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Posted On: 08/9/18 12:02 PM
Here is a look at the top Missouri Class of 2021 point guards from the Jayhawk Summer Finale in Overland Park, KS
Xavier Sykes 5’7″ MO Team Carroll 16U (Helias)
The diminutive shot maker concluded his summer with another excellent weekend as he played up at 16U the entire season. He already has a big advantage with his quickness, but add in the fact that he’s lefthanded with the ability to change speeds and directions makes him very difficult to corral. He will get in the lane for layups and floaters, but he will also pull up and bust a jumper from 3-point range. Very exciting performer.
Colby Baggett 6’2″ Team Rush (Lee’s Summit West)
A long athletic point guard who was impressive throughout the weekend with his ability to slink and slither his way to the basket off the dribble. He has a good set of handles and he used his quick first step to consistently beat defenders off the dribble, plus he was an excellent finisher at the rim. He also used his length to his advantage on the defensive end.
Anthuai Ding 6’1″ NdaGym (North Kansas City)
One of the most impressive two-way point guards that I watched at the tournament. He was just as good on the defensive end as he was on offense. He moved his feet well and stayed in front of ball handlers plus he had the quick hands to pick their pockets on the way to transition buckets. On offense, he did a good job of slashing to the basket and creating contact and getting buckets and three-point plays.
Jeremiah Walker 6’1″ Brad Beal Elite 16U (DeSmet)
The talented young combo guard played up with the team for the tournament and helped them win a championship. He is a good athlete who knows how to create shots for himself and attack the basket for buckets. He has good size and he can give you a good burst in the open court.
Ryce Piper 5’10” All-Missouri Attack (Hartville)
A very solid young pass-first point guard who plays for one of the top small school programs in the state. If you want to get buckets, Ryce is an ideal player to play with because of his excellent court vision and willingness to get his teammates the ball. His handles are impressive as well. With added strength, he should continue to develop into a very nice point guard.
Quran Taylor 6’1″ Marcus Denmon Elite (University Academy)
A talented young point guard with good size and the ability to do a lot of things well. He has smooth handles and can penetrate in the lane and drop of some nice passes to teammates. He can push the ball on the break and knock down an open 3-pointer. I was very impressed with his ability to rebound from the guard position. Very active on the boards.