A moderately deep and talented point guard group offers replenishment at arguably the most key position in college basketball, with several elite and a handful of near-elite players available at the position. By and large though, if your school hasn’t locked up a lead guard, they are somewhat out of luck, as 16 of the top 25, and 6 of the top 10 are all off the board with verbal commitments.
The head of the class is no surprise, as Andrew Harrison has established himself as easily the top point guard in the country, and in the conversation for top overall player. Harrison, whose twin brother Aaron has also established himself as an elite shooting guard, is believed to be a two-horse race between the Kentucky Wildcats and Maryland Terrpains for what could be his sole season in college.
Behind Harrison both numerically and in size is Kasey Hill. The early Florida pledge has at times looked unbelievable with a high-level burst from the backcourt. At other time, he’s lacked consistency. Still, more close is the battle between Anthony Barber and Hill, than Hill and Harrison. Barber’s court vision is superb, but he doesn’t have the athleticism that Hill possess.
Make no mistake, Solomon Poole can be a top shelf player. Poole has the burst and bounce that at times can leave observers shaking their heads in awe. The early Georgia Tech pledge is a highlight reel waiting to happen, but consistency is still a goal. Meanwhile, Nate Britt has received some criticism for his play in July, but his track record as a top performer for several years cannot be ignored. He’ll make a solid duo with 2012 pledge Marcus Paige at North Carolina.
Behind that top tier of players is Canadian Tyler Ennis, who is slotted in just in front of Kansas pledge Conner Frankamp, who was outstanding at every step of the spring and summer and could be among the most underrated players nationally. Ennis has an ideal frame and skill set to be strong in the ACC or Big East.
Derrick Walton is fresh in the mind, coming off some huge wins in July. If Trey Burke jumps to the NBA, he should be an adequate replacement right off the bat. Meanwhile, Washington-bound Nigel Williams-Goss started off as the top player in the class coming into his freshman season of high school, and while others have caught up, he’s still among the top fundamental players in the class. Walton and Williams-Goss are the type of players that win games for their teams.
While he plays for a lower profile grassroots team, Demetrius Jackson falls just inside of the top-10. He’s arguably the top lead guard in the Midwest, behind Walton this year.
|1||Andrew Harrison||6'-5"||205||Travis (TX)||Houston Defenders|
|2||Kasey Hill||6'-0"||160||Montverde Academy (FL)||Florida Elite||Florida Gators|
|3||Anthony Barber||6'-1"||165||Hampton (VA)||Boo Williams|
|4||Solomon Poole||6'-0"||170||Terry Parker (FL)||Atlanta Celtics||Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets|
|5||Nate Britt||6'-1"||165||Oak Hill Academy (VA)||DC Assault||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|6||Tyler Ennis||6'-2"||175||St. Benedict's Prep (NJ)||CIA Bounce|
|7||Conner Frankamp||6'-1"||170||Wichita North (KS)||KC Run GMC||Kansas Jayhawks|
|8||Derrick Walton||6'-1"||175||Chandler Park (MI)||Michigan Mustangs||Michigan Wolverines|
|9||Nigel Williams-Goss||6'-3"||185||Findlay Prep (NV)||California Supreme||Washington Huskies|
|10||Demetrius Jackson||6'-1"||185||Marian (IN)||MBA|
|11||Rysheed Jordan||6'-3"||175||Vaux Roberts (PA)||Philly Pride|
|12||Terry Rozier||6'-1"||180||Hargrave Military Academy (VA)||None||Louisville Cardinals|
|13||Zach LaVine||6'-3"||170||Bothell (WA)||FOH||UCLA Bruins|
|14||Roddy Peters||6'-3"||175||Suitland (MD)||DC Assault|
|15||Aquille Carr||5'-8"||150||Patterson (MD)||B'More UA Finest||Seton Hall Pirates|
|16||Duane Wilson||6'-3"||180||Dominican (WI)||Wisconsin Playground||Marquette Golden Eagles|
|17||Billy Garrett||6'-4"||190||Morgan Park (IL)||Mac Irvin Fire||DePaul Blue Demons|
|18||Stephen Clark||5'-10"||160||Douglass (OK)||Athlete's First|
|19||RaShawn Powell||6'-1"||170||Dr. Phillips (FL)||Florida Assault|
|20||Wes Clark||6'-0"||175||Romulus (MI)||The Family|
|21||Terrence Samuel||6'-3"||175||South Shore (NY)||NY Rens|
|22||Jaren Sina||6'-2"||185||Gill St. Bernard (NJ)||Team Final||Northwestern Wildcats|
|23||Monte Morris||6'-3"||180||Flint Beecher (MI)||Michigan Mustangs||Iowa State Cyclones|
|24||Bronson Koenig||6'-2"||170||Aquinas (WI)||Wisconsin Swing||Wisconsin Badgers|
|25||Devon Hall||6'-3"||195||Cape Henry (VA)||Boo Williams||Virginia Cavaliers|