David Dixon, Peegs.com

Open Period Preview: Shooting Guards

Minnesota is heavily in the market for the shooting guard position and the coaches will in Dallas, Virginia, and New York City this weekend looking for the best of the bunch.

The Best Bet.  Gabe Kalscheur of DeLaSalle.  The local product is a national top 200 recruit who has many offers and interest but at this point Minnesota is the lone high major offer.  The Gophers are still heavily invested and are confident they can land him.  Kalscheur is coming off another solid season averaging 17.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists a game for the state champions.  He shot just under 37 percent from the arc this year.  Gabe is with Howard Pulley playing in Virginia this weekend.


Another Local, Kind of. AJ Green of Cedar Falls.  AJ has the size of a point guard and of course can play the point guard spot just fine.  But the best part of his game is his beautiful shooting stroke and he can put up points with his jumper creating off the dribble, moving off of screens, or hitting with feet set.  I put him in with the SGs because at Minnesota he would be a dangerous weapon catching and hitting off an Isaiah Washington pass (but you will see him in the PG section too).  Why is he another local?  Because AJ is three hours from the Twin Cities in Cedar Falls and he has numerous relatives living in the Twin Cities including grandparents who he visits often. AJ is with the Barnstormers in Dallas this weekend (other offers for the four star Green include Iowa State, Nebraska, and Northern Iowa).


Offered SGs.  Eric Hunter is a name that Minnesota really likes and watched a fair amount this fall and winter after liking him last summer.  That said, Indiana and Purdue are coming after the 6-foot-3 state champion strongly with Purdue having offered and the new staff at IU showing strong interest.  Add in that Nebraska has been there from day one, Xavier is after him hard, other high majors are in contact and this now looks like a very tough battle for the Gophers.  The four star Hunter is with Indiana Pros in Dallas on the Adidas Uprising tour.


Montez Mathis out of Baltimore will be in Dallas this weekend playing with BBC on the Adidas Circuit.  Minnesota offered and many others are after him hard.  UAB and UCF followed him closely all winter as did Rutgers, UConn, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Xavier, and Texas.  Mathis had an in home visit with Rutgers this week and his most recent offers are from Minnesota and Virginia Tech.  Mathis is 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds.


Combo Guard Offers.  In addition to Green and I believe you can throw Hunter into this group these days, the Gophers also offered Brendan Adams and Jalen Carey.  Adams is considered a lead guard by everyone but I also mention him here because he is 6-foot-4 which makes me believe he could play with several PGs as well.  Carey is listed something different (PG or SG or CG) seemingly everywhere you look. 

Adams had Stanford, Miami, VCU, Wyoming, Maryland, St. Joseph’s, and a strong contender, Cincinnati all visiting recently.  He will be with Team Melo in the EYBL this week in Virginia.  Carey will also be in Virginia for EYBL play as he competes with the New Jersey Playaz.  Jalen was offered by Florida yesterday and he regularly says Seton Hall is on him the most.  Carey is also hearing from UConn, Rutgers, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Kansas, Villanova, and others.  Carey is a top 100 four star player while Adams is bursting on the scene in a relatively new time frame.



Others…Six-foot-1 shooting guard Omar Silverio plays with New Heights and will be in New York City for the UAA play.  Kimani Young has in some way talked to him and/or his coaches in the past and Omar is a guard with Tulsa, Saint Louis, USF, VCU, and Rhode Island offers among others…Locally in Minnesota Goodnews Kpegeol of North St Paul plays with Howard Pulley and has grown into a prospect, Both Gach of Austin is a hot name after he’s grown into a bigger body and is playmaking in many ways, Jarius Cook of Park Center is solid, and Anthony Davis is Hopkins has the agility and coaching to be a D1 guy.  Minnesota saw him this weekend when they watched Joseph Hedstrom.  Outside of Gabe there likely won’t be a Minnesota 2018 shooting guard at the high major level but if one of them makes a major development push it will likely be one of these names. 

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