John H. Guyer High School (Denton, TX) is climbing national rankings and looking to wake America up.
As the 2017-2018 boys basketball season heats up… preseason rankings crumble, and new stars reveal themselves. The Guyer Wildcats are emerging as one of the top teams in the country. It seems they are hitting their stride at the perfect time. With all the pieces falling into place and key players returning… This could be a season to remember for the Wildcats. The program has previously never been ranked and seems to be ready to step up in the spotlight.
To begin the season, Guyer had many reasons to be optimistic. Starting with the hometown kid Devion Harmon. A 6’1 point guard with a competitive streak that rivals Russell Westbrook’s. He turned lots of heads during his stellar summer on the Nike EYBL circuit (where he played up in the 17u division as a sophomore). As a four-star recruit, he garnered national attention and offers from the likes of Marquette, LSU and the Oklahoma University Sooners which he recently committed to. So far in his junior campaign he’s averaging 21 points and 11 assist per game for the Wildcats. Along with steady production he definitely is the catalyst for Guyer. Coming up huge in match ups against Austin Westlake and South Garland, he’s secured his place as one of the top guards in the country. Always the fiery and intense leader he keeps the team’s energy level high, and calms things when the pressure’s on. His veteran leadership will be paramount if the Wildcats are to reach their potential this season.
Another major component of this seasons’s success is Georgetown commit Grayson Carter. The 6-9 C/F is a match up nightmare. He possesses great touch around the rim, while having the ability to stroke it from behind the arc. Carter really expands driving lanes for his teammates, by drawing opposing big out to the perimeter. This has been Guyer’s recipe so far this season…EXPLOIT MISMATCHES!!!
While the Guyer Wildcats have no shortage of mismatches, Jalen Wilson might be the biggest mismatch In the arsenal. The 6’8 wing was a 20 ppg player on the Adidas circuit this summer, also playing up in the 17u division as a sophomore. High major programs like Arizona State, Purdue and Kansas have already offered while he is also receiving interest from blue bloods UCLA, Michigan State and UNC. It’s not hard to see why! His size and strong frame allow him to bang inside where he’s an elite finisher. His perimeter game has also really improved this season. While he’s always had great offensive skills on the wing… the biggest development is being able to defend smaller quicker guards. This has taken his recruitment to another level. The upside for this kid is through the roof, and he will be the X factor as they make their run for a state title.
Dallas area high school basketball in 2017, is stocked FULL of the nations’s top talent. In this environment it takes more than a ranked player or two in order to make a deep playoff run (or to win consistently for that matter!). Fortunately for the Wildcats they have some very experienced 4 underclassmen. Sophomores Tyler McGhie and Jakobe Coles both played on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer. McGhie is a sharp shooter that came up with a huge 3 to seal the win (and Guyer’s closest game of the season) vs Midlothian and preserve the ‘Cats undefeated record. Coles is a a 6’7 forward that can score it with the best of them. Around the rim his glass work is something to see. Very crafty and efficient, he is an effortless scorer.
It will not get easier for this team is opponents in 2018 either. Senior guard LaTrae Darthard will return off of injury the last week of December and create havoc. The 6’4 Darthard is a long athletic lockdown defender and returning starter from last years squad. With such an experienced group of upperclassman leading the way for such a talented group of underclassmen, the Wildcats look to maintain their hot start on the road to a state championship. Currently #30 on USA Today’s National Rankings (computer) and #6 on Rivals, it would seem the Guyer Wildcats have the stage set and are headed in the right direction!