Top 10 Class of 2023 Shooting Guards: 6-10
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10. Brandon Laguanas Brandon Laguanas 5'10" | SG West Mesa | 2023 State NM – West Mesa (41st Overall) Laguanas is the perfect example of a dependable catch-and-shoot guard, and he does his job consistently for this West Mesa team.…
10.– West Mesa (41st Overall)
Laguanas is the perfect example of a dependable catch-and-shoot guard, and he does his job consistently for this West Mesa team. His jump shot is insanely consistent, and his range begins as soon as he crosses half-court. His stats are unavailable, but his role was important on a team full of players who could score the ball, providing an outlet whenever the Mustangs’ creators would drive and face heavy defensive pressure. Laguanas’ shooting ability has made him a well-known threat from anywhere around the perimeter, and he has expanded his game to have the ability to run the offense. He doesn’t have any college offers as far as I know, but his game should be able to translate at the next level, and he will continue to garner interest from colleges as his career at West Mesa comes to a close.
9.– Pecos (38th Overall)
Padilla is a versatile guard who made his mark in 2A this year. On a breakout Pecos team, he was the main shooting threat for a Panthers’ team that liked to push the pace. His ability to stretch the floor made him an option at any point, and his versatility around the perimeter makes him dangerous. Alongside backcourt mates,and , the Panthers’ dominated their way through 2A, burning teams with their fast break ability and their control of the game’s pace. In the 2A championship, Padilla led the Panthers’ in almost every statistical category, putting up 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists en route to Pecos’ 52-49 victory.
8.– Organ Mountain (33rd Overall)
This list is defined by players who burst onto the scene this year, and Pacini is a prime example. As the Knights emerged as one of the best teams in the state this past season, Pacini was the leader of their backcourt and provided instant offense when needed. He averaged 9.0 PPG (2nd on team) and 3.2 RPG while playing in all but one game for Organ Mountain, with shooting splits of 42/40/81. He had flashes of stardom throughout the season, putting his entire offensive arsenal on display in his 31-point outburst against Hobbs on March 4th. Pacini recently committed to Northern New Mexico among his other offers and will look to translate his game to the next level, something that he is very capable of as he has shown composure under pressure and the ability to hit big shots at any moment.
7.– Monte Del Sol (31st Overall)
Enriquez had one of the most statistically impressive seasons in the state, leading the Dragons in almost every statistical category. He averaged 25.8 PPG (2nd in state), 10.2 RPG (7th in state), 4.0 APG (2nd on team), and 2.5 SPG. He was 19th in the country with 130 3-point field goals made while shooting them at a 35% success rate. Another impressive stat for Enriquez was his 2.3 ORPG (Offensive Rebounds Per Game), which was one of the highest among all guards in the state. He’s a very versatile guard who can shoot from anywhere and is effective in getting to his spots as one of the most decorated sharpshooters in New Mexico history. Enriquez’s three-point accomplishments will remain in New Mexico High School record books for a long time as his efficiency and creativity are unique to his position.
6.– Los Lunas (24th Overall)
Griego is one of the biggest stock risers in New Mexico, going from unranked all the way to the Top 25 in his class. He displayed big-time shot-making ability and ease when getting to his spots on the floor. His stats aren’t available but he has evolved into a dependable player down the stretch to make tough shots and clutch shots in crunch time. Griego has shown tremendous improvements in all areas of his game and quickly became a valuable member of a Los Lunas team that made a deep run in the 5A Playoffs, alongside killer backcourt matesand . Griego recently committed to Northern New Mexico College as he adds great shot-creating ability to a program that has expanded its backcourt with New Mexico talent. He’ll have his chance to showcase his skills at the next level.