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California’s Best High School Basketball Players: Meet the State’s Top Shooting Guards – High School Sports News, Scores, Videos, Rankings

The most dominant and talented shooting guards in all of California high school basketball are taking shape as teams across the state play their regular season finals before the playoffs begin. From Sierra Canyon’s Amari Bailey to Stockton Lincoln’s Miles Byrd, California is full of talented shooting guards.

The main criteria for SBLive’s Best Shooting Guards are 2021-22 stats, movie reviews, coaching chats, and college interest. The list was compiled by SBLive reporter Bodie DeSilva.



(Players are listed in alphabetical orderr)

Amari Bailey – Sierra Canyon – Senior

Bailey is closing in on 100 wins during his time with the Trailblazers and is a consensus five-star rookie. The UCLA signee was named California State Player of the Year by SBLive in 2021 after averaging 29 points, nine rebounds and seven rebounds per game. It has Sierra Canyon as the top team in California this year as they eye another state championship.

Troy Barbarin Jr. – Arlington – Senior

Barbarin has been one of the Southern Section’s top scorers for the past two seasons. After averaging 18 points per game last season, he took that to nearly 22 points per game, including a 38-point performance against Oakwood in December.

JV Brown – Rolling Hills Prep – Junior

Brown provided solid outside shots for a Huskies team that is 19-1. He led Rolling Hills Prep with 24 points in their only loss to Crean Lutheran in December.

Seth Brown – Orange Lutheran – Senior

Brown was the Lancers’ leading scorer, leading the team to 15 wins for the first time since 2018. He had 40 points and seven made it three in a January win over Fairmont Prep.

Miles Byrd – Lincoln (Stockton) – Senior

Byrd is averaging 17 points and six rebounds per game for the 20-3 Trojans. He signed with San Diego State in November, choosing the Aztecs over Washington and Minnesota.

Darius Carr – St. Bernard – Junior

Carr was named Westchester’s tournament MVP after scoring 30 points in the championship against Bishop Montgomery. He’s one of the most explosive scorers in the state and continues to get offers from schools all over the West Coast.

Gabriel Cummings – Long Beach Poly – Senior

Cummings was a long-range sniper for the Jackrabbits during his senior season, connecting on more than 40% of his three-point attempts. He helped Poly win an undefeated Moore League championship.

Buckley Dejardin – Saint-François – Senior

DeJardin had some big hits for the Knights throughout his senior season, including a 28-point performance in a big win over Long Beach Poly last month. He’s heading to Carnegie Mellon.

Rob Diaz – JSerra – Senior

Diaz took a big step forward in his second season with the Lions, leading them to a 15-9 regular season. He recently had 27 points in a win over Marina and followed that up with 30 points in a one-point win over Orange Lutheran.

Joseph Hunter Jr. – San Joaquin Memorial – Senior

Hunter posted huge numbers all season for the Panthers 17-6. He recently surpassed the 2,000 career points mark and scored a school-best 54 points in Thursday’s win over Madera South. He signed with Fresno State.

Bronny James – Sierra Canyon – Junior

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No player in the country robs them like James, LeBron’s son. Now in his third season with the Trailblazers, James continues to improve his game while playing with a busy Sierra Canyon team.

Luis Marin – Santa Maria St. Joseph – Junior

Marin is averaging over 12 points per game while topping the stat sheet in other categories with seven rebounds and six assists per game. He’s shooting 40% from three points and helped the Knights get off to a 22-2 start.

Isaac Martinez – Clovis West – Junior

Martinez and the Golden Eagles have been one of the best upsets in the state so far this season, going 25-1 as they close out the regular season. Martinez exploded for 31 points in a triple overtime win over Clovis North in December.

Jared McCain – Corona Centennial – Junior

McCain was named to SBLive’s California All-Sophomore team last season after averaging 15 points per game. He proved to be one of the best shooters in the country, with Duke, Gonzaga and UCLA among his many offerings.

Camden McCormick – Francis Parker – Senior

McCormick has scored big this season for the Lancers and is one of the best rebounding guards in Southern California. He posted a triple-double of 19 points, ten rebounds, ten assists against Bishop’s last month and is within ten points of 1,000 for his career.

Jaqari Miles – West Ranch – Junior

Miles is averaging 17 points per game for a West Ranch team full of talented underclassmen. In last week’s game against Modesto Christian, Miles had 29 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Vyctorious Miller – Crean Lutheran – Sophomore

Miller has formed a great pairing with UCSB signee Koat Keat this season, pushing the Saints to fifth in SBLive’s men’s basketball rankings in California. Miller’s impressive play has earned him offers from Kansas, USC, UCLA and more.

Darrell Morris – Crean Lutheran – Sophomore

Morris has been a sniper this season for the Saints, who are 21-3 going into their final regular season game. He had 19 points for Crean Lutheran in their game against Corona Centennial

Gavin Murphy – Calabasas – Junior

Murphy is an excellent shooter and has posted big numbers for the Coyotes all season in addition to showing off his skills as a distributor.

Kollen Murphy – Colony – Junior

Murphy is one of many players who had a stellar season, finishing the regular season with a 23-2 record. Murphy did everything the Titans needed including an eight point, seven rebound, seven assist and seven steal performance against Bonita.

Luke Olmstead – coastal Christian – senior

Olmstead has posted ridiculous scores for the Conquerors this season, averaging 32 points per game. He has scored 45 or more points on five occasions and recently scored 51 points in a win over Cuyama Valley.

Nico Ponce – Germany – Senior

Ponce put down opponents after knocking down 111 three-pointers in his sophomore season on 53% shooting. He continued that shooting prowess now in his final season for the Warriors.

Kelcy Phipps – Bishop Montgomery – Junior

Phipps has the Knights sitting at 16-2 as they play their final two regular season games this weekend. Phipps is averaging 14 points per game and was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Ryse Williams Pacific Shores Tournament.

Mikey Price – Sierra Canyon – Junior

Price transferred from Ribet Academy before the season and only added to the Trailblazers stable of goaltenders. He had 16 points in last month’s win over Campbell Hall.

Tyrone Riley – St. Pie X-St. Matthias Academy – Second year

Riley has been on a scoring list lately, helping the Warriors stay unbeaten in the league. He had 40 points and ten rebounds in a win over Bosco Tech and followed that up with 26 points in a win over St. Genevieve.

Damian Ruiz – Linfield Christian – Senior

Ruiz has had buckets all season for the Lions. He scored in double figures in all 27 games, averaging 27 points per game and scored 40 or more points twice this season while shooting 39% from long range.

Chance Stephens – Riverside Poly – Senior

Stephens has been engaged in Rhode Island for over a year. He is one of the best shooters in the South Section and is one of only two seniors on this year’s team to finish the season with a third consecutive Ivy League title.

Dusty Stromer – Sherman Oaks Notre Dame – Junior

Stromer teams up with Creighton-bound Ben Shtolzberg to form one of the best backyards in California. Stromer is averaging 22 points and seven rebounds per game while shooting 42% on three. UCLA, Arizona, and Illinois are among the many schools that have extended scholarship offers.

Jack Turner – Saint John Bosco – Second year

Turner is averaging 15 points per game this season for the Braves and has proven himself as a sharpshooter, connecting on just under 50% of his three-point attempts this year.

Mac West – Capistrano Valley Christian – Senior

West has averaged in double digits each of the last three seasons, steadily increasing his total each year. Now in his senior season, West is averaging 18 points per game for the Eagles 17-7 while shooting 39% from deep.

Makaih Williams – Capistrano Valley Christian – Senior

Williams has been a force for the Eagles since making his senior season debut in late December. He averages 20 points per game to go along with five rebounds and five assists.