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Posted On: 10/3/18 4:11 PM
Aside from our region by region previews that have been going on for a couple of weeks, part of the 2018-19 season preview will be breaking down the state’s top players by position. Today we start with the state’s best pass first point guards. The point guards who take as much pride in dishing out assists as they do in scoring a bucket themselves. The state has many of these types but here I will try to feature the best in the state. They are listed in no particular order.
KJ Crump, University Heights – Crump is the engine that makes UHA go and doesn’t get nearly enough credit for his ability to play at a high pace without amassing a ton of turnovers. KJ could be the difference in UHA getting back to Rupp in March in his sophomore season.
Dayvion McKnight, Collins – One of the most highly recruited players in Kentucky’s Junior class, Dayvion is a threat to put up a triple double every time Collins plays. McKnight is likely to score more this season but he averaged nearly 6 assists as a sophomore while fewer than 2 turnovers per game.
Keaston Brown, Henry Clay – Brown seems like he has been at Henry Clay for a decade. Keaston makes everyone around him better by driving and kicking to open teammates and passing up good shots for great shots. Keaston should be the best pure point guard in Lexington this season.
Jordan Graham, George Rogers Clark – Jordan has great size and athleticism for the position. At GRC they run a million different sets each game and Graham is responsible for getting his teammates in the right spots to execute the offense.
Cam Fluker, Scott County – Easily the most underrated member of the Scott County roster, Fluker isn’t going to wow anyone with athleticism or lights out shooting. What he will do is run the team, push the pace and be a steady hand at the point guard position for the favorites to win the state title.
Carter Baughman, Mercer County – Baughman may end up scoring a lot more than anticipated because of the lack of talent around him this year but he has a basketball IQ off the charts and is good at making the pass to an open teammate.
Adam Sizemore, North Laurel – Adam has been starting for North Laurel for several years and if assists were a reportable state for the KHSAA, Sizemore may be making a run at the career record. Look for him to keep dishing out assists after coming back from shoulder surgery.
Lewis Richards, Ballard – Not many people talk about Lewis when discussing the best point guards in Louisville but that should change this season. Ballard is traditionally one of the best offensive teams in the city, if not the state. Richards should have a strong Junior year for the Bruins.
Jaden Rogers, Fern Creek – Another Louisville point guard, Jaden is going to have the ball in his hands a lot this year for the reigning 6th region champions. Looking ahead, Rogers projects as the best pure point guard prospect in the 2021 class in Kentucky.
Jake Whitlock, Spencer County – Jake is a younger version of Sizemore. A smaller point guard who runs a team and knows how to get the ball where it needs to go. Whitlock continues to improve as an offensive weapon but is at his best when creating for others and attacking off a ball screen.