Class of 2004: The Year of the Point Guard

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Class of 2004: The Year of the Point Guard

Brian Stinnette
June 16, 2003

Led by Shaun Livingston (Peoria Central), the top point guard in the United States, the Illinois Class of 2004 is best described as the “year of the point guard”, as it is loaded with a number of talented point guard prospects.

Aside from Livingston, the class also features Justin Cerasoli (West Aurora), Justin Dentmon (Carbondale), Trent Meacham (Champaign Centennial) Jeremy Fears (Joliet) and Jarryd Loyd (Niles West). Cerasoli, who has offers from a number of high major programs, is clearly the #2 point guard behind Livingston.

Trent Meacham has improved his stock more than any other prospect in the state this spring. He must now be considered a Top 10 prospect in this class. Both Meacham and Justin Dentmon are generating high major interest. Fears could also get a high major offer. Meanwhile Loyd remains steady, consistent and the anchor of one of the best backcourts in the state.

When we update our Class of 2004 rankings later this week, Livingston, Cerasoli, Dentmon and Meacham will all be ranked in the Top 10. While Fears and Loyd both remain Top 15 prospects.

Point guard talent in the Class of 2004 doesn’t end with the Big 6. Other point guards of note include Jerod Haynes (Chicago Hales Franciscan), Jaeh Thomas (West Aurora), Jason Richards (Barrington), Terry Jeffries (East Aurora), J.B. Jones (Belleville West), Jarrett Starwood (Waubonsie Valley), Wes McCorkle (Moline) Stephon Hannah (Chicago Hyde Park) and Matt Marino (Chicago St. Patrick).