The 2023 guard class just got a little bit smaller as Blair Academy’s Carnegie Johnson Carnegie Johnson 6'0" | PG Blair Academy | 2023 State NJ committed to the Naval Academy. The Garden State is still filled with available guards…
The 2023 guard class just got a little bit smaller as Blair Academy’s Carnegie Johnson Carnegie Johnson 6'0" | PG Blair Academy | 2023 State NJ committed to the Naval Academy. The Garden State is still filled with available guards who can make an impact at the next level, especially in the prep division. Here are the top available 2023 prep point guards.
Jayden Lemond Jayden Lemond 6'3" | PG Blair Academy | 2023 State #183 Nation NJ , 6’3 Blair Academy
Johnson’s backcourt mate is one of the top available guards in the Garden State as Lemond will be one to watch throughout the season. The 6’3 guard knows how to get his teammates involved in the half court and does not get rattled by on-ball pressure. Lemond has a good handle, which he uses to blow by his defender and can finish through contact around the basket. He is a solid rebounder and can get deflections on the defensive end. Lemond is a true point guard prospect who does whatever it takes to help his team win games.
Alexzaye Johonson, 6’4 St. Benedict’s
Johnson will be running the Gray Bees’ offense this season and will be making plays all season long for them. The 6’4 guard uses his size to see over his defender and rises up nicely on his jumper. Johnson has a tight handle and is unafraid of drawing contact on his way to the basket. He has the ability to play off the ball and works hard on the defensive end. Johnson is a gamer who will set the tone for St. Benedict’s in 2022-23.
Corey Miller Corey Miller 6'1" | PG Pennington | 2023 State NJ , 6’1 Pennington
Miller will have the ball in his hands more in 2022-23, which will help his stock in a big way. The 6’1 lefty is at his best attacking the basket as he is a good finisher around the basket and draws contact with regularity. Miller knows how to get to his spot on the floor and has a nice release on his jumper. He rarely makes bad decisions with the ball in his hands and is an underrated defender. Miller is a tough guard prospect whose ability to get into the paint and create will help his stock in a big way.
Nyle Coleman Nyle Coleman 5'10" | PG Peddie | 2023 State NJ , 5’10 Peddie
Coleman had a strong summer for the Jersey Force Select team, which should carry over into the winter for the Falcons. The 5’10 lefty has a lighting quick first step as opponents struggle to keep him out of the lane. Coleman is a crafty finisher around the basket and can shoot either off the catch or dribble. He can thread passes to open teammates in the half court and uses his quick hands to get deflections on defense. Coleman is a speedy lead guard prospect whose ability to score inside and out will help his game in 2022-23.
Bryce Butler Bryce Butler 6'0" | PG Life Center Academy | 2023 State NJ , 6’0 Life Center Academy
Butler ran the show for Rens United and should do more of the same this winter for Life Center Academy. The 6’0 guard plays with poise as he does not get rattled by on-ball pressure and runs the offense efficiently. Butler plays with good court vision and knows how to finish around the basket. He has a nice shooting stroke and slides his feet well on the defensive end. Butler has the chance to break out this season with the ball in his hands more in 2022-23.
Other Prospects to Watch:
Raja Coleman Raja Coleman 5'9" | PG Peddie | 2023 State NJ , 5’9 Peddie
Damian Downes Damian Downes 5'11" | PG Quality Academy Prep | 2023 State NJ , 5’11 Quality Academy Prep
Alijah Smith Alijah Smith 5'10" | PG Quality Academy Prep | 2023 State NJ , 5’10 Quality Academy Prep
Reggie Dillard Reggie Dillard 6'0" | PG Life Center Academy | 2023 State NJ , 6’0 Life Center Academy
Justin Fermin Justin Fermin 5'11" | PG Lawrenceville | 2023 State NJ , 5’11 Lawrenceville