Posted On: 01/1/18 6:36 PM
I recently posted part one of a top available senior point guards article. If you want to see the players in part one, click here. Below is part 2 of some of the top available point guards. This is not a cumulative list, nor a list in any order, it is just a list of a few notable available players at a specific position.
Cameryn Carpenter- 6’0 Flint Powers Catholic
Carpenter recently showed out against one of the state’s top teams and one of Michigan’s top point guards in 2019 Rocket Watts. He finished with 25 points in a close loss. Carpenter is capable of scoring on his own from all three levels, and when he heats up he is extremely difficult to stop. He will hit shots no matter how contested they are. He also has sneaky bounce and is capable of bringing a crowd to their feet with a big dunk occasionally. Carpenter should get looks from Division 2 programs.
Willis is a skilled, plus sized pg who utilizes his size well. Attacking the rim, he uses his frame to go through contact and finish inside. He also uses that size to bother smaller guards trying to pass to teammates. What Willis may be better known for though is his shooting ability. When his feet are set, he is one of the better shooters around. Willis also has a great floater, which combined with his size and shooting ability, makes him a tough cover.
Justin Fox- 5’11 Grand Rapids Union
Fox has had a great start to the season. He really stood out in the pre-Thanksgiving scrimmages earlier this year. Last season, he deferred to former star Quantes Jackson, but this year it appears the keys to the car have been handed to him, and he was more than ready for the role upgrade. The lefty has a good looking shot, especially from three, and is lightning quick. He was able to consistently get by his man, penetrate into the paint, then either finish with a floater or dish it to spotted up teammates or post players ready to score. His quickness also allows him to really disrupt passing lanes and make point guards uncomfortable. Fox does a great job at keeping his hands up and frequently tips passes.
Because he is such a late bloomer, I think he will likely have to go JUCO. Any top JUCOs in state should be on him. Quantes Jackson left the state and is killing it as a freshman, hopefully a team is able to keep Fox in state.
Baxter is one of the quickest players in the 2018 class. In preseason scrimmages, he had several instances where he spun or nearly dropped players. Driving to the hoop he consistently makes the correct decisions with the ball. More than just a pass first pg, he has a very solid jump shot and appears to be relatively comfortable scoring at mid range or from three. Benton Harbor is one of Michigan’s top passing teams this season, and Baxter is the man running the show for them. He should be a target for NAIA programs looking for a lightning quick point guard.
Many in Michigan do not know about this kid because he is tucked away in the Upper Peninsula. However, anyone who was at the Up North Challenge and watched his Great Northern Elite team take on Parallel 45 Green would know that this kid is a player. When confident, anything within 25 feet is within range for this southpaw, and he will finish through contact pretty easy as well. Robinette has good size, which means at the small college level you could likely plug him in at the 2 spot and play with two ball handlers.
He could do with tightening his handles up a little bit more, but they are functional enough that he can operate at the pg spot versus good competition. Ryan could also work on improving his right hand finishing ability. It would greatly improve his overall ability to score. D3s and JUCOs in Michigan should keep tabs on him going forward.
Everhart brings a solid, well rounded game to the table that many players lack. He has had a fantastic opening month of his senior season as well, scoring multiple 30 point games and more importantly, leading his team to a 5-1 start. Skill wise, there is not much he struggles with. His jump shot is quick and fluid, and he is comfortable shooting off the dribble at mid range, or from deep off the catch. He also passes the ball well with both hands, which is a valuable trait in getting passes to teammates quick enough for them to score. Everhart also has a high IQ, and does not try to force things. His grades are also excellent, which makes him an even easier player to recruit. Everhart holds a couple NAIA offers, and should to be heavily recruited by NAIA/D3 programs.
He missed the first few games of the season, but once he began playing this year, Cooper immediately made a big impact. Caleb is extremely fast with the ball and kills teams in transition with his speed and finishing ability with either hand. He is also a very good/confident three point shooter, and he put that on full display during the fall at a couple camps. His speed, combined with very tight and fast handles, also make him a difficult player to keep out of the paint. Once there, he does a good job at either finishing with either hand around the rim or kicking to an open teammate. JUCO programs should keep tabs on Cooper, because if he has to go that route he could be a big time player for most teams who could use that platform to launch himself to a high NAIA or D2 program.
Kam Brown- 5’8 Laingsburg
Yet another high quality guard rolls through Laingsburg. Following the Wade brothers, Brown plays a style reminiscent of former Western Michigan player Ryan Wade, who suffered knee problems which prematurely ended his college career. Brown is a lefty like the younger Wade, and he uses his body well similarly to him. Wade had several inches on Brown, and was a better shooter, but the style of play with the ball looks very similar. Brown is lightning quick and has great handles and vision. Like both Wades, he is excellent at drawing fouls and making it difficult for opposing teams to pressure him. Brown’s jump shot is streaky, but it has improved since last March and when his feet are set, he is a pretty solid shooter. D3 and JUCO programs should check out one of Mid Michigan’s better pure point guards.