There are at least 4 guys who I think can be primary ballhandlers next year and 3 others who will definitely play, too. Identifying which of those lead ballhandler types emerge is going to be very interesting.
Jalen Harris is going to need to play a major role next year. C.J. told me last week he’s looked really good in practice. Him learning the system and practicing against the seniors this year will be valuable. Interested to see if he turns into more of a scorer.
I really like Keyshawn Embery. He should play and have the ball in his hands a lot. Bouncy, great scoring instincts, tight handle and can get his shot off the bounce and in creative ways.
Jordan Phillips is another who looks like he may be comfortable handling and creating. He’s 6-7 and versatile, which is big.
Desi Sills is a combo guard type who I think will fit what they’re trying to do. Not quite as big as Embery, but has a strong frame like him. Gritty guy. Everyone I talk to about him raves about how he impacts winning.
As far as the others, I really like Isaiah Joe. Long, great shooter, underrated handle and feel for the game. He’ll play PG in high school this year, which should be beneficial. Maybe he can add some playmaking off the bounce.
C.J., to me, is still a ways from being someone who can create for himself. That said, in this system he doesn’t have to be able to in order to flourish. He can come off pindowns or dribble handoffs and rise up or get into his mid-range pull-up game. Adding the ability to get all the way to the rim consistently is the next evolution of his game.
Darious also still needs to improve his handle and shot, but obviously he does so much else to impact the game. He has a really high ceiling.
Those seven guys will make up the backcourt. Not all of them will be able to play big minutes, so the summer and fall will be pretty competitive.