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Playmakers and scorers

12/9/2011
The No. 18 prospect in the class of 2013, Jessica Washington is a playmaker by nature who excels at getting the ball to her teammates in positions where they can succeed. Glenn Nelson/ESPN.com

When the USA Basketball U16 team was selected in May, the final roster lacked a point guard from the 2013 class.

While that could indicate that the class is thin at the position, one contributing factor was the wealth of elite lead guards in the class of 2014. Another reason could be the high number of scoring-minded point guards in the 2013 class.

With five of the top six point guards in the class of 2013 having combo guard abilities, look for this year's point guard crop to bring as much offense as they do playmaking ability.

Here is a look at the top six point guards in the ESPN HoopGurlz Top 25 in the class of 2013:

No. 10 Tyler Scaife

Scaife is the definition of a scoring guard. The 5-foot-8 Little Rock, Ark., native has the handle to play on the basketball, but on the next level she might be a primary scorer on the perimeter. Scaife has a skill-set similar to what Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins had as a high school prospect -- the ability to make shot after shot even when she is in charge of bringing the basketball up the floor. Scaife can hit the open jumper or attack the lane off the bounce to create scoring opportunities for herself and for her teammates. While Scaife has a ways to go to achieve what Diggins has so far, the potential and athleticism is there for her to be a dominant guard at the college level.

No. 17 Alexis "Lexie" Brown

While Brown was seen primarily as a combo guard early in her career, she has developed into one of the better all-around point guards in the country in recent months. At 5-9, the Suwanee, Ga., native couples her smooth perimeter stroke with a fluid perimeter game that affords her the ability to create shot opportunities for herself as well as for others. In addition to her offensive prowess, Brown has sticky fingers on the defensive side of the ball and finds ways to get into the passing lanes a couple of times a game.

No. 18 Jessica Washington

Washington stands out as more of a pure point guard than her other lead guard peers. The Tulsa, Okla., native is a playmaker by nature and seems comfortable getting her teammates the ball where they can be effective. At 5-8, she brings a combination of savvy play and intangible skills to the table that act as a basic definition for the classic point guard.

No. 22 Kianna Holland

Much has been made about Holland returning to play at such a high level after a knee injury last year. And for good reason. Given her ability to set the table for her teammates, create shots off the bounce and make open jumpers, the 5-9 prospect from Seneca, S.C., is one of the nation's more dominant guards. Her skill set is similar to Brown's in that they both appear much more comfortable playing the point than they did this time last year. Holland also showed that she can still fill it up, scoring 41 points for Seneca in a game earlier this week.

No. 23 Lindsay Allen

Allen has transitioned well to handling the ball and running a team at a high level. The Mitchellville, Md., native is one of the best passers in the class of 2013, and much of her game is based on her ability to make plays with the pass and attacking the basket off the dribble. The 5-8 Allen is a quality lead guard who does a good job playing to her strengths and masking her weaknesses.

No. 24 Rebekah Dahlman

Dahlman definitely falls into the "combo guard" category after playing alongside two four-stars guards, Rachel Banham in 2010 and Marissa Janning in 2011, in the North Tartan club team's backcourt the past two seasons. At 5-9, the Braham, Minn., native gives her potential college coach an interesting situation. She could serve as a bigger point guard with a speedy off guard beside her. That said, she plays a dual role of facilitator and scorer all club season. Long-term her ability to make clutch shots could see her off the ball more than not. Like Holland, Dahlman had a recent 40-plus performance, scoring 47 points in a Braham victory last Saturday.


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Brandon Clay is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as a recruiting analyst, event operator and trainer. He can be reached at bclay@peachstatehoops.com or you can follow him on Twitter @peachstatehoops.

Keil Moore is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the Director of Scouting for the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report - a division of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Moore has been involved in the community since 2007 as a recruiting analyst and trainer. He can be reached at kmoore@peachstatehoops.com or you can follow him on Twitter @keilmoore.