Posted On: 09/29/16 4:00 PM
Commitments are happening routinely at this point in the summer and any of these names could come off the board at any point. Over the next week or two, we’ll break down the players that are available in the class of 2017 still in these four categories: Guards, Wings, Forwards, Posts.
We discussed the Top 10 in 2017 last month here: https://www.prephoops.com/2016/08/louisiana-2017-best-available-top-10/ Since then, Josh Anderson and Romin Williams have committed.
With three guards outside the top 10 committed including the number 11 player player in our rankings, Lamont Berzat (5’8 PG, Landry-Walker), to New Orleans, it means others are going to be higher on the list of available players.
Two scoring guards head the list of available guards in LeAaron Cain (6’2 SG, East Ascension) and Tylan Dean (6’0 G, Grambling Lab). Cain can score from all over but makes his hay getting to the line and converting. Dean has incredible range and improving ball handling ability.
Davantre Vitor (6’1 G, Washington-Marion) is an extremely athletic guard that can fill it up when he’s on. There is some polishing to do but once the consistency comes; he’ll be tough to handle. Cephus Gix (5’9 G, Ouachita) is out for the year most likely with an ACL injury but he should still find a home somewhere as a “miniature Kobe”.
Latrell Jones (6’2 SG, Archbishop Shaw) isn’t in the current rankings but he’ll fly up once they are updated as the biggest riser this summer. He had monster scoring performances throughout the season and will look to build on it. His AAU teammate Raylon Hardy (5’11 PG, Hahnville) can run the show as well as most and has the IQ on and off the court to back it up.
Three guards that are well put together are Kai Morgan (6’2 SG, John Curtis), Chance Gasery (6’2 G, HL Bourgeois), and Jamel Robinson (6’2 SG, Madison Prep). Morgan can shoot it, Gasery is the the physical slasher, and Robinson makes his name on the defensive end.
The two other committed guards are Casey Jones Jr. (5’10 PG, Wossman) to Northwestern State and Kevin Johnson (5’11 PG, ED White) to Nicholls State.