The combo guard position is always an interesting one to evaluate because I always feel like I see some constant traits, no matter where they might find themselves in the rankings. Most of these players are on here because of their versatility and ability to play multiple guard and wing positions, along with their ability to put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways. Let’s take a look at the top combo guards in the latest PGH Kentucky rankings update.
Johnson is a reliable guard for the Lady Aces. She can contribute a lot of good stuff on both sides of the ball and she consistently plays hard. Johnson has a really good shot and she can knock her shots down at a high percentage. In fact, she shot 38.8% from 3 last season. She’s also a strong free throw shooter and while she makes good drives to the basket, she also isn’t afraid to take contact to get to the line on those drives. Defensively, Johnson always seems to be in the right spots. She reads the passing lanes really well and can come up with multiple steals.
I actually think Trinh typically brings the ball down the floor and she’s a strong floor general. However, she’s also typically one of the best scorers on the floor. Trinh can score at all 3 levels and she’s a very crafty player. She can finish tough shots around the basket, knock down 3’s from deep range, and she can score in a variety of ways inside of the perimeter. Trinh can also create for her teammates and her court vision allows her to throw some impressive passes. She brings intensity and makes a lot happen defensively as well.
Bradley is a consistent, reliable, and versatile player. She can handle the ball, she sees the floor well, and she throws some great passes. She can create really good looks for herself and for her teammates. Bradley makes some really impressive drives to the basket and can score in creative ways around the rim, but she can also score through floaters or jump shots. She is a very fundamentally sound player in all aspects of the game. Bradley can also be a disruptive defender and it’s not surprising to see her come up with multiple steals in any given game.
Johnson is such a solid player and she has been highly impactful for her McCracken County program. She averaged 13.5 ppg for a Lady Mustangs team that went 31-2 last season. Johnson can put the ball in the basket at all 3 levels and she really makes good choices in in-game scenarios, along with her shot selection. She can drive and get into the paint where she can make a ton happen for both herself and teammates. If she sees a teammate open, she delivers them the ball. If she can score herself, she will either put the ball in the basket or draw fouls and then knock down free throws. Johnson is a great defender as well and she is really talented overall.
Daniels is one of the top defenders I’ve seen. She’s got great length and athleticism. She can lock down a player on the ball, but she can also get into the passing lanes to come up with steals or get blocks around the basket. Daniels is a talented offensive player as well. She makes strong drives to the basket and isn’t afraid to take the contact that comes with that. When she isn’t driving, she can also knock down shots or deliver passes to her teammates. Daniels has a lot of versatility in her game and she should have a really solid junior season ahead.
Hardin has great length and a knack for coming up with steals. She reads the passing lanes so well and consistently gets her hands on the ball to disrupt the opposing team’s offense. Hardin can put the ball in the basket inside or out. She is Bourbon County’s leading scorer after averaging 13.2 ppg last season. Hardin plays extremely hard and gives you 110% whenever she steps onto the floor.
Unkraut is a versatile guard who can make things happen with or without the ball in her hands. She has strong handles and she’s a crafty finisher. She can score via layups, floaters, pull up jumpers, and 3-pointers. Unkraut is long and has good instincts. She is St. Henry’s leading scorer going into this season, averaging 12.9 ppg as a sophomore. She also chipped in 5.4 rpg and was only 0.2 rpg shy of leading her team on the boards as well. Unkraut is certainly a player to watch for this year.