The 2026 class at #DownByTheRiver had some solid players on display. Here are a few of the backcourt standouts that had solid showings… Wyatt Miller (5’10/SG) Team: Chattanooga Elite 2026 Instagram: W_miller12 Twitter: @N/A It was evident early…
The 2026 class at #DownByTheRiver had some solid players on display. Here are a few of the backcourt standouts that had solid showings…
Wyatt Miller (5’10/SG)
Team: Chattanooga Elite 2026
It was evident early on that Wyatt is a player that Chattanooga Elite looks upon for perimeter scoring as he came out looking for his shot. He struggled early, but when he found the range, he shot the ball with efficiency.
He shot it well off the bounce as he got to his spots and was a factor shooting the rock in the 10-15 foot area.
Wyatt has a good technique but needs to work on getting a quicker release that will be much needed in his c&s opportunities as he continues his journey in the game.
William Langrum (5’9/SG)
Team: CSA 2026
William was one of the youngsters I enjoyed watching play at #DownByTheRiver. He was highly aggressive off the bounce and got downhill with purpose. He made his presence felt on the offensive end of the floor as he was constantly putting pressure on defenders. It has been said that good players will ’get theirs,’ and William is starting to touch the surface of being that caliber player.
As he improves his perimeter J and gets more explosive athletically, there is no telling just how good he can be.
He is a hard-playing youngster to monitor in the 2026 class. Outside of being an emerging prolific scorer, he impacts the game on the glass, in transition, and on the defensive end of the floor. He is a player to keep an eye on as he continues expanding his game.
Landon Woods (5’7/PG)
Team: Arkansas All Red 2026
Landon is listed as a PG but could easily be considered a combo guard as he showed an ability to score the rock off the bounce. He was one of the toughest players to contain off the bounce as he won his one-on-one match-ups the majority of the game, which I watched him play. He was impressive in iso situations, and defenders had their hands full whenever the ball was in Landon’s hands.
He also put on display his court vision and was dropping dimes that led to easy buckets.
The only knock I have on his game from what I saw in the one game I saw him play was his ability to maintain his composure during intense moments. He is not a hot head; he just has to understand that it is ok to play with passion, but do it in a way that does not cause him to get out of what his team needs from him at the moment. Besides that, he showed his ability to be a very productive scorer off the bounce.
Joshua Sanfratello (5’0/CG)
Team: Team Stark 2026
Josh is listed as a CG but was most effective when facilitating. He is small but played with a lot of heart and grit. He played with poise and was a playmaker for his squad, even though his one-on-one match-ups put him in disadvantageous situations on both ends of the court. In the game against the Misfits, whose guards were bigger and more athletic, Josh had to rely on his fundamentals and his skill set to be a factor for his squad.
He showed good vision and a good ability to hit his teammates with on-time and on-target passes.
Like I said, he is small, standing at 5’0, but he played fearlessly.
Parker Hogan (5’5/SG)
Team: Team Birmingham Wildcats 2026
Parker is a small guard who showed his ability to be a reliable floor general. What he lacks in size and athleticism, he made up with his ability to handle the rock and facilitate. He has a nice overall game as he showed flashes of potential in numerous areas, as he shot it well, was a good passer, and, as mentioned, took care of the ball, limiting his turnovers.
He must continue working on his strength and speed as he prepares for life at the high school level.
Jaehden Johnson (5’7/CG)
Team: North Alabama Elite 2026
I have put ink on JJ before, and from the last time he was in one of my articles, he has definitely improved his overall game. His IQ has improved, and he is an all-around more comfortable and confident player with the ball in his hands. His level of maturity is what separated him from the other backcourt players in the 2026 class.
He showed his development in being a solid ball-handler in ball-screen action.
His decision-making skills and ability to get teammates the ball in places where they can be productive are also areas in which he has really improved. I really like the trajectory in which JJ’s game is headed, as he has the potential to really blossom into a solid guard that will make noise in the state of AL.
Tristan Perry (5’5/PG)
Team: AYSA Panthers 2026
One word that can sum up Tristan’s play is facilitator. He is a small PG but played big in the games in which I saw him compete. He brings a lot to the game as he showed a good understanding of situations and where the ball needed to be each possession.
Even though he played with a nice pace, he had an aggressive mindset with the ball in his hands and was in attack mode more often than not.
He is still developing his point guard IQ, and he showed promise at #DownByTheRiver.
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