One of the best point guards in the country is zeroing in on UCLA.
Isaiah Collier, a Class of 2023 point guard, made UCLA men’s basketball a top seven Tuesday afternoon. Collier’s services will be offered by the Bruins to Auburn, Cincinnati and Florida State.
Collier had also received offers from Florida (Louisville, Miami, FL), North Carolina, Texas Tech and North Carolina State.
Collier is a Southeast native and it seems that he is considering moving to the South, where he will be making four of seven finalists. Collier attends Wheeler High School (GA), Marietta, Georgia. It is just two hours from Athens and the Bulldogs.
The Trojans and Bruins are more than 2,000 miles apart, but the 6-foot-3, 180-pound point defense is keeping his national options open.
Collier is a five star in the 247Sports Composite and ranks No. 1 in Georgia, and No. 5 among point guards and No. 19 overall. Rivals also rates Collier as a five-star player and the No. 19 players in the country.
Brandon Jenkins, 247 Sports Recruiting Analyst, had this to say about Collier Scouting report on the point guard from back in June:
Collier is a throwback-style point guard that is athletic and has made strong impressions through his toughness as well as his exceptional vision as a passer. Collier is a playmaker who has a lot of tools and is able to make assists. Collier is strong for his height and has a great crossover to help break down defenders. He does a great job on the defensive side of the ball. He is able to get into ball handlers and keep his man in front. His problem is his inability to accurately shoot the ball. He needs to continue working on his mechanics because he has a slight glitch in the release. He can still make a huge impact on a game and not have to make shots. Collier is a point guard with a lot of confidence who is always on the right side of the game’s momentum.
Collier’s freshman season stats are not complete. Collier was a freshman in high school and averaged 11.2 points per game, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals and turned the ball over 4.0 times per night.
Collier’s AAU team, The Skill Factory has a history of training with Atlanta Hawks athletes over the summer. They also have a partnership with NBA Academy. Thomas Scott, former TSF Pro Director, joined G League Ignite as Assistant Coach of Player Development. Collier seems not to be interested in a career in college.
The UCLA has yet to sign a student for their 2023 recruiting class. However, they have 12 offers for five-star prospects. Another one of those targets also made UCLA a finalist this week – four-star point guard Jackson Shelstad, who put them in his top three alongside Oregon and Gonzaga on Thursday.