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Posted On: 11/7/20 6:00 AM

One aspect that some people don’t understand is just because you didn’t play at all or just a little on varsity as a freshman or even sophomore doesn’t devalue you at all as a prospect.  In some cases there are just a ton of talented upperclassmen in front of them.  So many things can factor into this.  Here we dive into a group of top prospects at each position that have not played varsity or maybe just a couple games.  Check out our Varsity Newcomers: Top PG Prospects!


Tavari Johnson Tavari Johnson 5'11" | PG Lyons | 2022 State IL (Lyons – 2022)

Johnson broke out in a big was this summer for Young & Reckless.  The lead guard has an advanced feel for running ball screen offense as a scorer and distributor.  Was behind several senior guards, but now it will be his show at Lyons.  The high IQ point guard without question looks like a D1 guy.


Darrin Ames Darrin Ames 6'0" | PG Kenwood | 2023 State IL (Kenwood – 2023)

Ames is the headliner among the 2023 guards on this list.  He was behind two nationally ranked point guards in Adam Miller Adam Miller 6'4" | PG Morgan Park | 2020 State #34 Nation IL and Marcus Watson Marcus Watson 5'11" | PG Morgan Park | 2020 State #131 Nation IL so he barely played at all on varsity, but is already considered a high-major recruit with the way he fills it up from all three levels.  Dynamic playmaker!


Ahmad Henderson Ahmad Henderson 5'11" | PG Brother Rice | 2023 State IL (Brother Rice – 2023)

Henderson is a shifty lead guard that with the Illinois Hoopstars proved to be an excellent bucket getter.  His jump shot is his forte and he will be a mainstay for the Brother Rice program from here on out.


Maurice Thomas (DePaul Prep – 2023)

Thomas had quite a few guards ahead of him, but he was a star for the non-varsity teams at DePaul Prep.  Also had a strong outing at the Pangos Camp where he displayed good passing feel.


Marcus Pigram Marcus Pigram 6'3" | PG Whitney Young | 2023 State IL (Whitney Young – 2023)

Pigram is a good size point guard that crashes the glass and rebounds very well.  Should see reserve minutes this year on a loaded Dolphins team.


Mekhi Cooper Mekhi Cooper 5'9" | PG Bolingbrook | 2023 State IL (Bolingbrook – 2023)

Bolingbrook always produces quality guard play.  We look for this guard to step up in a major way as a sophomore for the Raiders.

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