Post Summer Rankings: Junior Shooting Guards

For the first time, we rank the class of 2003, starting with the talent-laden group of junior shooting guards...

The junior shooting guards have a solid top layer of talent, with probably at least 6-8 of these guys getting recruited by high-major schools next year, which is a good number, especially this early on. Lodrick Stewart showed this summer that he's the best of the group at this stage. What's really encouraging is that his skills keep developing, making him quite a package with his eye-popping athleticism. Wendell White would have had a lock on the #2 spot, but he had an up and down summer, compared to Thomas Gardner, who exploded on the scene with some very advanced skills and athleticism. White is still probably a top 40 national player for his class. Omar Wilkes is one of the best all-around basketball players on the west coast, regardless of class. He has the best feel for the game than just about anyone, and his basketball acumen is so far ahead of the high school level at this point. If he gets bigger and stronger, he'll move up. Rodrick Stewart isn't quite as big as Lodrick or probably as athletic, but he might be a slightly better shooter. Ike Counts reminds us very much of Omar Wilkes, with a terrific grasp of the game to go along with very nice skills.

1) Lodrick Stewart, 6-3 Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach

2) Thomas Gardner, 6-2 Portland (Ore.) Jefferson

3) Wendell White, 6-4 Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union

4) Omar Wilkes, 6-2 Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola

5) Rodrick Stewart, 6-3 Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach

6) Ike Counts, 6-3 Oakland (Calif.) Skyline

7) D.J. Strawberry, 6-3 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

8) Wesley Washington, 6-2 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater

9) Derrick Williams, 6-2 Los Angeles (Calif.) Price

10) Drew Sanchez, 6-1 Salinas (Calif.) High

Other Junior Shooting Guards of Note:

Johnny Little, 6-1 Salt Lake City (Utah) Murray
Devon Thomas, 6-2 Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
Isaiah Allen, 6-2 Portland (Ore.) Benson
Gerad Punch, 6-2 Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
Drew Terry, 6-3 Irvine (Calif) Northwood
Anthony Phillips, 6-1 Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
Mark Bradford, 6-1 Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
Steve Smith, 6-2 Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Del Frazier, 6-1 Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita
Lorenzo Wade, 6-5 Las Vegas (Nev.) Green Valley
Deon Cook, 6-1 West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Sam Heft-Neal, 6-1 Santa Cruz (Calif.) High
Alex Von Tell-Rop, 6-2 Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic
Kenny Taylor, 6-2 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Omar Parham, 6-3 Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's
Jason Petrimoulx, 6-3 Las Vegas (Nev.) Cimarron-Memorial
Raynell Watts, 5-11 Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
James Sukhan, 6-2 Bountiful (Utah) Viewmont
Robert Beasley 6-0 Portland (Ore.) Roosevelt
Kyle Hogan, 6-4 Villa Park (Calif.) High
Jake Wohfeil, 6-3 San Diego (Calif.) Christian
Brian Edwards, 6-5 Stockton (Calif.) Edison
KeJuan Johnson, 6-2 Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
Ismael Loya, 6-1 Albuquerque (New Mexico) Albuquerque Valley
Brad Garrett, 6-6 Washington (Utah) Pine View
Jake Collins, 6-3 Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Anthony Davis, 6-3 Van Nuys (Calif.) Montclair Prep
Sam Fredotovich, 6-3 Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
Tony Gonzales, 6-3 Fullerton (Calif.) Sunny Hills
Joe Luciano, 5-11 Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley
Neal Zumwalt, 6-2, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson
Ricky Miles, 6-1 Fresno (Calif.) Bullard
Stewart Campbell, 6-3 Taos (New Mex.) High
Cory Sleeth, 6-2 Westminster (Col.) North Glenn

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