One year after a bumper crop of point guards in the 2008 class, the
West Coast looks to have another very good group in the 2009 class.
Johnson is our top-ranked player at this time, but it's only by the
slimmest of margins. While he's not a true point, Johnson does have
the ball skills and athleticism to play the position. He's an explosive
athlete who can create his own shot at will. It's possible he'll
eventually end up at the two, but we'll leave him at the one for now.
Gaddy has an excellent chance of eventually ending up the top guy in this class. He's got great size and a very good feel for the position.
His shot is adequate at this time and he's got the beginnings of a solid mid-range game. Cunningham has a tremendous upside and just needs to fine-tune some aspects of his game. His handle and stroke both need to get better, but his size and athleticism make him a superior prospect. Siva is more of a scoring lead guard than a true point, but he's very quick with the ball and he's a good shooter to the stripe. He's hurt somewhat by his size, but his skill level and athleticism give him a chance to move up this list. He does need to work on his decisions. Smith is a true point with a solid overall game. He's actually grown a bit in the last year and that has changed his status as a prospect. His shot is decent at this point in time, but it's definitely an area where he could improve.
1) Elijah Johnson, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
2) Abdul Gaddy, 6-3, Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep
3) Jared Cunningham, 6-2, San Leandro (Calif.) High
4) Peyton Siva, 5-11, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin
5) Robert Smith, 5-11, Perris (Calif.) High
6) Darius Morris, 6-1, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward
7) Ryan Sypkens, 6-2, Sacramento (Calif.) Franklin
8) Stephon Lamar, 5-11, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
9) Chase Tapley, 6-1, Sacramento (Calif.) High
10) Greg Allen, 6-1, Eureka (Calif.) High
OTHER POINT GUARDS OF NOTE:
Andrew Bock, 5-11, Rialto (Calif.) Carter
Justin Cobbs, 6-0, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery
Dominick Lacoste, 6-0, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Marcus Lever, 6-0, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
Jacob McClemore, 6-0, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch
Aalim Moor, 6-2, Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's
Austin Morgan, 5-10, Reno (Nev.) High
Kyle Odister, 5-10, Sacramento (Calif.) Rio Americano
Deronn Scott, 6-0, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda
Brandon Smith, 5-10, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Jonathan Smith, 5-10, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Lasean Wilcox, 6-0, Pleasant Grove (Utah) High
Michael Williams, 5-10 Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft