Posted: 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By Kevin Cacabelos
The spring signing period is over and each Pac-12 school has completed its recruiting class of 2013. This post begins a short series of three posts covering the top five players signed at the point guard position, the following two posts will rank the top five wings and the top five big men.
5. Jahmel Taylor, 5'11, 160lbs--Los Angeles, Calif. (Pacific Hills School)---WASHINGTON HUSKIES
He has a scorer's mentality, but he has a tendency to penetrate into the teeth of the defense far too much-leading to turnovers and bad shot selection. (Via: ESPN)
The Huskies bring in a score first point guard who might remind some fans of former standout Justin Dentmon. Taylor is comfortable with shooting it from beyond the arc and is aggressive in attacking the basket. Taylor projects as a combo guard for the Huskies and will likely see plenty of time in the backcourt as a secondary ballhandler.
4. Malcolm Allen, 6'1, 165lbs--Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS)--STANFORD CARDINAL
Malcolm, like his twin brother Marcus, is a relentless competitor. Although Malcolm has a knack to score, he does a nice job of bringing the ball up through pressure and getting his team into its offense. (Via: ESPN)
Malcolm is a bouncy and athletic point guard headed to Stanford with his brother Marcus. He is an unselfish player with a winning attitude. The twins will be the foundation and rock of the Cardinal perimeter in their time in Palo Alto. They won't have a hard time fitting in at Stanford – both brothers had 4.8 GPAs in high school.
3. Ikenna Iroegbu, 6'2, 190lbs--Elk Grove, Calif. (Oak HIll Academy)--WASHINGTON ST. COUGARS
Iroegbu has an ideal lengthy frame with long arms and his speed and quickness are high-level. Iroegbu is a blur in transition where he literally blows by would-be defenders while attacking the basket. He exploded to the rim a number of times and converted some pull-up jump shots as well. (Via: ESPN)
Ken Bone's squad will benefit from Iroegbu's presence on the roster. The Cougars lacked a true point guard last year, but will have two newcomers with experience at the position, with junior college transfer Danny Lawhorn likely seeing the majority of the minutes. Iroegbu is a top notch ball-handler but is not as polished as Lawhorn; he is a quick player that thrives in transition.
2. Sam Singer, 6'5, 185lbs--Miami, Fla. (Ransom Everglades School)--CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
A heady guard who stands out with his ability to make shots but makes a variety of other contributions with his high basketball I.Q. and understanding of the game. (Via: ESPN)
Singer's best strength is his shooting ability, he is an above-average three-point shooter who is also comfortable at pulling up mid-range. As a combo guard, he'll provide California Head Coach Mike Montgomery with some versatility in shaping up the future of his rotation of players. If Singer can improve his ball-handling, his size will make him an exceptional point guard. He averaged over 25 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists this past season at Ransom Everglades School in Florida.
1. Nigel Williams-Goss, 6'3, 180lbs--Happy Valley, Ore. (Findlay College Prep)--WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Williams-Goss has great size and skill for the point guard position. He has a high basketball IQ and his decision making is pretty solid. He always has his head up while in transition and his passing is quite good. (Via: ESPN)
Washington Huskies Head Coach Lorenzo Romar nabbed a probable four-year player in Williams-Goss. The Oregon-native's game is reminiscent of former Stanford stand-out Mitch Johnson. Williams-Goss is a cerebral type of player that doesn't make mistakes. His confidence and excellent decision-making combine to make him an above-average facilitator for his teammates.