Midwest Mania: Class Of 2022 PG Performance Rankings
June 4 2018
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — MADE Hoops’ Midwest Mania returned over the weekend as the Pacers Athletic Center played host to the second annual event. The tournament has quickly become a must-attend for elite youth teams in the region and showcased several of the top emerging floor generals from the Midwest. The following point guard rankings are based exclusively on each player’s respective performance while in action at this year’s Midwest Mania.
#1. MEKHI ELMORE | DAYTON WOLVES (OH)
It was quite the first impression for Elmore, who graded out as the top-rated point guard in attendance at #MidwestMania2k18, and put himself in elite company among Midwest region floor generals. The 5-foot-10 bucket-getter showed a knack for putting the ball in the basket at all three levels while also consistently making plays with the ball in his hands. A score-first player, his confidence, handle, and vision off the bounce are indicators that he’s equipped to play on-the-ball long-term. Elmore will need to continue to polish his understanding of the point guard position, but if he adds on a few more inches, he’ll be an extremely intriguing prospect.
#2. TREY DENNIS | NORTH COAST BLUE CHIPS (OH)
The 6-foot-1 power-guard was the strongest and arguably the most aggressive backcourt talent in attendance. Dennis was unstoppable getting to the rim and did an excellent job of converting his attempts in the lane. Few matched his overall production level but the Buckeye State prospect will need to continue to enhance his skills should his strength advantage become neutralized at the next level. During #MidwestMani2k18, he created space effortlessly, and as he extends his shooting range and polishes his touch from midrange, expect to see his name pop-up in recruiting headlines sooner than later.
#3. TAYLOR GROVES | EAB TIGERS (TN)
Groves continues to turn heads with his energy and tenacity on the defensive end. He has excellent instincts, blossoming playmaking skills, and is gaining confidence quickly. A smooth operator with the ball, Groves spent his time at #MidwestMania2k18 penetrating opposing defenses, using his athleticism to finish around the rim. I’ve acknowledged Groves for his play before but it is now time for others to recognize him as a legitimate Division I point guard prospect among Tennessee’s incoming freshmen class. The hope is he will continue to raise the bar.
#4. MASON DOCKS | DV45 ELITE (MI)
Docks continues to improve his all-around floor game and is embracing his leadership role for DV45. At #MidwestMania2k18, he blended scoring and playmaking, while showcasing deceptive quickness and athleticism. His vision is a big part of his success and his handle allows him to operate equally as efficient in halfcourt settings as he does in transition. The state of Michigan normally produces several Division I guards within each class and Docks should find himself in the mix among the Class of 2022 crop.
#5. JAHLIL SCOTT| KEY HOOPS CANADA (CAN)
No backcourt prospect jumped out to a quicker start at #MidwestMania2k18 than Scott, as his opening performance in a win against The Family (MI) was terrific. However, the ankle injury that he suffered at the end of that contest sidelined him for the remainder of the weekend, but not before the Canadian floor general displayed some new additions to his repertoire. The shifty lead guard is playing with extreme confidence since reclassifying to the Class of 2022 and proved to be a capable catch-and-shoot threat from the perimeter. Expect Scott to bounce back quickly and continue to make headlines when his team returns stateside during the month of July.