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Georgia's 2020 guard class is deep

06/25/2018, 9:30am EDT
By Horace Neysmith

Bakers dozen plus more

The class of 2020 is strong nationally on the perimeter, particularly at the shooting guard position and Georgia is reflective of that. 6-5 SG Anthony Edwards (Holy Spirit) put together a great spring on the UA circuit and followed with even stronger performances at Pangos All-American and NBPA Top100, named top player by many participating media members.  Edwards uses his college ready build, high level athleticism, shot making and feel for the game to dominate his competition. 6-0 PG Sharife Cooper (McEachern) is the orchestrator of one of the top teams in the EYBL (AOT). He leads the EYBL in assist, utilizing his creative handles, probing ability and vision, all while leading his team in scoring. 6-6 WG BJ Boston (Norcross) is one of the recipients of those assist. The 6-6 wing does a great job of finishing the plays that Cooper creates. Boston has deep range that stretches the defense and uses his length and athleticism to be an effective offensive rebounder. He is one of the best at moving without the ball. 

With these three you can try to make a case that Georgia may have the best point guard, shooting guard and small forward in the class. Others will have definite objections {Texas, California) but a case can be made. 

That's not the end of the story. Georgia has a guard class loaded with D1 talent that hasn't been this deep in awhile. We would have to go back to 2007 to find a class as deep as this one. Here are 10 more from my Bakers Dozen, no particular order.

6-4 CG Brandon Stroud  (East Coweta) Long lefty combo has a good feel for game and elevates his game against better competition. Solid ball-handler with better than average pull-up game.

6-4 PG Jaden Walker (Discovery)  Smooth point guard with shot making ability. 

6-1 PG Dwon Odom (St. Francis) Explosive, high energy, attacking guard. High end finisher. One of the better rebounding guards in country. Underrated passer.

5-11 PG Deivon Smith (Grayson) He and Odom are AAU teammates and their similarities don't end there. Explosive, high energy attacking guard with good stroke.

6-2 PG Kendarius "KD"Johnson (Southwest Dekalb) Another explosive guard that can change the game with his energy on both ends. Good defender and rebounder, finishes well.

6-2 SG Kendall Latney (Mill Creek) Tough, aggressive guard with good mid-range game and improving deep ball. Plays with a chip,defends.

6-5 SG Quincy Ademokova (Dacula) Scoring wing with good feel for game, solid shooter. 

6-2 PG Caleb Murphy (Norcross) His athleticism and desire makes him one of the best defensive guards in class. Plays down hill with improving jumper.

6-5 WG Chris Youngblood (East Coweta) Athletic power guard with deep ball ability. Tough

6-3 CG Christian Wright (Milton) Scoring point guard, can score in mid-range, make-able behind the line and solid floater game. 

Still more

5-10 PG Roscoe Eastmond (Wheeler) True point guard. Very good use of ball screen, effectively using to find roller and shooters. High IQ, feel.

6-3 CG Nahiem Alleyne (Mountain View) Lefty Combo guard with accomplished pull-up game and range to stretch defense. Very good ball defender.

6-5 SG Eugene Brown (Southwest Dekalb) Rings the bell from deep. Has quick release and stays shot ready. Improving pull-up game.

6-4 SG Sam Hines (Campbell) Another power guard that's tough attacking basket with his strength and toughness. Very good rebounding guard, guards multiple positions.

6-3 PG Sion James (Lanier) Tough, physical point guard with good defensive tools. Stays in attack mode.

6-3 SG Cameron Sheffield (Chattahoochee) Long shooter with range.

6-4 SG Matt Davis (Northview) Can really light it up from deep. Very comfortable in the corners.

6-3 CG Christian Chambers (Evans) Athletic slasher, shoots three ball, has handle and finishes well.

6-6 WG John Whitehead (Glenn Hills) Physical athletic wing, finishes well, can create own shot, streaky shooter. Good rebounder 

With two years left, others are certain to emerge. The work never stops.

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