Originally appeared on Vype.com
Shooting guard are often known for being able to knock down shots but little does the average spectator know that the role and pressures of a shooting guard, as known as a “two-guard,” is much larger than simply making shots. A good shooter with deep range will always be respected and sought after because if they are making shots then the defense cannot help on the shooters side, sag off, go under screens, call for the shooters defender to sag or trap in the post. In layman’s terms, if a shooter is making shots it can alter a team’s entire defensive strategy and create easy scoring opportunity for their teammates.
QUENTIN GRIMES – THE WOODLANDS COLLEGE PARK – KANSAS UNIVERSITY (SIGNED)
6’5 – Right Handed
Quentin has launched onto the national scene after a breakout April live period going into his junior year. Being that Grimes can score on all three levels, has great size and solid handle on the ball leaves very little to dislike about his game.
- His size makes passing, driving, and shooting over smaller defenders easy
- Elite scoring ability has landed Grimes as top 20 prospect in the nation
- His versatility comes with his size and skill. Having the ability to score, create for others, and defend multiple positions is always a plus
- He’s very composed. Never rattled, sped up, or noticeably frustrated by pressure and taunts. This will go a long way while playing at the next level.
PIERCE HELLUMS – CONCORDIA LUTHERAN – UNCOMMITTED
6’1 – Right Handed
Hellums has been enjoyable to watch grow and develop year after year. Each season he has returned with some added a new element to his game transforming himself from a catch and shoot, spot up shooter to a multi-dimensional threat.
- His quick release allows for him to get his shot off when he wants with very little resistance
- Hellums has great range which stretches out the defenses creating other play making opportunities for his team.
- Versatility in his shot making ability. He’s able to pull up on of the dribble, catch and shoot on curl or set his feet on a fade to punish a cheating defender.
- Very unselfish and always want to make the right play. Having the ability to score does not deter him from passing the ball.
LJ CRYER – MORTON RANCH – UNCOMMITTED
6’1 – Right Handed
Cryer a young, strong guard that will make you pay for every defensive breakdown. Cryer has caught the eye of several high major programs and has placed himself in the conversation as Houston’s class of 2020’s top player.
- Cryer can score the ball at all three levels as just a sophomore. Most young guys settle for jump shots but he’s good about mixing it up.
- LJ as a shooting guard must have a short memory and that he does. Another intangible as a shooter/scorer.
- Skilled to be lead guard and run the show.
- His potential is his biggest strength. If he continues to develop and perfect his craft, Cryer can become scary good.