October 27, 2008

Best of the Rest: Point guards

MORE: Class of 2009 Point Guard Rankings

If you would have talked to any college basketball coach back in April, they probably would have told you that point guard was the shallowest of all of the positions in the class of 2009. If you would have talked to the same coach in July, the answer would have been the same.

Today, if a coach in need hasn't locked up a floor general, there is a good chance they are losing hours of sleep. As one coach put it, "The point guard class is as grave as my stock portfolio."

Despite the doom and gloom, there is still some talent left at the position. In fact, the top two point guards in the class of 2009 - both likely McDonald's All-Americans - are still on the board. So are four other Rivals150 prospects.

After that? Well, that's where the life raft comes in handy. Finding help at point guard will be a major story line to watch as college recruiters follow this high school basketball season.

John Wall, Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God | Wall in action
Rank: No. 1 overall player, No. 1 point guard in the nation
Schools in the mix: NC State, Baylor, Memphis and Kansas
Visits: Wall has only visited Kansas officially. He visited NC State unofficially two weekends ago to see the Wolfpack tip off the season.
Notes: Kansas recently received a commitment from Elijah Johnson, a top-30 prospect from Las Vegas. Many have speculated that the Jayhawks wanted to land a floor leader now rather than later. Will Wall be on the outside looking in now? Baylor is still very much in the mix, and NC State will remain in the hunt until the final hour. After all, the home school was first in line long before many of the top programs in the nation threw a hat into the race. Keep an eye on his visits down the road. Wall has said that he hasn't ruled out the possibility of signing late.
Abdul Gaddy, Tacoma (Wash.) Bellarmine Prep | Gaddy in action
Rank: No. 13 overall, No. 2 point guard in the nation
Schools in the mix: UCLA and Washington
Visits: None scheduled at the moment.
Notes: Gaddy has been a passenger on the Arizona coaching roller coaster for the past year. The five-star prospect committed to the Wildcats, re-opened his recruitment, then re-committed. After Lute Olson's recent retirement, Gaddy is back on the recruiting market. That's good news and bad news. The good news for the basketball world is that Gaddy, one of the elite players in the class nationally, is an instant-impact type of player. The bad news for Gaddy is that he's going to be bombarded by suitors.
Eric Bledsoe, Birmingham (Ala.) Hayes
Rank: No. 67 overall, No. 12 point guard in the nation
Schools in the mix: Alabama, Ole Miss and UAB
Visits: Bledsoe has visited Auburn and UAB unofficially this fall.
Notes: Like Gaddy, Bledsoe was once committed to a program. The only difference is Bledsoe was committed for less than two hours. Bledsoe pledged and quickly reneged on his commitment to Ole Miss. Consider Bledsoe a bubble player to sign early.
Chris Colvin, Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young | Colvin in action
Rank: No. 92 overall, No. 15 point guard in the nation
Schools in the mix: Iowa State, Marquette, Providence and USC
Visits: Colvin officially visited Iowa State and Marquette on back-to-back weekends this month.
Notes: Colvin said he will make his decision on Nov. 19 because it is his birthday. The date is also the last day players can sign a national letter of intent during the early signing period. He's one of the best on the board at point guard, and has long been a high-major target.
Johnnie Lacy, Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep
Rank: No. 110 overall, No. 18 point guard in the nation
Schools in the mix: Unknown
Visits: None scheduled at the moment.
Notes: Lacy, a Milwaukee native, appears to have put his recruitment on hold since his move to Massachusetts for prep school. Prior to his move, Lacy claimed offers from Marquette and Minnesota. Several sources have told Rivals.com that academics are the holdup with Lacy's recruitment at the moment. There even is a chance that he reclassifies to 2010. If he can work out his grades this season, Lacy will certainly be a one of the hottest players in the class at his position.
Darius Smith, Chicago (Ill.) Marshall
Rank: No. 113 overall, No. 19 point guard in the nation
Schools in the mix: Kentucky, Iowa State, Bradley, Creighton, DePaul, Illinois and others
Visits: Smith visited Minnesota officially in September.
Notes: Smith is one of the best on-the-ball defenders in the class and a very capable high-major guard. Will he sign early or sign late? A number of programs are hoping he pulls out a pen on early, while twice as many hope he waits it out so they can get involved.


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