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SoCalHoops Sophomore Class:
Top Point Guards In SoCal--(May 11,1999)

Last year we only cursorily covered the underclassmen, and we decided to be a bit more thorough this year.  So we'll be posting a series of articles on the entire sophomore class in SoCal.  First in the series are the point guards among the current sophomores (juniors to be this summer and next season).

As with the current junior class, we haven't ranked the players by number, because generally we think that's pretty silly and doesn't mean much. College coaches and other scout types see lists such as this and target the players they've seen or heard about anyway. Calling someone "No. 1" or some other number doesn't mean much, except perhaps to the player who thinks he's No. 1.   From our perspective, these lists are just an indicator that a player has made his presence felt in  recruiting, that he's a blip on some college coach's radar.   Of course, some players are bigger blips than others. Some deserve to be watched more closely than others, but that's generally a decision that is made by college coaches, not guys like us who follow the players and write about then.  Most on these lists are D-I material, many are certainly at least D-II, III and virtually all of them will play somewhere when they graduate from high school.   All of the players are varsity level players, and many are the top prospects on the West Coast; several are even high level national recruits.

To compile these lists,  we've gone through all of the rosters and articles we've written the past year, gone through all the notes of the games we watched, reviewed tapes of many players, and selected those players who, in our view, are clearly D-I material, those who have potential, and those who play the position well enough to deserve recognition and who might have what it takes to play at the next level, whether that's D-I, D-II, D-III or NAIA. The lists include players are from Fresno in the North, to San Diego in the South. Generally the region constituted by the CIF Southern Region (including Central Section, Southern Section, LA City and San Diego Sections) of the CIF.

All the players on these lists are shown by their primary position. That may be the position they normally play in high school, or it may be the position they play on their travel or club teams.  At least it's the position we believe these players will be recruited at for college should their development continue during the next two seasons.  Again, if you don't see a player on the list where you'd expect to see him, look at another list, because he's likely listed somewhere.

As with the juniors,  what we mean by "point guard" is generally what you think it means: Someone who brings the ball up, sets up the offense, controls the team's play, and is generally (but certainly not necessarily) the smartest player on the floor, with the court sense, the best vision, who does the most to make his teammates better; he passes, dishes, and occasionally presents his own scoring threat, either off the dribble, the fastbreak or from the perimeter. 

All the players listed below are currently sophomores ("rising juniors").   Again, they are currently all varsity level players. Most of them have already drawn the attention of college coaches, and some have drawn national media attention as well.  Most of the players listed below have been team, league, or even CIF stats leaders, and almost all have received varying degrees of attention from the basketball or general media, or are already established stars. Some are obviously not as well known: For those in the "Rest of the Best" category, they've shown promise or potential, and could break out during the summer circuit or during their senior year and thus have the potential to attract the attention of the colleges at the D-I through NAIA levels. In other words, we believe they are all players.

All the listings are in alphabetical order. We have not assigned numerical rankings, but we have grouped the players into "Top 15 Prospects",  and the "Next Top 20"; because this list is so small, we don't have the "Best of the Rest" because frankly, this is about all there is, or at least all we've been able to identify so far. 

For those who are counting, there are only 35 players on the list that follows.  The reason why this list is relatively small is that most of the players who are currently playing varsity or on the high profile travel teams are juniors or unsigned seniors.  As a result, this list probably represents the upper-end, skilled point guards in the class who have been identified thus far.  As time goes on, more players who are currently playing frosh-soph ball and jv will move up and be identified, and the great thing is that these players really have two full years of high school eligibility left.   But for now, these are the top prospects among the sophomore point guards who played at the varsity level this past season. Not all will end up as top D-I prospects. Most are excellent players, and they all have the potential to be a lot better, and fortunately time is still on their side. A few are truly outstanding. 

If there's someone we missed (and we're sure there are many we did) let us know and we will add them to the list.   And if you think someone doesn't belong on the list, let us know that too (but be nice; these are, after all still just kids). Either post a message on the board, or send us an e-mail. 

SoCalHoops Top 15 Sophomore Point Guards

Brian Baker (5'-11" So. PG) Mater Dei
Errick Craven (6'-2" So. PG/SG) Bishop Montgomery
Derrick Craven (6'-2" So. PG/SG) Bishop Montgomery
Gerald DeVance (5'-9" So. PG) Cathedral City
Kenny D'Oyen (5'-9" So. PG) Bishop Montgomery
James Drain (6'-2" So. PG/SG) Hemet
Josh Dunaj (5'-11" So. PG) Riverside Poly
Kevin Eleby (5'-10" So. PG) Venice
Teddy Fletcher (5'-10" So. PG) Inglewood
Keilon Fortune (5'-10" So. PG) Compton Dominguez
Shaun Michel (6'-2" So. PG) Simi Valley
Antoine Parker (5'-10" So PG) LA Washington
Jamayne Potts (5'-11" So. PG) St. Monica
Ryan Reyes (6'-2" So. PG) Lakewood Artesia
Skyler Wilson (5'-10" So. PG) La Quinta

SoCalHoops Next Top 20 Sophomore Point Guards

Shayne Berry (5'-8" So. PG) LA Taft
Jason Braxton (6'-2" So. PG/SG) Canyon Springs HS
Jason Burrell (6'-2" So. PG/SG) Etiwanda
Alex Cabagnot (6'-0" So. PG) Eagle Rock
Daniel Campbell (5'-10" So. PG/SG)Morningside
Jaris Cole (6'-2" So. PG/SG) La Jolla Bishops
James Griffin (5'-10" So. PG/SG) Hacienda Heights Wilson
Michael Jenkins (5'-8" So. PG) St. Francis
Eric Jones (5'-10" So. PG/SG) Westchester

Jason Koza (5'-8" So. PG) La Serna
Anthony Locke (5'-7" So. PG) Crossroads
Keilon Maddox (6'-0" So. PG) Hollywood
Kris Maxey (6'-2" So SG) Elsinore
Brandon Newte (5'-9" So PG) Heritage Christian
Randal Odums (5'-6" So. PG) Serra

Sheldon Pace (5'-8" So. PG) Upland
Devaughn Peace (6'-0" So. PG) Bishop Montgomery
C.J. Richardson (6'-0" So. PG) Murrieta Valley
Ruben Sanchez (5'-11" So. PG) Chaminade
Chris Vernon (5'-8" So. PG) AB Miller
David Warsaw (5'-11" So. PG) LA Washington Prep

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