West Coast '09 Rankings: PGs & SGs

The rankings for the best prospects in the 2009 class on the west coast start with the point guards and the shooting guards. In prominent places on the lists are UCLA prospects like Avery Bradley, Michael Snaer and Elijah Johnson...

POINT GUARDS

The 2009 West Coast point guards are a solid, but not great, group of prospects. Gaddy is the easy choice for the top spot. A true point guard who makes his teammates better, Gaddy has great size and a very high skill level. His feel for the game is exceptional. A great athlete, Johnson has as much upside as any guard on the list. He needs to improve his decision-making and approach to the game. If he does those things, he could end up one of the best guards in the country. Thames has great physical tools for the position and his skills have come along in the last year. He's not a true one, but shows enough feel for the position that I think he ends up there in college. Bock is a true point guard, with a great feel for the game. His decision-making is outstanding and his frame suggests upside to his body. Siva is an explosive athlete with the ability to knock down shots. Decision-making and feel for the game need to improve, but he is one of the best shooters at the position in the west.

1) Abdul Gaddy, 6-3, Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep
2) Elijah Johnson, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne
3) Xavier Thames, 6-2, Sacramento (Calif.) Pleasant Grove
4) Andrew Bock, 6-0, Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower
5) Peyton Siva, 5-11, Seattle (Wash.) Franklin Louisville
6) Robert Smith, 5-11, Perris (Calif.) High
7) Eric Lawton, 6-1, Hemet (Calif.) West Valley
8) Darius Morris, 6-2, Los Angeles (Calif.) Windward
9) Marcus Lever, 6-0, Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista
10) Donte Medder, 6-1, Mesa (Ariz.) High

OTHER POINT GUARDS OF NOTE:

Will Cherry, 5-11, Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
Justin Cobbs, 6-0, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery
Dominick Lacoste, 6-0, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez
Deshawn Gomez, 5-10, Inglewood (Calif.) High
Marquel Jones, 6-0, Lawndale (Calif.) High
Stephon Lamar, 5-11, San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine
Bobby McCall, 5-11, Newark (Calif.) High
Jacob McClemore, 6-0, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch
Aalim Moor, 6-2, Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's San Jose State
Austin Morgan, 5-10, Reno (Nev.) High
Kyle Odister, 5-10, Sacramento (Calif.) Rio Americano
Larry Richards, 5-11, Portland (Ore.) Roosevelt
Brandon Smith, 5-10, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle
Ryan Sypkens, 6-2, Sacramento (Calif.) Franklin
Lasean Wilcox, 6-0, Pleasant Grove (Utah) High
Michael Williams, 5-11, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft


SHOOTING GUARDS

The 2009 shooting guard list is very strong at the top, but then fades quite a bit. This isn't a deep class at this point and there are few high major prospects. Bradley gets a very slight edge for the number one ranking as of now. A terrific athlete, Bradley is a great competitor with the ability to guard mulitple positions. His shot was a question mark last year, but he's become more consistent in the 16-17 foot range. Snaer is right behind Bradley and may overtake him at some point. Snaer has ideal size for a two-guard and he's the best shooter on this list Marshall is perhaps the most versatile player in the group. He does a lot of different things to help his team win and he's also a very good athlete. His shot is just fair at this point and that is an area where he needs to improve. Cunningham has good ball skills for a shooting guard, as well as a very nice frame with good length. Haws is a well-rounded prospect who can do a lot of things well.

1) Avery Bradley, 6-2, Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep
2) Michael Snaer, 6-4, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde
3) Anthony Marshall, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Mojave
4) Jared Cunningham, 6-3, San Leandro (Calif.) High Arizona State
5) Tyler Haws, 6-4, Highland (Utah) Lone Peak
6) Rodney Black, 6-3, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Valley View
7) Rayes Gallegos, 6-2, West Jordan (Utah) High
8) Jordan Mackie, 6-3, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
9) Matt Borton, 6-4, Yakima (Wash.) West Valley
10) Roberto Nelson, 6-3, Santa Barbara (Calif.) High

OTHER SHOOTING GUARDS OF NOTE:

Chris Brew, 6-3, Berkeley (Calif.) St. Mary's UC Santa Barbara
Anthony Brown, 6-4, Spokane (Wash.) Shadle Park Washington State
Jordan Finn, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda
Stephon Carter, 6-4, Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces
Tim Harris, 6-3, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian
Justin Hawkins, 6-2, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft UNLV
Cody Hickey, 6-4, Canby (Ore.) High
Keon Pledger, 6-2, Bellflower (Calif.) High
Deronn Scott, 6-3, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda
Chase Tapley, 6-1, Sacramento (Calif.) High
Brandan Walton, 6-1, Los Angeles (Calif.) King Drew


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