The crop of shooting guards in the 2013 class features a bevy of prospects with extremely high upside, with potential impact players as freshmen extended into the back end of the top-20. With only 9 of the top-25 off the board with verbal pledges, the list is largely open to some fierce recruiting battles that will naturally emerge in the near future.
Like our post-summer breakdown of point guards, the shooting guard list is graced at the top by a Harrison, in this case Aaron Harrison. His terrific performances in the spring and summer have raised a question about the assumption his brother Andrew Harrison is the No. 1 prospect in the Harrison household. Aaron Harrison is a terrific scorer, and solidly built and forceful driver with the ability to hit deep shots. It’s certainly possible that Aaron Harrison will emerge as the top NBA prospect down the road from the 2013 class.
Meanwhile, one of the summer’s ironmen, particularly in late July when he played for two separate teams, is Keith Frazier of the Dallas-area. Frazier is just dynamite when he’s healthy, and will probably benefit from a break following the live period. A bruiser comes in next, Wayne Selden, who reclassified from the 2014 class over the summer. Selden was a top-10 recruit in the 2014 class, but falls just a notch when reclassified. He’s strong and physically developed, making it no problem that he reclassified.
At No. 4 comes the first committed player in the class, Matt Jones. Like Frazier, Jones is part of a deep class in Texas. Jones is a knock down outside shooter whose offensive game has stretched from the outside to in as of late. A skilled shooting guard with a competitive streak, Jones is already pledged to the Duke Blue Devils.
Perhaps the most well-rounded and skilled offensive player off the dribble, and from the mid-range on in is Isaac Hamilton, he of great SoCal basketball bloodlines. Hamilton is a crafty scorer that puts buckets on people. Meanwhile, Robert Hubbs emerged in the spring and has worked himself into the elite national conversation. He’s long and rangy at 6′-6″, and has nothing but upside.
Jabari Bird has perhaps the most effective mid-range game of any member of this list, and he excelled on the touted Oakland Soldiers in their Peach Jam championship run and in Las Vegas.
Two committed players come in at No. 7 and No. 8, Zak Irvin (Michigan Wolverines) and Anton Gill (Louisville Cardinals). Irvin was outstanding in July and arguably among the highest risers based on his performance. Gill is more of a combo guard, but is crafty and skilled in his own right.
At the back of the top-10 is South Carolina-native Sindarius Thornwell, a relentless attacker with that never quits. He has the potential to advance up the charts with his decision to play in one of the top high school basketball programs in the country, Oak Hill Academy (VA), for his senior season.
|1||Aaron Harrison||6'-5"||205||Travis (TX)||Houston Defenders|
|2||Keith Frazier||6'-4"||205||Kimball (TX)||Houston Hoops|
|3||Wayne Selden||6'-4"||210||Tilton School (NH)||BABC|
|4||Matt Jones||6'-4"||170||DeSoto (TX)||Texas Titans||Duke|
|5||Isaac Hamilton||6'-4"||175||St. John's Bosco (CA)||Dream Vision|
|6||Robert Hubbs||6'-5"||205||Dyer County (TN)||M33M|
|7||Jabari Bird||6'-5"||200||Salesian (CA)||Oakland Soldiers|
|8||Anton Gill||6'-3"||175||Hargrave Military (VA)||Garner Road||Louisville|
|9||Zak Irvin||6'-6"||180||Hamilton Southeastern (IN)||Eric Gordon All-Stars||Michigan|
|10||Sindarius Thornwell||6'-5"||205||Oak Hill Academy (VA)||Team United|
|11||Xavier Rathan-Mayes||6'-4"||185||Huntington Prep (WV)||CIA Bounce|
|12||Kendrick Nunn||6'-3"||180||Simeon (IL)||Mac Irvin Fire|
|13||JaJuan Johnson||6'-4"||170||Southwind (TN)||Team Penny|
|14||Kendall Stephens||6'-5"||205||St. Charles East (IL)||Illinois Wolves||Purdue|
|15||Allerik Freeman||6'-4"||205||Findlay Prep (NV)||Boo Williams|
|16||Matt Thomas||6'-4"||175||Onalaska (WI)||Wisconsin Playmakers||Iowa State|
|17||Nick Emery||6'-2"||170||Lone Peak (UT)||Utah Reign||BYU|
|18||Jaron Hopkins||6'-4"||180||Basha (AZ)||Compton Magic|
|19||Kameron Williams||6'-2"||170||Mount Saint Joseph (MD)||Baltimore Elite|
|20||Malcolm Hill||6'-5"||170||Belleville East (IL)||SW Illinois Jets||Illinois|
|21||Stanford Robinson||6'-4"||185||Paul VI (VA)||Team Takeover||Indiana|
|22||EC Matthews||6'-3"||175||Romulus (MI)||The Family|
|23||Detrick Mostella||6'-3"||170||New Hope Academy (MD)||Southeast Elite|
|24||Kendal Harris||6'-4"||195||Berkner (TX)||Urban DFW||USC|
|25||Jordan Mathews||6'-3"||195||Santa Monica (CA)||California Supreme|