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Heat Map: The five best available PGs nationally in 2023

31, Aug 2022

Heat Map: The five best available PGs nationally in 2023

As the summer is getting closer and closer to an end and as school is in session around the country, our best available lists are shrinking.

In todays’ Heat Map, we look at the five best available point guards in the class of 2023 and where they are at with their respective recruitments.

Isaiah Collier

Atlanta, GA

Class
2023
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6' 3"
|
School Team
National
1
National Pos. Rank
1
State
1
State Pos. Rank
1

When we were compiling our rankings for the class of 2023, we talked about putting Isaiah Collier number one. The logic was this - he’s consistently productive, he has owned his match0-ups, he’s gotten bigger and stronger when he was out with an injury.

When the August camps came around, he was dominant in the settings that was founded on getting better and growing in competition. Collier owned it. He was brilliant.

Collier looks like the player who will be the most consistent and game-ready of this class when you look at the college game. From a pro point of view, Collier has the tools to develop into a guard like Jalen Brunson. Or better.

On the recruiting front, he’s been aggressive on his visit tour. Collier has been to Cincinnati, Michigan, UCLA and USC.

As we draw closer to the early signing period and more players are committing, it will be interesting to see how his recruitment moves forward.

If we were to handicap it, it feels like Cincinnati and USC are in a good position.

London Johnson

Norcross, GA

Class
2023
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6' 3"
|
National
28
National Pos. Rank
4
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

As the early signing day quickly approaches, you probably aren’t going to see Johnson’s name pop up too much with colleges and universities.

It feels like the guard who last played at Norcoss (GA) HS is likely going to write his own story. It feels more and more like Johnson is going to be a G League Ignite player.

Fellow Atlanta area prep star Scoot Henderson has thrived in that system.

Johnson has thrived in International compassion with Jamaica’s U17 team.

AJ Johnson

Simi Valley, CA

Class
2023
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6' 5"
|
National
15
National Pos. Rank
3
State
8
State Pos. Rank
2

If you were to do a deep dive into our 2023 national rankings, you could make a strong argument that Johnson has the biggest chance to jump into the 5-star, elite status of this rather lackluster class.

He was impressive at the Chris Paul guard camp over the weekend in Los Angeles. Blessed with great size, versatility in the backcourt and an ever-improving skillset, Johnson could be one of the most attractive players for the level beyond college. There are a lot of facets of his game that warrant a closer look.

He’ll be at Donda Academy in Los Angeles and he’ll play a schedule that dots the nation this scholastic season.

On the recruiting front, his interest spans across several conferences across the country. In the mix: LSU, NC State, Texas, USC and Louisville.

Tylaur Johnson

Newark, NJ

Class
2023
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6'
|
School Team
National
59
National Pos. Rank
10
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

Johnson was great at the Pangos All-American Festival last weekend in Long Beach.

The energetic and exciting guard from St. Benedict’s in New Jersey has an extra gear in his arsenal that we don’t see from too many other guards.

His recruitment has some upcoming activity. According to reports, Johnson will take an official visit to Pittsburgh (9-1) and Ole Miss (9/24).

Edgerrin James Jr.

Orlando, FL

Class
2023
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6' 1"
|
School Team
National
61
National Pos. Rank
9
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

Rounding out the five best available point guards in the class of 2023, James is in the home stretch of his requirement.

The son of NFL Hall of Famer Edgerrin James is down to LSU, Georgia and Cincinnati.

All three of those programs would allow James to play right away as a freshman. He has a game that would translate for early minutes and a key part of a team’s rotation.


Justin Young
Editor-in-Chief

Justin Young has been the editor-in-chief of HoopSeen.com since 2013. He manages the day-to-day operations on the site and in conjunction with our national and regional events. He was the national basketball editor for Rivals.com and a contributing editor at Yahoo! Sports. Young has been earned numerous awards for his work in sports journalism, including the Georgia Press Association Columnist of the Year. His Justin Young Basketball recruiting service has been in existence since 2002 and worked with over 300 schools from all levels. He is the director of HoopSeen Elite Preview camps and our national Preview camp series.