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Posted On: 08/10/18 1:02 AM
The Class of 2020 rankings are here!
Always remember at PrepHoops.com we rank on what a player WILL BE, not on what they are today. In no way does this mean stop striving, because rankings always have flaws and always overlook good players.
The one consistent attribute consistently featured in this list is quickness. Playing well at top speeds is necessary for an elite point guard. The ability to handle is great, but if you can’t blow by a defender or break a press with the dribble, then it really isn’t worth the time invested. Exceptional moves are only worth it if the player can capitalize and create separation after their execution. All ten of the following players can.
Of course this can all change and rankings are merely a flashpoint in time. Still, these players earned their current rankings with play on the court.
If you want to look at the complete rankings, smash here.
Take a gander at the top 10 point guards in the state. We continue with 11-20 at the point guard position.
The first player listed is the #11 point guard, and also the #32 overall player in Tennessee in 2020.
#32 Dominic Wynn (Ensworth)
Ensworth struggled in 2017-2018 largely because they scheduled as if James Wiseman enrolled. Alas, he was not. While the team suffered many early season losses the challenges surely benefited younger players like Dominic Wynn. The dual-sport athlete doesn’t have the refined game of Edward Lacy or Janias Parram, but he does he have exceptional athleticism. If he commits to basketball Wynn can chase a D1 offer.
#33 Ray Tyler (Murfreesboro Oakland)
Ray Tyler soared up the rankings with a wonderful June. Always revered for his handle a maturing Ray Tyler is beginning to show impressive leadership too.
#41 Edward Lacy (Fulton)
The best on ball defender in Tennessee missed AAU season with family obligations. Lacy rattled great AA guards during the TSSAA playoffs. He is a wizard in the open floor.
#46 Antwarn Smith (Whitehaven)
Whitehaven played a fleet of sophomores last season. Perhaps a little overlooked was Antwarn Smith. As a point guard Antwarn dashes around the floor. He can handle in tight spaces or slip into the lane. Smith doesn’t take many outside shots, but he does have a knack for hitting shots late.
#47 Janias Parram (Jackson South Side)
The Jackson-product plays with confidence and surprising strength. South Side prepares guards for the college pace of play. Keep an eye on Janias in his junior season. Parram can separate himself with his uncanny hops. With South Side his teammates like to lob to him for enjoyable buckets.
#48 Luke Burnett (Heritage)
Burnett is a wonderful catch-and-shoot guy. He doesn’t play point guard much with AAU teams, but he projects as a point guard beyond high school. He would be a wonderful option in a half court offense.
#51 Tyler Lansden (Smyrna)
Smyrna had a forgettable season. They did have a senior guard who played relatively casually all preseason. Tyler didn’t have the scoring ability that the senior did, but Tyler did and does have a killer instinct you can’t teach. In his junior year Tyler will take over scoring responsibilities. Colleges don’t even know Tyler yet, but he projects as a junior college/NAIA player.
#52 Laron Dixson (Austin East)
Like Wynn, Laron Dixson is better known for football. Unlike Wynn, Dixson cannot handle like a college prospect. He might not even play basketball through his senior season. Mental toughness and the stout figure are really the only things that landed Dixson this high. Football might be his path.
#59 Chad Haywood (Whites Creek)
Chad Haywood is probably unfamiliar to most basketball junkies, but Whites Creek’s lefty started last season on a talented team. Haywood has alley cat toughness. He can break down zones with slashing instincts. The penetration tends to be a little ungainly and awkward, but that is his edge. Haywood needs to develop a outside jump shot. Facing Class AA State Champions Hamilton High Chad scored six points with six rebounds. He also managed two assists and two steals.
#62 Ricky Shotwell (Melrose)
Incredible scorer. Think Tyler Harris. Shotwell takes many, many shots every night. He plays similarly to D.J. Augustin or Monta Ellis . Shotwell isn’t a point guard in any sense of the word. Still, he will have to sign as a point guard in college because he stands sub 5’9″.
Is this list no good? Do you disagree? Tweet @PrepHoopsTN and let your complaints known. Share your top 2020 point guards and let the debate begin!