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Posted On: 11/3/18 12:35 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 sophomore guards who have been flying under the radar.
2019 – Part 1, Part 2
2020 – Part 1, Part 2
Calvin Johnson (Impact Christian)
A very reliable athlete on both ends of the floor, Johnson is a long point man at 6’4″ and it helps the cause. He can mix it up on the wing because of his length, but he’s at his best as a ballhandler and driver. Johnson likes the mid-range area and is a very hard working defender.
Javian McCollum (Fort Myers)
McCollum is a player that impressed during the very first game of the 2017-18 season. The 5’8″ guard was knocking down 3’s from college range with ease in a back and forth game against visiting Ida Baker. Now at 5’10”, McCollum is growing into his body and he is going to continue to progress for the Green Wave.
Ray Perry (St. Pete)
A hard nosed guard built like a running back, Perry is a workhorse when it comes to driving to the hoop. The 6’0″ St. Pete guard is part of a new look unit and he will get his chance to earn ample playing time on a guard heavy team. Look for Perry to produce right out of the gates.
Steven Burr (Oak Ridge)
It is hard to say Burr will have a standout season on a very athletic Oak Ridge group heavy with seniors. However, the 6’0″ guard has an energy and commitment about him that will go a long way in a key rotational role. Burr likes to shoot from the corners from deep or the mid-range and his slashing ability are highly underrated.
Josh Mims (Melbourne)
A 6’1″ guard, Mims is overlooked because of his smaller frame. Regardless, the sophomore gets the job done with a smart shot selection, stretch passing and overall smarts. Sims makes the easy play instead of forcing the basketball. Melbourne is deep with athletes this season and I fully expect Sims to find his way into the starting lineup.