2026 Review: Up & Coming Guards
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These guards bring value as perimeter shotmaker, possessing quick releases that may be leveraged under a variety of circumstances. There is no doubt these prospects have upside and are likely to become impact players over the coming months for their…
These guards bring value as perimeter shotmaker, possessing quick releases that may be leveraged under a variety of circumstances. There is no doubt these prospects have upside and are likely to become impact players over the coming months for their schools.
– Denver East
Valdez brings plenty of intrigue as a two-way perimeter threat, bringing a lightning quick release on the jumper. The incoming sophomore brings high upside as a complementary perimeter shooter, likely in the 95th percentile in the state for shot quickness. What leaves so much upside for Valdez is her defensive instincts, proving to be a capable shot blocker from help side situations. She is an ambidextrous blocker, capable of helping onto opponents to block shots with either hand, significantly expanding her reach on such opportunities. Her continued growth as a halfcourt facilitator will be fascinating, given her shotmaking talents.
– Highlands Ranch
Dumas is an excellent playmaker and lead ball handler, constantly seeking out driving lanes to attack the rim. The guard utilizes her low center of gravity to slither into the lane, active as a finisher around the rim. Like any facilitator, Dumas keeps her eyes up at all times, ready to survey the multiple options available on drives, such as a kick out for a shooter. Her quick release on the spot-up jumper allows her to be moldable in a variety of offensive settings, capable of spacing the floor if necessary.
– George Washington
Honeycutt is a selfless player who seeks out the best possible shot, whether that be for herself or teammates. The guard does a great job pushing the pace in transition, all while keeping her eyes up for the best opportunities. She is an assertive driver, attacking downhill with multiple options in mind. Should opponents wall off the lane, trust that Honeycutt will make the extra pass to a corner shooter or get to her jump stop to reset the play. Defensively, she brings a high motor, impacting opponents through traps and active hands.
Kennedy Spellman – Mountain Vista
Spellman is among the most prolific shooters in the state, regardless of class. There are few guards who possess her confidence beyond the arc, as well as her range. Perfectly capable of knocking down volleyball line threes, Spellman will be among the highest volume three point shooters in the state over the coming years. Her continued growth as a downhill scorer will be fascinating, especially when considering how much gravity she possesses beyond the arc. She will be taking her talents to Mountain Vista, taking on a highly competitive Continental League.
Monroe is a quick decision maker off the catch, getting downhill or taking a jumper immediately. The guard brings a fast pace of play, getting plenty of driving lanes off of jabs and rip throughs. Her quick first step is another aid to her access into the paint, creating the initial advantage quickly. Although an excellent downhill scorer, Monroe can stretch out the floor on spot-up jumpers, not wavered by incoming contests.