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Class of 2002: Rising Senior
Top Shooting Guards--(July 2, 2001)

We wanted to get our summer lists posted before the July NCAA recruiting period and the commencement of the camps, and we managed to do that by feverishly working through our notes, rosters, scouting stuff, and prior lists of players we've posted.  The NCAA July recruiting period this summer is split into two sessions, from July 8-14 and from July 25-31.   Hopefully these lists will identify the players we believe should be watched.  Some of these players will be at some of the national elite-level camps such as ABCD and Nike Camp, and some have also participated in other camps such as the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, the NBA Players Development Camp in Washington, DC, and other camps.  Many will play at the adidas Double Pump West Coast All Star Camps or at Dinos Trigonis' Fullcourt All West Camp (some will be at both), and most everyone will be playing at the adidas Big Time which this year will feature a record 334 teams.  A few, those on the Nike circuit, will be at the Augusta Peach Jam, or the Nike Supershowcase in Orlando.  Finally, just about all the top players will be at either the Pump's "Best of Summer", which will feature 128 teams, or at the Slam N Jam Elite 8x2 up in Berkeley. . . it will be a busy summer.    This time, we'll post the lists first, and then the narrative explanation and rationale will follow.  Here are the lists:

SoCalHoops Top 15 SG's (Class of 2002)

Jamaal Hall   6'-2"  SG   Pasadena Muir
Jeremy Haggerty   6'-4" SG   Canyon Country Canyon
John Haywood   6'-3"  SG   Bishop Amat
Brandon Heath   6'-3" SG   LA Westchester
Donnie Jury   6'-0" SG   SB Pacific
Matt Llewellyn   6'-2" SG   Campbell Hall
Robbie Neyland   6'-3" SG   La Canada
Derron Putnam   6'-3" SG   Anaheim Canyon
JR Reese   6'-2" SG   Corona Centennial
Franklin Robinson   6'-4"  SG   Chatsworth
Brandon Rohe   6'-3"  SG   Santa Margarita
Fernando Sampson   6'-1" SG   Fairfax
Will Sheslow   6'-0" SG   Granada Hills
Hayden Socci   5'-11"  SG   Santa Margarita
Derek Stockalper   6'-4"  SG   Carlsbad
Matt Sweeny   6'-4" G   Capistrano Valley

SoCalHoops Next Top 15 SG's (Class of 2002)

Joe Abrahams   6'-2" SG   Crossroads
David Anderson   5'-11"  SG   Thousand Oaks
Mike Axelson   6'-3"  SG   Coronado
Tyler Bleeker   6'-3" G   Temescal Canyon
Rummel Clark   6'-4"  G   Cajon
Jason Collins   6'-0"  SG   Victor Valley
Timothe Fehoko   6'-1"  SG   LA Washington
Zach Freeman   6'-1" G   Peninsula
Dontay Holloway   6'-2"  SG   St. Paul
Larry Monroe 5'-11" SG Glendora
Hampton Nunley   6'-2"  SG   St. Monica
Gerald Purify   6'-3" G   SLO Mission Prep
Donald Quiroz   6'-0"  SG   St. John Bosco
Malik Rahh   6'-0"  SG   San Pedro
Matt Raitz   6'-3"  SG   Long Beach Millikan
Daniel Robinson   6'-3"  SG   Barstow

SoCalHoops Best of the Rest SG's (Class of 2002)

AJ Atkinson   6'-2" SG   Canyon Anaheim
Fernando Barreda   6'-2" G   Sylmar
Brian Beisner   5'-10" G   Villa Park
Bruce Bevans   6'-0" G   St. Bernard
Deangelo Bijole   6'-0" G   Verbum Dei
Nick Brar   6'-3" G   Buckley
Glenn Bullard   6'-3" G   San Pedro
Corey Burrell   6'-2" G   Compton Centennial
Mitch Bussey   6'-2" G   Mission Bay
James Caliz   6'-2" G   Ontario
Brian Conley   6'-1" G   Ontario
Casey Clark   6'-3"  SG   Fountain Valley
Jon Fews   6'-3" SG   Sonora
Dontae Foster   6'-2"  SG   LA Washington
Franklin George   6'-3" G   Servite
Travon George   6'-1"  SG   LA Jordan
Dale Graham   6'-3"  SG   Fresno Washington Union
Garrett Hilt   6'-2" G   Riverside MLK
Jamaal Holden   6'-3" G   Apple Valley
Joe Holly   6'-0"  SG   Victor Valley
Brian Hunter   6'-4" G   Perris
Curtis Ilsom   6'-3" G   Compton
Alfonso James   5'-10" G   Canyon Springs
Greg Johnson   6'-1"  G   Cajon
Jamie Johnson   5'-11" Jr. G   Downey
Aaron King   6'-0" G   Mayfair
Matt King   6'-3" G   San Clemente
Charlie Kranzdorf   6'-1"  G   Montclair Prep
Chris Launsing 6'-0" G Crescenta Valley
Michael Maloney   6'-0"  G   Granite Hills
Mitch Matthews   6'-3" G   Cathedral City
Aaron McCarter   6'-0" G   Leuzinger
Brad McLaughlin   6'-2" G   Dana Hills
Solomon McNulty   6'-1" G   Perris
Aaron Mercer   6'-2" G   San Marcos
Juan Negrete   6'-1" Jr. G   South Gate
Daniel Quijano   6'-3" G   Santa Margarita
Jarard Rabb   6'-3"  G   El Modena
Brian Ricks   6'-0"  G   Murrieta Valley
Chris Robinson   6'-3"  G   LaJolla Country Day
Earnest Sandovol   6'-2" G   Paramount
Bryce Sheldon   6'-2" SG   Loara
Shamir Simmons   6'-3" G   Oxnard
Jamar Sloan   5'-10"  G   Compton Centennial
Justin Turman   6'-0"  G   Daniel Murphy
Mychael Williams   5'-8"  G   Quartz Hill

Now here's the long explanatory note:

Classifying guards in high school as either "points" or "combos" or "shooting guards" can be a bit tricky,  and really, it's just mostly a matter of personal preference.  Some players who play a lot of point, will be found on the combo lists;  others who are principally off-guards will be found on the shooting guard list.  If you don't see someone on one list, check another guard-specific list because it's likely that anyone not on one is on another. 

We don't think it's really necessary to define "shooting guard," but we'll do it anyway: It's the two guard spot, and most of these players are known for their shooting.  Some are better than others, and many will think of themselves as either combos or points, or both.  Hey, these are just lists, and if we had any real trouble classifying a player by position, this was one of the toughest because there is so much variation between the players who fall into the category of principally playing the off-guard spot.  

Caveat 1: We are not ranking or rating players based purely on their "potential" as college players, nor are we doing so based entirely on whether they are finished products, i.e., accomplished high school players who have no room for improvement. We are simply listing the top players in SoCal who we believe have talent, potential and have demonstrated that they are not only excellent high school players, among the best in SoCal, but also have shown skills which we think will make them good college prospects.

Caveat 2: This will sound like a broken record, but we haven't used numerical rankings for individual players. Maybe we should and maybe someday we will, but for now we won't.  Others who rank players use such a system, but we're just not sold on the value of that concept.  Most of the recruiting gurus on the internet use strict numerical rankings.  We've had many conversations over the years about why feel a need to rank in this fashion, and while we've heard a lot of good reasons  we're still not sold.   In our opinion, there are just too many subtleties to each player's game, too many variables, whether opponents, game situations, level of play, coaching,  injuries, etc, which can influence how a player might look on any given day, and there are admittedly far too few opportunities to see a player.  In short, it's kind of like art:  We know what we like and what we don't.  Which is basically what all of this comes down to.  Keep in mind that we like everyone on these lists, just some a bit more than others.   But there isn't anyone listed whose game we don't think is excellent, among the top in Southern California.  Remember, we're listing in the aggregate something like 200 players total, out of more than 10,000 or so who play high school and club basketball in SoCal.   Which ought to tell you that we really like each of the players listed.    So, just keep these lists in the proper perspective. i 

Caveat 3: We have not seen every player in SoCal, and we would venture that no one has either.  in the current sophomore class.  Most of what we know about a player comes from seeing a player several times, either with his high school team, or with a club team at a tournament or camp.  But we can't be everywhere, and we can't see everyone. 

We've tried to list those players who played particularly well this past season and spring, who are among the more promising players.   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.

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