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Kendall J. Humphrey:
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October 23, 2013
By: Erik Podell (@CoachEPo) | SAGSports.com
Every low and mid major coach will tell you that guards are a dime a dozen and that post players are impossible to find!
While somewhat true, a dynamic backcourt can be the difference between a NCAA tournament bid and finishing at the
bottom of your league. Over the years, mid major back courts such as Jason Richards and Stephon Curry or Brett Comer
and Bernard Thompson can lead under dogs to deep runs in the NCAA tournament.
Basketball is a guard’s game and most teams will go as far as a quality backcourt duo will take them. Lead guards always
have the ball in their hands and for the most part dictate pace and possession. Elite wings that can knock down shots,
excel in transition, and cause havoc defensively.
Mid major coaches to need to be asking themselves these questions when evaluating guards. Who is the next Andrew
Goudelock? Who is the next Langston Hall? Who is the next Isaiah Canaan? Who is the next Torrey Craig? Who is the
next Saah Nimley?
If you can find hidden gems like the players mentioned above, coaches will be smiling come March. Below are a few
players who excelled over the past few months and could slide under the radar.
Kamil Williams (6’2, 2015, Lake Worth Christian, FL)
Strong, big body guard who is sneaky athletic and has a high basketball IQ. He bullies his way into the paint and is a good
passer. While streaky from 3, he has a good stroke and was consistent from mid range. Williams has a rep as scorer, but I
see a Point Guard if he understands that he needs to average 13 and 7 rather than 20 and 2. (Isaiah Canaan)
Lafayette Rutledge (6’0, 2014, Gautier High, MS)
The Mississippi native is one of the best shooters I saw all summer. He put on a shooting clinic at the Southeast Elite
Exposure camp in Atlanta. Rutledge knocked down 15 3’s in 3 games. While I am not sure if he is a Point Guard, there is
something to say about a guy who flat out shoots the ball. Low majors should make the trip to see this kid. (Tim Smith)
Paul West (6’0, 2014, First Academy, FL)
This Orlando product plays the game with an attitude. He is a Point Guard who is really crafty with the ball, makes open
3’s, and is quick enough to get by his defender. He has a good IQ and makes plays. He should be a solid position defender
at the next level. (Ben Woodside)
Isaiah Hobbs (6’3, 2014, Lake Worth Christian, FL)
This super athletic wing exploded on the scene at the Southeast Elite Exposure Camp in Orlando. Hobbs plays the game at
a different gear than most and really excels in transition. While still working on his range, Isaiah can knock down mid
range jumpers, but he is at his best in the full court, finishing above the rim. He has the ability to be an elite defender at
the college level. Recently, he received his first offer from UTPA. (Trevis Simpson)
Kendall Humphrey (6’0, 2014, Kings Ridge Christian, GA)
There is something to say about a player who is just steady. Humphrey does a little bit of everything and flew under the
radar due to an injury this summer. Kendall takes care of the ball and runs the show. He is a really quick, athletic guard
who pushes tempo, runs offense, and keeps his teammates happy. At the end of a game, Humphrey is a guy who has
8points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. He is also an excellent student. (Brad Loesing)
Luke Maddox (5’11, 2015, Gainesville High GA)
The two-sport star has a lot of substance to go along with his flash. Maddox plays with great enthusiasm, tenacity, and is a
natural leader. He can shoot the three and has a high IQ. Maddox still needs to understand the point guard position. He
doesn’t always make the easy play and can tend to over dribble, instead of pitching the ball ahead. (Travis Deiner)
Mason Daniel (6’2, 2014, Auburn High, AL)
This athletic wing shined over the summer. He scores in bunches from all 3 levels but really excels in transition. He plays
the game with a high motor and stays in attack mode. Athletically, he can provide you with a few highlight dunks and
some flashy finishes. Some guys just have a knack for scoring! (James Florence)