|Malik Thomas-6'3 CG 2021 Alta Loma, CA|
On Saturday August 19th, Under Armour Basketball hosted their 3rd Annual UA Next Experience game showcasing twenty of the top rising freshmen (Class of 2021) in the country in front of a nice crowd at the beautiful Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, MD. Players represented twelve different states, but when the dust settled Malik Thomas 6’3 Combo Guard from Alta Loma, CA was clearly the best player in the game and took home MVP honors. Thomas did it all, willing his Team Select to an exciting 108-106 victory. Thomas is a big strong scoring guard that is at his best when attacking the basket. Very good in transition, Malik has the ability to finish through contact and he has a nice pull up jumper with nice elevation and a high release. He has range out to the 3pt line and can really lock down on defense and he’s able to guard all three perimeter positions. What we liked about Malik is that when the going got tough and his team was down we saw him take over the game on both ends of the court. He refused to lose and this is a testament to Thomas’ character. He finished the game with 32 points shooting 11 for 15 from the field and 10 for 10 from the line, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Going into his freshman season at Damien High School he could be considered as one of the top 2021 on the West Coast and one the best freshmen in country.