Rankings: Junior PGs & SGs

The junior point guard class looks to be one of the stronger positions next year, with several high major prospects at the top of the rankings. The shooting guards are perhaps the most talent-laden group of the junior class...

Ayinde Ubaka was the best point guard in this class at the end of last summer, and he's gotten even better since. The knock on him might have been that he didn't have a great outside jumper, but his shot has vastly improved. He's the best combo of size and quickness at the point guard position in quite a few years. Mikel Watson wasn't even among the top ten point guards in our last rankings of juniors, but after seeing him a few times this winter, he jumps up to #2. He, like Ubaka, has size and very good quickness. He's also an excellent scorer, able to shoot out to 25 feet or fill it up with midrangers and runners in the lane. Ryan Appleby has good size and a great overall feel for the position, with good vision and passing ability. If he gets bigger and stronger, he could get some considerably high-major looks nationwide. Marcus Williams might have the best skills among anyone on this list; he's a great shooter, has a great handle, and is a great passer, (when he's not making the pass harder than it is). He's 4th on the list because he's not as quick as either Ubaka or Watson, and isn't as steady as Appleby. If he learns to play under control and set up his teammates more consistently, he could challenge Ubaka for the top of the list. Aaron Brooks has been one of our favorites for two years – fast, quick, good ballhandler and a nice passer. This season he's honed his skills even more. If he gets physically bigger (he's pretty slight), he could challenge for higher spots on the list.

1) Ayinde Ubaka, 6-1 Oakland (Calif.) High
2) Mikel Watson, 6-0 San Diego (Calif.) El Camino
3) Ryan Appleby, 6-1 Stanwood (Wash.) High
4) Marcus Williams, 6-2 Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
5) Aaron Brooks, 5-11 Seattle (Wash.) Franklin
6) Tron Smith, 6-0 Moreno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs
7) Khalif Ford, 6-0 Diamond Bar (Calif.) High
8) Shaun Davis, 5-10 San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln Prep
9) Kyle Shiloh, 6-2 Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces
10) Yahosh Bonner, 5-11 Cedar City (Utah) High

Other Junior Point Guards of Note:

Eric Lane, 5-11 Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
Drew Gibson, 5-10 Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Rayshawn Reed, 5-11 Inglewood (Calif.) High
John Winston, 6-2, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian
Eric Henkel, 6-3 Missoula (Mont.) Sentinal
Terrence Johnson, 6-0 La Habra (Calif.) Sonora
Kevin "B.J." Bell, 5-7 Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
Terrell Powell, 5-11 Los Angeles Fremont
Kevin Houston, 5-9 Highland (Calif.) San Gorgonio
Jonathan Davis, 5-10 Oxnard (Calif.) High
Weldon Williams, 6-0 Fresno (Calif.) Sunnyside
Jonathan Smith, 5-10 Westchester (Calif.) High
K.D. Rockett, 5-9 San Diego (Calif.) High
Aaron Wolfgram, 6-1 Magna (Utah) Cypress
Robert Locke, 6-0 Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads
Steve Miller, 5-10 Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton
Brian McFadden, 5-11 Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair
Trevante Nelson, 5-10 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Drew Colen, 5-10 Denver (Col.) Denver East
Jontae Hammond, 6-0 Portland (Ore.) Jefferson
Jared True, 5-11 Salt Lake City (Utah) Jordan
Geno Riley, 6-0, Van Nuys (Calif.) Grant
Iren Anderson, 5-10 Long Beach (Calif.) Milliken
John Shumate, 5-11 Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep
Jerome Ireland, 5-10 Fresno (Calif.) Edison
Jeremy Jackson, 5-9 Santa Barbara (Calif.) High
Cedric Smith, 5-10 Los Angeles (Calif.) Washington
Darrius Parker 6-0, Oakland (Calif.) High
Mingus Murray, 5-9 Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Ryan Read, 5-11 San Diego (Calif.) High
Larry Charles, 5-9 Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita
Isaiah Freeman, 5-9 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
John Simon, 6-0 Phoenix (Ariz.) Sunnyslope
Jimmy Goffredo, 5-10 La Crescenta (Calif.) Crescenta Valley
Myron Terrell, 5-10, Los Angeles (Calif.) Washington
Corey Miller, 6-0 Villa Park (Calif.) High
Kirk Wilson, 5-11 Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
Phillip Heu-Weller, 6-1 Olympia (Wash.) High
Bryan Burrell, 5-11 Ontario (Calif.) High
Deon Simpson, 5-8 Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Johnnie Bryant, 5-11 Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O' Dowd
Austin Paris, 5-11 Modesto (Calif.) Calvary Temple
Jason Heutink 5-11 Nooksack Valley (Wash.) High
Gerald Bryant, 6-0, Gilbert (Ariz.) Mesquite
Carlton Arnwine, 5-11 Moreno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs
Tyrell McLauren, 5-11 Lakewood (Calif.) High

The junior shooting guard list has a few changes, most notably the omission of Wendell White, who has been moved to the small forward list. Lodrick Stewart and Thomas Gardner are both big-time talents who may end up on many top 25 national lists by next summer. Omar Wilkes is a heady, smooth player who has a chance to be terrific once he gets a little stronger. Rodrick Stewart isn't at the same level as his brother, but he's a very good prospect in his own right. Lorenzo Wade is a versatile wing who may eventually end up at the small forward spot.

1) Lodrick Stewart, 6-3 Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
2) Thomas Gardner, 6-2 Portland (Ore.) Jefferson
3) Omar Wilkes, 6-2 Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
4) Rodrick Stewart, 6-3 Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
5) Lorenzo Wade, 6-5 Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
6) Jake Wohfeil, 6-3 El Cajon (Calif.) Christian
7) Wesley Washington, 6-2 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
8) D.J. Strawberry, 6-3 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
9) Derrick Williams, 6-2 Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
10) Gerad Punch, 6-2 Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy Prep

Other Junior Shooting Guards of Note:

Mike Philogene 6-1 Las Vegas (Nev.) Clark
Johnny Little, 6-1 Salt Lake City (Utah) Murray
Devon Thomas, 6-2 Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
Isaiah Allen, 6-2 Portland (Ore.) Benson
Drew Terry, 6-3 Irvine (Calif) Northwood
Tremayne Didier, 6-1 Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon
Mark Burkhardt 6-3 Sparks (Nev.) Reed
Greg Barlow 6-2 Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
Anthony Phillips, 6-1 Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
Mark Bradford, 6-1 Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont
Steve Smith, 6-1 Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
Del Frazier, 6-1 Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita
D.J. Richo 6-5 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bonanza
Garrett Schofield 6-0 Las Vegas (Nev.) Sierra Vista
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
Robert Porter, 6-1 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
James Sukhan, 6-2 Bountiful (Utah) Viewmont
Robert Beasley 6-0 Portland (Ore.) Roosevelt
Kyle Hogan, 6-4 Villa Park (Calif.) High
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 Mission Viejo (Calif.) High
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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