Posted On: 01/31/18 12:30 PM
What under the radar off-the-ball guards in Kentucky’s 2019 class do you need to watch play? PHKY gives you a few here:
Bryce Long, Scott County
Long is averaging right at 10 points per game, just a point shy of his average last season. But that’s fine, as he’s sharing guard responsibilities with UNC Charlotte commit Copper Robb and Franklin County transfer Diablo Stewart. Long is a shooter who can stretch the defense while also commanding the offense when needed.
Makhi McGuire, Newport
McGuire is averaging 9.7 points per game for Newport and is the teams second deep threat option behind Pikeville commit senior MeKell Burries. Expect his role to increase next season when Burries has graduated.
Carson Guthrie, Mayfield
Averaging 16 points and 9 rebounds per game, Carson does it all for Mayfield – who is a top contender to win the 1st Region.
Kyle Stivers, Franklin County
Stivers, who has had to pick up where Diablo Stewart left when transferring to Scott County, is averaging just under 14 points per game. He averaged 9.7 as a sophomore. If he can start shooting the ball a little better from deep , his stock may rise a bit as a senior.
Connor Guthrie, Mayfield
Connor, Carson’s brother, is averaging just a under 17 points per game and is one of the western Kentucky’s top shooters from deep.
Reese Tolley, Butler
Tolley is averaing just under 14 points per game, which is significantly above what he averaged last season as a sophomore (6.3). He’s also been able to help Butler to a 19-2 overall record through January.
JJ Ramey, South Laurel
After the graduation of Jared Grubb, South Laurel needed more production out of Ramey, and they got it. He is averaging around six more points than last season (18.7 this year). He’s also shooting 45% from deep.
Stan Turnier, Trinity
Turnier is averaging a solid 8 points per game behind some very good players at Trinity, and listen, Turnier is a very good player himself. On a stacked roster, expect Turnier to have more of a role after the graduation of Jayden Scrubb.
Chase Sanders, Corbin
Corbin is considered to be one of the top teams in the 13th Region. Everything runs through senior Mr. Basketball candidate Andrew Taylor, but Chase Sanders is finding his way. The junior guard is averaging just udner 14 points per game and is shooting 50% from the field.