Top Point Guards In 2002
The Insiders Report staff has spent the past several months watching the class of 2002. We have also spoken to several top AAU coaches, high school coaches, college coaches, and the players themselves to get feedback on what they think of the point guards in the class of 2002.
We weighed each opinion and thought about the point guards to form a consensus on the best floor leaders in this year's class:
1. Raymond Felton, Latta High School (SC) -- Damn he's good. Yes, heard that phrase many times over the past week at the Tournament of Champions. But, heck, we all knew that before he played inside the Dean Dome. Now the rest of Chapel Hill knows it too.
Felton can take over a game at will. And he usually delivers. The great part of Felton's game is his mental approach. He never gets down on his teammates, always encourages them, and constantly has confidence in them too.
North Carolina fans only wish they had him this upcoming season. Because if they did, the Tar Heels would be talking Final Four.
2. Anthony Roberson, Saginaw High School (MI) -- There isn't much separates Felton from Anthony Roberson. Felton has a little bit more strength. But Roberson is a legimate McDonald's All American. Expect to see him on the floor of Madison Square Garden next spring when they play the high school all star game.
Roberson led his team to the TOC title. He did so with smarts, skills, and stamina. Roberson is a winner and so will the program that lands him.
3. Jarrett Jack, Worcester Academy (MA)? -- Jack is a strong guard that constantly pressures the interior of a defense. And he is strong enough to challenge bigger bodies inside. If he lands at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, coach Mo Cassara is going to make a serious run at the New England Prep School title this winter.
4. Sean Dockery, Julian HS (Chicago, IL) -- Has always been one of my favorite point guards. He distributes nicely, knows how to run the break, and has some size to post up smaller guards. Also a legimate candidate for the McDonald's All American game.
5. Gerry McNamara, Bishop Hannan High School (Scranton, PA) -- He wiggles and wags, zips and zags, always looking for an opening to squeeze through to create for his team offensively. McNamara does not play for a great team but he manages to keep his teams in the game with his offensive skills and his ability to make some steals.
6. Elijah Ingram, St. Anthony's (New Jersey) -- Another favorite of ours. Ingram can crush a defense with his jumper and has excellent range, extending to the NBA three point line. He is also very quick and has good hands. An immediate offensive impact player.
7. Johnny Gilchrist, Salem High School (Virginia Beach, VA) -- One of the fun players to watch. Gilchrist can slice and chop up a defense with his quickness and he handles the rock like a yo-yo. The big men have to be awake when they play with Gilchrist who has lightening quick reflexes and great court vision.
8. Deron Williams, The Colony High School (TX) -- Many came away impressed with this point guard at the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina Tournament of Champions. The reasons: Williams knows how to direct an offense and makes the other other player better around him. He also can score when he is needed to do so. College coaches especially gave this young man high marks.
9. Mario Moore, Antioch High School, TN -- Many think Moore is a combo guard. So be it. But Moore can direct an offense too. He gets to the basket as good as any guard out there. Moore is very aggressive when he has the rock too. He's likely either to a. draw a foul. b. score a basket. or c. feed a teammate. We like his game a lot. So will Vanderbilt fans.
10. Dee Brown, Proviso East High School (Maywood, IL) -- Nice solid point guard. Knows the game well. Won't try to overextend himself and cause problems for his teammates offensively. Brown reminds me a little bit of Aaron Miles. Brown appears willing to improve his physical frame too. The best is yet to come for him.
Honorable mention: Allen Ray, St. Raymond's, Chadd Moore, Oak Hill Academy (VA), Jeff Horner, Mason City High School (IA), Brandon Stockton, Glasgow High School (KY), Chris Rodgers, Wilson High School (OR), Chris Quinn (committed to Notre Dame), Justin Gray, Oak Hill Academy (VA), Taquan Dean, Neptune High School (NJ), Marshall Strickland, South Carroll (MD), Bryan Hopkins, Lincoln High School (TX)...
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