West Coast 2008 Rankings: Point Guards

The point guards in the west for 2008 are an outstanding group. There's elite talent at the top and great depth throughout the class. The number one ranked prospect is a versatile player who would also be the top-rated shooting guard...

The 2008 West Coast point guard class is a very strong and deep group. The class was already very good and then a few more players emerged in the summer as high major prospects. Holiday was previously the top-ranked shooting guard and you could make a case that he's the best at either point guard or shooting guard. We're moving him to the one now, as we think he'll end up playing there in college and eventually the NBA. Holiday is an outstanding prospect. Not only is he the best point guard in the west; he's the best in the country. Anderson had a terrific summer and he cemented his status as one of the elite point guards in the country. His feel and approach are exceptional. He's also an  underrated athlete and his upside is significant. As we end the July evaluation period, McCoy is the hottest commodity in the west. He made an early commitment to Pepperdine, but that hasn't stopped other coaches from pursuing him. He's a very explosive athlete and he can get to the rim at will. His decisions were a bit shaky in the spring, but he's really improved in that department. He hasn't received the exposure that some other more hyped players received, but he's an elite prospect. Drew isn't great at any one aspect of the game, but he's pretty good at a number of things. He's got a good handle and he sees the court well. Being the son of a pro, Drew has a fairly polished game. He might not have the upside that some of the other players on this list possess, but he's got a good feel for the game and he understands the position of point guard. After McCoy, Lillard was the biggest surprise of the July evaluation period. While he's not real tall, he's got a great frame and he's strong for his size. He's a very good shooter and he can finish inside against bigger players.

1) Jrue Holiday, 6-3, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall UCLA
2) Jerime Anderson, 6-1, Anaheim (Calif.) Canyon UCLA
3) Paul McCoy, 5-11, Portland (Ore.) Grant Pepperdine
4) Larry Drew, 5-11, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft North Carolina
5) Damian Lillard, 5-11, Oakland (Calif.) High
6) Garrett Sim, 6-0, Portland (Ore.) Sunset
7) Reggie Moore, 6-1, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea
8) Ameer Shamsud-din, 6-2, Portland (Ore.) Benson Tech
9) Oliver McNally, 6-3, Ross (Calif.) Branson
10) Darian Norris, 5-11, Las Vegas (Nev.) Mojave


Blake Arnet, 6-0, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Duane Bagsby, 5-8, Berkeley (Calif.) High
Kyron Brown, 6-2, Elk Grove (Calif.) High
Bryce Cartwright, 6-1, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Reggie Chambers, 5-8, Salt Lake City (Utah) West
Marques Coleman, 6-3, Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus
Glen Dean, 5-8, Seattle (Wash.) Roosevelt
Michael Elliott, 5-11, Las Vegas (Nev.) Eldorado
Deremy Geiger, 5-11, Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs
Holton Hunsaker, 5-11, Woods Cross (Utah) High
Kelly Kaigler, 6-1, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove
Gabe Kindred, 5-11, Oakland (Calif.) Fremont
Kevin Loyd, 5-9, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Devon Manning, 6-1, Pueblo (Col.) Pueblo Central
Jason Pruitt, 6-1, Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park
Josh Thomas, 5-11, La Canada (Calif.) Renaissance Academy
Niko Walter, 6-1, Highland (Calif.) Mile High
Casper Ware,5-10, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr
Terrell Wallace,5-11, Beaverton (Ore.) Westview
Jelany White, 5-9, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw
Evan Wiley, 5-11, Dublin (Calif.) High

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