We continue our new Fall Player Rankings with our next release - the 2016 class fall player rankings for shooting guards. This position among the 2016 class is also very talented, and is filled with some talented prospects, although there are not many division-I prospects in the group.
Holding on to the top spot at this position in the class is one of our top overall prospects in the class, Gilbert Christian High School's athletic 6-foot-4 senior guard Cameron Satterwhite. Satterwhite was previously committed to the University of Colorado, after giving a huge verbal commitment just before the spring. Satterwhite and Colorado decided to part ways this week, allowing Satterwhite to re-open his college recruitment.
Unfortunately for Satterwhite, he suffered a season ending injury to his knee this summer (torn ACL) in Vegas. As a result, Satterwhite will miss his senior season for Gilbert Christian, as they try to repeat as Division-II state champions this season. Last season, Satterwhite came into his own - averaging 18.1 points, 3.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds per/game.
Satterwhite previously selected Colorado over offers from Northern Arizona, Rice, Portland, Portland State and Weber State, before making his commitment. It will be very interesting to see which direction Satterwhite goes now.
Checking in at our #2 spot is Shadow Mountain HS 6-foot-3 senior guard JJ Rhymes. Rhymes has had a strong high school career thus far, and last season he led the Matadors to a nice 23-7 overall record, while averaging 21.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per/game. Rhymes is among the very best available prospects in Arizona's 2016 class.
Rhymes currently has scholarship offers on the table from Grand Canyon, Louisiana Tech, Portland State and San Jose State.
Corona Del Sol HS 6-foot-3 senior guard Tyrell Henderson holds on to our #3 spot, and solidified his position this spring with a surprising commitment to Portland State. Henderson has had tremendous success at Corona Del Sol, as he has won three-consecutive Division-I state titles with the Aztecs, in his three seasons at the school, and will look to bring home the hat trick this high school season as a senior.
On a team last season that was ranked among the top-10 high school teams nationally and finished with a 33-1 overall record on the season, Henderson saw valuable minutes as the team's starting shooting guard. While he did not put up impressive scoring numbers on a super loaded team of prospects, Henderson was a glue-guy of sorts for the Aztecs - providing tough defense, ball handling and passing. Henderson is a valuable performer for any team he plays for, as he is a good verbal leader and competes hard at all times without attitude. He has a great attitude on and off the floor. A high-energy guard prospect that comes to play every night.
Our next prospect is Casa Grande High School's 6-foot-4, 185-pound senior Greysn Rogers. Rogers emerged this spring with a solid performance and makes his introduction in these rankings. Rogers has a superb body with a very athletic frame. He has good size for his body and is a strong prospect with a good overall motor. He has a solid overall skill level and has good versatility as a player.
Rogers is a glue-guy of sorts, and so it will be very interesting to see which level of college program he lands at. While he is not a sure-fire division-I prospect, he could make a smaller college program very proud. Rogers is one of the top overall prospects in southern Arizona.
Fairfax High School's gifted 6-foot-4 senior Dominic Rhymes is a very nice looking prospect that has flown well below the recruiting radar, but is well deserving of some attention. He is a very talented prospect with loads of potential for the future and very good length of body. He is a very nice looking prospect that will only get significantly better over time.
Rhymes is coming off a good junior season where he averaged 13.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per/game last season. He looks prepared to have a big senior season.
Rhymes is a sure-fire basketball talent with division-I potential. With a strong senior season, Rhymes is one prospect that could see a jump in our Spring Rankings.
Another shooting guard prospect that is coming on very nicely and could also see a jump in our next player rankings is Boulder Creek HS 6-foot-4 senior guard Nick Johnson. Johnson is coming off a good spring and summer performance for himself, and he has developed physically since last season. As a result, Johnson has become a much more versatile performer - able to make plays much more off the dribble now for himself.
Johnson is among the purest shooters of the basketball in the state, and is able to knock down shots from almost everywhere on the floor. Whether he can defend players at his position or not will determine his level of college recruitment. His skill level makes him an easy target for smaller college programs.
Here are our new Fall Player Rankings for the shooting guard position in Arizona’s 2016 class. While we have not seen everyone at the position in the state, these individuals have proven to be the best at the position at this point in time.
Arizona Preps 2016 Class Fall Player Rankings – Shooting Guards (In Ranking Order)
1. Cameron Satterwhite 6-4 SR SG Gilbert Christian HS (Gilbert, AZ)
2. JJ Rhymes 6-3 SR SG Shadow Mountain HS (Phoenix, AZ)
3. Tyrell Henderson 6-3 SR SG Corona Del Sol HS (Tempe, AZ) - Committed to Portland State
4. Gresyn Rogers 6-4 SR SG Casa Grande HS (Casa Grande, AZ)
5. Dominic Rhymes 6-4 SR SG Fairfax HS (Phoenix, AZ)
6. Nick Johnson 6-4 SR SG Boulder Creek HS (Anthem, AZ)
7. Jacob Inclan 6-3 SR SG Sunnyside HS (Tucson, AZ)
8. Nick Nehls 6-4 SR SG Catalina Foothills HS (Tucson, AZ)
9. Antwan Ross 6-2 SR SG Basha HS (Chandler, AZ)
10. Dane Maggi 6-3 SR SG Sunnyslope HS (Phoenix, AZ)
11. Joey Cipolletti 6-1 SR SG Horizon HS (Scottsdale, AZ)
12. Corbin Lenderink 6-4 SR SG Scottsdale Christian Academy (Scottsdale, AZ)
13. Isaiah Murphy 6-3 SR SG Cienega HS (Tucson, AZ)
14. Bryan Battle 6-3 SR SG Higley HS (Chandler, AZ)
15. Julian Jones 6-2 SR SG Yuma Catholic HS (Yuma, AZ)
Fall Player Ranking Notes: Our player rankings have been determined by a body of work from each student-athlete. Each player’s body of work consisted of performances throughout the high school season, and also performances throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. A top performance throughout the high school season impacts a player’s ranking a great deal. A student-athlete’s performance throughout the fall, spring and summer will have an even bigger impact, since our staff is able to observe Arizona players in competition against much better local, regional and national competition. The complete body of work has been taken into consideration for each of our player rankings. Player rankings are based on a particular student-athlete’s ability to play the game of basketball – not academic performance, although a player can help him or herself if he/she is an excellent student. Rankings are done to help aid college coaches in their ability to identify the top student-athletes by position and class in the state. These rankings are forwarded to college coaches at every level throughout the country. Rankings will be updated throughout the year.