West Coast 2008 Rankings: Shooting Guards

There are a number of potential high-major talents among the 2008 West Coast shooting guards. The top-ranked prospect, though, one of the biggest UCLA targets in recent years, is on a different level and he'll draw consideration for the top spot overall in the country...

The 2008 West Coast shooting guards have the potential to be a very
solid group. There's elite talent at the top and good depth throughout
the list. There are numerous guys currently outside of the top five who have a chance to end up high major prospects.

Holiday is head and shoulders above everyone else. In fact, he's the best junior guard prospect we've seen since we've been scouting the west. We think he'll be able to play the one as well when he gets to college. He's one of the biggest priorities in recruiting for UCLA in recent years, right up there with Kevin Love.

Turner has good size, with the ability to score from the perimeter or at the rim (UCLA is recruiting). McCollum is a very good shooter with excellent ball skills. He may play point guard in college (UCLA is scouting). Gutierrez is a very good athlete who plays with great intensity. McLaughlin is a smooth-looking wing who showed a very nice feel this past summer.

1) Jrue Holiday, 6-2, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
2) Elston Turner, Jr., 6-4, Roseville (Calif.) High
3) Patrick McCollum, 6-2, Tacoma (Wash.) Mt. Tahoma
4) Jorge Gutierrez, 6-2, Denver (Col.) Lincoln
5) Mark McLaughlin, 6-4, Kenmore (Wash.) Inglemoor

OTHER SHOOTING GUARDS OF NOTE:

Brendon Lavendar, 6-3, Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View
Wendell Wright, Jr., 6-4, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair
Oscar Bellfield, 6-1, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester
Jacob Ranger, 6-3, Carpenteria (Calif.) High
Chris Jones, 6-2, Newark (Calif.) Newark Memorial
Jason Pruitt, 6-0, Lakewood (Calif.) Artesia
William Brew, 6-3, Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's
James Rahon, 6-2, San Diego (Calif.) Torrey Pines
Brenton Thomas, 6-2, Cupertino (Calif.) Monta Vista
Dallas Rutherford, 6-2, NOrth Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall
Dennis Seely, 6-4, Lodi (Calif.) Tokay
Keion Bell, 6-1, Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Quintin Dailey, Jr., 6-2, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman
Nick Witherill, 6-2, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Niko Sachs, 6-2, Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus
Taylor Brown, 6-5, Sandy (Utah) Alta
Chris Solomon, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax  
 


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