The class of 2020 looks to be the deepest in recent years, specifically at the guard spots. FOG spotlights eight guys who are ranked too low with upside to blow away their current status.
The 6-5 guard out of Little Rock, Arkansas has little to no weaknesses in his game. He is a capable lead scorer with a very strong shooting stroke and the length to get to the bucket. He certainly needs a college mentality in terms of defensive intensity but has all the intangibles. Moody is considering Oregon, Arkansas, Florida andOhio State.
Cooper is considered undersized at 6-0 and just above 160 pounds, but is debatably the most skilled all around guard in the class. Cooper and Isaac Okoro made for one of the best duos in the nation winning the Georgia state title. Quicker than any defender, with limitless range, there is no defender in high school basketball capable of shutting down Cooper. Auburn is considered the leader, potentially teaming up with Okoro once again, but Kentucky is also hot on the trail for Sharife Cooper.
Adam Miller is next the great guard coming out of Chicago, at 6-3 and 170 pounds, the smooth lefty floor general has lead Morgan Park High School and the Mac Irvin Fire for the last three years. Miller has incredible speed, strong passing vision and is one of those lead guys who makes his teammates raise their game, with a similar style to Sacramento Kings guard, De’Aaron Fox. He is an incredible athlete with plenty of burst to complement an impressive spot up shooting game. Plenty of versatility to play on and off the ball at the next level. Illinois is the leader in the clubhouse, with Arizona State, Louisville and the Kansas Jayhawks competing for Miller’s talent.
Patterson is a Canadian native, but plays high school ball for Bella Vista Prep in Arizona. Similar to previous high level Canadian prep hoopers, Patterson is hard-nosed on both ends with the frame to defend 1-3 and the quickness to find mismatches with the ball in his hands. Patterson can pull or spot up from three and stroke it with ease, but needs to sharpen his handle early in his college career.
Curbelo is a slender 6-0, 160 pound point guard originally from Puerto Rico. He’s a prototypical grinder, college point guard. Curbelo has a relentless motor and does not take a play off on either end. Strong vision along with a consistent outside stroke, combined with an intense defensive mentality make Curbelo one of those guys you want on your team, not the opposition. Illinois, Louisville and St. Johns are the leaders for the lead guard who plays high school ball in Long Island, New York.
Lohner was barely ranked while he was playing in his hometown in Kansas, but during his junior campaign, the 6-6 200 pound wing transferred to Wasatch Academy, in Utah. Lohner is not explosive but yet still is an elite wing in terms of shooting, basketball IQ and has improved on defense. Caleb is certainly one of the best shooters in the nation, and FOG thoroughly expects a huge boost in his ranking with a big senior campaign. His recruitment has been slow moving but Kansas, Michigan State, Texas, Kansas State and Baylor are the headliners.
Unique. That’s the name of the game for Dalen Terry, who stands at 6-6 and only 170 pounds. He has a massive wingspan but needs to mature his body. Huge upside guy with a variety of skills, highlighted by his playmaking ability, mid-range spot up shooting and using his length to finish at the rim. Terry faces no shortage of high-level competition at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona. With work in the weight room and shoring up his stroke as well as his handle, Dalen Terry could wind up being a five star guy when his high school career ends. He will play for Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats.
Nix is a 6-5, 205 pound point guard originally from Alaska. He plays high school hoops for Trinity International in Vegas. Nix is the highest rated player on this list, at 15 (247sports.com) but has all the makings of a top 5 player. Already with NBA size, Nix has incredible speed combined with elite vision for a lead guard. Quick hands and quick feet make Nix an eite defender as well, capable of guarding the 1-3. Shooting improvement is certainly a focus, but is capable from the perimeter. There are very few weaknesses in Daishen Nix’s skillset or trajectory since arriving in Vegas. Nix has no shortage of college choices, with Gonzaga, Alabama, Florida State and Maryland leading the way.