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Posted On: 10/27/18 3:02 PM
There are a vast amount of talented guards in the country and in Florida, we see leaders all over the place.
Part 1: Here is a look at five senior guards who have been flying under the radar.
Jelani Moreno (Jones)
The 6’0″ speedster is a talented ballhandler who can blow past defenders in the blink of an eye. At the Prep Hoops Top 250 Expo in Daytona early last month, Moreno was a constant standout. When he’s not driving to the rack and creating, he’s dishing out quick passes on the break. Moreno is also a reliable stretch shooter.
Ahke McMichael (St. Pete)
A year ago, McMichael was scoring in flurries at Pinellas Park. The 5’10” guard made the move over to St. Pete where the Green Devils will continue to be competitive in Class 8A. McMichael is a welcomed addition to the up-tempo basketball that St. Pete employs. He’s a true offensive threat who is packed with energy.
J’Len Wilson (Gainesville)
A constant on the floor, Wilson does most of his work on the break and as a top end defender. The 6’0″ guard is elusive when he needs to be and his ability to create for others doesn’t go unnoticed. Wilson is at his best when he’s driving inside and putting in lay-ins with his burst.
Bailey Stephanos (Dwyer)
The tallest guard on this list, Stephanos is known for his 3-point shooting ability. At times, Stephanos is quiet in games, but he makes up for the slow patches with like-minded defense and gritty play offensively. His long ball shooting can’t be ignored because he’s able to connect at a high clip.
Khalil Waleed (Seffner Christian)
One of the most sound point guards in the Tampa Bay area, Waleed isn’t overly strong or athletic, but he’s fast as they come and he is very intelligent. There is no doubt that Waleed’s game converts to the next level whether that comes at a Division III or NAIA program. The 5’11” guard is in for a banner senior season as the clear-cut leader.