The basketball season begins one month from today. Here is a look at the area's best two guards.
Nick Fruendt, 6-5, Jr, Batavia: The best two guard in the state. This season he will be out to prove he's the best junior.
Darius Smith, 6-2, So, Marshall: Unbelievably poised as a freshman.
Trey Blue, 6-2, Sr, Thornwood: The most unjustly ignored player in the area, even after his gutsy performance in the state tournament last season.
Mustapha Farrakhan, 6-4, Sr, Thornton: Long, strong and athletic. His shooting blows very hot and very cold.
Ceola Clark, 6-2, Sr, Warren: Tremendous passing skills, scoring average should rise this season.
THE UP AND COMING
Marcus Jordan, 6-3, So, Loyola: Overpowered opponents at the soph level.
Chris Colvin, 6-2, So, Young: Showed flashes of greatness last season.
Larry Dumas, 6-3, Sr, Bloom: The toughest guard in the area. Plays hard at all times.
Jeremy Montgomery, 6-1, Jr, Lincoln Park: Excellent shooter, needs to be more aggressive.
Dion Dixon, 6-1, Jr, Crane: Silky smooth game. Needs to develop a consistent shot.
Antonio Topps, 6-2, Sr, Leo: Played fourth fiddle to Rose, Gordon and Flowers on Meanstreets Express. Expect him to put up some impressive numbers this year for Leo.
Justin Taylor, 6-2, Sr, Hillcrest: An amazing athlete. Showed a lot of progress last season. Started playing within the flow of the game.
Richie Walker, 6-1, Sr, Bogan: He is as good a scorer as anyone in the state. Lacking on defense.
Justin Hightower, 6-2, Sr, Proviso West: Played well over the summer. He'll get a chance to gain some attention over Christmas.
Reggie Shipp, 6-2, Sr, West Aurora: Understated game. He doesn't do anything great but does everything well.
TWO TO WATCH
John Moran, 6-1, Jr, Jacobs: Great from three, solid all-around game.
Brian Bradley, 6-4, Jr, Lockport: Opened eyes in the supersectional last year. Very active and athletic.