Posted On: 02/22/18 1:21 PM
With the 2018 rankings release, we’re taking a look at the top-5 point guards for the senior class. Prep Hoops Colorado takes an in-depth look at each player, says what makes them special and what the state tournament holds for them.
1) Jon’il Fugett- George Washington-Overall Class Rank #8
Fugett is highly regarded as one of the best on-ball defenders the state has ever seen in his last four years as he’s made it has mission to guard the opposing team’s best player each game. Along with his defense, Jon’il is a complete all-around player on offense that went from playing shooting guard last year that was forced to play point guard this year and he excelled. He’s willing to do anything to secure a win and his play on both ends of the floor is contagious and cause for the team’s success. The senior captain put up 12.2 points, 4.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds and a team high 2.5 steals a game which has made all the difference this season leading the fifth ranked George Washington to a 18-5 record on the season. Jon’il recently received an offer from Black Hills State University and with strong play in the state tournament should get a few more looks.
2) Tyson Gilbert-Rock Canyon-Overall Class Rank #12
Tyson is a pure shooter that shot 41% from beyond the arc this season and that’s while being as pure a point guard that we have in the state. He made a name for himself this season to prove any doubt in the past that he’s for real as he led the top team in the state to a 21-2 state best record. Gilbert not only distributed the ball as well as any team in the state, but scored when he was called upon as he had three 20+ point games, including a big 27-point outburst that kept the team alive in a loss to Thunder Ridge. He’s shown once he gets hot, it’s very hard to contain him and his 6’1 frame keeps defenders at bay as he uses his body to get to the rim on smaller guards, but he’s also able to bang with the big men. The CSU-Pueblo commit is ready to make a run as his No.1 ranked team is set for the state tournament and a gold trophy is all that stands in the way at a near perfect season.
3) Tucson Redding-Overland-Overall Class Rank #18
Even with arguably the toughest schedule in the state at the beginning of the season as his team started 0-5, Tucson and the Trailblazers managed to pull together a league title in one of the toughest conferences in the state. The Trailblazers 12-2 conference play record put Overland in the conversation as one of the best teams in the state, thanks to strong play from Tucson. At 13. 2 points, 3.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steal, he set the tone for the team and led the team directly to the playoffs. With a rough beginning of the season, many gave up on the Trailblazers but their senior captain kept up his strong play and rallied his team close to the finish line. Now while there, it’s up to him to lead his team into believing they have what it takes to bring it all home. This will be a fun team to watch and one we’ll most likely see at the Coliseum.
4) Te’Rae ”Trey” Johnson-Vista PEAK Prep-Overall Class Rank #19
Probably one of the most overlooked guards we have in the state is Te’Rae Johnson. Trey just recently became a member of the 1000-point club as he’s been putting them up in bunches. His ability to change the game goes unnoticed, but his 18.2 points per game is too hard to ignore on the opposing teams stat sheet. Te’Rae gave his all for the team, one of his main goals and as a result, his team made the playoffs as he managed to score in double-figures in every single game this year with all but five in which he recorded 15+ points. Te’Rae and the Vista PEAK Bison are ready to show everybody that they are better than the 24th seed they have in the state tournament. The journey begins.
5) Elijah Martinez-Regis-Overall Class Rank #25
The three-year starter from Regis flies under the radar for most, but on the court, he’s a trusted leader that plays both side of the ball. At 12 points, 1.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game, his numbers don’t show the type of impact he truly has on the game and that’s a result of being in Ken Shaw’s system. But Elijah doesn’t care, his main goal is to make his team better, rather that be on offense or defense, he’s a hard-working guard with a high ceiling. Elijah brings it night in and out and his 48% from the field and 43% from beyond the arc separates him from other guards.