West Coast 2012 Rankings: Guards

The West Coast class of 2012 guards is a bit light on talent, as there are only a few high major talents among the point guards and shooting guards...

The 2012 West Coast class of point guards is not a particularly strong group, with only a few high major prospects in the class and not a lot of quality depth. There's also a severe lack of true point guards in the class with several players in the top ten being guys that may also play shooting guard at the next level. Artis gets the nod for the top spot due to his talent, his upside and the fact that he's a true one. He's always been among the more talented guards in the class, but a growth spurt in the last year took his game to another level. Wallace is the most versatile prospect in the group, with the potential to defend one through three at the next level. He's got a point guard's feel for the game, above average passing ability and a terrific approach to the game. Robinson is a quick and talented scoring lead guard with the ability to put up points in a hurry. He's got some work to do in terms of decision-making, but he's got a significant upside if he can play the one. Davis is a true point guard with great size for the position and a very good feel for the game. Rahon is a very good shooter and a deceptive athlete.

1) Dominic Artis, 5-11, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep UCLA
2) Tyrone Wallace, 6-4, Bakersfield (Calif.) High
3) Calaen Robinson, 6-1, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol Arizona State
4) Marcel Davis, 6-2, American Fork (Utah) High Utah State
5) Joe Rahon, 6-1, Encinitas (Calif.) Torrey Pines
6) Sekou Wiggs, 6-2, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
7) Keywhon Powns, 6-4, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
8) Xavier Talton, 6-0, Sterling (Col.) High
9) Delante Dunklin, 6-1, San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker
10) Brandon Baker, 5-11, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey

The 2012 shooting guards in the west are a solid group but, as was the case with the point guards, there's not a lot of high major depth to the class. Johnson claims the #1 ranking due to size, athleticism and overall skill level. He's an above average athlete, with range to the stripe and the ability to finish inside against size. Reinhardt is right there with Johnson in the battle for the top spot. He has deep range and above average ball skills. He's probably the most talented player in the group. If he can improve his decision-making, and learn to play with better focus, he's got a chance to be an outstanding player in college. York is a bit undersized at the two, but he has a scorer's mentality and he can score from multiple spots on the court. He too needs to work on his focus and decision-making if he's to be successful at the next level. Bryson is a late-bloomer with good size and athleticism, range to the three-point line and a nice feel for the game. Morris-Walker is well put together, with the size, quickness and strength to be a very good defender. He didn't get a lot of minutes in July as he played on a talented club team, but he might be one of the better sleepers in the west for 2012.

1) Demarquise Johnson, 6-5, Phoenix (Ariz.) Westwind
2) Katin Reinhardt, 6-3, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei UNLV
3) Gabe York, 6-1, Orange (Calif.) Lutheran Arizona
4) Mike Bryson, 6-4, Sacramento (Calif.) Foothill
5) Langston Morris-Walker, 6-3, Berkeley (Calif.) High
6) Tim Derksen, 6-3, Tucson (Ariz.) Amphitheater
7) Dakarai Tucker, 6-3, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
8) Marqueze Coleman, 6-3, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany
9) Brendyn Taylor, 6-1, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
10) Larry Lewis, 6-1, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Arcadia USC


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