Now that we’ve formally launched the SI99 Hoops rankings for 2022, we’ve begun to take a deeper dive into the prospects at every place.
As we speak we analyze the shooting guards who use a mix of shiftiness, ability and excessive motors to dominate on each ends of the ground.
1. Amari Bailey, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.)
What Makes Him Particular: Bailey is a fast and shifty southpaw guard who combines three-level scoring means with elite athleticism and an unrelenting motor. Bailey performs with an edge and doubles as a succesful on-ball defender. He has nice really feel as a playmaker however is at his greatest when he’s in assault mode.
2. Nick Smith Jr., North Little Rock (Ark.)
What Makes Him Particular: Smith is a harmful scorer in any respect three ranges with nice really feel as a passer. Smith’s means to drag up and effectively knock down pictures from the mid-range opens up each different facet of his sport. He’s a fiery competitor on each ends of the ground and performs with an edge always. This summer time, Smith dominated on the Nike EYBL, averaging 22 factors, 5 rebounds and 4 assists a sport for Brad Beal Elite (Mo.).
3. Dariq Whitehead, Montverde (Fla.) Academy
What Makes Him Particular: Whitehead is an distinctive athlete who is almost inconceivable to maintain out of the lane and makes use of his brute energy to complete by way of contact. His means to attain in any respect three ranges mixed together with his dimension and fast pace bursts make him a headache of a defensive task for the opposition. Whitehead helped Montverde seize the GEICO Nationals title final season and averaged 16.5 factors, six rebounds and three assists a sport for Crew Durant (Md.) within the Nike EYBL this summer time.
4. MJ Rice, Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.)
What Makes Him Particular: Rice is a particular mix of ability and energy with the power to dominate in any respect three ranges and lock up opposing wings on the defensive finish. Rice’s bully-ball generally overshadows his sniper-like effectivity from the perimeter, and his quickness and athleticism allow him to get into the lane at-will and end with authority. This summer time, Rice averaged 24 factors, seven rebounds and 5 assists a sport for Crew Loaded (N.C.) within the adidas 3SSB.
5. Zion Cruz, Donda Academy (Simi Valley, Calif.)
What Makes Him Particular: Cruz is an distinctive playmaker and retains fixed stress on the protection together with his pace, quickness and scoring means. Cruz’s blow-by means is elite, as is his means to cease on a dime and knock down pictures from the perimeter. He’s bought a powerful really feel as a facilitator however is at his greatest when he’s in assault mode.