Yesterday I released Part I of my Best of The West Watchlist for the areas best guards. These next 10 guys are all leading their teams to solid seasons and should be in consideration for post-season awards.
Gavin Fisher, Fruitport, 2021
Gavin has brought Fruitport basketball into the headlines with some eye-popping stats. He put up 36 points against Muskegon Orchard View on January 7th and his 39 points against Mona Shores on February 4th is a school record and is one of the highest-scoring performances from anyone in the area this season. Sitting at 6-5 on the year, expect Gavin and the Trojans to make some more headlines before the season is over.
Jeremiah Pittman, Union, 2020
Jeremiah has led the Grand Rapids Union team to an impressive 9-3 start to the season and has gone up against his fair-share of high-level competition along the way. Jeremiah is an athletic guard that can lock up opposing players with the best of them. His play will be a significant factor with how far Union goes this season.
Cairo Rhodes, Grand Rapids Christian, 2020
Cairo handles point guard for the undefeated and state-ranked Grand Rapids Christian team. Cairo is one of the more athletic guards in the area and puts that on display with his ability to climb the ladder to grab boards and finish above the rim. It’s hard to find a weakness within the Grand Rapids Christian team, and having a reliable point guard like Cairo only makes the Eagles that much harder to beat.
Trip Riemersma, Zeeland East, 2021
Trip is a versatile scoring option for the 9-3 (5-1 OK Green) Zeeland East team. Trip put up a career-high 31 points in a 80-72 win over Hamilton on January 17th. His play has garnered attention from several Division I and II schools. Only a junior, Trip should continue to blossom into one of the areas more dominant scoring threats.
Jimmy Scholler, Forest Hills Central, 2020
Jimmy is a dynamic guard who can score from the perimeter and can use his athleticism to maneuver in the lane and get a hard-earned bucket. Averaging 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game, he is a big reason why Forest Hills Central is currently undefeated in the OK White.
Committed to Ferris State University
Eli Steffen, Zeeland West, 2020
Eli is the main source of offense for a Zeeland West (7-5, 3-3 OK Green) team that is currently battling for a conference title. Eli is a smooth-shooting guard that warrants a defender in close proximity at all times.
Committed to Cornerstone University
Kyler VanderJagt, Northview, 2022
Kyler has had a strong sophomore season, averaging 21 points, 6 rebounds and four assists per game. He’s a versatile 6’4″ guard/wing that has the ability to put it on the deck and go get a bucket. Kyler also has a nice jumper, and the fact that he has two more years of high school to develop are big reasons why Division I and II schools have their eyes on him.
Offers: Ferris State University
Jarvis Walker, Muskegon, 2020
Jarvis is considered to be the highest-ranked point guard in the 2020 class from the west side of Michigan. He brings a level of skill, effort, and intellectual intangibles that is unmatched by the competition he has seen so far this season. Currently sitting at 10-1 on the year, Jarvis is a big reason why many believe Muskegon is the area favorite to make it to the Breslin in March.
Committed to Purdue Fort Wayne University
Emcee Williams, Reeths-Puffer, 2020
Emcee isn’t the most talked-about guard from the Muskegon area, however, he shouldn’t be overlooked. Emcee is having an outstanding senior season, averaging 16 points, 3 assists and 3 steals per game. His consistency has Reeths-Puffer at 9-4 on the season and only one ga,e back of Muskegon in the OK Black.
Mitch Wilkinson, Forest Hills Central, 2020
Mitch is an athletic guard/wing that has a mixture of athleticism and skill that has college coaches around the midwest clamoring for his commitment. His length and first-step quickness have proven to be a tough guard and serve as a big reason why the Rangers are in first place in the OK White.
Offers: Ohio Dominican, Madonna University, Aquinas College, University of Wisconsin-Stout.