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Positional Rankings

Here's a look at the Top 10 shooting guards in Virginia's 2022 class.

1. DJ Hand, Landstown

DJ Hand is an emerging combo guard with length at 6-foot-4 in Virginia's 2022 class. He had a strong freshman season at Landstown and is due to follow in the footsteps of his father and UVA legend, Donald Hand. Hand  put up 12.0 points per game in 2018-19 and already holds offers from Hampton, James Madison, Penn State and Old Dominion.

2. Justin Taylor, STAB

Justin Taylor is a sharpshooting slasher at St. Anne's-Belfield School that's climbing up the radar. He's another shooting guard prospect with nice length at 6-foot-5. He can knock it down from deep and can also get to the rim and finish with authority. Taylor put up 13.3 points on 47 percent shooting from 3-point range as a freshman. He holds offers from Old Dominion, James Madison and Liberty as well.

3. Efrem Johnson, Western Branch

Efrem Johnson is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard with a stocky build he puts to good use on both ends. He's got a solid skillset to create off the dribble and does well to get to his spots on all three levels to score. On defense, he's an active force that hounds the ball and keeps his opponent in check. He's due for a strong year at Western Branch in 2019-20.

4. Alphonzo Billups, Varina

Alphonzo Billups is a young sophomore prospect that's just scratching the surface at Varina High School. He's a 6-foot-5 prospect with a 6-foot-11 wingspan that he utilizes it well on both ends to make an impact. He can score it from the wing and uses his size in the post to absorb contact and score on smaller defenders. He'll be an up and coming prospect to keep an eye on going forward.

5. Lou Hutchinson, Episcopal

Lou Hutchinson is a new addition to the Episcopal rotation for the 2019-20 and if anything, he adds depth to a strong backcourt. Hutchinson has tons of versatility to play multiple spots on the floor with his size at 6-foot-6. He can make plays when he's on the floor and is due to play a big role this season for the Maroon.

6. Bryce Blaine, LC Bird

LC Bird High School has a few young prospects on the rise in their backcourt. 6-foot-3 guard Bryce Blaine is due for quite the breakout year in 2019-20. Blaine is a prospect that's slowly figuring out how to fill up the stat sheet at the guard spot. He can do a little bit of everything with the ball in his hands and is emerging as more than just a rotational guy.

7. DeShawn Goodwyn, George Wythe

DeShawn Goodwyn didn't have much time to adjust to high school basketball after being thrust into the starting lineup this past season at George Wythe. He's quite the shooter from deep and made 10 3-pointers against Clover Hill to the tune of 32 points this past season. He's an emerging shooting guard to keep an eye on in the Richmond area. 

8. Ihsan Duncan, Hampton

Ihsan Duncan is a strong guard prospect at 6-foot-3 that can get to the rim on offense and defends with strength on defense. Duncan is another prospect with the versatility to guard multiple positions on the floor with his frame. He'll be one to keep an eye on as a potential two-way star at Hampton High School this season. 

9. Saxby Sunderland, Flint Hill

Saxby Sunderland is a guard on Flint Hill's roster due for a bigger role in 2019-20 at the guard spot. He'll be looked upon to score and distribute a lot more with less depth in the backcourt this season. He'll have experience in the frontcourt to work with Noel Brown and Dowar Jioklow down low. The 6-foot-2 guard should have a productive year.

10. Cavan Reilly, Middleburg

Middleburg Academy has produced a number of next-level prospects in the past few seasons and 6-foot-3 guard Cavan Reilly is most likely next up. Reilly is probably one of the more underrated shooters in the state but he'll have a chance to put a ton of people on notice in 2019-20. He already holds an offer from James Madison as well.

Here's a look at the Top 10 point guards in the Maryland/DC area.

1. Rodney Rice, Bullis

Rodney Rice is a point guard slowly climbing up the recruiting ranks at Bullis Prep. He's a guard that can play and off the ball with his size at 6-foot-3. He can really fill it up from deep. He holds offers from Providence, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Seton Hall, among others.

2. Christian Winborne, Gilman

Christian Winborne is ready to carry more of the load on offense entering his sophomore season at Gilman.  He showed potential last season and over the summer with his ability to push the pace on the break and create off the dribble drive. Winborne is due for a breakout season in 2019-20. He holds an offer from Kansas State.

3. Devin Dinkins, Gonzaga

Devin Dinkins is a strong point guard in the backcourt at Gonzaga College High School with his knack for scoring and making plays with the ball in his hands. Dinkins is on one of the top squads in the WCAC and alongside Chuck Harris, Myles Stute and Terence Williams and due to have a strong 2019-20 campaign.  He's also quite the defender. He has an offer already from Bryant University.

4. Trey Thomas, Wise

Trey Thomas is a strong combo guard that competes on both ends in the 2022 class. Thomas will be a new addition at Wise High School in 2019-20. He's got nice length at 6-foot-2 that he uses well to get to the paint and finish and finish on the perimeter. He'll be a key member of the Pumas rotation this season. He holds offers from Rhode Island and IUPUI.

5. Antonio Hamlin, Mount St. Joseph

Antonio Hamlin played a big role in the Mount St. Joseph's backcourt as a freshman. He'll be a bigger contributor entering his sophomore season. He's a guard with a strong build at 6-foot-2 that uses his frame to bypass defenders and finish in the paint. Look for him to play a role as a tempo changer for the Gaels this season.

6. Shane Lancaster, St. John's

Shane Lancaster is a budding sophomore prospect in the D.C. area that's slowly drawing some attention. He's a player that can develop into a solid floor general over the next few seasons at St. John's College High School. He uses his 6-foot-2 frame well to create in traffic and learning how to get to the foul line quite frequently. He'll have fellow big man Amani Hansberry in the post to take some pressure off him in the backcourt as well.

7. Carlos Alexander, Mervo

Carlos Alexander will make his debut in 2019-20 for Mervo High School. Alexander will be a new face in the backcourt after transferring recently. He's a lefty with a quick burst off the dribble and should develop into quite the prospect in the near future. He has offers from UMass and Kansas State as well.

8. Bryce Lindsay, Poly

Bryce Lindsay is an emerging combo guard at Baltimore Poly that can run the show and shoot the 3-ball at a high level. Lindsay should play a bigger support role off the bench as a second distributor on a talented Poly squad. He's a prospect to track early on this roster.

9. Chris Gamble, Sidwell Friends

Chris Gamble is a scrappy defender and streaky 3-point shooter to keep an eye on at Sidwell Friends this season. Gamble is one of a few young prospects to keep an eye on for 2019-20 in the backcourt. He has the potential to emerge as a solid two-way threat over the next few seasons.

10. Deon Perry, Mt. Carmel

Deon Perry is listed at just 5-foot-8 but he uses his quickness well to create off the dribble. Perry is a prospect that sets the tone on both ends. He can defend 94 feet and controls the pace with the ball in his hands. He's a floor general that sets to turn heads this season at Mount Carmel.

Jayden Epps, Kings Fork
Julian Reese, New Town
Efton Reid, Steward School
Quincy Allen, Maret
Clarence Rupert, Miller School
Jordan Hawkins, DeMatha
Trevor Keels, Paul VI
Ryan Conway, Dulaney
Jason Nelson, John Marshall
Earl Timberlake Jr., DeMatha
Darrius Maddox, Oak Hill Academy
Ace Baldwin, St. Frances Academy
Mark Williams, IMG Academy
DeAnte Green, Christ School
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