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SoCalHoops Class Of 2000:
Top Point Guards--(Apr. 22, 2000)

It's been a while since we updated our top player lists, but we finally got around to it.

We've selected the top players that we've seen throughout the year, during the season, at tournaments, spring leagues, and everywhere else we've seen guys play.   As we did in the fall, we've divided them into three rough groups:  The "Top 25," the "Next Top 30," and "Best of the Rest".    In our view, most of the Top 25 guys are Division I college-level players, and some of them have already signed.  The rest of the guys could be college-level.   For many of those not yet committed, at least those who intend to go to college straight out of high school, the window of opportunity is getting smaller, and many will go D-II, D-III or NAIA, and a good number will choose to attend JUCO's.  A very small number may attend prep school.  But one way or the other, you're likely to see many of these guys continue their playing careers for at least four more years.

As before, the general idea behind the lists, at least for the seniors, is that most of these guys by now have been identified and recruited to varying degrees by the college coaches, and most of them have the skills, athleticism, and experience to be considered college prospects, at some level.  

We will continue to be unconventional, at least with respect to the compilations of our lists of players:  Unlike many other sites who write about recruiting who identify some of the top high school talent, we don't use numerical rankings. College coaches will make their own evaluations, and the point of our lists is not to "rank" players, but to get the word out about players to those who are in a position to actually recruit them, i.e.,  the college coaches, so they can watch the guys play.  Admittedly, with the seniors, there's not much opportunity left for these guys to be seen, but you never know.  Most club coaches, high school coaches, recruiting services, and other players already know about the guys listed here, and likewise, everyone's got an opinion of who is "best" or "better" than the next guy.  The only opinion though which really counts is a college coach's, so we'll leave the "ranking" to them. 

We don't claim to have seen every player in SoCal in the senior class, but we've seen most of the top players.  We've gone to more games since last September, virtually one or two games a day during the high school season, so we've seen a lot of these guys.  But that doesn't mean that we've seen everyone there is to see.   We can't be everywhere, and obviously we will miss some guys.

Our lists include players from Fresno in the North, to San Diego in the South, i.e., the entire SoCal region.  We've shown players at their primary position. If you don't see a player on one list, look on another, because we may have listed someone at a position other than where you might expect.

Lastly, if we've left a player off the list, it may or may not be an oversight, but if you think someone deserves to be on our lists let us know.   Here are the Top Point Guards in SoCal in the Class of 2000:

SoCalHoops Top 25 Senior Point Guards
(Class of 2000)

Player Ht-Gr-Pos High School College
Eric Alvarez   5'-9" Sr. PG   Compton Centennial
Jacoby Atako   6'-1" Sr. PG   Santa Monica High UC Santa Barbara
Jordan Brice   6'-1" Sr. PG   Fresno Washington Union
Raji Burnett   5'-9" Sr. PG   Riverside J.W. North
Jason Burrell   6’-1" Sr. PG   Ontario Western Washington
Leroy Dawson 6'-1" Sr. PG Los Angeles HS
A.J. Diggs 5'-9" Sr. PG Long Beach Poly
Teddy Fletcher   6'-0" Sr. PG   Inglewod
Chris Gannan   5'-10" Sr. PG   USDHS
Reggie Harmon   5'-8" Sr. PG   Pasadena
E.J. Harris   6'-3" Sr. PG   Crenshaw   Kansas State
Andre Hazel   6'-0" Sr. PG   Artesia   Nevada Reno
Russell Lakey   5'-11" Sr. PG   Harvard-Westlake   Vanderbilt
Mychal Lynch   6'-1" Sr. PG   Price
Donyare Mayfield   5'-9" Sr. PG   San Diego Vista
Cedrick Palmer   5'-11" Sr. PG   SD Lincoln
Chris Smith   5'-9" Sr. PG   Pacific
Pearson Smith   6'-0" Sr. PG   St Anthony
Michael Stephenson   6'-0" Sr. PG   Fontana
Wesley Stokes   5'-11" Sr. PG   LB Poly   Missouri
Nick Tamarao   6'-0" Sr. PG   Long Beach Jordan
Fowzi Abdelsamad   6'-0" Sr. PG   Fairfax
Michah McKinney   6'-2" Sr. PG   Compton Dominguez   Pepperdine
Brandon Williams   6'-0" Sr. PG   St. Bernard
Jonathan Williams   5'-11" Sr. PG   Pasadena Muir   Cal Poly Pomona

SoCalHoops Next Top 30 Senior Point Guards
(Class of 2000)

Hassan Bassiri   6'-0" Sr. PG   Campbell Hall
R.J. Bluitt   5'-11" Sr. PG   Compton Dominguez
Chris Ganan   5'-10" Sr. PG   USDHS
Abraham Cruz   5'-9" Sr. PG   St. Paul
John Davis   6'-1" Sr. PG   Lincoln
Jamal Dean   5'-11" Sr. PG   Verbum Dei
Martin Del Toro   5'-8" Sr. PG   San Gabriel HS
Lyman Edwards   5'-9" Sr. PG   LA Venice
Andre Freeman   6'-0" Sr. PG   Montclair Prep
Dustin Fults   5'-10" Sr. G   Hanford
Daniel Greenberg   5'-10" Sr. PG   Milken
Jason Grier   6'-0" Sr. PG   Heritage Christian
Tony Gwynn   5'-10"  Sr. PG   Poway
DJ Hicks   5'-11" Sr. PG   San Diego El Camino
Roger Hogan   6'-0" Sr. PG/SG   Servite
Chasen Jones   5'-11" Sr. PG   Ayala
JT Leitch   5'-11" Sr. PG   El Segundo
Ryan Logan   5'-9" Sr. PG   LA Grant
Adrian Martin   5'-9" Sr. PG   Long Beach Poly
Robert Palofax 5'-9" Sr. PG LA Monroe
Eduardo Rodriguez          5'-9" Sr. PG/SG Bishop Amat
Jamal Ruffin 6'-1" Sr. PG   Murrieta Valley
Alex Sansberry 6'-0" Sr. PG Long Beach Cabrillo
Stephon Seales   6'-0" Sr. PG   Corona Centennial
Anish Sharda   6'-0" Sr. PG   Simi Valley
Brian Taylor   6'-0" Sr. PG   Inglewood
Ricky Thornton   5'-11" Sr. PG   Artesia
Ismael Torres   6'-2" Sr. PG   Fairfax
Jason Tubbs   5'-11" Sr. PG   Ribet Academy
Will Waggoner   6'-2" Sr. PG   Helix
Shawn Whilt   6'-0" Sr. PG   Santa Barbara
D.J. Wyatt   5'-8" Sr. PG   Gardena Serra

SoCalHoops Best of the Rest Top Senior Point Guards
(Class of 2000)

Josh Barnes   5'-10" Sr. PG   Corona Centennial
Shant Bekmezian   5'-10" Sr. PG   Providence
Lamar Benjamin   6'-1" Sr. G   Lakewood
Jeff Brown   5'-9" Sr. PG   St. Francis
Anthony Camper   5'-10" Sr. PG   Oxnard Santa Clara
Brandon Cane   6'-0" Sr. PG   Windward
John Davis   6'-1" Sr. PG Lincoln
Marques Davis   6'-1" Sr. PG   Rialto
Cesar Don Juan   5'-9" Sr. PG   La Jolla Country Day
Ryan Fuqua   5'-10" Sr. PG   Ontario Christian
Bruce Hatch   6'-2" Sr. PG   Glendora
Tomik Iranosian   5'-11" Sr. PG   Glendale
Ryan Keller   5'-10" Sr. PG   Los Alamitos
Garry Looney   6'-0" Sr. PG   Crenshaw
Aaron Mimms   5'-11" Sr. PG   LA Fairfax
Royce Minor   5'-11" Sr. G   Valencia
Derek Mollette   5'-9" Sr. G   Mayfair
Matthew Nurse   5'-11" Sr. PG   Antelope Valley Christian
Grant Pledger   5'-10" Sr. PG   LA Cleveland
Adam Sacks   5'-11" Sr. PG   Agoura
Victor Schloss   6'-2" Sr. PG   San Diego Horizon
Ramaan Shotwell   5'-10" Sr. PG/SG   Long Beach Poly
George Simpson   5’-5" Sr. PG   Corona Centennial
Terrell Smith   5'-9" Sr. PG   Mayfair
Jeff Souther   6'-1" Sr. PG   Canyon Country Canyon
Sylvester Swain   5'-8" Sr. G   Righetti
Tim Thomas   5'-10" Sr. PG   Long Beach Poly
Chase Ulicny   5'-10" Sr. PG   Brea Olinda

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