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SoCalHoops Class Of 2000:
Top Point Guards--(Oct. 29, 1999)

We've selected the top players that we know about for the Class of 2000; we've divided them into three rough groups:  The "Best", which is the first group of Top 20 players, which are guys who will, in our view be most likely to get D-I scholarship offers, ranging from the high-majors to low D-I, and we think many of them will sign by the time the spring signing is concluded;  The second group is the "Next Best" which is a group of players who we believe might get D-I offers, but some could be D-II, or D-III players;  the third group is the "Best of the Rest" among the top high school players at the position.   These guys could possibly get college scholarship offers too, a few at the D-I level, more of them at the D-II and D-III level.  Of course there will also always be those who (whether we think they are D-I material or not) will fail to qualify and wind up going the JUCO route; some might even end up in prep schools doing a 5th year to enhance their recruiting. 

But 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.   Those who have already committed as of the date of this list above, are identified as such and the college selection is listed in red.  We'll continue to update this as news of commitments or signings take place.

We are going to continue to be somewhat unconventional and will not use numerical rankings. Why not use numerical rankings?  Because college coaches 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.  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 the college coaches', so we'll leave the "ranking" to them. 

We cannot claim to have seen every player in SoCal in the senior class, but we've seen most of the top players. The list include players from Fresno in the North, to San Diego in the South, i.e., the entire SoCal region.  Each player is listed at his primary position. If you don't see a player on a list where you'd expect, look at another position because he may be listed elsewhere.   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 the list who isn't shown, just let us know.  Here are the Top Point Guards in SoCal in the Class of 2000:

SoCalHoops Top 20 Senior Point Guards
(Class of 2000)

Eric Alvarez (5'-9" Sr. PG) Compton Centennial--uncommitted
Jacoby Atako (6'-1" Sr. PG) Santa Monica High--UCSB
Jordan Brice (6'-0" Sr. PG) Fresno Washington Union--uncommitted
Raji Burnett (5'-9" Sr. PG) Riverside J.W. North--uncommitted
Jamal Dean (5'-11" Sr. PG/SG) Verbum Dei--uncommitted
A.J. Diggs (5'-9" Sr. PG) Long Beach Poly--uncommitted
Reggie Harmon (5'-8" Sr. PG) Pasadena--uncommitted
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--uncommitted
Donyare Mayfield (5'-9" Sr. PG) San Diego Vista--uncommitted
Chris Pacana (5'-11" Sr. PG/SG) Ayala --uncommitted
Cedrick Palmer (5'-11" Sr. PG) SD Lincoln--uncommitted
Chris Smith (5'-9" Sr. PG) uncommitted
Mike Stevenson (6'-0" Sr. PG/SG) Fontana--uncommited
Wesley Stokes (5'-11" Sr. PG) LB Poly--uncommitted
Todd Tomlinson (6'-1" Sr. PG) Moorpark--uncommitted
Alfred Williams (6'-3" Sr. PG/SG) Bakersfield High--uncommitted

SoCalHoops Next Top 20 Senior Point Guards
(Class of 2000)

Fowzi Abdelsamad (6'-0" Sr. PG) Fairfax--uncommitted
Derick Andrew (6’-2" Sr. PG/SG) Rancho Cucamonga--uncommitted
Hassan Bassiri (6'-0" Sr. PG) Campbell Hall--uncommitted
Chris Cannon (5'-10" Sr. PG) USDHS--uncommitted
Lyman Edwards (5'-9" Sr. PG/SG) LA Venice--uncommitted
DJ Hicks (5'-11" Sr. PG) San Diego El Camino--uncommitted
Roger Hogan (6'-0" Sr. PG/SG) Servite--uncommitted
Chasen Jones (5'-11" Sr. PG) Ayala--uncommitted
JT Leitch (5'-11" Sr. PG) El Segundo --uncommitted
Adrian Martin (5'-9" Sr. PG) Long Beach Poly--uncommitted
Michah McKinney (6'-2" Sr. PG/SG) Compton Dominguez--uncommitted
Matthew Nurse (5'-10" Sr. PG) Antelope Valley Christian--uncommitted
Jamal Ruffin (6'-1" Sr. PG) Murrieta Valley--uncommitted
Ramaan Shotwell (5'-10" Sr. PG/SG) Long Beach Poly--uncommitted
Anish Sharda (6'-0" Sr. PG) Simi Valley--uncommitted
Brian Taylor (5'-10" Sr. PG) Inglewood--uncommitted
Jason Tubbs (5'-10" Sr. PG) Ribet Academy--uncommitted
Shawn Whilt (5'-11" Sr. PG) Santa Barbara--uncommitted
Ryan Westbrook (6'-2" Sr. PG/SG) Ocean View--uncommitted
D.J. Wyatt (5'-8" Sr. PG) Gardena Serra

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

Jason Angell (5'-10" Sr. PG/SG) Oxnard Santa Clara
Josh Barnes (5'-10" Sr. PG)Corona Centennial
Lamar Benjamin (6'-1" Sr. G) Lakewood
Richard "RJ" Bluette (5'-10" Sr. PG) Crenshaw
Anthony Camper (5'-10" Sr. PG/SG) Oxnard Santa Clara
Patrick Cassella (5'-10" Sr. PG) Encino Crespi
David Colbert (5'-11" So. G) Bishop Montgomery
Martin Del Toro (5'-8" Sr. PG) San Gabriel HS
Andre Freeman (6'-1" Sr. PG) Montclair Prep--uncommitted
Dustin Fults (5'-10" Sr. G) Hanford
Bruce Hatch (6'-2" Sr. PG/SG) Glendora
Ryan Keller (5'-10" Sr. PG) Los Alamitos
Ryan Logan (5'-7" Sr. PG) LA Grant
Garry Looney (5'-10" Sr. PG) Crenshaw
Mychal Lynch (6'-1" Sr. PG) Price
Lester Manglicmont (5'-9" Sr. PG) Bonita Vista
Derek Mollette (5'-9" Sr. G) Mayfair
Adam Pastor (6'-0" Sr. PG/SG) Buckley
Grant Pledger (5'-10" Sr. PG) LA Cleveland
Mario Roberts (6'-1" Sr. PG/SG) Manual Arts
Adam Sacks (5'-11" Sr. PG) Agoura
Victor Schloss (6'-2" Sr. PG) San Diego Horizon
George Simpson (5’-5" Sr. PG) Centennial HS (Corona)
Terrell Smith (5'-9" Sr. PG) Mayfair
Jeff Souther (6'-1" Sr. PG) Canyon Canyon Country
Nick Tamarao (6'-0" Sr. PG) Long Beach Jordan
Tim Thomas (5'-10" Sr. PG) Long Beach Poly
Ismael Torres (6'-2" Sr. PG) Fairfax

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