West Rankings: PGs and SGs

After his performance this summer, the top point guard on the west coast is no surprise, and the shooting guard position is fairly well stocked for 2011...

The 2011 point guards in the west are a solid group, although there are only a few high major prospects. Turner gets the nod for the top spot due to his combination of size, athleticism and skill level. He's the best passer in the west by a wide margin and he's improved his shooting in the last year. Carson is a quick, talented prospect with the ability to get his own or create for teammates. His decision-making has improved in the last year, but there is still room for growth in that department. Dinwiddie has gotten better every year and his best basketball is ahead of him as he's still not yet mature physically. He has an oustanding feel for the game and he rarely makes a bad decision. Daniels is, pound for pound, the most talented guard in the class. Unfortunately, he is very slight and there isn't much of him. But he can score in a variety of ways and he's a true point. Caffey is another true point with the ability to create his own shot and he's grown a couple inches in the last year.

1) Josiah Turner, 6-2, Sacramento (Calif.) High
2) Jahii Carson, 5-11, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mt. Point
3) Spencer Dinwiddie, 6-4, Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft
4) Jordan Daniels, 5-9, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda
5) Michael Caffey, 5-11, Corona (Calif.) Centennial Long Beach State
6) Andrew Andrews, 6-1, Portland (Ore.) Benson
7) T.J. Taylor, 5-9, Oakland (Calif.) High
8) Dylan Gerrity, 6-0, Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
9) Jordan Baker, 6-3, Tempe (Ariz.) High
10) Hameed Ali, 6-2, San Leandro (Calif.) High

The shooting guards are the strongest position in the West Coast class of 2011. There are a number of high major prospects and there is good depth throughout the group. Powell is the best athlete in the west, as well as being the top prospect overall regardless of position. He's not a point guard, but he's got good ball skills for a two and he has a chance to defend one through three at the next level. Bell is a very solid prospect, with a strong body, good skill level and a terrific approach. He's another guy that isn't really a one, but he might play some PG at the next level and he's another multi-positional defender. Brown has good size for the position and he's a very good scorer from a variety of spots on the court. Stewart has a live body with a nice stroke to the stripe and a nice upside. Dranginis is another guy with good size for the position and he's a very good shooter.

1) Norman Powell, 6-2, San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln
2) Gary Bell, 6-1, Kent (Wash.) Kentridge Gonzaga
3) Jabari Brown, 6-3, Oakland (Calif.) High
4) Hikeem Stewart, 6-2, Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach
5) Kyle Dranginis, 6-4, Nampa (Idaho) Skyview Gonzaga
6) Tony Wroten, Jr., 6-4, Seattle (Wash.) Garfield
7) Nick Johnson, 6-1, Las Vegas (Nev.) Findlay Prep
8) Gelaun Wheelwright, 6-1, Corona (Calif.) Corona Centennial
9) Davonta Lacy, 6-2, Tacoma (Wash.) Curtis Washington State
10) Nick Kerr, 6-3, San Diego (Calif.) Torrey Pines San Diego

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