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Posted On: 11/3/18 6:41 PM
The point guard position has never been more important. At the Elite 14 Showcase, the lead ball handlers ran the show.
Here are the best guards of the showcase:
Trey Phipps 2020 BTW
Phipps is one of the best point guards in Oklahoma but he has no problem putting on a show for the Texas crowd.
The junior guard was lights out from deep all day. BTW is loaded with size so teams try to help down to negate the size disadvantage but they don’t account for the Hornets having possibly the best shooter in the state.
His ability to shoot off the dribble was the huge reason for his success on Saturday.
He had defenders off balance which allowed him to beat his man and find others.
He was serving up his BTW teammates easy opportunities to score.
It was a great performance from Phipps all-around.
Micah Thomas 2019 PC North
Thomas plays with such great pace that it throws off his defenders who try to speed him up.
At Elite 14, Thomas lived in the painted area and was able to finish or drop it off to one of his talented teammates.
Thomas did a good job of not settling on his jumper and kept attacking to get a better one. He is also one of the better finishers at his position in the state.
This senior guard showed great leadership for a group without a ton of varsity experience.
Grant Shaw 2021 Prosper
Shaw is a young player at the position but he has a natural understanding of what it takes to be a point guard.
Shaw showed off all facets of his game at the Elite 14 Showcase.
He started on the defensive end by using his great footwork and quickness to totally negate the other team’s point.
On offense, he showed a smooth stroke and the feel to find his teammates after penetrating the defense.
Shaw has a ton of potential but he also has the ability to produce now.
Cameron Bell 2019 Millwood
Bell was one of the best on-ball defenders at the event.
Not many defenders have great feet but also understand the veteran tricks involved in disrupting a great offensive players rhythm like Bell does.
He is tasked with stopping the best perimeter player on the other team for the Falcons.
He also showed he isn’t a one dimensional player as he got to the basket and finished tough baskets in the lane.
Millwood is in good hands with Bell as the lead guard.
Tobias Roland 2021 PC North
Roland isn’t a typical point guard but his playmaking ability earned him a spot on this list.
As a part of his development, he was given a lot of opportunities as the primary playmaker with Thomas resting on the bench.
He took full advantage by making his teammates better at every turn.
Rather it was in pick and roll or just breaking his defender down, Roland always had his head up ready and willing to give it up for an open teammate.
It will be interesting to see Roland’s playmaking ability continue to evolve.