The list goes on.
On Wednesday, we released The Top 7 Freshmen.
On Thursday, it was The Top 7 Sophomores.
How has it stacked up so far? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any comments to add about the players on the lists?
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Today, we show the Top 7 Juniors:
Top 7 Juniors
1. Ryan Peyton, Corona del Mar: The word that comes to mind in regards to Ryan is consistency. If you want to beat him, you have can’t make errors, and more importantly, you must produce winners. His game is one reason the Sea Kings are holding down the No. 3 ranking in the county, and another reason Corona del Mar doesn’t figure to fall next year. He also has an exceptional on-court attitude and demeanor.
2. Mikey Zablan, Woodbridge: Along with Petyon, Mikey is probably the top two prospects in this class. Zablan packs all the necessary tools for a successful game, and his strokes are smooth and look easy-going. His game is going to steadily climb as his consistency improves. When he gets in trouble, it’s usually because he is missing the court too often. But he’s a fighter and doesn’t give in ever, and that’s a great quality to have.
3. Gavin Krogius, Santa Margarita: Gavin is a reason the Eagles team will remain solid into next year. He can present an argument to challenge the two guys ahead of him for the top junior in the county. He has the third highest ranking of any junior, coming in at No. 44 in the SoCal boys 16 and under seedings.
4. Jim Myers, Dana Hills: If you are looking for a player that’s cool, calm and collected, Jim is your guy. He has a laid-back and quiet demeanor on the court. That shouldn’t be mistaken for lack of competitiveness though. He wants to wins as badly as anyone. Jim uses two-hands on both wings and is most comfortable from the baseline. But he can punish the short balls so be careful.
5. Anthony Nguyen, University: A class list would seem naked if it didn’t include a Trojans player, right? Anthony fits that bill, and he’s become a integral part of the Trojans squad, as much for his game as his intangible contributions to the team in terms of leadership. He’s probably made the biggest jump on the team with his game, and it has him moving up the rankings. His latest is No. 109 in the SoCal 16 and unders. Coach John Kessler said his largest strides have come with his growing consistency.
6. James Gea, Irvine: James’ game is still growing, and that could be trouble for the rest of the Pacific Coast League come next season. He really possesses a strong forehand, and solid serve. As his backhand picks up and he becomes more comfortable at net, watch out. Like many players coming along, he is still developing the level of consistency needed to beat the players ranked ahead of him.
7. Mark Mahan, Sunny Hills: If it seems like the South County kids have been dominating the lists, it’s because they have. Mark breaks that trend with a North County guy now on the list. This junior steps on the court with a menacing serve and forehand. As he builds his game around it, his game should start to expand further.
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