We are looking at tough point guards in the 2021 class today that bring a high level of fire and competitiveness.
Jaylin Gibson (6-3 PG, Evanston)
Gibson is a big guard that impacts the game in a multitude of areas. He has a smooth handle that allows him to change direction at high speeds in transition. At 6-foot-3 with a strong upper body, he bullies smaller defenders on drives. He plays off the ball at times for Evanston, but can play both guard spots. Gibson is a heady playmaker that makes quick decisions when he sees an open teammate. He knocks down threes off the catch, but the next step in his development will be shooting more off the bounce. Defensively and on the glass, Gibson is a dog, showing a competitiveness that will serve him in college. Gibson has a number of interested Big Ten schools among other mid and high majors
Jhei-R Jones (5-11 PG, Lincoln Way East)
Jones is an up-tempo point guard that puts defenders on their heels with his speed. He pulls up into his jumper well off the dribble, wasting no time going from a crossover move into his shot. Standing right around 6 foot, Jones is shifty and dynamic on the move. He is a jet once he gets a head of steam, which makes him a tough player to contain in pick-and-rolls. He is a capable shooter from three, has a nice floater, and is a flashy passer that is especially good at reading screen defenders. Look for Jones to create some more interest once games pick back up.
Noah Livingston (6-1 PG, Casey-Westfield)
There are a number of ways that Livingston leaves his mark on the game, but his scoring ability is what stands out. He is a very good mid-range scorer that elevates on the spot over defenders. While he’s not a blow-by athlete, Livingston plays angles well and has a quick first step off of hesitations. Off rotations, he can step into threes as well. Scoring is definitely a big asset for Livingston, but that’s not to discredit his passing ability. He shows impressive vision out of pick-and-rolls and in transition, whipping quick passes through small windows. He has received interest from multiple levels, but looks like a solid D2/D3 guard.
Shane Miller (6-1 PG, Springfield)
Miller is a strong, scoring guard who is a tireless penetrator and efficient shooter. Following a year when he averaged 17.1 points a game on 52.5 percent shooting, there is no denying that Miller is one of the elite guards in his area. He is powerful enough to play through contact on drives to the rim and crafty enough to score around size. With good lateral quickness and quick hands, Miller guards the ball well at both backcourt spots. His hard-nosed play style is going to be an added benefit to coaches looking for a winner and solid guard.
Anthony Sayles (6-2 PG, Notre Dame College Prep)
An elite dual-sport athlete, Sayles bring a lot of toughness to the court. He understands how to balance scoring and playmaking duties, often passing up a good shot for a great one. Sayles is not a volume outside shooter at this stage, but he is a tempo-setter that pushes the pace and changes gears well. He brings leadership qualities that are hard to find in addition to his explosive athleticism and strength. Loyola, Southern Illinois, and Wisconsin Milwaukee have offered Sayles thus far.