Posted On: 10/22/18 6:21 PM

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

Below are several guards in Missouri’s 2021 class you should know.

Nicholas Bryant, 6’0, G, 2021, Park Hill (KC Blue Chips)

Bryant is coming off a strong summer and is poised for a. breakout performance this season at Park Hill. He is a terrific defensive player who is a tough on-the-ball defender. Bryant applies pressure to the ball and disrupts opposing players. On the offensive end, he is at his best in the open floor and in a fast paced game and has the ability to attack the basket off the dribble.

Elijah Corner, 6’3, F, 2021, Ruskin (NDaGym)

Corner is a smooth wing player who can play some inside-out basketball. He brings good athleticism, the ability to score in the lane or knock down perimeter jumpers as well. He’ll likely be asked to play inside a lot for his high school team as he is a strong rebounder, defender and has the ability to score around the basket. 

Anthuai Ding, 6’1, G, North Kansas City (NDaGym)

Ding is a terrific two-way guard who competes at the defensive end and has the potential to be a lock down defender. He moves his feet well, has a long wing span and a rangy build as has the quickness and anticipation to come up with steals. On offense, he is terrific in transition and is a slasher who gets buckets around the basket and draws fouls.

Brennan Watkins 5’9, G, 2021, Kearney

Watkins is a smooth rising sophomore guard who has a strong all-around game. Despite his size at 5’9, Watkins played a big role as a freshman last season for a Kearney team that advanced to the Class 4 quarterfinals. He is a strong outside shooter, can handle it and brings confidence and swagger to the floor.