Point guards dominate in the class of 2018

It has been a good spring for prospects in the 2018 class as a lot of them have stepped up their game, but no position group has seen more impressive showings than the point guard spot.

Coming into the spring it was known that the top point guards were very good, but now things are on another level. The top of the class is now headed by Tre Jones who was one of the top performers all spring, but the competition for the leader at the point guard position is fierce. Darius Garland and Immanuel Quickley are each top 10 prospects along with Jones, and several other players are five-star prospects in their own right, or very close to it.

What separated Jones this spring was his combination of size, scoring ability, and basketball IQ. Much like his older brother Tyus, who starred for one year at Duke before going to the NBA, Tre Jones has a tremendous idea of how to play. He is excellent in ball screen situations either setting up a teammate with a nice pass, or driving to the rim for a bucket.

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The one hole in Jones' game this spring was his outside shooting, he was only 27 percent from three, but he did everything else so well that it was tough to really find fault with him. Jones asserted himself as an elite prospect, and his overall consistency was such that he found himself at the top of what is a loaded class.

Right behind Jones is Garland. Garland is a different player than Jones in that he is an excellent shooter with range well beyond the three point line. Currently Garland might be a little bit shot first, but he does have a solid feel and is also an above average passer. Beyond that Garland has grown physically in the last year, and is now taller and a bit more athletic. If he continues to refine his game as a passer, he will remain right on Jones' heels for the top spot at the position.

Rounding out the top 10 point guards is Quickley. Quickley is the biggest player of the three. Like Jones he is a tremendous passer who really understands how to play the game. The best thing about Quickley is how solid he is across the board. His game is built on not making mistakes, and he hardly ever turns it over. Add in that he is improving as a jump shooter and an athlete, and it is easy to see why he is so tough to deal with as a prospect.

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While those three make up the top tier, not far behind is a group that includes JaVonte SmartLouisville commitment Courtney RameyJahvon QuinerlyQuentin GrimesAyo DosunmuElijah Weaver, and recent Arizona commitment Brandon Williams.

All of those prospects find themselves in the top 35 in the current rankings, and all could make a push for five-star status by the end of July with continued improved play.

Of that group Dosunmu and Weaver are the best athletes, Ramey and Quinerly have the elite basketball IQ's, and Smart might be the most naturally talented with his ability to score.

Overall this class is just loaded at the point guard position with top options from coast to coast, and so far each of them has stepped up and played excellent this spring.


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