Point Guard Watch (2018): Part 2

Grassroots
North Carolina

Posted On: 06/29/17 11:04 AM

These are 5 rising senior point guard prospects from North Carolina that haven’t received much publicity. Each of them have proved themselves over the course of their high school career and will look to have huge senior seasons.

Roquan Crowell | 5’10” PG | Southeast Halifax High School

Almost every time this kid steps on the floor, he a superior athlete to his competition. Could very well be the most athletic guard in the eastern part of North Carolina. Despite standing just around 5’10”, he’s always a threat to drive in and slam it home over multiple defenders, like in this clip here when he was a 5’8” sophomore. Over the years, his handle and feel for the game have improved dramatically. Has potential to be a really strong two-way threat and he is an exceptional rebounder at the lead guard position. His high school team could be a darkhorse in 1A this upcoming season and he’ll be a huge reason why.

Rakilen Butler | 6’2” PG | C.B. Aycock High School

Outstanding shooter! Easily one of the better knockdown shooters in his class. Must have a body on him at all times or he’ll reel off jumper after jumper with minimal effort on his release. As a ballhandler, he’s always under control and rarely turns the ball over. Possesses some sneaky athleticism. Gets off the floor and will surprise you with a two hand dunk if you aren’t careful forcing him to drive. He sees the floor well, has good length and a frame equipped to put on muscle at the next level. Definitely a sleeper prospect at his position for the next level.

Tracy Whitfield | 5’8” PG | Goldsboro High School

A cat quick point guard that can defend, has a high motor and handles pressure extremely well. When in attack mode, he gets to the rim at will and has developed a solid mid-range pull-up jump-shot. From three-point range, he’s become consistent enough to keep defenders honest and attack bad closeouts. In pick and roll, his ability to turn the corner and explode off the dribble makes him extremely hard to contain especially with great shooters around him. Could be in for a strong senior season and garner plenty of interest from east coast schools in the process.

Liam Caswell | 6’4” PG | Ocracoke High School

After averaging over 20 points per game as a junior, Caswell joined the NC Red Storm summer program and developed into a big versatile guard option. His ability now to play both point guard and shooting guard at his size makes him a matchup nightmare for most opponents. Sees right over most defenses while knifing passes through the smallest of seams. Takes small guards into the post and pulls up right over them and is crafty finishing in the paint over size. He’s also developed a solid outside shot, making him an even bigger all around scoring threat in addition to being able to man the point.

Justus Baldwin | 6’0” PG | Southern Vance High School

Southern Vance is stacked with guards that can get the job done, yet Baldwin still manages to stand out. He’s a dynamic athlete that can change the momentum of a game with his displays of athleticism. He will be seen often times guarding anywhere from the point guard position to even guarding some post players. Plays much stronger than his size. He’s tricky and gets into the paint with a variation of upfakes, hesitations and pass fakes. Uses the floater pretty well and doesn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on open jumpers. It’s easy to assume he could average over 20 per game as a senior if he wants to, but he’s unselfish and it will lead to much team success.