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College Basketball Recruiting: 10 Best Guards in America Under Six-Feet Tall

Eric HampfordContributor IIIDecember 6, 2011

College Basketball Recruiting: 10 Best Guards in America Under Six-Feet Tall

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    Although it seems as though the players in the National Basketball Association are getting bigger and bigger each year, there will always be space for elite, bite-sized guards in the league. 

    Players such as Muggsy Bogues, Spud Webb, Terrell Brandon, Damon Stoudamire, Earl Boykins and Nate Robinson have proved that despite being under 6' tall, you can still easily carve a niche for yourself at the highest level of basketball.

    Littered among the best players found all over the country, there are several elite point guards who don't let their height hinder their ability to dominate games. 

    Here are the 10 best guards under the 6-foot mark that you will find anywhere in the entire country.

1. Yogi Ferrell

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 160 pounds

    High School: Park Tudor High School (IN)

    Class: Senior

    The future Indiana Hoosier is going to make an immediate splash in red and white next season. He gets to the rim whenever he wants, and pushes the ball up and down the floor at breaking speed.

    He punishes defenses by constantly getting into the lane and creating scoring opportunities for himself as well as his teammates. Oh, and to make matters worse for the opposition, he is an elite shooter.

2. Tyler Lewis

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 165 pounds

    High School: Oak Hill Academy (VA)

    Class: Senior

    Don't let the looks fool you. When Tyler Lewis steps on the floor, he is capable of embarrassing anyone in his way. He is extremely quick and can beat anyone to the lane.

    He also is a crafty passer and a shooting assassin from long-distance. He is one of the most exciting guards to watch in America, and North Carolina State has a future star coming its way next season.

3. Dominic Artis

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 165 pounds

    High School: Findlay College Prep (NV)

    Class: Senior

    There isn't a high school point guard whose stock has soared more over the past year than Dominic Artis. He has remarkable ball-handling skills and sees the court better than most players his age.

    When surrounded by highly skilled teammates, he takes his game to another level. If Dana Altman can recruit a few more high-profile kids to Eugene, watch out for the Ducks in a few years.

4. Aquille Carr

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    Height: 5'7"

    Weight: 150 pounds

    High School: Patterson High School (MD)

    Class: Junior

    Without a doubt, one of the quickest and most explosive players in the country. He can change speeds at the drop of a hat, and thrives on finishing drives to the basket amid traffic.

    On the high school level, there is yet to be a defensive player who can stop him from getting to where he wants to go on the basketball court.

5. Ronnie Johnson

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    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 170 pounds

    High School: North Central High School (IN)

    Class: Senior

    A bit underestimated on a national level, Ronnie Johnson is bringing some excitement to the court for Purdue head coach Matt Painter. He is a left-handed guard with a high basketball I.Q. and sees the court with tremendous court vision.

    A good comparison to make for him would be a poor man's Mike Conley Jr. He has a knack for making the right plays at the right time.

6. Javan Felix

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    High School: St Augustine High School (LA)

    Class: Senior

    A point guard that teammates love to play with, Javan Felix walks the fine line of creating scoring opportunities for himself and getting his teammates all involved in the action of the game.

    He is a good rebounding guard, especially for someone his size, and he is a winner, leading his high school team to a Louisiana state title and taking home that state's 5A Player of the Year Award in the process as a junior.

7. Parker Jackson-Cartwright

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    Height: 5'8"

    Weight: 140 pounds

    High School: Loyola High School (CA)

    Class: Sophomore

    The Los Angeles native has already built a solid fanbase in southern California with his dazzling play. Because he is so small, he has needed to become a master on how to control a basketball game, which he already has done at his young age.

    He knows when to score and when to get his teammates involved in the game. He changes speeds better than most guards on the high school level and owns an extremely quick first-step.

8. Dominique Collier

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 150 pounds

    High School: Denver East High School (CO)

    Class: Sophomore

    For being a hair under 6', the athletic Collier is a lengthy prospect possessing a tremendous wingspan. He is at his best when he is attacking defenders off the dribble. What he lacks in strength, he makes up for with his extremely high basketball I.Q.

    He is already being pegged as the best point guard prospect to emerge from Colorado since NBA superstar Chauncey Billups destroyed the competition at George Washington High School.

9. Jevon Thomas

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    Height: 5'11"

    Weight: 170 pounds

    High School: Quality Education Academy (NC)

    Class: Senior

    The Dayton-bound senior will be a dominating force by the end of his career in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Queens native has a picture-perfect jump shot with superb elevation, making it hard for others to block him.

    He has a tight handle, which complements his lightning-quick crossover. The Flyers have a stud who will give defenses fits for years to come.

10. Jaylen Brantley

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    Height: 5'10"

    Weight: 150 pounds

    High School: Wilbraham and Monson Academy (MA)

    Class: Junior

    He may be overshadowed in Massachusetts by twin towering juniors Nerlens Noel and Goodluck Okonoboh, but make no mistake, Jaylen Brantley is an elite prospect in his own right.

    He is a lights-out shooter and thrives on the offensive end of the floor by keeping his dribble alive and creating for others.

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