Pre-Summer 2004 Rankings: PGs & SGs

The 2004 guard positions are solid, headed by some top 50 national-caliber players like <b>Jordan Farmar</b>, <b>Quentin Thomas</b>, <b>Arron Afflalo</b> and <b>DeMarcus Nelson</b>...


The point guard position is starting to shape up quite nicely, with several high-major prospects at the top and some fairly good depth. The top three guys are all very close, but we give a slight edge to Farmar, a very skilled playmaker who can shoot it and also has a great feel for the position. Farmar is the most polished of the guards on this list and should be ready to play early at UCLA. Thomas might have the best upside of any player at the position, with a great frame, very nice skills and excellent instincts. Pruitt had to sit out the last year due to some problems with the paperwork in his transfer to Westchester, but he's also only scratching the surface of his potential. He is a very good shooter, can finish at the rim and might end up being able to play either guard spot for USC. Kellogg is also a very versatile guard and could end up on our shooting guard list at some point. An explosive athlete, Kellogg might have as much pure talent as any guard on this list, but needs to refine his approach to the game. Littlejohn is an underrated prospect with excellent quickness and scoring ability. He has a very quick release on his shot and the ability to get inside defenses to create for teammates.

1) Jordan Farmar, 6-1, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
2) Quentin Thomas, 6-2, Oakland (Calif.) Oakland Tech
3) Gabriel Pruitt, 6-3, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
4) Antonio Kellogg, 6-1, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
5) Cornell Littlejohn, 6-0, Fairfield (Calif.) Vanden
6) Ceylon Taylor, 6-1, San Jose (Calif.) Pioneer
7) Derrick Low, 6-0, Honolulu (Hawaii) Iolani
8) Marcus Everett, 6-1, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
9) Lyndale Burleson, 6-2, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin
10) Rico Tucker, 5-11, San Diego (Calif.) University
11) James Loe, 5-10, Hillsboro (Ore.) High
12) Ramone Wellington, 6-2, Vallejo (Calif.) Bethel
13) Sean Ogirri, 6-1, Denver (Col.) East
14) Brody Angley, 5-11, Redding (Calif.) Enterprise
15) Patrick Mitchell, 6-0, El Cerrito (Calif.) High

Other Point Guards Of Note:

Jason Murdock, 5-11, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Vincent Oliver, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
Nick Livi, 5-11, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastlake
Taylor Christensen, 5-11 Bountiful (Utah) High
Darren Morrison, 6-0, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
Derek Lee, 5-11 Bakersfield (Calif.) High
Tyler Smith, 6-1 Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita
Eric Flato, 6-0, Piedmont (Calif.) High
Darius Joseph, 6-2, Tacoma (Wash.) Wilson
Mike Pagan, 5-9, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei
Lamar Hunt, 6-0, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Jacob Bower, 6-4, Boise (Ida.) Meridian
Stanley Copeland, 5-10, Las Vegas (Nev.) High
Taylor Rochestie, 6-0, Santa Barbara (Calif.) High
Nik Raivio, 6-0, Vancouver (Wash.) Mountain View
Marques Washington, 5-9, Carson (Calif.) High
Jason Daley, 5-10, Palos Verdes (Calif.) Rolling Hills Prep
Ryan Holmes, 6-0, Phoenix (Ariz.) Millenium
Anthony Palmer, 5-9, San Diego (Calif.) High
Josh Cottle, 6-0, Heber City (Utah) Wasatch
Chad Troyer, 6-1 Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep
Eric Bell, 6-2, Selah (Wash.) High
Jon Ricks, 5-10 Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
Christopher Stanko, 5-10, Reno (Nev.) High
Arthur Drumwright, 6-0, Etiwanda (Calif.) High
Justin Argenal, 6-0, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Darren Stafford, 5-11, Phoenix (Ariz.) North
Amos Carter, 5-11, Vallejo (Calif.) High
Stas Chomokas, 5-10, Gilbert (Ariz.) High
Weleh Dennis, 5-10, Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit
Brandt Bangs, 5-10, Santa Ana (Calif.) Foothill
Timmy Crowell, 6-1, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Sandia
Donnie Harrison, 6-0, Portland (Ore.) Grant
Bowie Jeffs, 6-0, Castle Dale (Utah) Emery
Josh Jenkins, 5-11, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Valley
Marques Benjamin, 5-10, San Jose (Calif.) Lincoln
Kyle Johnson, 5-11, Carmichael (Calif.) Jesuit
Jeff Wayman, 6-2, Hoquiam (Wash.) High
Maurice Johnson, 6-0, Fullerton (Calif.) Troy
Jermaine Calvin, 5-9, Tempe (Ariz.) McClintock
Kyle Lewis, 5-8, Victorville (Calif.) Silverado
Joey Pariseau, 6-0, Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park
Kenneth Maye, 5-10, San Diego (Calif.) Hoover
Matt Pinegar, 6-0, Provo (Utah) Timpview
Tim Denson, 6-0, Corona (Calif.) Santiago
Frank Frasier, 5-11, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
Jude Roybal, 5-11, Albuquerque (New Mexico) Cibola
Baree Ward, 5-10, Tacoma (Wash.) Mt. Tahoma
Josh Lostlen, 5-11, Bellevue (Wash.) Newport
Keon Taylor, 5-10, San Pedro (Calif.) High
Giovanni Woods, 6-2, Lacey (Wash.) River Ridge
Jamal Bell, 6-0, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Delvaughn Livingston-Tinned, 6-0, Mukilteo (Wash.) Mariner
Ryan Howard, 5-8, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery
Marvin Mills, 6-0, Los Angeles (Calif.) King Drew
Tywain McTyer, 5-11, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango
Jeff Burns, 6-0, Renton (Wash.) High
Colby Vranes, 5-11 Taylorsville (Utah) High


While Nelson headed this list for a long time, Afflalo now edges him out slightly.  It's very close, and they're both excellent players, and while Nelson is generally ranked higher than Afflalo by many national recruiting services, we think that Afflalo has more dimensions to his game and is bigger physically - giving him possibly a better upside as a college player.  Nelson, though, with a good summer, could easily overtake Afflalo again.  It's obvious that both are highly coveted by college programs, with Nelson having committed last year to Duke and Afflalo this spring to UCLA. Not far behind is Taylor, and it's really a matter of these three elite prospects at the shooting guard position - and then everyone else.  Taylor might be the best shooter out of the three.  Shipp has had a good spring, showing more refinement to his game.  Allen recently has shown some considerable development, with better ball-handling and shot creation.  Overall, it's a very good class at the shooting guard position in the west, with probably three top 50 national recruits in Afflalo, Nelson and Taylor, and then an unusual amount of D-1 prospects - probably 20-23 - which is a pretty significant number for a class just heading into the summer before its senior year.

1) Arron Afflalo, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Centennial
2) DeMarcus Nelson, 6-2, Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon
3) Bryce Taylor, 6-3, North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake
4) Josh Shipp, 6-3,  Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
5) Curtis Allen, 6-4, Palos Verdes Peninsula (Calif.) Rolling Hills Prep
6) Dwight O'Neil, 6-2, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
7) Harvey Perry, 6-4, North Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
8) Rodney Stuckey, 6-3, Covington (Wash.) Kentwood
9) Matt Thomas, 6-3, Riverside (Calif.) M.L. King
10) Andrew Haskins, 6-3, Kirkland (Wash.) Lake Washington
11) James Hughes, 6-3, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
12) Gabe Freeman, 6-4, Phoenix (Ariz.) McClintock
13) Alex Harris, 6-3, Alameda (Calif.) St. Joseph's Notre Dame
14) Ronald Jenkins, 6-2, Denver (Col.) Montebello
15) Matt Sargeant, 6-3, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View

Other Shooting Guards Of Note:

Schuyler McKay, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Price
Juan Pablo Silvera, 6-3, Murray (Utah Mt. Vernon Academy
Marcus Malone, 6-2, Carson (Calif.) High
Duboise Williams, 6-4, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza
Robbie Haynes, 6-2, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
Lorenzo Keeler, 6-2, Escondido (Calif.) High
Byron Marks, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High
Devon Hills, 6-3, Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Hills
Dawin Whiten, 6-2, North Hills (Calif.) Monroe
Adrian Aye-Darko, 6-1, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade
Jonathan Tolliver, 6-3, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Ralph Miley, 6-2, Downey (Calif.) Calvary Chapel
Carl Ross, 6-3, Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union
Deandre Robinson, 6-4m Riverside (Calif.) Riverside King
Khion Tate, 6-3, Berkeley (Calif.) High
Rogdrick Craig, 6-4, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Matt Forge, 6-4, Lewiston (Idaho) High
Arnie Hollis, 6-3, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Davis Baker, 6-3, Mission Viejo (Calif.) Capistrano Valley
Andrew Hatch, 6-2, Chino Hills (Calif.) Ayala
Raynard "Scooter" Milner, 6-2, Rialto (Calif.) High
John Williams, 6-2, San Jose (Calif.) Oak Grove
Brandon Turner, 6-3, Los Angeles (Calif.) Brentwood
Tyler Roberts, 6-3, Albany (Ore.) West Albany
Keena Payton, 6-2, Oakland (Calif.) Skyline
Jawann Rubin, 6-2, Union City (Calif.) Logan
Jamie Lester, 6-2, Victorville (Calif.) Silverado
Greg Spurgetis, 6-4, Spokane (Wash) Lewis and Clark
Sean Green, 6-3, Rialto (Calif.) High
Michael Knight, 6-3, Seattle (Wash.) Seattle Prep 
Chuma Awaji, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Daniel Murphy
Sean Taibi, 6-4, Pueblo (Col.) East
Danny Anderson, 6-3, Morro Bay (Calif.) High
Larry Tieu, 6-2, Rowland Heights (Calif.) Rowland
Mike Hornbuckle, 6-1, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian
Grayson Moyer, 6-4, La Jolla (Calif.) High
Franklin Henderson, 6-3, Aurora (Col.) Gateway
Adam Greenway, 6-2, Pleasanton (Calif.) Foothill
Douglas Daniels, 6-1, Vallejo (Calif.) Hogan
Houston Power, 6-2, Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango
Steve Elman, 6-5, Apache Junction (Ariz.) High
Bear Simerson, 6-3 Cathedral City (Calif.) High
Kevin Pledger, 6-3 Bellflower (Calif.) High
Donnie Harrison, 6-1, Portland (Ore.) Grant
Cori Anderson, 6-0 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Zach Bachmeier, 6-3 Novato (Calif.) San Marin
Dan Stafford, 6-4, Auburn (Wash.) High
Sean Battinger, 6-2 Richmond (Calif.) Kennedy
Tim Sellereit, 6-1, Bellingham (Wash.) High 
Alex Rogers, 6-3, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Christian
Denaun Emanuel, 6-1 Bellflower (Calif.) High
Cleveland Files, 6-3 Albuquerque (New Mexico) Rio Grande
Patrick Fuller, 6-1, Pasadena (Calif.) Muir
Adam Perry, 6-2, Longview (Wash.) R.A. Long
Josh Griffin, 6-0 Edmonds (Wash.) Edmonds-Woodway
Jake Hill, 6-0 Gunnison (Utah) High
Michael Johnson, 6-0 Carson (Calif.) High
Mike Lawson, 6-4 Las Cruces (New Mexico) Mayfield
Tanner Nicholson, 6-2 Salt Lake City (Utah) West
Greg Okwudibonye, 6-3 Huntington Beach (Calif.) Ocean View
Paul Phangura, 6-0 San Jose (Calif.) Mitty
Chris Faidley, 6-1 Seattle (Wash.) King's
Mark Porter, 6-0, Reno (Nev.) Hug
Chandler Pearson, 6-2 Huntington (Utah) Emery

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