Some of the top young guard prospects are west of the Rockies. The Las Vegas Prospects boast two of the better 2009 backcourt prospects in point guard Elijah Johnson and shooting guard Anthony Marshall.
Johnson, 6-foot-2, 170-pounds from Cheyenne High School in Las Vegas, already has an offer from Iowa State, and Arizona, Washington and UCLA have all made their way to Las Vegas to watch him play this year.
"I'd say UCLA and Iowa State are making the hardest push for Elijah," said Coach Anthony Brown of the Las Vegas Prospects. "What everyone likes about Elijah is that he is a pure point guard with a strong all around game."
Johnson is averaging 21 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds per game.
His travel circuit teammate Anthony Marshall is putting up impressive numbers as well with 15 points per game, 7 assists and 6 rebounds.
A lefty at 6-foot-3, 175-pounds and from Mojave High School in Las Vegas, Marshall supplements his perimeter game with a lethal post up game according to Coach Brown.
"Anthony can really make smaller guards pay by taking them down low and scoring in the post and getting to the foul line," said Brown. "He finishes above the rim, has a consistent jump shot and is a tough defender."
Iowa State, Kansas, USC, Washington, UNLV and Nevada have all evaluated Marshall this season.
"After a lot of events we have played in, people have said that we have the top backcourt in the west behind the Pump N Run guards," said Brown.