The 2023 guard class is deep with playmakers and scorers. We are highlighting some of those promising players.
Cade Altadonna (5-11 PG, Highland)
Altadonna is a gritty two-way point guard who is going to continue to get better. The lefty can shoot it well off the catch from three. Altadonna is a good athlete that is moves well laterally and has a solid build, so he should be able to guard opposing point guards well. As a floor general, Altadonna sees the floor well. He looks to make the right play with the ball, whether that be an extra pass or taking it himself. Sophomore year should be one of growth and fine-tuning for a guard that plays above his age.
Raeshom Harris (6-3 SG, Hyde Park)
Harris is a scoring dynamo that knows how to put up points in a hurry. He is a very good long-range shooter that won’t hesitate to let it fly from past the college line. The handle is there to eventually thrive at creating space off the dribble. Right now, he is a tough straight-line driver with the size and athletic ability to get all the way to the rim, even through contact. Harris already has ideal length for a college guard. As he continues to grow and add strength, he is going to be a serious problem for opposing teams.
Tevonta Jackson (6-0 PG, Springfield Lanphier)
All signs point to Jackson developing into a force for Springfield Lanphier. He runs the point with pace and quickness, showing craftiness and easy athleticism. Jackson likes to create off the dribble in space, using his ball-handling ability to shake defenders. There is a flash and energy in the way he plays that comes natural. Jackson has excellent vision as a passer with the ability to thread the needle. With his length, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him grow a few more inches as well. Jackson is an electric guard that should be a D1 prospect sooner rather than later.
Brayden Long (6-3 SG, Yorkville Christian)
A versatile guard with good strength, Long is going to be a player to watch in the 2023 class. He has a quick trigger from three with deep range on his pull-up. When leading the break, he can stop-and-pop from all three levels or finish in the paint. Long has the offensive skillset of a guard, but has the strength that should allow him to defend on the wing. He is already an effective rebounder who attacks the glass on both ends. Long is a scoring two guard with the passing instincts and strength to play multiple roles.