SoCalHoops Recruiting News
Class of 2002: Top SoCal Sophomore
Combo & Shooting Guards--(June 5, 2000)
This is our our final, post-season, post-spring, pre-summer listing of the class of 2002, the current crop of sophomores, the guys who are about to become "rising juniors" in a few weeks. We may add some names or move others by the end of the summer, but this represents the guys who we believe deserve to be recognized as among the best in this class at their positions. We've already done our listings for the Top Juniors (Class of 2001) and the Top Seniors (Class of 2000), and all of the SoCalHoops "Top SoCal Players" lists can always be accessed by clicking on the link on the navigation bar at the left. We're busy working on the the Class of 2003, this year's current Freshman class, and we'll post that up shortly as well.
Classifying some of these guys as either shooters or as combos (i.e., guys who also can and do sometimes play point in addition to shooting the ball) was a bit tricky, and we're sure we'll get a lot of disagreement on this subject, but we thought it was more useful to separate the various guards into those who primarily play the off-guard, shooting spot from those who occasionally also play the point. Likewise, many of the taller and/or quicker guards also can (and do) play sometimes more often at the "wing" (the three position) and for them, we've tried to separate them out as well, listing them on the "wing/small forward" list. Not always an easy categorization to make, but with most of these guys, it wasn't too tough either.
The bottom line is that if you're looking for one player in particular who is listed overall as a "guard", and don't find him listed below, be sure to check our list of top point guards and the list of wing players. We've tried to apply some method to what could be just a huge list of players, but just recognize this is all a matter of opinion.
One huge caveat about this (and other) lists: Please don't get hung up about previous lists, about where a player may have been listed before if you don't see him in the same place again this time. Some players have left the area (Jon Steffanson comes to mind immediately) or have left for prep school (like Lawrence Carrier last fall), and they aren't listed any longer. Still other players may have been moved to a different position, and can be found on another list. And some may not have been listed inadvertently. And some have played better or up to the expectations we had over the season, while others either didn't get the playing time because of a large number of seniors and juniors on their teams, and others may just be taking longer than some of their peers to develop. The bottom line is that this list, and lists like it everywhere are just a matter of opinion.
We've broken the list down into three overall groupings: Top Combos, Top Shooting Guards, and Best of the Rest among the two positions. As with our other lists, we haven't used numerical rankings for any individual player. Maybe we should have, and maybe someday we will, but for now we don't really care for the concept of listing a player as the "No. 1" or "No. 2" "No. 30" in the class. Others do it, and for them, it's an expression of their opinion too. For us, we're just not sold on the value of the concept, especially for players who still have two years to develop.
Many of the recruiting services will use numerical rankings, and we've spoken with several about why they do that, and we've been told various things. . . mostly the view seems to be that the guys who run these services are doing this for a living, rating players and selling their services to the college coaches, so they want to be as helpful to the coaches who may use their reports. That's fine for such services; they're in business and they're entitled to conduct business any way they want, and they won't get any arguments from us about that.
On the other hand, we believe that college coaches use even the most painstakingly-prepared numerical rankings only as a guide about which players they want to see during the open evaluation periods, and that after a coach has seen a player he'll make up his own mind about where that player "ranks" among his recruiting priorities. So from our perspective, at least with the SoCalHoops' lists, our point is not necessarily to "rank" players individually by number, but really to get the word out about a group of players we believe are among the best at their positions in a given class.
Most college coaches have already heard the names of most of the players listed here; but there are probably more than a few who we've identified who have not been seen, and so in that way, we hope that more coaches decide to check these guys out either this summer and over the course of the next two academic years.
Some of these players will be good enough eventually and lucky enough to get recruited at the D-I level, while others will get recruited at various other levels, whether D-II, D-III or NAIA. Some will wind up at JUCO's because they may not qualify, but in our view, if they can get it done in the classroom, many of them have a chance of getting recruited at a four year school.
Another huge caveat: We have not seen every player in SoCal in the current sophomore class. Most of what we know about comes from seeing those few sophomores who played varsity this past season, or who have consistently played with some of the better clubs and travel teams. We've reviewed all of our prior lists, every CIF playoff team roster from this season, all the tournament and showcase rosters, and spring league rosters, in an effort to at least consider everyone we've seen or know about. But we have not seen everyone there is to see in this class. A huge number of the class of 2002 played at the JV or frosh-soph level this past year, and while they will yet emerge over the course of the next two years, we'll be the first to say that we probably haven't seen even half of the class of 2002. But finding out about new players we've never seen is part of what makes this stuff so much fun, so we're looking forward to seeing even more players identified over the next two years.
We've tried to list those players who played particularly well this past season and spring, who are among the more promising players, those we think have a chance of getting recruited at some level. The list include players from Fresno in the north, to San Diego in the south, i.e., the entire SoCal region. Many of the players listed have already drawn the attention of some of the traditional recruiting gurus (e.g., Recruiting USA, Fullcourt Press, Clark Francis' HoopScoop, PrepStars Recruiting, PacWestHoops, and others). Some are still undiscovered. But in our view, all of them are excellent players.
Lastly, not to be too repetitive about this, but 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 the list who isn't, let us know via e-mail.
SoCalHoops Top 10 Combo Guards
(Class of 2002)
|Nate Carter||6'-4" So. SG/PG||San Diego Lincoln Prep|
|Geoffrey Clayton||6'-3" So. SG/PG||Magnolia|
|Chris Dickson||5'-9" So. SG/PG||Pasadena Muir|
|Gavin Lee||6-3" So. SG/PG||Bishop Montgomery|
|Will Sheslow||6'-0" So. PG/SG||Montclair Prep|
|Giovanni St. Amant||6'-2" So. PG/SG||St. John Bosco|
|Chris Tarne||6'-0" So. SG/PG||Crescenta Valley|
|Mike Washington||5'-11" So. PG/SG||Long Beach Poly|
|Craig Weinstein||5'-11" So. SG/PG||Harvard Westlake|
|Josh Zazulia||6-1" So. SG/PG||Palm Desert|
SoCalHoops Top 10 Shooting Guards
(Class of 2002)
|Joe Abrahams||6'-2" So SG||Crossroads|
|Marvin Carraway||6'-2" So. SG||Fresno Washington Union|
|JoVance Coleman||6'-4" So. SG||Fresno Hoover|
|Brandon Heath||6'-3" So. SG||LA Westchester|
|Donnie Jury||6'-0" So. SG||SB Pacific|
|Keon Kindred||6'-2" So. SG||Dominguez HS|
|Matt Llewellyn||6'-2" So. SG||Loyola|
|Donovan Morris||6-4" So. SG||Cajon|
|Leon Rosborough||6'-2" So. SG||Canyon Springs|
|Brandon Rohe||6'-3" So. SG||Santa Margarita|
SoCalHoops Next Top 35 Sophomore Combos & Shooting
(Class of 2002)
|David Anderson||5'-11" So. G||Thousand Oaks|
|Mike Axelson||6'-3" So. SG||Coronado|
|Donte Bradford||6'-1" So. SG/PG||Mayfair|
|Marques Calcote||6'-0" So. SG||Morningside|
|Talani Calhoun||5'-10" So. SG||Riverside Notre Dame|
|Richard Chaney||6'-4" So SG||Lynwood|
|Casey Clark||6'-3" So. SG||Fountain Valley|
|Rummel Clark||6'-3" So. G||Cajon|
|Trenton Cleveland||6'-1" So. SG||Burbank|
|Jason Collins||6'-0" So. SG||Victor Valley|
|Timothe Fehoko||6'-1" So. SG||LA Washington|
|Dontae Foster||6'-2" So. SG||LA Washington|
|Travon George||6'-1" So. SG||LA Jordan|
|Dale Graham||6'-3" So. SG||Fresno Washington Union|
|Jamaal Hall||6'-2" So. SG||Pasadena Muir|
|Dontay Holloway||6'-2" So. SG||St. Paul|
|Joe Holly||6'-0" So. SG||Victor Valley|
|John Haywood||6'-3" So. SG||Bishop Amat|
|Greg Johnson||6'-1" So. SG||Cajon|
|Michael Maloney||6'-0" So. SG||Granite Hills|
|Matt McCraw||6'-3" So. SG||Mayfair|
|Hampton Nunley||6'-2" So. SG||St. Monica|
|Donald Quiroz||6'-0" So. SG/PG||St. John Bosco|
|Malik Rahh||6'-0" So. SG||San Pedro|
|Matt Raitz||6'-3" So. SG||Long Beach Millikan|
|Brian Ricks||6'-0" So. SG||Murrieta Valley|
|Chris Robinson||6'-3" So. SG||LaJolla Country Day|
|Daniel Robinson||6'-3" So. SG||Barstow|
|Jamar Sloan||5'-10" So. SG||Compton Centennial|
|Joel Smith||6'-5" So. SG||Lompoc|
|Travis Smith||6'-2" So. SG||Santa Margarita|
|Hayden Socci||5'-9" So. SG||Santa Margarita|
|Justin Turman||6'-0" So. SG||Daniel Murphy|
|Mychael Williams||5'-8" So. G||Quartz Hill|
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