So far, we’ve covered the Top 10 Point Guards in Virginia in the 2020 class. In this one, we take a look at the Top 10 Shooting Guards.
Cam Thomas is the definition of a volume scorer and at that, he scores with great efficiency at the shooting guard spot. Thomas took home the EYBL Offensive Player of the Year honors this past summer, averaging 29.5 points per game across 13 appearances for Boo Williams on the EYBL circuit. He managed to shoot 48.3 percent from the floor and 38.6 percent from 3-point land across the same span. He’s a certified bucket that’s due to make waves at the next level. He holds a slew of offers from the likes of NC State, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Florida among others. He’ll be fun to watch in his final season at Oak Hill Academy.
Joe Bamisile has seen his stock rise this past summer as one of the most explosive combo guards in his class. Bamisile is an athletic slasher that can finish above the rim and score on all three levels. Entering the summer, he was originally committed to Northwestern but by the end of summer, he flipped his commitment to Virginia Tech. He’s a prospect that’s due to make waves in the ACC with his athleticism and brute strength with the ball. He’s also an underrated playmaker.
A.J. James is another prospect that’s seen his star grow over the past few months in the 2020 class. He’s recently announced a move to Hargrave Military Academy, which should benefit his budding development a ton. James can score on all three levels and is an explosive athlete at 6-foot-4 and defends at a high level. He’s a player that can go toe-to-toe with opposing defenses while also being the team’s primary defender. He holds a number of mid-major offers from VCU, Murray State and Saint Louis while his recruitment is due to blow up in his final season.
Darrick Jones Jr. is another prospect to keep an eye on from Oak Hill Academy. He’s got the ability to play above the rim and knock down 3-pointers at a high volume. He’s got a knack for catching high-flying alley-oops and making spot-up 3-pointers when the attention is on him. So far, he’s drawn offers from Radford, UMass, ODU and Virginia Tech and given it’s his last season at Oak Hill, he’s due to show off more of his athletic ability and then some.
James Berry III had quite the summer on the AAU circuit with Mid-Atlantic Select. He’s a crafty guard that gets to his spots on the floor for buckets and defends at a high level. Berry has emerged as quite the prospect with his abilities on the wing. He’s a difference-maker with his ability to do more than just score on the hardwood. Mount St. Mary’s, Towson and Quinnipiac are a few of the mid-major programs that have offered him. He’s due to break out at Bishop Ireton this season.
Jared Cross is a prospect due for a big season at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes this season. Cross has a solid floor game with the ability to score anywhere on the floor. He shot an impressive 34-of-44 (77 percent) from 3-point range this past season and with a bigger role in 2019-20, he’s set to do a whole lot more damage. Navy, Coppin State and Towson are a few of the latest programs to offer him with more to certainly come.
Chaunce Jenkins is a wiry combo guard at 6-foot-4 at Menchville High School. He makes up a solid backcourt mate with 2021 guard Allen Strothers. They’re set to make a quality backcourt with their ability to terrorize opponents on the defensive end. Jenkins has tons of bounce that allows him to play at the rim and can stroke it from deep. Hampton, Robert Morris, Lees-McRae and West Virginia Wesleyan have all offered him.
Ike Chantilou is a combo guard that can score in bunches with the ball in his hands. Chantilou is fearless at getting to the rim and finishing through contact strong with the ball in his hands. He uses his length well to avoid getting his shot blocked and does an even better job at knocking it down from behind the arc. He’s got offers from Hampton, Old Dominion and East Carolina already and is another prospect due for a big 2019-20 season.
Derrick Jones Jr. is another wiry combo guard that can do a little bit of everything at Albemarle High School. He emerged as a key cog in their rotation this past season with his ability to score, rebound, defend the ball and block shots. He put up 13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game in 2018-19 and built on that in the summer on the AAU circuit, so much so by the end of summer, he got offers from Old Dominion, Siena and Mount St. Mary’s. He’s one to watch in the state of Virginia.
Lake Taylor High School will be under a new head coach in 2019-20 but it shouldn’t slow down Zyrail Mitchell much. Mitchell is a solid creator off the dribble, especially in the pick-and-roll and does well to get to his spots on the floor. He’s got underrated strength as well which allows him to defend at a high level. He’s a prospect set to prove he can hold his own and then some entering his final season. He currently holds on Divison I offer from Hampton at the moment.