The Prep Hoops 2024 Rankings 28 guards make up the top 50 total players in the state of Minnesota. Here I will give you a quick look at 8 of those guards and where you can see them play this winter.
is a six-foot-one-inch point guard from St. Cloud Tech high school. Ferguson can score from all 3 levels, working everything from beyond the 3-point line to into the paint. Scoring 14.3 points-per-game for Tech last year he helped lead them to a state tournament appearance. Ferguson, does the bulk of the scoring, is not just a scoring threat. He passes and shares the ball generously, and off the dribble he finds open guys near the basket regularly. When matched up with Ferguson opponent players need to protect themselves as Ferguson looks for opportunities to rip them and run as he’s a good finisher, particularly when in transition.
is six-foot-two-inch combo guard from Sauk Centre. Neubert who averaged 23.6 points per game for the Mainstreeters scores in various ways as he’s able to absorb contact and finish at the rim, and knock down off the dribble jumpers. The jump shot is very fluid, compact, almost textbook in form. He has a secure close dribble that enables him to score in tight places and quickly get shots off when on the perimeter.
is a five-foot-eleven-inch guard from Cass Lake-Bena high school. Fairbanks is more of a scoring option off the ball than on the ball as he’s great coming off screens, as it never seems he gets tired. His dribble pull-up jumper can be deadly as a game this summer I saw him pour 18 points in a matter of minutes it seemed. None of this should be much of a surprise if you’ve ever seen Cass Lake play. Fairbanks is a really good outside shooter, and even with his size, he’s not scared or lacks courage in any match-up.
is a five-foot-nine-inch point guard from Minnehaha Academy, formerly of Minneapolis South. Williams averaged 16 points per game for South in 2021-22 while shooting 49% from the field and 40% from beyond the 3-point line. For 2022-23, Williams will be paired with guard , together they should make quite the dynamic duo of a lighting quick tandem. Williams has excellent ability to get his own shot, and works well with other ball handlers as he’s ready to attack the seam in an instant from the wing, or knock down spotted up 3-pointers.
scoring column quickly. Stefonowicz most intriguing ability may be his passing as he’s adept at hitting cutters, has his head up ready to hit a streaker, or just making simple bounce passes. The ability to run the offense, sometimes overlooked by a casual observer, may be a top skill that coaches drool for.is a six-foot-two-inch guard from Minnetonka high school. Recently offered a D1 scholarship from North Dakota State and The University of St. Thomas (St. Paul), Stefonowicz stock is rising. For 2021-22 he averaged 13.5 point per game on a deep Minnetonka team, but when someone was missing, or it was just his turn Stefonowicz could fill up the
is a six-foot-two-inch combo guard from Armstrong high school. In 2021-22 Newbern shared the bulk of the backcourt duties with his Senior brother, Peyton Newbern, and the bulk of the shots went to Peyton. Seth showcased some breakout ability, 30 point game versus Anoka and 22 points versus Osseo, but most of the intrigue around his ability to get shots, and finishing at the rim came on the AAU circuit playing with Grassroots Sizzle. Newbern is a dynamic leaper, in transition or cutting backdoor, is a good shot creator, and willing defender, which matched with his athleticism can make games very difficult for opponents.
is a six-foot-guard from Lake City that recently has been turning out more and more quality talent. Lorenson has a strong right to left crossover dribble pull-up jumper that is a go to move. Defenders can’t seem to prevent Lorenson from getting to his spot which is in the mid-range around the elbows. Lorenson looks to push pace, and makes plays with a level head. Defensively he jumps passing lanes when off the ball and his quick hands enable him to secure poke aways.