It’s never too early for too-early-season. With fall sports and school underway, it’s only a matter of time before the winter sports season is upon us. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the top guards in…
It’s never too early for too-early-season. With fall sports and school underway, it’s only a matter of time before the winter sports season is upon us.
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the top guards in Region 7
Trey Brandt Trey Brandt 6'1" | PG Beulah | 2022 State ND , Beulah
Brandt earned all-state honors as a sophomore, averaging 21 points, six rebounds and four assists while leading the Miners to a third straight region championship. He might be the best point guard in the state and on a team that will be ranked in the top five at the beginning of the season, he’ll be the guy expected to lead the way.
Caleb Duffield Caleb Duffield 5'10" | PG Bowman County | 2021 State ND , Bowman County
Duffield is one of the best individual scorers in the state and could lead the region in scoring as a senior. He’s a high-volume 3-point shooter who can take and make tough shots off the dribble. He can break down defenders and get to the rim, and he’s improved as a playmaker. Bowman County should be a quality team again and Duffield gives them a legitimate go-to guy on the perimeter.
Aidan Rebel, New England
Rebel is a long, athletic swingman who can score in a variety of ways and defends multiple positions. At 6-foot-5, he’s a tough guy to guard because he elevates over smaller defenders with ease but also has the skill and quickness to go by a lot of bigger guys. New England is losing a lot of the key guys from a 13-win team a year ago – Rebel taking his game to another level will be required for the team to continue competing in the region.
Jake Daniel, Dickinson Trinity
Daniel emerged as a bucket-getter for the Titans last season, showcasing the ability to drive quality offense quickly. On a team that is going to play slow and grind out games on the defensive end of the floor, Daniel gives them some scoring juice. And he’ll be tasked with taking on a lead ballhandling role with the team graduating a big senior class that included several high-quality guards.
Dawson Zuroff, Beulah
Zuroff transferred to Beulah after playing a key role for Glen Ullin/Hebron the year before and was a key cog for the Miners as a junior, averaging nine points, four rebounds and three assists. He is solid in a lot of areas and with Beulah losing its second leading scorer, expect him to pick up the scoring slack as a senior.
Grant Gerving, Glen Ullin/Hebron
Glen Ullin/Hebron took a step back last year after graduating a huge senior class but Gerving was a definite bright spot, emerging as one of the best guards in the region. He’s on the short side, but he’s strong and explosive and can get wherever he wants on the floor.
Cole Fitterer, Dickinson Trinity
Dickinson Trinity has reached the region final six years in a row and if the Titans are going to make it a seventh time, Fitterer is going to have to transition from ‘good role player’ to ‘all-region caliber’. The senior lead guard can certainly score, as he’s got the quickness and shiftiness to get to the paint and make plays. And he’s a rock-solid defender. He’ll have the ball in his hands a lot and be tasked with providing scoring for a team that generally wins with defense.
Tevin Dietz, Beach
Dietz has been an all-region type player each of the last two years and will take over the reigns for the Buccaneers with Gage Swanson Gage Swanson 5'11" | SF Beach | 2020 State ND gone to graduation. He’s an athletic combo guard who can fill it up in a hurry and score from all three levels on the floor.