We recently updated our class of 2024 rankings in the state of VA, and now that we have we’ll give you our positional rankings and look at what makes these prospects worthy of being recognized. Here’s a look at part…
We recently updated our class of 2024 rankings in the state of VA, and now that we have we’ll give you our positional rankings and look at what makes these prospects worthy of being recognized. Here’s a look at part two of the point guard rankings.
9) Julian Rivera Julian Rivera 6'1" | PG Highland | 2024 State VA | 6’1” Highland (#51 Overall)
Rivera is what you would call a true floor general, as the 6’1” point guard has terrific feel when he has the ball in his hands and he just always seems to be doing something to help his team win. He makes very little mistakes when he’s on the floor whether it’s the offensive or defensive side of the ball, he touches the paint and gets off two feet more than likely and delivers good passes and he’s super crafty as a finisher and scorer when he picks his spot.
8) Jahleel Jackson Jahleel Jackson 6'1" | PG Hayfield | 2024 State VA | 6’1” Hayfield (#46 Overall)
Jackson is one of a number of guards who have transferred into Hayfield and he brings them a big spark as a two way PG who excels as a playmaker. The 6’1” transfer from The Potomac School has a quick first step and blow by speed, he can knock down shots from deep and finishes well around the rim and he’s a strong kid who doesn’t lose the rock and brings it defensively while guarding the ball too.
7) Shamar Sisco Shamar Sisco 5'10" | PG Freedom-Woodbridge | 2024 State VA | 5’10” Freedom-Woodbridge (#32 Overall)
Sisco is part of a talented young backcourt at Freedom-Woodbridge and they’ll be a tough out come playoff time when guard play is key to success. He’s a skilled ballhanlder who can break down defenders off the bounce and changes speeds well, he is crafty when he gets in the paint as he can score it over defenders and shoot it when defenders go under screens and he has good vision and playmaking ability as well.
6) Kennard Wyche Jr. | 5’8” Varina (#22 Overall)
Wyche is a talented lead guard with many traits that will make you forget how small he is and focus on how he impacts the game, but the most glaring one is that he is a winner and he showed that on Varina’s run to the state championship last year. The 5’8” guard is as crafty as they come as he changes speeds well and knows how to keep defenders at bey and draw fouls when he attacks the rim, he can finish with either hand off of either foot in the lane, he’s a solid playmaker with a good IQ and he’s an absolute pest of an on ball defender.
5) Malik Johnson Malik Johnson 6'4" | PG Phoebus | 2024 State VA | 6’3” Phoebus (#21 Overall)
Johnson is a new name on this list for the updated 2024 rankings, and he is chock full of potential moving forward as he has a lot of raw talent and should only get better as he gains more experience. He has good size for a lead guard and he’s a smooth athlete with good speed and change of speed, he has a tight handle and has a great breakdown package of moves and counters whether it’s in the open floor or in isolation situations and he has good feel for the game and is a good playmaker for his teammates too.
4) Damon Thompson Damon Thompson 6'0" | PG John Marshall | 2024 State VA | 6’1” Johnn Marshall (#16 Overall)
Thompson should have a much bigger role this year for the Justices in their attempt to repeat as Class 2 State Champions, and the way that he has played this summer and fall it looks like he’s ready. He’s a scoring lead guard who has a three level scoring package and the ability to get hot quickly, he has deep range off the catch and off the bounce and he has the ability to get to spots going either way and knock down pull-ups off the bounce.
3) Kris Tiller Kris Tiller 6'0" | PG Glen Allen | 2024 State VA | 6’0” Glen Allen (#15 Overall)
This will be Tiller’s make-or-break campaign this year at Glen Allen, as the 6’0” lead guard has shown a lot of ability at times but he needs to stay healthy and consistent to be considered one of VA’s best. When it comes to pace there aren’t many that excel like Tiller as he changes speeds and knows how to change gears in different situations, he’s a super crafty finisher with good footwork and body control to finish when he gets downhill and he makes the game look easy despite having a complex package and game.
2) Tavarres Riley Tavarres Riley 6'1" | PG Freedom-Woodbridge | 2024 State VA | 6’1” Freedom-Woodbridge (#12 Overall)
Riley is set to blow up this season both in his play for his high school and being one of the top players in the NOVA public school ranks and also in his college recruitment if he can do that. At 6’1” Riley has good size and a solid frame to be able to get downhill and play through contact, he has become more consistent of a shot maker and his ability to create his own shot, he’s a good defender who has good instincts on and off the ball and he’s able to contribute across the board with his style of play.
1) Ben Hammond Ben Hammond 5'10" | PG Paul VI | 2024 State VA | 5’10” Paul VI (#9 Overall)
Hammond is next up in a long line of talented PVI guards, even some that many would say are too small, but the way he’s turned the corner throughout the summer and the fall makes it seem like he’s ready to take that leap. While he isn’t the biggest guy on the floor he’s an absolute game changer on both ends of the floor as he has blazing speed in the open floor and he’s quick moving laterally, he’s improved in his ability to change speeds and use his burst and blow by defenders, he improved in his consistency as a shooter off the bounce, he has good feel and vision as a playmaker and he’s a big time competitor who’s going to bring it to you over and over again.