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2014 top players: Point guard, shooting guards and small forwards

By D1 Circuit , 05/20/13, 3:45PM EDT

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Point guard

Tyus Jones, Joel Berry, Emmanuel Mudiay, JaQuan Lyle, Tyler Ulis
The bread and butter of the 2014 class is found at the point guard position. The class is led by the highly-touted Minnesota product and Howard Pulley guard Tyus Jones, who’s ranked second and third overall by Rivals and ESPN, respectively.

Not far behind him stand Emmanuel Mudiay and Joel Berry. Mudiay is a dual-threat point guard for Texas PRO, leading them in assists with just more than five per game. Meanwhile, Berry – the North Carolina commit – is a defensive hawk and posted a double-double; 10 points and 11 assists with four steals more than top-ranked Jones and Howard Pulley in Dallas.

JaQuan Lyle has been a major player in leading Indy Heat back into relevancy after starting out of the gates awfully slow, and Tyler Ulis’ prized play is being sought by several high-major colleges. The Meanstreets’ point guard is averaging more than 15 points a game along with five assists, and shoots red-hot (62 percent) from deep.

Shooting guard

Rashad Vaughn, Devin Booker, Dion Wiley, James Blackmon Jr., Jae’Sean Tate
This class of shooting guards has one thing in common; they can all really shoot it.

Devin Booker from Alabama Challenge has been one of the lone bright spots for a struggling Challenge squad. He is the definition of a gamer, bringing a passion and energy that really drives his teammates.

Playground Elite’s Rashad Vaughn is a high-volume shooter that can score from anywhere on the court and his 19 points per game attest to that. It was rumored that he was very close to committing to North Carolina during his visit, but his college status is still up in the air.

James Blackmon Jr. also is one of the better scorers in the Elite Youth Basketball League for Spiece Indy Heat. He’s averaging 17.5 points per game and has done a much better job as of late getting to the free throw line and converting – he missed just one of his 18 attempts from the line in Dallas.

Dion Wiley is currently the best player on the best team in the EYBL. The sharp-shooting combo guard is tied for first in three-pointers made (38) in the EYBL. Wiley is also a very strong defender in the halfcourt, matching up against talented competition every time out.

Lastly, Jae’Sean Tate has been more of the more consistent guards since Los Angeles. The Ohio State-commit boosted his resume, notching a 40-point performance over the Georgia Stars earlier this EYBL season.

Small Forward

Justin Jackson, Kelly Oubre, Kameron Chatman, Theo Pinson, Trevon Bluiett
Can it possibly be fair that three of the best small forwards in the EYBL are on the same team?

The Houston Hoops feature a lethal duo of small forwards in Justin Jackson and Kelly Oubre, who have led Houston to a 12-1 record and a league-high 75 point per game. It’s also worth noting that Justise Winslow is a top recruit among the 2014 class playing for Houston as well. 

Jackson and Winslow have combined for 161 made field goals, while Oubre is one of the best rebounders at his position, leading Houston with 7.1 rebounds per game.

For the CP3 All Stars, Theo Pinson is indispensable. He may not be the most consistent or versatile option on offense, but where his presence is mostly felt is on defense. Pinson is a ball-hawk, who uses his long arms to poke out over two balls for steals a game, which has him him tied for fourth in total steals in the EYBL.

Trevon Bluiett, just like his fellow teammate JaQuan Lyle, has helped Indy Heat establish themselves as a major threat, jockeying toward a top seed at the Nike Peach Jam. He possesses a large, physical frame that disrupts the opponent’s game plan because he’s also one of the top shooters in the country, dropping 32 three-pointers through the first three sessions.

On the West Coast, Kameron Chatman is one of the most versatile stat-stuffing small forwards on the circuit. The ICP Elite forward is one of very few averaging a double-double, posting 15.8 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. The talented swingman was joined in Dallas by fellow 2014 top recruits, Daniel Hamilton and Tyler Dorsey.

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