Prep Hoops Missouri presents its second installment of Dynamic Backcourt Combos, which takes a look at some of the best guard tandems around the state. Brock Wakefield and Drenin Dinkins (South Iron): This talented pair of underclassmen has led the…
Prep Hoops Missouri presents its second installment of Dynamic Backcourt Combos, which takes a look at some of the best guard tandems around the state.
Brock Wakefield and Drenin Dinkins (South Iron): This talented pair of underclassmen has led the Panthers to a Class 1 district title last season and a 24-0 record so far this season and a No. 1 seed in the upcoming district tournament. Both are extremely gifted bucket-getters who have deep shooting range while being able to create their own shot off the dribble. The 6’3″ Wakefield is a 2021 guard who has been an All-State selection the past two years while the 2022 Dinkins is a point guard who can score in bunches. Their presence make the Panthers a threat to be a Final Four contender in Class 1 for the next few years.
Caleb Love and Robert Martin (CBC): A formidable backcourt duo which features an established All-American player along with a rising young talent who is already making his own way. The accomplishments of the 6’3″ Love are well documented as the McDonald’s All-American is headed to North Carolina. He has proven to be a monster scoring threat against anyone and everyone he has played against across the country. Playing along side Love is the 5’9″ Martin, an excellent 2022 prospect who has the facilitator chops of a point guard, but can also get buckets. He has an excellent mid-range jumper, can make the 3-pointer and he really runs the pick-and-roll well.
David Layton and Zach Legrand (Oak Ridge) – An excellent 2020 backcourt down in Southeast Missouri, these two guards do an excellent job of carrying a very solid Oak Ridge team. The 5’9″ Layton is an impressive scorer who has already scored more than 2,000 points in his career. He is currently averaging 23.3 points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals a game. Complimenting Layton is the 6’0″ Legrand, who is also an impressive all-around player. He is averaging nearly 18 points a game while grabbing seven rebounds and getting two steals a game.
Demarcus Sanford and Barcus Jackson (Lift for Life): A very talented 2021 duo that compliments each well as they play together in high school and during the grassroots season with the St. Louis Blazers. The 6’2″ Sanford is an explosive young point guard with good length and the ability the shoot the 3-pointer. He is currently averaging 10 points a game while shooting 37 percent from 3-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line. The 6’2″ Jackson has enjoyed an excellent all-around season. He plays hard and puts in work at both ends of the floor and he can also shoot it from distance. He is currently averaging 13.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, two assists and two steals while shooting 51 percent from the field.
Josh Mason and Kaleb Wofford (Nixa): One of the top backcourts in Southwest Missouri, these two talented players are making it happen for the Eagles during another successful season. Mason is a 6’2″ 2020 standout who has already committed to Henderson State. He is a creative scorer and ball handler who does a nice job finding teammates with his slick passing and getting buckets in a variety of ways. Wofford is a 6’2″ 2021 guard who has been knocking down long range jumpers since entering the Nixa program as a freshman. He has a quick release to go along with his long-distance shooting and he moves well without the ball to get himself open.
Xavier Sykes and Brant Bowers (Rock Bridge): The defending Class 5 state champs are currently 18-3 and riding a 15-game winning streak and a lot of it has to do with this excellent backcourt pair who puts the ball in the basket in different ways. The 5’9″ Sykes is a 2021 whirling dervish of a point guard who can get buckets on twisting drives in the lane, pull up jumpers from the elbow and 3-pointers off the dribble. He can really score. The 6’3″ Bowers is a 2020 wing player who is one of the top perimeter shooters in Mid-Missouri. If he gets a good look from 3-point range, you can virtually put it in the book.
(We will have another installment of Dynamic Backcourt Duos coming up next week)