Pre-Summer Rankings: 2004 SGs

It's a very good shooting guard class in the west for 2004 -- with three elite prospects and probably over 20 potential D-1 players easily recognized. So, who's #1? Is it DeMarcus Nelson, Arron Afflalo or Bryce Taylor?

While Nelson headed this list for a long time, Afflalo now edges him out slightly.  It's very close, and they're both excellent players, and while Nelson is generally ranked higher than Afflalo by many national recruiting services, we think that Afflalo has more dimensions to his game and is bigger physically - giving him possibly a better upside as a college player.  Nelson, though, with a good summer, could easily overtake Afflalo again.  It's obvious that both are highly coveted by college programs, with Nelson having committed last year to Duke and Afflalo this spring to UCLA. Not far behind is Taylor, and it's really a matter of these three elite prospects at the shooting guard position - and then everyone else.  Taylor might be the best shooter out of the three.  Shipp has had a good spring, showing more refinement to his game.  Allen recently has shown some considerable development, with better ball-handling and shot creation.  Overall, it's a very good class at the shooting guard position in the west, with probably three top 50 national recruits in Afflalo, Nelson and Taylor, and then an unusual amount of D-1 prospects - probably 20-23 - which is a pretty significant number for a class just heading into the summer before its senior year.

1) Arron Afflalo, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Centennial
2) DeMarcus Nelson, 6-2, Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon
3) Bryce Taylor, 6-3, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
4) Josh Shipp, 6-3,  Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
5) Curtis Allen, 6-4, Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.) Rolling Hills Prep
6) Dwight O'Neil, 6-2, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
7) Harvey Perry, 6-4, North Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
8) Rodney Stuckey, 6-3, Covington (Wash.) Kentwood
9) Matt Thomas, 6-3, Riverside (Calif.) M.L. King
10) Andrew Haskins, 6-3, Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington
11) James Hughes, 6-3, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
12) Gabe Freeman, 6-4, Phoenix (Ariz.) McClintock
13) Alex Harris, 6-3, Alameda (Calif.) St. Joseph's Notre Dame
14) Ronald Jenkins, 6-2, Denver (Col.) Montebello
15) Matt Sargeant, 6-3, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View

Other Shooting Guards Of Note:

Schuyler McKay, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
Marcus Malone, 6-2, Carson (Calif.) High
Duboise Williams, 6-4, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza
Robbie Haynes, 6-2, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Lorenzo Keeler, 6-2, Escondido (Calif.) High
Byron Marks, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High
Devon Hills, 6-3, Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Hills
Dawin Whiten, 6-2, North Hills (Calif.) Monroe
Adrian Aye-Darko, 6-1, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Jonathan Tolliver, 6-3, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Ralph Miley, 6-2, Downey (Calif.) Calvary Chapel
Carl Ross, 6-3, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
Deandre Robinson, 6-4m Riverside (Calif.) Riverside King
Khion Tate, 6-3, Berkeley (Calif.) High
Rogdrick Craig, 6-4, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Matt Forge, 6-4, Lewiston (Idaho) High
Arnie Hollis, 6-3, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Davis Baker, 6-3, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley
Andrew Hatch, 6-2, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
Raynard "Scooter" Milner, 6-2, Rialto (Calif.) High
John Williams, 6-2, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove
Brandon Turner, 6-3, Los Angeles (Calif.) Brentwood
Tyler Roberts, 6-3, Albany (Ore.) West Albany
Keena Payton, 6-2, Oakland (Calif.) Skyline
Jawann Rubin, 6-2, Union City (Calif.) Logan
Jamie Lester, 6-2, Victorville (Calif.) Silverado
Greg Spurgetis, 6-4, Spokane (Wash) Lewis and Clark
Sean Green, 6-3, Rialto (Calif.) High
Michael Knight, 6-3, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep 
Chuma Awaji, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Daniel Murphy
Sean Taibi, 6-4, Pueblo (Col.) East
Danny Anderson, 6-3, Morro Bay (Calif.) High
Larry Tieu, 6-2, Rowland Heights (Calif.) Rowland
Mike Hornbuckle, 6-1, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Grayson Moyer, 6-4, La Jolla (Calif.) High
Franklin Henderson, 6-3, Aurora (Col.) Gateway
Adam Greenway, 6-2, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Douglas Daniels, 6-1, Vallejo (Calif.) Hogan
Houston Power, 6-2, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango
Steve Elman, 6-5, Apache Junction (Ariz.) High
Bear Simerson, 6-3 Cathedral City (Calif.) High
Kevin Pledger, 6-3 Bellflower (Calif.) High
Donnie Harrison, 6-1, Portland (Ore.) Grant
Cori Anderson, 6-0 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Zach Bachmeier, 6-3 Novato (Calif.) San Marin
Dan Stafford, 6-4, Auburn (Wash.) High
Sean Battinger, 6-2 Richmond (Calif.) Kennedy
Tim Sellereit, 6-1, Bellingham (Wash.) High 
Taylor Christensen, 5-11 Bountiful (Utah) High
Alex Rogers, 6-3, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Christian
Denaun Emanuel, 6-1 Bellflower (Calif.) High
Cleveland Files, 6-3 Albuquerque (New Mexico) Rio Grande
Patrick Fuller, 6-1, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
Adam Perry, 6-2, Longview (Wash.) R.A. Long
Josh Griffin, 6-0 Edmonds (Wash.) Edmonds-Woodway
Jake Hill, 6-0 Gunnison (Utah) High
Michael Johnson, 6-0 Carson (Calif.) High
Mike Lawson, 6-4 Las Cruces (New Mexico) Mayfield
Tanner Nicholson, 6-0 Salt Lake City (Utah) West
Greg Okwudibonye, 6-3 Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View
Paul Phangura, 6-0 San Jose (Calif.) Mitty
Chris Faidley, 6-1 Seattle (Wash.) King's
Mark Porter, 6-0, Reno (Nev.) Hug

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