2004: The Shooting Guards

Darius Washington leads what we consider to be a relatively strong group of shooting guards. There are guys sprinkled all over this list and some who didn't make our Top 15 that should have big time summers.

Darius Washington was the player of the year in 6-A basketball in Florida. He's been one of the best scorers in the Class of 2004. He's earned the right to be the top dog until someone unseats him.

How We Rank ‘Em (with AAU teams)

1. Darius Washington, Tallahassee Wildcats: Followed up his summer scoring spree with a big time junior year. He's not the tallest guy out there but he puts up points.

2. James Hardy, Maximum Sports: This young man has great height and a knack for scoring. Led his high school team to an appearance in the state title game.

3. DeMarcus Nelson, EBO/EA Sports: Duke liked him so much it took an early commitment from him. Big bodied guard is an ex-football star.

4. A.J. Price, Riverside Church: Some call him a combo and he probably is but we think his best attribute is shooting and scoring so we'll leave him here. His game is so smooth.

5. Jawann McClellan, Houston Select: The word on the street is that he's grown and improved; scary thoughts. Expect big things from this Arizona-bound winger.

6. Robert Vaden, Spiece Top Prospects: Gifted scorer doesn't need a lot of attempts to have a big day. Great body and instincts.

7. Isaiah Swann, DC Blue Devils: The lefty is probably the best rebounder of this bunch. Plays above the rim and takes pride in dunking. Will be a fifth year next season.

8. Joe Crawford, The Family: The area scouts love him in Detroit. We saw limited action by him last summer but he's got a big time body.

9. JamesOn Curry, NC Gaters: Could wind up being the all-time leading scorer in N.C. history. Might be the best shooter in the entire class.

10. Jason Rich, Nike Team Florida: Jump out of the gym type athlete. He'll play above the rim and has a good body. If the jumper improves lookout summer circuit.

11. Arron Afflalo, Southern Cal All-Stars: The West Coast guys can't stop raving about him. Could skyrocket up this list with a good spring.

12. Russell Robinson, New York Gauchos: Hit 18 of 21 free throws in a high school game this year. The guy makes plays and knows how to score.

13. Toney Douglas, Atlanta Prep Stars: Committed early to Auburn and for good reason. Douglas has a super junior year and might be a riser on this final list.

14. Zam Frederick, SC Ravens: Big scoring numbers as a junior were good enough to lead the state. Will get plenty of chances to shine with his team.

15. Anthony Morrow, Charlotte Royals (?): Well rounded prospect has range, intangibles and a feel for the game. Already approaches the game like a college player.

Entering The Spring With The Hot Hand: Chris Lofton drilled 9 3s in the Kentucky state title game. … Albert Webber improved throughout the year as he became comfortable with his role at Mount Zion and his minutes went up. … We hear Bryce Taylor could be a serious candidate to have a terrific spring and summer and challenge his west coast counterparts for top billing. … Rodney Stuckey was his conference player of the year in Washington. … Xavier Price is hoping to add some point guard duties to his repertoire. …

Must See: We've heard so much about the following guys but have limited or no evaluations on them thus far: Darryl Garrett, Adam Williams, A.J. Ratliff.

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