WALTERBORO, S.C. – Magnetic guard Isaac Cubero from San Ramon, Costa Rica has signed with USC Salkehatchie for the upcoming 2023-24 season. Cubero is a dual citizen who he was born in Long Island, New York, but spent most of his life growing up in Costa Rica.
Cubero, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 180-pound guard, played at Layton Christian Academy in Layton, Utah. LCA went 18-11 this past season and finished the season one game shy of the state championship game. Cubero averaged 11 points per game over his last two years at Layton Christian Academy.
"We signed a first class human being in Isaac Cubero. He showed his perseverance throughout the recruiting process and made it very clear that he wanted to be part of what we are building at Salk," said Coach Lynch. "He's a team guy that is all about being a star in his role. I think that as he continues to grow and mature physically, he can develop into a nice player for us. I am drawn to his character and I'm confident he is going to be a team and fan favorite."
Lynch said that Isaac's name was brought to him by a former player of his, Jacque Brown. "Jac" is no stranger to Region 10, as he started and played for Cape Fear CC back in 2017-2018, before linking up with Coach Lynch at UNCW for the 2018-19 season. "Jac is currently playing professionally over in Costa Rica and when I took the job at Salk, he called me raving about Isaac. He connected us and then I began to build a relationship with Isaac and his family," said Lynch.
“My guy Isaac was somebody that impressed me when I first saw him," said Brown. "He was very young but was playing against professional basketball players who are grown men. He still had his senior year to go through and I felt like his poise and defense translated right away. He's a player with excellent size, smooth shooting touch, and the confidence to be in the correct spots on defense every time. With the work he will be putting in, the sky is the limit on the level he can play at going forward”
Cubero was coached in high school by Bobby Porter, who recently retired after leading Layton Christian for 21 consecutive seasons. "Isaac led us to a state championship his junior year and the final four his senior year," said Coach Porter. "Isaac is a hard nose lockdown defender who can score with the best of them. I look for him to have a great career in college."
Isaac is back home in Costa Rica training before reporting for school in August.