West Coast 2007 Rankings: Shooting Guards

The West Coast 2007 shooting guard rankings feature such players as Jerryd Bayless, Chace Stanback, Zane Johnson, Austin Daye and Justin Holiday...

The position of shooting guard in the West Coast class of 2007 looks
to be fairly strong, with multiple high major prospects in the top ten.
Bayless gets the nod for now as the top-ranked prospect, due primarily to his explosive athleticism and ability to create his own shot. While some have projected him as a point guard, we think Bayless's best role is that of a scorer. He's got a solid mid-range shot, as well as range to the stripe. Decision-making and shot selection are two areas, though, that Bayless will need to work on in the coming years. Stanback has a long and lean body, with excellent ball skills and a very good feel for the game. He can score in a variety of ways and he's an underrated passer. Playing with consistent intensity can sometimes be an issue for Stanback. Daye has grown a couple inches in the last year and we wouldn't be surprised if he gets bigger. He just has the look of someone who isn't done yet physically. He's very slender and still growing into his body. However, he's got an excellent shot and very good basketball actions. He doesn't have the strength yet to be a dominating player, but there is a very high upside here. It wouldn't surprise us at all if, three to four years  from now, Daye is the best player from this group. Johnson has good size, very good skills and a terrific feel for the game. He plays an understated game that is rare in today's selfish, get your own, style of play. He's got a very nice touch to beyond the stripe. Holiday is very slender, but he's an outstanding athlete. Very long and extremely active, he's among the best defenders we've seen in the class. Outside shot is just decent at this time, but he's effective when slashing to the basket.

1) Jerryd Bayless, 6-2, Phoenix (Ariz.) St. Mary's
2) Chace Stanback, 6-6, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax
3) Austin Daye, 6-5, Irvine (Calif.) Woodbridge
4) Zane Johnson, 6-6, Phoenix (Ariz.) Thunderbird
5) Justin Holiday, 6-5, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
6) Quinton Watkins, 6-4, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
7) Steven Gray, 6-3, Bainbridge Island (Wash.) Bainbridge
8) Jonathan Wills, 6-4, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair
9) Brandon Richardson, 6-0, Hawthorne (Calif.) High
10) Jason West, 6-3, Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines


OTHER SHOOTING GUARDS OF NOTE:

Davon Adams, 6-2, San Juan Capistrano (Calif.) J Serra
Donnell Beverly, 6-3, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Jordan Block, 6-1, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Alta Loma
Dudley Ewell, 6-2, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
Paul Frazell, 6-0, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
Samuel Goulet, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Nick Graves, 6-3, Cathedral City (Calif.) High
Daniel Hackett, 6-4, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
James Harden, 6-2, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
Chris James, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Chaparral
Isaiah Jenkins, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Deangelo Jones, 6-2, Seattle (Wash.) Kennedy
Jeffrey Maehl, 6-1, Paradise (Calif.) High
Gerald McClemore, 6-2, Scripps Ranch (Calif.) High
Stedman Merritt, 6-1, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
Damian Moore, 6-1, Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger
Jordan Pendleton, 6-2, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
Anthony Porch, 6-3, Denver (Col.) Montbello
Chase Richards, 6-1, Sandy (Utah) Jordan
Dane Suttle, 6-3, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Brandon Walker, 6-3, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
Kendall Wallace, 6-2, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View


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