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Posted On: 06/18/18 10:38 AM
Utah has a number of skilled guards who can shoot the basketball as well as any guard in the nation. The group below should be on many college coaches’ radars as they can play this game at an extremely high level due to their skill set and basketball IQ.
Jones just keeps getting better and better. His high basketball IQ and feel for the game are through the roof and unmatched by any guard in the state of Utah. Further, he is a phenomenal passer who gets the ball to gets in spots where they can be successful. His passes are also on time and on target. Lastly, he is one of the most consistent shooters in the state as well. Jones is the real deal and more than worthy of being the top guard in this class.
Williams has good length and shoots the basketball at a high level. He is capable of playing the point as well, but he is most comfortable at the shooting guard spot. He is extremely skilled and should be prepared to have an even bigger season for powerhouse Wasatch Academy.
Garff shoots the basketball so well off of the dribble that he can play point or shooting guard as well. His mid-range jumper is on point as he is able to stop on a dime and shoot it with immense accuracy. Further, he is even more deadly from the 3 point line. Many shooters struggle with shooting off of screens, but Garff can do it all: off the dribble, catch and shoot, and off of screens. He is without a doubt one of the top shooters in the state.
Pollard will have a big senior season. Despite not playing much varsity basketball due to a torn ACL, Pollard has drawn interest and offers from NCAA Division-I schools. With a little over a year of recovery time prior to the start of the season, Pollard should be back in his element and ready to make a huge impact for the returning state champs.
Stewart has been blowing up this off-season due to his strong play. He is a shifty guard who is more than capable of shooting it from deep. He is fundamentally sound and plays with a chip on his shoulder. Stewart and American Fork will look to have a huge season next year in the toughest region in the state.
DowDell is one of the top shooters in the state. He does not need much room to get the shot off. He is not phased by a closely contested shot as he lets it fly with good form and accuracy. Moreover, he does it in an array of ways which aids him in making an impact on the game. He does not need to have the ball in his hands the whole possession to make an impact. His shooting ability allow has made many colleges interested in his services.
Norman has put on muscle mass and continues to get better. This past weekend, he shot the basketball at an alarmingly high rate while finishing well around the rim. Further, he demonstrated that he is capable of taking and hitting clutch shots as he hit the game winner in the championship game. Norman has improved greatly and is a good athlete. Continue to watch him as his stock could rise and see him higher on this list soon.
Brown has participated against the top teams that Utah has to offer and has had plenty of success. Further, he demonstrated that he can play well against out of state opponents as well as he had plenty of success against Arizona’s 5A runner-up Deer Valley. Brown manages the tempo of the game well and shoots the lights out of the gym.
It will be intriguing to watch how one of the state’s top guards adjusts to one of the state’s top coaches as Herriman will have West Jordan’s long time coach, Coach Briggs. Vaughn has the athleticism and shiftiness to be one of the top guards in the state and in this class. Further, he is a capable shooter who plays the game with a lot of confidence. This pairing should aid in taking his game to the next level as Briggs has coached many top tier guards in his time.
If Zwick has any space whatsoever, he is more than capable of knocking it down and making the opposing team pay. He has a quick release and shoots it extremely well off of away from the ball screens. He gets his hips turned and squared to the rim in a hurry. Zwick will play a huge role in East’s success next season as he is without a doubt one of the most lethal 2019 shooters.