PREVIEW: A look at underrated point guards (2019)

High School
Kansas

Posted On: 10/28/18 11:17 PM

As part of its 2018-19 preview series, Prep Hoops Kansas takes a look at some of the state’s top players in a variety of positions in the senior class.

Below are some of the state’s most underrated point guards in the 2019 class.

Tyce Brown, 6’0, PG, 2019, Shawnee Heights

Brown quietly emerging as one of the Topeka area’s top rising point guards after a strong junior season. A 6’1 2019 PG, Brown is a terrific outside shooter and has a nice floater in the lane. He is crafty with the ball, plays with good pace and can shake off defenders and get into the lane.

Dominic Messina, 5’10, G, 2019, Olathe West (Kan.)
Messina is a strong player who has excellent handles and can find ways around opponents. He likes to attack the basket off the dribble and his strong frame helps him stay on his path when he drives the lane and he is constantly getting to the free throw line.

Jake Reynolds, 5’10, PG, 2019, Olathe East

Reynolds is one of the state’s more underrated guards and forms a tough 1-2 punch with 2019 forward Charlie Bell. He has a smooth handle, plays with confidence and has a well-rounded skill set for a point guard. He brings leadership qualities to the floor and when open can be a knock down shooter.

Caden Vanlandingham, 5’10, PG, 2019, Trinity (Kan.)
One of the state’s premier returning players, Vanlandingham helped Trinity finish the 2017-18 season 19-2 overall before the Knights bowed out in an overtime loss to Andale in the sub-state finals. He likes to attack off the dribble at an angle. He’s a slasher who breaks one way and can stop on a dime for a smooth jumper. He can find his way around the court and is good at passing out and getting his wing 3-point shot off. He applies good pressure on defense and can be seen going for the steal if opponents get sloppy.

Alan Watson, 5’6, G, 2019, Bonner Springs, KC Spurs

Watson isn’t very big, but don’t be fooled, he’s one of the state’s top returning point guards. A tough-as-nails point guard, Watson helped Bonner Springs finish 19-2 last season while averaging 13.7 points and five assists per game. He is a scrappy defender who makes things difficult for opposing ball handlers. He is capable of running a team and can get to the basket at the offensive end of the floor as well.