U17M Best prospects by position: Shooting guards
Shooting guard position was by far the one with the most depth in this year’s FIBA U17 World Championship in Zaragoza. Some of the best prospects that came out from this year’s Tournament played as shooting guards, making it really difficult to narrow it down to just the 5 best players. Still, Scoutbasketball managed to single out the Top-5 Shooting Guards of the Tournament.
1.- Rowan Barrett - SG/SF 2.01 00' Canada (Montverde Academy)Possesses ideal size for a shooting guard. He has NBA athleticism and a really finesse body, with his body frame suggesting that it can fill good after some time in the gym. He has the classic advantages that left handed players have. Has a really quick first step. He has good scoring instincts, but he is not consistent yet. His ball handling on his right hand is below average for a wing. He drives almost exclusively from the left and is easy to read. He doesn’t always finish strong to the rim and almost avoids finishing with his right hand. Not able to finish through contact yet. He is a good rebounder and knows how to use his athleticism on that area, but forgets to box out at times. His court vision is good. He is a good one on one defender when he is concentrated. He takes advantage of his athleticism and helps from the weak side, providing blocks to his team.
2.- Dzanan Musa - SG/PG/SF 2.04 1999 Bosnia and Herzegovina (KK Cedevita Zagreb) Born leader. He enjoys attention, although at times he enjoys it too much. Has good size for a wing, but his spine is peculiar, since he has a small hunch back. He is a below average athlete by NBA standards. One of the best scorers of his generation. Really gifted on one on one situations, thanks to his good first step and excellent ball handling. He can drive (most of the time to the left although he is right handed), score of the dribble from midrange and 3point line and occasionally post up. His shooting mechanics aren’t consistent and that’s obvious when he shots free throws, since he changes his routine all the time and shots at an average rate from the Free throw line. He always helps on the boards. He is an excellent passer when he wants to, but at times suffers from tunnel vision. It’s not sure how his game will translate at the next level. On Defense, he knows how to use his body, but he can’t stay in front of athletic players.
3.- Jaylen Hoard - SG/SF 2.02 1999 France (Wesleyan Christian Academy) Very good athlete with great stride and nice size for a wing. He has a good, thin frame and a big wingspan. Great scorer, who can score off the dribble with ease and explore mismatches. At the same time though, at times he depends too much on the advantage he has against players of his age. His shooting mechanics are great, but occasionally change when an opponents closes out at him. He is a streaky shooter. He can score a lot of points in a row and then disappear for long stretches from the game. He doesn’t always drive hard to the basket and either avoids contact or settles for mid-range shots. He can see the floor and find open teammates. Decision making isn’t there yet. He helps on the rebounds. On Defense he has good lateral quickness, but he has problems against physical players.
4.- Miguel Gonzalez - SG 2.01 1999 Spain (CBC Valladolid) He has prototypical size for a shooting guard. Possesses long arms that help him on both ends of the floor. He is quick but not explosive. He really needs to bulk up his body to be able to play at the next level. He is more of a shooter than a scorer for now, with an excellent shooting release. Can score in Catch and shoot situations, coming of the screen and even after a step back dribble. He moves well without the ball. He can create his own shot and put the ball on the floor, attacking close outs. He is a streaky shooter though, who lacks consistency and has the habit to change his release point when he is challenged. His decision making needs work. He can finish with both hands but has problems finishing through contact because of his thin frame. Has a nice court vision and can handle the ball well and even play sparingly as a point guard. His length helps him in Defense, but he still doesn’t know how to control his body and his lateral movement needs work.
5.- Ignas Sargiunas - SG 1.93 1999 Lithuania (BC Zalgiris Kaunas) Good, not great, size for a shooting guard, but he makes up for it with his high basketball I.Q and good body structure. He is an above average athlete for Euro standards. Excellent 3point shooter. Really knows how to move around screens before coming out and shot. Very good on catch and shot situations. He is not one dimensional though, since he can put the ball on the floor and attack close outs, finishing strong at the rim or pass to an open teammate. At the same time, though, his lack of elite athleticism hurts him against length. He can create his own shot at an acceptable rate, but has problems creating room to shot against good athletes. He is a very good ball handler, having the ability to even do some crossover dribbles and can spend some time as a point guard, if necessary. Likes to run in transition. On Defense he has problems against explosive athletes and at times he loses assignments when he has to chase his player around screens.
By Stefanos Makris and Ramon Carbonell