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Posted On: 06/11/18 3:43 PM
Western Kentucky University held it’s annual team camp this past weekend and there were several high profile teams from across the state and a couple of schools from out of state. On Friday I was able to take in several games and see quite a few nice players. Here’s a look at the top guard performers at camp.
Jackson Harlan, Clinton County – Harlan was the best player I saw at camp on Friday. Harlan had 47 points in the morning before I arrived and put up 40 points against University Heights in the afternoon. Jackson scored the ball at the rim, midrange and from three. Harlan showed good athleticism all game and poise late in a close game. I think we have found our winner for “most slept on player in 2019”. Look for Harlan to skyrocket up the 2019 rankings when we update them.
Dayvion McKnight, Collins – Coach Rick Stansbury was front and center for two of Collins’ games on Friday and has already said he’s going to be out to see McKnight and teammate Marcellus Vail in July on the AAU circuit. Dayvion put up a ridiculous stat line of 26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in a win over University Heights and had another monster game in a win over Warren Central.
Marcellus Vail, Collins – Another member of the loaded Junior class at Collins, Vail scored in bunches all camp long. Against UHA, Vail was 6-9 from 3 and totaled 28 points in the win. Against Warren Central, Vail stayed hot and scored 20+ yet again with a bushel of 3s. Marcellus continues to develop his midrange game on his way to becoming one of the best scorers in the 2020 class.
KyKy Tandy, University Heights – Tandy is an elite offensive player with a ridiculous handle. He elevates so well on his jump shot and shot over 50% from 3 when I was watching. The major issue with KyKy is that he doesn’t seem too interested in playing defense. The Blazers were missing KJ Crump and Drew McGowan on the day so Tandy spent all his energy on offense. KyKy is our top ranked 2019 right now but he needs to show interest in being a two way player to stay at #1.
Derrin Boyd, Caldwell County – Boyd is strong, well built and very athletic. Right now he’s a 6’2ish combo guard who plays with a big time motor but needs to learn to slow down a bit and play with pace. In the game I watched against Warren Central, Boyd was throwing the ball everywhere and probably had at least 5 turnovers from trying to do too much. If he can slow down, he can definitely score it well enough to play combo guard in college and has a motor that never stopped running.
TreVon Smith, Taylor County – Smith was up to his usual tricks at WKU. TreVon scored in bunches and was the best player on the floor for the Cardinals in every game they played. Smith needs to add bulk and continue working on his right hand to contribute right away at the college level but Smith has all the intangibles to be a mid major combo guard.