Unsigned Senior Notebook – January 15, 2020
London Riley is one of the top shooters in the State and one of the top available guards. Photo – Ty Freeman
Atlanta, Ga.– The regular season is coming to an end, there are still several guards and forwards around the peach state that will help a college program next season. Here are several unsigned seniors that have took advantage of the spot light this season.
6’6” F Quincy Canty (Cedar Shoals)
Canty fits the mold of a modern-day stretch forward and has been putting up big numbers to help Cedar Shoals reach an 18-1 record so far this season. His 3-point shooting ability at 6’6” is impressive and he has also displayed a nice mid-range game this winter. When he’s staying active, Canty is a really good rebounder on both the offensive and defensive glass. I feel like his motor has improved this season and he’s committing more to banging and getting physical in the paint. It’s been a common occurrence in 2019-20 to see Canty scoring close to 30 points and securing 10+ rebounds in a single game. He can get going on offense in multiple areas and can go on impressive rebounding stretches. His versatility and development should leave numerous coaches encouraged and wanting to track him.
6’3” SG London Riley (Discovery)
Everyone talks about the need for shooting and how valuable shooters are, and that’s exactly what Riley is- a shooter. With his quick release, soft touch, and considerable range, Riley is a guy whose shot you expect to go in almost every time. Once a few drop, he’s very hard to cool down. At Holiday Hoopsgiving, Riley he connected on 7 3’s and has had some other exceptional shooting games this year and throughout his career. This talk about his shooting prowess goes without mentioning the fact that he is a really good athlete who can lock down on defense and get above the rim easily for dunks. Riley has been able to show other parts of his offensive game this season, but his ability to make shots is what will have coaches calling.
6’2” G Ryan Landers (Walnut Grove)
Landers has size and athletic ability as a lead guard that immediately stand out. At 6’2” with explosive leaping ability and a solid frame, stopping Landers from getting in the lane and making things happen is a difficult task. He’s adept at getting past initial defenders, absorbing contact, and hanging in the air to finish in traffic or get to the line unlike many others. He has a pretty mature, calm game too, which you don’t always see from a guy with his athletic ability. Landers has made consistent strides with his outside shot as well and is continuing to add to consistency from beyond the arc, both off the catch or dribble. His aforementioned physical qualities are also assets on the defensive end; Landers can really frustrate ball-handlers, gets deflections off the ball, and snag rebounds for a guard. He has a lot of schools giving him a hard look and I wouldn’t be surprised if more jump in soon.
6’5” W Ra’Sean Frederick (Therrell)
There aren’t many other unsigned prospects in Georgia that possess the type of versatility on both sides that Frederick has. A hard-nosed 6’5” wing with long arms and smooth movements, Frederick is capable of manning multiple positions. Defensively, he moves well enough to contain smaller guards, and although he isn’t super bulky, Frederick has the length and toughness to defend forwards inside. Frederick is a good rebounder who will grab boards and initiate the break himself effectively. He has proven to be a reliable finisher, especially when he gets to his left hand and can extend from shot-blockers. The improvement he has made with his perimeter shot has been steady, as evident by his 7 made 3’s against North Gwinnett a few weeks ago. Frederick comes into games with the right mentality and has a ceiling that should make him a popular late target.
6’4” SG Chandler Baker (The Walker School)
A well-rounded scorer with size off the ball, Baker can put up points in a hurry and poses a difficult cover for many guards at the high school level. Baker is a sturdy 6’4”+ and is a very competent shot-maker off the dribble. He gets to his spots quickly, gets good elevation, and has a confident release. When defenders start to play him for his mid-range pull-ups, Baker has no issue slashing to the basket banging in 3’s either. I’ve liked the approach Baker takes as he is energetic and gives good effort on both ends of the floor even when he may not be the one scoring all the points. There may not be a ton of flash to his game, but Baker is skilled, efficient, and has a body that will continue to fill out.
Trent Markwith is a scout/evaluator for On the Radar Hoops.
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