Washington State positional rankings (shooting guards)

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Posted On: 10/31/17 12:48 PM

Typically, shooting guards are taller than point guards. Height at the position varies; many bigger shooting guards also play small forward. Shooting guards should be good ball handlers and be able to pass reasonably well, though passing is not their main priority. Since good shooting guards may attract double-teams, they are frequently the team’s back-up ball handlers to the point guard and typically get a fair number of assist.

Shooting guards must be able to score in various ways, especially late in a close game when defenses are tighter. They need to have a good free throw percentage too, to be reliable in close games and to discourage opposing players from fouling. Because of the high level of offensive skills shooting guards need, they are often a team’s primary scoring option, and sometimes the offense is built around them.

Good shooting guards can usually play point guard to a certain extent. It is usually accepted that point guards should have the ball in their hands at most times in the game, but sometimes the shooting guard has a significant enough influence on the team where he or she handles the ball extremely often, to the point where the point guard may be reduced to a backup ball handler or spot-up shooter.

Lets take a look at some of the best shooting guards in the state of Washington:

2018 electrifying combo guard, Kevin Porter Jr. has chose to continue playing at the University of Southern California after he graduates from high school. Porter is a 6’6 combo guard who already has a college body. He has the handles and vision to play point guard and the scoring ability to play wing. He has big plans for this season.

One of the most underrated 2018 Washington state prospects is 6-4 Timberline guard, Erik Stevenson. Stevenson is a very balanced guard that can shoot, pass, rebound and play defense. His length and speed are traits that make him one of the better athletes in the state. He has a very good vertical that gives him the ability to finish above the rim and block opponents shots as well. Stevenson also has a knack of knowing when to pass instead of shoot as well.

Mountlake Terrace star Khyree Armstead has become an elite prospect. Armstead has developed into a smooth combo guard, now running more point guard, creating plays off the dribble. With his ability to shoot the jump shot and create for his teammates, Armstead is due for a big time offer pretty soon.

Richland High School 6-3 guard Cole Northrop is an elite shooter. He averaged 20 points, five assists and four rebounds per game last season, and is hoping to improve his game as his career goes on. He describes his game as smart, aggressive and tough. Northrop is a playmaker that has serious range from all over the court. But he can also pass, and makes sure to not force too much by passing to open teammates.

2019 standout guard, Noah Williams is ready to lead O’Dea this season. Williams is a 6’4 scoring guard, that can pretty much do it all on the court. He shows quality leadership, always being vocal and leading by example with his hard work ethic on and off the court.