The 2023 guard class got a little bit smaller recently with Lawrenceville guard Hampton Sanders Hampton Sanders 6'0" | PG Lawrenceville | 2023 State NJ committing to NYU. The group is still filled with guards who can make an impact…
The 2023 guard class got a little bit smaller recently with Lawrenceville guard Hampton Sanders Hampton Sanders 6'0" | PG Lawrenceville | 2023 State NJ committing to NYU. The group is still filled with guards who can make an impact at the next level, especially in the prep division. Here are the 2023 top available guards in the prep division.
Jayden Lemond Jayden Lemond 6'3" | PG Blair Academy | 2023 State #183 Nation NJ , 6’3 PG Blair Academy
Lemond is one of the top available guards in the Garden State with his ability to control the pace of the game. The 6’3 guard has a tight handle, which he uses to blow by his defender and can finish through contact. Lemond plays with good court vision and knows how to find his open teammates in the halfcourt. He can knock down open shots from behind the arc and is a solid on-ball defender. Lemond is a true floor general whose ability to make plays with the ball in his hands will lead the Buccaneers this season.
Bralyn Smith Bralyn Smith 6'5" | CG St. Benedict's Prep | 2023 State #265 Nation NJ , 6’5 CG St. Benedict’s Prep
Smith is a prospect to watch for the Gray Bees as he impacts the game in a variety of ways. The 6’5 guard has a good release on his jumper and sets his feet before every shot he takes. Smith is more than just a shooter as he can also put the ball on the floor and finish around the basket. He is a strong rebounder and can defend multiple positions on the floor. Smith is a two-way guard prospect whose stock should shoot up in a big way this winter.
Alexzaye Johnson Alexzaye Johnson 6'4" | PG St Benedicts Prep | 2023 State NJ , 6’4 PG St. Benedict’s Prep
Johnson will be running St. Benedict’s offense this season and will be one to watch in the Garden State in 2022-23. The 6’4 guard has a good handle and is unphased by on-ball pressure. Johnson can finish around the basket in a variety of ways and has a nice touch on his floater. He makes good decisions with the ball in his hands and can make opponents pay for giving him space on the perimeter. Johnson is a skilled lead guard who should put up big numbers for the Gray Bees this season.
Carnegie Johnson Carnegie Johnson 6'0" | PG Blair Academy | 2023 State NJ , 6’0 PG Blair Academy
Johnson had a strong summer with the Buccaneers and the NY Jayhawks, which should carry over into the winter. The 6’0 guard knows how to get to the paint with his good handle and can finish through contact around the basket. Johnson is more than just a slasher as he has a smooth shooting stroke and can get hot from distance in a hurry. The ball doesn’t stick in his hands, and he plays tough on-ball defense. Johnson is a gritty lead guard prospect who does whatever it takes to help his team win games.
Tyleel Hall Tyleel Hall 6'3" | CG Olympus Prep | 2023 State NJ , 6’3 CG Olympus Prep
Hall is an intriguing prospect to watch in the Garden State as he makes plays on both ends of the floor. The 6’3 guard is a crafty finisher around the basket and can hit shots in the mid-range. Hall uses his handle to create space for himself on the perimeter and can shoot off the dribble. He is an underrated passer and uses his athleticism to get deflections on the defensive end. Hall’s ability to make plays in the paint is something that will help his stock throughout the season.
Other Prospects to Know:
Corey Miller Corey Miller 6'1" | PG Pennington | 2023 State NJ , 6’1 PG Pennington
Nicholas (Niko) Barnes Nicholas (Niko) Barnes 6'4" | CG Compass Prep | 2023 State NJ , 6’4 Compass Prep
Jordan Frazier Jordan Frazier 6'4" | SG Olympus Prep | 2023 State NJ , 6’4 SG Olympus Prep
Nyle Coleman Nyle Coleman 5'10" | PG Peddie | 2023 State NJ , 5’10 PG Peddie
Bryce Butler Bryce Butler 6'0" | PG Life Center Academy | 2023 State NJ , 6’0 PG Life Center Academy
Jacob Beccles Jacob Beccles 6'3" | CG Constitution | 2022 State PA , 6’4 CG Lawrenceville
De’Andre Williams, 6’3 SG St. Benedict’s Prep