The position of point guard has long been a staple in basketball, but the pure point guard who uses a pass-first style and leads the team first is now an endangered species. Much more common in today’s game are main guards, who initiate a team’s attack as playmakers or playmakers, both for themselves and others, with an individual style. more aggressive.
Isaiah Necklace, The Skill Factory – Collier only played two sessions in the EYBL before his season was derailed with a meniscus injury, but he returned to the court last week and reminded everyone why he is the best national class playmaker. His combination of positional size, strength, instinct and overall feel for the game is unmatched. He sees the ground at a very high level and literally makes the game easier for his teammates. He has all types of passes in his bag – he reads ball screens well, is ready to test the way with a terrific change of pace, very good penetrating the court, able to throw darts from the dribble with both hands, or use his size to throw over defenders. He has the size and strength to get down the open court, although he can still get the ball out in front of him a bit more, and a lot of craft finishing in the lane. He is a solid athlete, but not totally dynamic, and more capable of differentiating himself by size and strength. He also projects defensively with his size, instincts and physique.
Robert Dillingham, Team CP3, committed to Kentucky – Dillingham is a creative, very talented and multi-dimensional playmaker with the ball in his hands. He’s undersized, light in build, and not even explosive enough to compensate with pure athleticism, but he can create space on demand, is a master at navigating the lane, and also very adept at setting contact and get to the free throw line. He is best known for his tight and sometimes flashy grip and ability to land hard punches. More subtle and effective is his change of pace, the quick reactions he uses to improvise on the dribble and create space, and a full assortment of floaters and under-rim finishes, which have given him all allowed to shoot 55% inside the arc during EYBL play. His 29% three-point shooting has correlated with his shooting selection and should improve to the next level. While building his body should be his primary focus, he also needs to do a better job of making plays for those around him and at the same time be more disciplined on the defensive side in terms of being willing to duck, slide his feet and getting around screens.
Jeremy fears, Indy Heat, committed to Michigan State – Fears is a true point guard with natural charisma and leadership skills. He knows how to lead a team, has good court vision and good playmaking instincts, especially on the open court and when playing pick-and-roll. He’s very smart with a lot of tricks up his sleeve, although there are times when he doesn’t always enjoy the ball as much as he showed with USA Basketball. His size and measurable metrics aren’t overwhelming, but he’s beginning to develop his body, show more vertical leaping ability when he can rise two feet, and play with more rhythm on the open floor. He has a defensive play instinct, but again he has times when he can be too risky to steal, rather than sit down and get stopped. His greatest swing skill is his shot. He’s a constant threat with his pull-up, but can shake off his release behind the three-point line. Overall, Fears was at his best and the most effective version of himself with USA Basketball, which should be a good indication of what we’re likely to see at Michigan State.
Other top leaders: Layden blockerBradley Beal Elite, engaged in Arkansas; trey greenMokan Elite, engaged to Xavier; Jackson Shelstadsoldiers from Oakland, enlisted in Oregon; Jaland LoweHouston Hoops; Ty Laur JohnsonNY News; Dai Dai AmesMac Irvin Fire, engaged in Kansas State; Jaylen CurryBoo Williams.