Nike: Top 15 2003 Shooting Guards

<i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Indianapolis correspondent wraps up the coverage by analyzing the top rising senior shooting guards at the Nike Camp.

1. Shannon Brown, 6-1, Maywood (Ill.) Proviso East

He's gifted in many areas: athleticism, creating his own shot, leaping ability and seems unfazed on the court. If he were 6-5, he'd be Vince Carter, it's that simple. But even at 6-1, he gets his shot off with ease and every 3-pointer he takes seems to have a real good chance of going in after he releases it. His lone negatives are he needs to push himself on defense a little bit more and not get too shot happy at times.

2. Brandon Foust, 6-5, Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven

Foust seems more confident, dominant and taller than a year ago. He's a dynamic athlete, like Brown, and can create offense so easily. His jumper isn't the greatest but goes in more often than not. He has all the tools for future success.

3. Gary Forbes, 6-5, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Benjamin Banneker

After dominating at the Rumble in the Bronx, Forbes continued his stellar play at Nike. He's a tall wing who can also play small forward. A good 3-point shooter, he can also get to the basket. He's not as explosive as Brown and Foust but a good athlete.

4. Taurean "Tack" Minor, 5-10, Houston (Texas) Washington

He is unguardable and a threat to put 30 on the board every game. However, he's also going to alienate his teammates in the process and force a few bad shots. Great players make everyone around them better, especially 5-10 should-be-point guards. That will be the biggest lesson for Minor, along with improving a mediocre outside jumper.

5. Vakeaton Wafer, 6-4, Homer (La.) Pineview

He's a natural scorer from all angles and spots on the floor. He also showed some toughness in driving to the hoop and scrapping for rebounds. He probably will never be a great defender or passer, but he can score like few in the 2003 class.

6. Lance Harris, 6-4, Columbia (Mo.) David Hickman Senior

Harris is someone who people can't fall asleep on. He's not nationally well known but he will be at some point. Great bouncy body, not bad from deep and can explode on drives to the basket. Like Wafer, he can score in bunches.

7. Devon Evertsen, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Moon Valley

Because Arizona and UCLA are so well stocked at the wing position and aren't recruiting Evertsen, he's become maligned. However, at the Nike Camp, there were stretches where he just dominated. And the nice thing was that he did it with skill instead of killer athletic ability. He does need to get stronger but looks pretty on 3-pointers and slick on drives. Quality player and underrated nationally.

8. Wesley Washington, 6-1, Corona (Calif.) Mater Dei

Washington is a great scorer and gets so much done at 6-1. He's a great competitor and just keeps attacking. Sure, he might not be the purest outside shooter but he's not horrible. He's a great pickup for Cal-Berkeley and a likely 15-20-point scorer at some point in his Pac-10 career.

9. Dane Bradshaw, 6-2, Memphis (Tenn.) White Station

At first glance, you start forming ideas on whether Bradshaw will contribute at Tennessee. But the more you watch him, the more you realize how much he understands the game. And like Deng, he makes teammates better and understands game situations like a coach. He still could make his outside jumper more deadly, but he'll be a great asset to coach Buzz Peterson the next four years.

10. Rodrick Stewart, 6-4, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach

At times, he was the more unheralded of the Stewart twins (Lodrick being the other). However, you can see he has worked hard the last three years to improve his perimeter skills. Still a little shaky on his deep outside shooting but a great driver and leaper.

11. Quincy Douby, 6-2, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Prep school

Douby is a great example of how deep and talented the shooting guard spot is. He definitely had a great camp and proved he's more than just a shooter. He dominated stretches with drives to the hoop and his deep shooting skills. Isn't much of a creator, passer or defender, but he can get away with it.

12. Vince Banks, 6-2, Atlanta (Ga.) South Atlanta

He's a stud athlete who can get his shot whenever he wants it. He's apparently even played some point guard in the past but came across as someone who is more comfortable at two guard. Can shoot from deep but also do the run/jump thing on drives to the hoop. Plus, he's exciting to watch.

13. Tim Morris, 6-3, Mableton (Ga.) Whitefield Academy

Morris is another great example of how deep the shooting guard position is. He made a lot of shots all week long and did a little bit of everything in the process. He's a great pickup for Stanford and definitely helped his spot in the rankings.

14. Dwon Youmans, 6-2, Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day

He was up and down but dominated a game towards the end of camp, which brought back memories of how he was at Nike last year. He's a stud athlete, who is always capable of a highlight reel dunk. Not a bad shooter but might need more confidence in his shot.

15. Jeremy Ingram, 6-2, Kinston (N.C.)

Is more of a combo guard but looked comfortable playing the two this week. He hit some really tough shots and is very close to being what many think he can be – a top 50 player. He's a great competitor and top athlete, who just needs more consistency.

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