We are looking at some 2021 guards that can playmake and score.
Evan Ambrose (5-10 PG, Stevenson)
Don’t overlook Ambrose because of his size. The 5-foot-10 lead guard is a quick playmaker that creates opportunities off the dribble. He can slice up defenses with his ball-handling ability and finish with floaters or pull-ups. Ambrose is solid in the drive-and-kick game when he is surrounded by shooters. Whether it is in pick-and-rolls or quick isolations, Ambrose has a nice shot to complement his ability to probe in the lane. Division 3 schools should be looking at the Stevenson floor general.
Braden Bryant (6-1 SG, Mascoutah)
Bryant is a crafty lefty that has a knack for getting into the lane. Willing to make plays in traffic for himself or his teammates, Bryant projects as a combo guard at the college level. He has good passing instincts that typically lead to easy looks for shooters and cutters. He can play off the ball with a consistent set shot from three. Despite not being a great open-court athlete, Bryant is efficient with his moves and plays angles effectively. He has some low major/D2 interest so far.
Ismail Habib (6-0 PG, Lincoln Park)
Habib is one of the tough, relentless guards in the area. He never shies away from contact and makes it a priority to control the tempo of the game. Habib is a great driver who can finish with power or finesse once he gets to the rim. With his speed and vision, Habib is an ideal playmaker in transition that can cause havoc on the break. He has a scorer’s mentality (22 ppg) that is aided by the ability to shoot from all three levels from a standstill or on the move. Habib has interest from mid-majors like Detoit, UIC, and Wisconsin Green-Bay.
Ian Rogers (6-0 SG, Cissna Park)
At 6-foot, Rogers is a solid scoring guard that does most of his damage from the perimeter. He averaged 17.4 points a game this season and was an honorable mention All-State selection. His release from the outside is a significant asset, as he can pull-up from distance with confidence. Rogers plays hard on both ends and should be able to find a home at a small college looking for a plus shooter.
Kimahri Wilson (5-11 PG, Carmel)
Wilson is a high-energy point guard that plays hard end to end. He is a ball hawk defensively that is looking for an opportunity to create turnovers. At full speed, Wilson is quick. But it’s his ability to change speeds that make him so effective. When he stays under control, his handle shines. Wilson plays with a ton of flash and energy, throwing no-look passes and finishing with creativity around the rim. He has a lot of lift on his pull-up jumper and shoots it well from mid-range. UIC, Southern Illinois, UAB, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee are among the interested schools.