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Posted On: 08/22/18 10:00 AM
Prep Hoops Missouri takes a look at the top Class of 2019 point guards that are very skilled bucket-getters. They can also be called lead guards, points guards or combo guards. They are good at putting that ball in the basket.
Lamel Robinson 5’11” Park Hill
The quick on quick guard has been putting up points at PHS since he was a freshman. He is extremely tough to defend because he can break down defenders off the dribble with his speed, pull up for mid-range jumpers and knock down 3-pointers. He has put up several 30-point nights on the board during his career.
Javaunte Hawkins 5’10” Lee’s Summit North
The talented combo guard really emerged as a top scoring threat as a junior, where he enjoyed a number of big scoring nights. He has excellent 3-point shooting range, but he also has a reliable arsenal of escape moves off the dribble to create shots from himself. He’s quick and very resourceful with the ball in his hands.
Keyyaun Batchman 6’1″ Chaminade
The strong lefty is coming off an excellent junior season in which he averaged 12 points and helped the Red Devils to a berth in the Class 5 state championship game. He is tough on the drive and did a nice job knocking down 3-pointers on a consistent basis, especially from the corners. He is also one of the top perimeter defenders around. I expect him to have a big senior year.
Deandre Sorrells 5’10 Grandview
The talented lead guard is one of the top 3-point shooters in the state. He is capable of knocking down bombs in bunches, which can turn a close game into a blowout. He helped shoot Grandview to the Class 4 state championship in 2018. He hit five 3-pointers in a victory over Sikeston in the state semifinals. He will become an even bigger scoring threat as a senior.
Malek Davis 5’10” Cardinal Ritter
A four-year starter for the Lions, Davis is a scoring point guard with an old-school feel for the game. He is very good at getting to his spots on the floor without being rushed. He can beat you with a smooth mid-range game or with the 3-pointer. When the game is one the line, he really wants the ball in his hands. Has delivered many clutch buckets during his career. He is also an excellent on-ball defender.
Rich Johnson 5’9″ Lee’s Summit West
A transfer from Texas, Johnson had an immediate impact at LSW with his ability to play fast and knock down long distance jumpers to open up things for their big lineup. He is a matchup nightmare because he is super quick with the ball, can stop on the dime and make 3-pointers. A blur who can make 3-pointers is not fun to guard.
Trent Champagne 6’3″ St. Charles West
The big combo guard followed up an excellent junior year at West with a very productive summer with TEM Select. He is one of the best in the state at making the pull up 15 footer off the dribble, but he has also extended his shooting to beyond the 3-point line to make him an even more versatile offensive weapon. He averaged 20 a game last season.
Jake Branham 6’2″ Springfield Catholic
The talented combo guard had one of the best finishing kicks last season when he closed the year with a number of 30-point outings and a 44-point night in leading Catholic to a district championship. Only an ankle injury could slow him down in the postseason. He is poised for another big season as Catholic returns a strong team capable of making a big postseason run in Class 3.
Ahmad Louis 6’2″ Oak Park
A talented combo guard who was a complimentary player as a junior, but came into his own as a scoring threat during a very productive summer with Marcus Demon Elite. He has good quickness to go along with his size and he displayed solid scoring chops from all three levels.
Luke HIcks 6’2″ Hallsville
The Mid-Missouri sniper is one of the best 3-point shooters in the state. He shoots an high-arching jumper from long distance that is cash money. He was one of the top scorers on a very talented Hallsville team a year ago. With most of his teammates having graduated, Hicks is poised to have a big year scoring the ball. He is also a very nice ball handler and passer as well.
Tayari Goodwin 5’10” Parkway North
The slim scoring point guard has been putting in buckets for the Vikings since the first day of his freshman season. He has been an excellent 3-point shooter from Day 1, but he has also developed a nice float game in the lane with the ability to get out in transition and get easy points.
Dezi Jones 5’9″ Hannibal
The quick combo guard was one of the top scorers in the state of Missouri last season at nearly 30 points a game. He is a threat to get buckets just about anywhere on the floor with his ability to push the ball and attack the basket. He is always probing the defense looking to get to the basket and he will make enough perimeter shots to keep defenders honest.
Chauncey Hughes 6’0″ Cape Girardeau Central
A fast combo guard who plays in a potent double point-guard attack with 2020 teammate Tyrus Reddin, Hughes is difficult to corral because he is fast and he is always on the attack. He is constantly breaking down defenders off the dribble and he really excels in the transition game.
Cameron Teson 6’0″ St. Charles
A very good scoring point guard who has always played the game with a lot of flair and confidence. He handles the ball well to create shots for himself and he can also move well without the basketball to come off screens for open jumpers. His pull up 3-game is also very nice.
Derek Richards 5’9″ Louisiana
An excellent scoring guard in a point guard’s body, Richards has been putting up big numbers at Louisiana since entering the lineup as a freshman. He has always been aggressive at getting to the basket and hitting short jumpers, but he has developed into a good 3-point shooter as well to add his his arsenal.