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Posted On: 04/3/18 3:00 PM
I know I keep saying it, but I mean it, this is one of the deepest classes I’ve seen in Colorado. The 2020 class will be one of many college athletes that excel at the next level, PrepHoopsColorado just finished up with the top point guards, now let’s take a look at the shooting guards in this class, this might be the best position of them all.
1) Quentin Rock- Smoky Hill- Overall Class Rank #2
Quentin had one of the best freshman campaigns of any player in the state as he shot a team high 49% percent from beyond the arc and broke the record for freshman in 3-pointers made for a season at Smoky Hill with 45. In his 1st season, he got acclimated to playing at the next level with significant varsity time, his sophomore year is where he blossomed. In 22 games, he managed to average 12.7 points, 3.5 assist and led the team in steals with 2.2 a game. He made tremendous progression from year one and two and played a bit more off ball although he’s the teams primary ball handler. With continued work this off season, he’ll head into junior year fighting to be the top player in the state in the class and have an even better season. This is a highly entertaining player that changes the game on both ends of the court that you’ll have to watch whenever the opportunity presents itself.
2) Luke O’Brien-Columbine- Overall Class Rank #3
If your talking about a player that’s overall production flies under the radar, Luke O’Brien is that player. Which comes be surprise seeing as how he is the clear-cut leader for the Rebels and has been since his freshmen year. At 6’5 and 176 pounds he is able to get to the rim as well as shoot it from deep. The two-year varsity starter already has 686 points for his career while shooting 44% from the field and I have a feeling that his best years are still ahead of him. With a solid summer playing with the Colorado Miners he could become the best player in this class as he has as high a ceiling as anybody, it just needs to translate to a few more wins and he’ll be a player that the state is talking about.
3) Keyshawn Maltbia- Fountain Fort Carson-Overall Class Rank #6
One of the only things that’s stopping Keyshawn from being a player on EVERYONE’S radar is playing in Colorado Springs at Fountain Fort Carson. Other than that, he’s a player that does it all and is still progressing in only his second year. When it all comes together, he’ll be a top player in the state. He’s slowly putting Fountain Fort Carson on the map as a basketball school and by senior year, they’ll be a team that you’ll know about as they’re an up and coming school with great young talent. Although his numbers don’t jump off the chart, he gives his team the chance to win, no matter the competition and you can see it as they barely lost to Doherty twice who went undefeated in league play. Keyshawn is the youngest player on the team, but, one of the most important and led this balanced team in scoring team at 10 points a game. He also was aggressive on the boards from the guard spot as he added 4.6 rebounds as well and showcased why he’s a player that more people should be on for the next two years.
4) Jaden Gale-Smoky Hill-Overall Class Rank #9
Jaden has the potential to be one of the state’s best combo players in the state. His 6’6 stature separates him from most players his age and already has him and he already has a leg up on the competition as he’s still growing. He recently transferred from Rangeview to Smoky Hill which made him ineligible to play this season but with how Smoky is set up for the future, the Buffalos are already a team people are going to need to worry about and makes them one of the favorites for the next two years. His ability to get to the rim as well create for his teammates already has him at an offensive advantage and he’s improving his jump shot daily with Coach Hardin. With improved ball handling and a jump shot to go with it, I’m unsure if there will be a guard in the state that can guard him and he’ll be a player that should get a few D1 looks.
5) Devin Carter-George Washington-Overall Class Rank #10
At the beginning of the season Devin was an important piece to GW and looked to be a go to guy come tournament time. But, for one reason or another, by league play, Devin was no longer with the team. Next year, unsure where it ends up, but whichever school him and his family chooses will be getting a great player. He started finding his rhythm since summer for the Colorado Hawks and went and had a good showing at the BXST showcase where he took home Co-MVP honors before having an up and down start to his varsity season. With grassroots season upcoming and him not playing to finish out the season, I’m sure there were extended times in the gym to perfect his craft and head into the summer and next season as a better player. He’s a high IQ player that can knock down any shot he takes with the confidence to take over games. Unsure if he’ll have to do the transfer rule, but next year he’ll be a player to watch out for.