JUCO guards expected to make the jump to Division One

Pictured is  NEO Guard Brian Moore, no. 24.  Photo NEO Athletics
Pictured is NEO Guard Brian Moore, no. 24. Photo NEO Athletics

By:  Sean Paul | JUCOWeekly Contributor

 

Here are some players who look ready to make the JUCO to D1 jump next season at the guard position. Some have already announced where they'll play next year, while others still have open recruitments. 

 

1.) Brian Moore - Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

The ultra-athletic guard averages 18.4 points on 59.4 percent shooting from the field in the first month of his sophomore season. In terms of recruiting, Moore re-opened his recruitment recently, after initially announcing he'd decide between Wichita State, DePaul, and Iona. Despite not being a three-point shooting threat, the 6-foot-3 guard is one of the NJCAA's best. 

 

2.) Tyrone Williams - Grayson CC

One of the first 2022 Junior College prospects to announce their commitment to a Division One school is elite-scorer Tyrone Williams. The nation's top-leading scorer signed his letter of intent at Oregon recently. Of course, you can't think about JUCO Players going D1 without thinking of former Oregon star Chris Duarte, who was the 13th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft by Indiana. 

 

3.) Marvin McGhee III - South Georgia Tech

The sophomore guard quickly made his mark as one of Junior College's elite shooters -- knocking down 51 percent of his threes in the first few weeks. McGhee's not quite a household name in the recruiting world yet, but his shooting will land him at the Division One level come 2022-23.

 

4.) German Plotnikov - North Platte

Plotkinov is the 13th highest-scoring player in the country at the moment, with 23.9 points on average. The 6-foot-6 guard scores from all three levels, also providing versatile playing on the ball or off the ball. His ability to play the point if needed at his size is super valuable. 

 

5.) Love Bettis - Coffeyville

One of the few holdovers from last year's NJCAA D1 champions, Love Bettis, returned to Coffeyville as their go-to option without Tylor Perry. The 5-foot-10 guard boosted his average scoring from 11 points to 19, but his shooting percentages have dipped. There's no questioning the talent level of the dynamic point guard from Coffeyville. 

 

6.) Kevon Wiggins - Lamar CC

Wiggins averaged 20.2 points and shot 39.4 percent from three during his freshman year in 2020-21. As a sophomore, he's averaging 21.5 points but only shooting 14-42 from three (30%.) I'd expect the overall shooting number to rebound as there are many more games to play, but Wiggins is an elite guard at the Junior College level and will play at the D1 level in 2022-23. 

 

7.) Dominique Ford - Southern Nevada

Ford announced his pledge to the University of Idaho in the Big Sky conference a few weeks back. Ford's main skill is shooting the ball from 15-feet or longer. A great shot-creator at the shooting guard spot.

 

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