Posted On: 03/27/18 2:00 AM
C.I.F. State Title Point Guards
The teams fortunate enough to make it to the Golden 1 Center not only have great leadership from their respective coaches, but also from excellent floor generals. By being extensions of their coaches, they organize their teammates on both ends of the floor with a calming presence that allows things to run smoothly. Here are the point guards from the Open Division and Division one title games.
Ofure Ujadghele, (Chino Hills), 6’3, 2018
The physical attack dog of the group excels at getting into the paint and finishing in traffic. He displays strong touch as a passer especially on lobs as he sees over the top of defenses with ease. When he isn’t scoring or assisting, he is making life difficult for the opposing point guard with strong defense and a will to win. An underrated aspect of his game is his ability to rebound the ball on either end of the floor
Robert Prince, (Las Lomas), 6’2, 2018
This guy was flat out unguardable all night as he drove past defenders at will with a strong change of speed. He finished very well in the paint despite contact and lived at the free throw line for most of the night. Even as the defense backed off to prevent the drive, he showed an ability to shoot from the perimeter. His phenomenal passing vision was still on display by finding cutters in traffic or skipping the ball down the court with ease. While he was tough to handle on offense, he also had no problem picking up on defense as his size and quickness let him guard multiple spots.
Scotty Pippen, (Sierra Canyon), 6’1, 2019
The calm and collected leader of his teams North Carolina Tarheels based attack, he showcased a very smooth handle to go with his variety of hesitation dribbling. That skill set allowed him to get to the free throw often especially in the second half. A very high I.Q. for the game allows him to make the right play more often than not. He seemingly gets by defenders without showing much effort and understands how to play with poise. Beware of his ability to pull-up in the midrange.
Justin Nguyen, (Sheldon), 5’9, 2019
The shifty guard uses his ballhandling to be a nightmare in his teams dribble drive motion offense. The definition of a calming presence, he has an incredible feel for when his team needs a bucket to answer or a stop on defense to build momentum. A very underrated finisher at the rim who can stop on a dime from midrange or let it fly from deep. A tough minded player who makes his teammates better by putting them in areas where they can be most effective.