A lot, probably way too much, was made about a lack of top level point guards in the 2017 class nationally. One look at the class of 2018 and it is obvious that won’t be a problem. There are a host of top point guards, seven of which found their way into the top 25 in this class.
Leading the way at the point guard position is JaVonte Smart. The Louisiana native has a tremendous combination of size, toughness, athleticism, and skill. While he might not do one thing that stands out at an incredibly elite level, he does everything on the court very well, and when he has his motor running he is one of the most naturally gifted and impactful players in the class.
Schools like LSU, Kentucky, and Baylor have made Smart a priority.
After him is Immanuel Quickley. Scout.com has long been a fan of Quickley’s game, and the point guard from Baltimore is simply one of the best. He has tremendous size and floor vision. As a pure passer very few in the class are better than Quickley. Also he is a good athlete and someone who is a capable scorer going to the rim or as a shooter from distance.
Quickley has a host of offers including schools like Maryland, Miami, Washington, Arizona, Louisville, and USC.
Next is Darius Garland. Garland is one of the better pure shooters you will find from the point guard position. He can absolutely light it up from deep, and then also is someone who knows how to run a team. At times Garland can get a little too shot first, but when he has the mindset to make others better, he has the ability to be tremendous in that area.
Garland has consistently mentioned Indiana and Louisville as schools showing him a ton of interest, and also Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and others are all in on him.
After that is Courtney Ramey. The St. Louis native really impressed during the month of July, and is now considered one of the top players in the class. Ramey has good size, though he needs to add strength, and can get into the lane at will. Once in the lane he is a very good passer, and then also is someone you really have to respect as a shooter from deep.
Ramey most recently made a visit to Illinois, and the Illini have made him a priority. Also Missouri, Kansas, Florida, Ohio State, and Louisville are all definitely in the mix.
Also making waves in the class has been Ayo Dosunmu. Probably the fastest guard in the class from baseline-to-baseline with the basketball, Dosunmu can get anywhere he wants on the court, and then has the great size and athleticism to finish in a variety of ways. He is a score first kid, but he also can really pass. If his jump shot continues to make strides the sky is the limit for Dosunmu.
Illinois has absolutely made Dosunmu a priority as has Northwestern. Beyond them Xavier and Cincinnati recently offered, and Notre Dame is very seriously involved as well.
Rounding out the top 25 are Prentiss Hubb and Tre Jones. Hubb comes from Washington D.C. and is a combo guard who has impressed at a high level of competition both in AAU and high school. There is nothing super flashy about his game, but he scores it well, passes it well, and just always seems to make the smart decision.
Maryland has long had Hubb a priority. Georgetown, Xavier, NC State, Virginia, Wake Forest, and others are all also involved with Hubb.
Jones is the brother of former Duke point guard, Tyus Jones, and has a lot of the same qualities that made his brother impactful. He is a very good passer, can make open shots, and just as a tremendous feel for the game.
As one would expect Duke is very involved with Jones, and so is Minnesota, Arizona, Marquette, and others.