Focus 2011: Darell Longstreet

Badger Nation looks at the high school sophomores that Wisconsin basketball has focused on to fill the void. Arguably the best point guard in the class of 2011, Darell Longstreet would be a solid fit for the Badgers at the point.

KENOSHA, Wis. - Approximately every two years, Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin coaching staff hone in on a solid point guard that can run the swing offense with poise and confidence.

When Kammron Taylor was a senior, freshman Trevon Hughes was able to learn and study the position. The same goes for Jordan Taylor, Minnesota's Mr. Basketball in 2008, who is studying under the junior Hughes in preparation of running the show in 2010.

When Taylor becomes a junior, it's possible that he'll have a talented freshman from Kenosha watching his every move.

A talented, athletic and quick lead guard with tremendous potential and upside, point guard Darell Longstreet has the makings of solid contributor for his high school and the college that is lucky to get him.

The 6-foot-1 guard can play either the point or shooting guard position for Kenosha Tremper (Wis.) High School and has seemingly found the right system to play in. After transferring from Kenosha St. Joseph during the first semester of his freshman season and not playing for the Trojans during his first season, Longstreet has gelled in the lineup.

Leading his team to a 15-7 record, Longstreet has averaged 16.9 points in his 16 games played, including a 30-point, 12-for-16 shooting out burst in an 18-point win over Lincoln. Remarkably, Longstreet didn't attempt a free throw and went 6-for-10 from three-point range.

Longstreet has explosiveness off the dribble that is unmatched for a sophomore and has plenty of quickness even without a ball in his hands. His shooting mechanics are solid and so is his versatility, as he is shooting 48 percent from the field, 35 percent from three-point range and 84 percent from the free throw line.

In his team's 63-49 win over Janesville Craig in the WIAA Division 1 Regional Final, Longstreet could not be contained by Cougars, as he dominated by driving the lane, hitting the mid-range jumper and ran the guard position with precision, leading all scores with 23 points.

What makes him such a great fit for Wisconsin is Longstreet is far from selfish and intelligent with his decisions. He's not afraid to go against bigger players and wrestle for a rebound, averages almost two steals and assists per game and shows no qualms about guarding players who have a height advantage over him.

Having already been invited to the Reebok Proving Ground Regional Combine in Chicago on July 7-8, Longstreet reportedly has scholarship offers from Green Bay and Milwaukee and has taken an unofficial visit to Madison during the football season.

Getting compared to Badger junior recruit Vander Blue and playing on the same AAU team, the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, with Wisconsin's other junior recruit (Evan Anderson), Longstreet will continue to improve under the watchful eyes of the Badger coaching staff. Not a bad situation to be in.

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