Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Preseason power rankings - Shooting guards

If there is a thin position in Georgia, it is the shooting guard spot. That being said, some of the most exciting players in the state are counted amongst the two guards. In our continued unveiling of the top players in the state, we break down our top five shooting guards in Georgia. The power rankings will be updated as the season progresses as we see how the players perform.

  1. SOPH Trae Golden (pictured), McEachern, Soph. – Arguably the best pure scorer in the state and he's only in year two of his varsity experience. Scary. The Ohio State bound is nearly impossible on his way to the basket and he's steadily improving on the wing. Athletically, we will see more from the super competitive sophomore this season.
  2. SR Tanner Smith, Wesleyan, Sr. – Fundamentally sound, big and skilled at several positions. The 6-5 guard averaged 25 points a game and helped Wesleyan win 23 games last year. Fueled with fire to advance further, he and his teammates could be one of the true elite teams in AA this season.
  3. JR Brandon Reed, Whitefield Academy, Jr. – Get ready for a big year from the top guard in class A. With an opportunity to shine even further this year, Reed is primed to lead the Wolfpack in scoring and has the tools to put up major points this year.
  4. JR Glen Rice, Jr., Walton, Jr. – Like Smith, Rice is fundamentally sound, skilled and possesses a high basketball IQ. Watch him for a quarter and you may not be impressed. Watch him for a game and you'll see why he's one of the toughest players to defend in the state.
  5. SR Teondre Williams, Meadowcreek, Sr. – When it comes to freakish athleticism, there is no one better in the Southeast and maybe even nationally than Williams at his position. The reigns are in his hands this season and if he can show off improved skills as a true two guard, he'll jump up the list.
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