take the next step. Keep an eye out for him to generate more college interest in the near future.
Dusty Stromer | Guard | Notre Dame (CA)