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Posted On: 12/11/16 6:36 PM
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Utah County- Arguably the best player in the 2018 class leading the way for the 2 guards this year. All 5 of these players really know how to score the ball, and they all have a chance of playing at the next level. Look for these guys to lead their team in scoring and play making this year. Below are the 5 best shooting guard prospects in Utah County by Prephoops.com.
1. Hunter Erickson (Timpview) Hunter is one of the best players in the state this year and is the focal point on an absolutely loaded guard line for Timpview. He understands how to play with the ball in his hands, taking people of the bounce or making ridiculous shoots from deep, but is also a threat running off screens and wearing his defender down. With 35″ hops and a 6’3 frame, Hunter has prototypical size for the next level. Hunter is a high D1 to mid-major D1 player.
2. Marcus Draney (Skyridge) The 6’2 senior guard has done a lot of everything this year for the first year Falcon team. He is averaging 22 PPG, 8 RPG, 5 APG, and 2 SPG respectively. He has turned it on as of late, doing the little things for his team and it is paying off for Coach Gardner and his teammates. He rarely misses free throws and has really been getting teammates involved. He’s a complete scorer at the high school level, but will be an elite 3 point shooter at the next level if he puts in the work. Marcus is a low D1 to High D2 player, but could end up benefitting from two years at a high D1 JUCO.
3. Ricky Stafford (Mountain View) The 6’2 guard out of Mountain View knows all about battling adversity, and the Bruins are again underrated. Ricky is a great shooter with deep range, but he is going to prove to be one of the strongest leaders in the state this year for Mountain View. He is good enough to beat any team in 4A on any given night. Ricky is a low D1 to high D2 player and can play either guard position.
4. Adam Santiago (Timpview) Adam is a potent scorer, though he is just a junior, he is wise beyond his years. He is a very good shooter, but he really likes to get to the rim and always ends up with a creative finish around the cup. Adam should be second team all-state this year and will look to redeem last years championship loss to Olympus. Adam is low D1 to high D2 player.
5. Kedrick Clayton (Mountain View) The 6’3 senior is a 3 year starter and really an underrated piece to a strong senior class for the Bruins. Kedrick is always going to guard the opposing teams best perimeter player, and he does it with a smile on his face and an uncanny ability to get his hands on loose balls. Clayton is a ball hawk and seems to always be in great position on the defensive end. Do not forget that Ked is one of the best rebounders in 4A and is currently averaging 13 a game. Kedrick is a D2 to NAIA player.