Scouting Elite 100: 2016 Guards

The Nike Elite 100 Camp featured the best of the best in the classes of 2016 and 2017 nationally. In this multiple-part series we will take a look at the top performers IlliniPlaybook saw in St. Louis. The first edition features the 2016 guards including several spectacular performances.

Point Guards

PG Cassius Winston (UD Jesuit, MI)

Winston is a tough and athletic combo guard that is effective both scoring and passing. He can attack the basket with quick acceleration to the hoop. The rising junior had several takes where he finished with athleticism at the rim. He is also a shot maker that can stop and pop from mid-range effectively. Winston scored pretty much whenever he wanted in St. Louis. As a distributor he showed he could create shots for others by drawing defenders and finding cutters and shooters. His vision was particularly effective in the half court. Defensively he is tough on opposing lead guards.

PG C.J. Walker (Arsenal Tech, IN)

Walker is a 5'11" left handed point guard that uses quickness in tight spaces to get in and out of traffic. He does a great job of slipping through the defense. The Indiana-based lead guard is a good distributor that prefers to pass first. He also has a solid jumper with a step back being his favorite scoring move.

PG Alterique Gilbert (Miller Grove, GA)

This Georgia high school lead guard is extremely quick the ball in his hands. His speed and athleticism play well in transition where he pushes it up the floor great and has vision looking for others. Gilbert showed potential on his jumper including a couple of nice threes.

PG Kwe Parker (Trinity Christian, NC)

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Parker is an elite athlete that was probably the best dunker at camp despite only being 6'0". He is best in the open floor where he can use his tremendous speed to blow by his opponent. The North Carolina product excels using quick jukes going to the basket and is great at getting in and out of tight spaces. Parker shoots it pretty well from three and has a solid mid-range game. Defensively he pressures the ball and causes havoc with his energy and athleticism.

PG Charlie Moore (Morgan Park, IL)

Moore is one of the top lead guards in the state of Illinois in the class of 2016. At 5'9" Moore is a fast point guard that pushes it in transition and likes to make the spectacular play. Sometimes this can cause turnovers, but as he has gotten older he has become a better decision maker limiting those mistakes. Moore is a quality three point shooter that can pull it from beyond three point range with ease. At times he gets a little trigger happy though. Moore already has several offers and will continue to see his recruitment grow in July.

PG Howard Washington (Canisus, NY)

Washington is a 6'1" lead guard that prefers to distribute rather than score. The high IQ point guard plays with great pace and tempo controlling the game throughout. He has a quick first step that allows him to get in the lane.

PG Jared Harper (Mount Vernon, GA)

Harper is a smaller point guard at just 5'8", but plays with a lot of passion and skill. He showed sound decision making with the ball in his hands distributing and getting others involved. Harper consistently hit shots from all over the floor including three. When his feet where set he was pretty much money especially from 15-18 feet. Despite his size Harper caused havoc defensively with his quickness and getting in passing lanes.

Combo Guards

G Devonte Green (Lutheran, NY)

Green has been one of my favorite players from the EYBL and continued to raise his stock at Elite 100. He is the younger brother of the Spurs Danny Green. Devonte is a high IQ combo guard that is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. He is always under control and makes sound decisions. Green brings his team a lot of energy and just has that "it" factor.

The rising junior consistently won off the dribble all week accelerating to the hoop with ease. He scored a ton at the rim and got to the charity stripe quite a bit. Green is a lights out shooter that shoots it with a ton of confidence. His stop and pop pull up jumper was unguardable all week. As a distributor he made good decisions with the ball and is a plus passer for a combo guard. Extremely talented young prospect.

G Lamonte Turner (Arlington Country Day, FL)

Turner is a prospect that has been productive early in his high school career. He is a scorer that does it pretty efficiently with his shots. Turner excels as a plus shooter especially as a spot up guy from the wing.

Shooting Guards

SG Xavier Sneed (Hazelwood Central, MO)

Sneed burst onto the scene this spring with the St. Louis Eagles. The 6'5" shooting guard is an elite athlete with a 6'9" wingspan. He prefers to slash to the basket and finish at the rim. Sneed does a nice job of getting to the foul line. All of the raw tools are there, but they just need to be refined. He hit a couple nice jumpers and showed potential to improve there. Sneed is a prospect that has a huge upside that could breakout over the next year.

SG Trent Forrest (Chipley, FL)

Forrest is a scoring guard that has a strong and athletic body. His physical tools allow him to explode by his defender with acceleration and finish at the hoop with strength. His shot was a bit streaky during the week, but show potential there. He is a go to scorer that also makes plays in transition.

SG Temple Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep, NJ)

Every time you looked up #39 was driving right through the defense for a score in the paint. The powerful guard does most of his scoring one on one bullying his way to the rim. He can score at all three levels and wants to take the big shot.

SG Carlos Johnson (Shadow Mountain, AZ)

Johnson is originally from Centralia, Illinois and was excited to play in front of many of his friends and family. The 6'6" 228 pound rising junior is a power guard that showed a knack for when to score. He had a good feel for the game and got to the free throw line on a regular basis when attacking the hoop.

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