Prep Hoops: WNC’s top guards

6-foot-0 SG Raishaun Brown (2019) and 6-foot-5 PG Caleb Mills (2019) (Asheville Christian Academy): The 6-foot-5 Mills is a new generation point guard who is long and tall. He uses his height to see over smaller opponents. He has the ability to score from all over the floor and can get hot from the three-point line in a hurry.  He is athletic and can score off the dribble.

 

His counterpart, Raishaun Brown is a smooth guard who can also score the basketball. He picked up his first Division One offer over the summer from Western Carolina University. Brown is a solid combo guard at 6-foot. He can play the 1 or the 2. He has a good handle and can facilitate the offense. He has a strong build in his upper-body and does not get pushed around. Brown is able to get hot from beyond the three-point line like Mills and can rattle a number of baskets off in a row. He is a player with a high IQ and does not make many mistakes. The backcourt at Asheville Christian Academy these next two seasons will be among the best in the state.

 

6-foot-0 Tai Giger, PG (2018) & 6-foot-3 SG D’Angelo Elliott (2019) and 6-foot-3 SG Lee Langstaff (2020) (Carolina Day): D’Angelo Elliott has college size at the guard spot, big shoulders and long arms. Can get to the rim and is a solid defender. Tai Giger of Carolina Day is sneaky athletic, is hard to guard when attacking the lane, finished with contact and finishes at the rim. Langstaff is a rising sophomore who is a legitimate scoring threat. Had a strong summer with East Coast Knights.

 

6-foot-1 PG/SG Jake Smith (2019) and 6-foot-5 SF Jay Walton (2019) (Enka HS): The sophomore Smith is one of the best in the WNC area. He has a great shot, good form and a high release. He scores best coming off ball-screens and rising up to hit the long-range jump shot. Smith had one of the most impressive improvements on both sides of the ball as anyone in the area. He has improved his shotmaking which he was already a threat. He has worked on his athleticism and is finishing plays at the rim. In my eyes, he is a legitimate Division One prospect at the Big South/SoCon level. Walton was impressive in my second time seeing him. The 6-foot-5 forward was all over the boards, grabbing rebound after rebounds. His length makes him one to watch in this area that does not see an abundance of the asset.

 

5-foot-9, PG Isaiah Pruett (2018) (A.C. Reynolds HS): One of the top point guards this year in Western North Carolina is Pruett is a PrepHoops Top 250 alum is a do-it-all type point guard, he is great in the open floor, he has great court vision, can knock down shots past the 3-point line. What stands out the most is his ability to create off the dribble and his shot-making. Standing 5-foot-9, Pruett plays more like the is 6-foot-3 with his athletic ability, basketball IQ and court sense. He has a natural feel for the game and just knows how to play basketball. Something that cannot be taught and is missing a lot in the game today.

 

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