Posted On: 09/29/16 5:00 PM
The inaugural Prep Hoops Missouri Top 250 Expo was held last weekend at the Center of St. Louis. Nearly 200 players were in attendance at this very successful event. We are in the process of breaking down the players by each class and their position. Today, we have a breakdown of the Class 2019 point guards and combo guards who participated in the Top 250 Expo.
Braeden Combs 6’1″ Nixa: The talented combo guard did an excellent job on both ends of the court. Combs was impressive with his ability to handle the ball, create shots off the dribble and knock down 3-pointers. He also made a number of big shots during close games which showcased his clutch gene. Combs also took the challenge of guarding other top guards and wings at the camp and stood up well defensively.
Dawson Owen 6’0″ Park Hill South: A true pass-first point guard who did a great job of making sure all of his teammates ate during the games, which is atypical of guards in these showcase events. He exhibited excellent court vision and a willingness to share the rock with open teammates. He ran the pick and roll well and he displayed a nice shooting touch from the perimeter.
Damien Loyd 5’10” Kirkwood: A talented little point guard with excellent quickness and scoring ability. Loyd did a nice job of getting into the lane and dropping dimes to open teammates. He has a nice float game and good shooting range from 3-point territory.
Christian Williams 5’10” Conway (AR): A talented 2019 kid who played in the afternoon session with the 2017s and 2018s. He held his own while playing with the older kids. He can really shoot the basketball from 3-point distance. Williams also has good quickness and the ability to get in the lane off the dribble.
Matthew Simmons 6’0″ Francis Howell: One of the surprise kids of the event, Simmons is a big, strong physical combo guard who was hard to handle all morning. The kid was a beast. He could muscle his way to the basket and play through contact to get buckets. He could also shoot the ball from 3-point range and was just manhandle smaller guards.
Kaileb Bryant 6’1″ DeSmet: I like the aggressive manner in which this kid played throughout the event. He was strong and he looked to attack the basket at every opportunity. He was also very good in transition where he did a nice job of finishing his drives.
Javell Sanders 5’9″ Rock Bridge: A very talented point guard who had an impressive day at the camp. Sanders is a good athlete who played with excellent pace at both ends of the floor. He had the ability to blow by defenders off the dribble or stop and pop and hit jumpers from the mid-range area and beyond the 3-point line.
Ryan Torrey 5’8″ Cardinal Ritter: Ryan is an excellent floor leader with offensive skills and a high basketball IQ. He handles the ball well and is rarely out of control. He has smooth handles which enables him to create separation and get off his perimeter shots. He is a fine 3-point shooter off the catch and off the dribble.
Nicholaus Smith 5’10” CBC: A well-built youngster who has the look of a running back on the basketball court. Smith is strong and quick with the basketball and spent much of the session beating people off the dribble to the basket for layups. He was also a tough defender who didn’t mind getting down in a stance and working.