Posted On: 06/26/18 12:55 PM
The class of 2019 is gearing up for their last 3 live periods of AAU and heading towards their senior season. While the 2019 class is full of D1 guards at the top of the class, there is a good group of small college prospects in the class as well. Here’s a look at some of the best small college prospects in the 2019 guard crop.
Rodriguez Thomas, Paducah Tilghman (Pocket City) – Thomas is a big time shooter who can handle the ball as well. Rodriguez has to continue to improve his ball handling and may be best suited to play off the ball in college. Thomas will be one of the best players in the first region this year.
Bryce Long, Scott County – Another skilled shooter, Long has good size for the shooting guard position but needs to tighten his handle to get to the next level. Bryce is a capable defender but would benefit from an increased effort on the defensive end.
Makhi McGuire, Newport – Makhi is long and can really shoot the ball. He may ultimately wind up going to prep school for a post graduate year. If he stays in the 19 class, McGuire has a high ceiling as a D2 or NAIA prospect whose best basketball is certainly ahead of him.
Kyle Stivers, Franklin County (Pocket City) – Like his AAU teammate Rodriguez Thomas, Stivers can really score the ball. Kyle is already acclimated to playing off the ball as a shooting guard and knows how to work to get open and make shots with a small window to get his shot off.
Carter Baughman, Mercer County (M.A.T.T.S. Mustangs) – Baughman is one of the best players in the 12th region this season. Carter is smaller for a point guard but shoots the ball extremely well and is at his best in transition. Carter has an offer from Brescia with interest from several other small schools.
Cade Cunningham, Madisonville – North Hopkins (Pocket City) – Cunningham is destined for a high academic school as he sports a 30 ACT and high GPA but he will be effective at whatever school he ends up at. While Cade is more of a combo guard than a point, he is a good shooter and knows how to defend.
Chase Sanders, Corbin (Team Vision) – Sanders is a good scorer who is going to get a lot more shots with the departure of Andrew Taylor from Corbin. Chase already has scored a ton of points and will be in line for a high scoring season as a senior.
Adam Sizemore, North Laurel (Pride Athletics) – Adam is a high IQ floor general who is going to be an impact player at the next level, regardless of where he lands. Sizemore has improved dramatically as a shooter over his career and will be a nice player in college.
Diablo Stewart, Scott County (Tennessee Bobcats) – Another small point guard, Stewart is a volume scorer who should have a big senior campaign. Diablo struggles both guarding and scoring against bigger guards but he can be a difference maker at the NAIA or D2 level.
Quenton Turley, Harrison County (Team Vision) – Turley is an underrated prospect but can certainly find a home at the next level thanks to his solid ball handling and shooting. Quenton will need to continue to improve his athleticism to help a college right away but he has a chance to have a big senior season.