Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Class of 2014 Top PGs

What is the definition of a true PG? Is it a pass first facilitator? Is it a scoring PG that has the ability to facilitate? Maybe someone who controls the tempo? Whatever your respective definition of a true point guard may be, mine is simple: “Is he a winner?” The high school class of 2014 is loaded with talent at the PG position. To this point there are 3 that have separated themselves from the rest of the pack with the aforementioned qualities you look for out of the position.
  • Joel Berry (6’ 1” 2014 PG, Lake Highland Prep, UNC Commit) : The first thing you notice about Joel Berry is his strong compact build. It is evident when he steps on the court he is a top notch PG. Where should we start with Mr. Berry? Well I can mention the fact that he is a two time Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida. Last year he even beat out current Florida gators Kasey Hill and Chris Walker for the prestigious award. For an underclassman to beat such high profile McDonald’s All Americans speaks volumes. I’ve had the opportunity to watch Joel play on several occasions and he is a joy to watch. He is an extension of the coach on the court. He is excellent in transition where he seems to either make the correct pass most of the time or change speeds to finish at the rim. In the event that the defense is back clogging the lane, he is more than comfortable pulling up from mid-range knocking down the 15-17 foot jump shot. His range extends to the 3 point line. Berry is also an excellent team and individual defender. He has impeccable timing and anticipation in the passing lanes. Berry has committed to play his college basketball at UNC and he will arrive on campus with the same warranted expectations as Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson. Junior Statistics: 25.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (6’ 4” 2014 PG, Prime Prep, SMU Commit): When you are talking the best upside out of the 3, it is easy to see why Mudiay has it. He is a legit 6’4” PG who is one of the top defenders at the position at the HS level in recent memory. Some have compared his defensive potential to that of Gary Payton. I’m going to say that again. SOME PEOPLE COMPARE HIS DEFENSIVE POTENTIAL TO THAT OF GARY PAYTON! That is a long way off and takes a lot of dedication but the fact of the matter is the potential is there. He is an uber-athletic PG. He beats his man off the dribble with relative ease. He post up smaller defenders and gets pretty much any look he wants at the prep level. He has improved a major question mark, his shooting, over the summer knocking down the deep ball with more consistency than he has in the past. Sometimes he gets a bit out of control but that is normal for a freakishly athletic PG. He is normally under control and looking to get his teammates involved. Mudiay went against the grain of picking a school that everyone else attends due to prestige. Individuals like him are why the Dark Horse in a recruiting battle exists. He chose SMU over the Kentucky Wildcats and wanted to carve his own path. Kudos to him for that and I’m sure under the tutelage or Larry Brown he will not regret the decision. Nike EYBL Statistics: 16.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.9 apg
  • Tyus Jones (6'2" 2014 PG, Apple Valley HS, Undecided): Tyus Jones is the best passer in the class of 2014. Some of the assists he pulls off leave those in attendance scratching their heads in awe. He has the ability to go on personal runs on offense all while keeping his teammates involved. His range extends to the 3 point arc. He already has the floater in his game and rarely gets charges called against him. He has a really good handle and never seems to get sped up. He frequently beats pressure and makes the opposition pay for trying to press him. He dominated the EYBL circuit over the summer. Jones faced off against Joel Berry and his Each One Teach One in a game. Joel Berry's team won the game and eventually the Peach Jam championship. However, they played each other pretty evenly at the AAU Super Showcase with the game going to Jones’ Howard Pulley. Jones is an excellent free throw shooter and a true floor general that always seems to control the tempo of the game. Whoever lands Mr. Jones will have their PG position set for the 2014-2015 basketball season. Nike EYBL Statistics: 22.1 ppg, 7.7 apg, 2.9 spg, 41.4% arc
Each of these PGs presents different skill-sets. They all bring one thing to the table that is the exact same…they win at a high level. One should continue to monitor the progress of these 3 PGs because they are all major talents and should one day be playing in the National Basketball Association barring injury. So who would you take?

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