August 20, 2007

Best of the rest: Point guards

As the college basketball recruiting world moves forward into the official visit timetable of the recruiting period, takes a deeper look at each of the positions in the class of 2008. Who is left at the point guard spot? We break down and update the best of what's left.

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Best of the Rest: Point Guards

Tyreke Evans, American Christian School (Pa.)

Rank: No. 2 overall point guard

Schools in the mix: Louisville, Villanova, Memphis, Texas and Connecticut

Visits: There are no official visit dates set up in stone…yet. Evans may take an unofficial visit to Seton Hall this weekend as he makes his way to New York City's Rucker Park for the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game.

Notes: Evans has told numerous media outlets that he intends on signing in November. Evans spent a good part of the month in Brazil with the adidas Nations team. The elite level scorer has been outstanding in the summer and proved himself again as one of the game's most deadly players in the backcourt.

Evans highlights

Willie Warren, Oak Hill Academy (Va.)

Rank: No. 4 overall point guard

Schools in the mix: Arizona, Cincinnati, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, Oklahoma and Texas

Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: Warren, a Dallas-Fort Worth area native, starts school on Sept. 4 at Oak Hill. On his way to the basketball powerhouse, Warren could stop by Kentucky and Louisville for unofficial visits. Chances are he won't be setting up visits in the near future, sources tell, and the in-home visits with his mother could be the key. Remember, Warren has said he'd like to play with AAU teammate Rotnei Clarke in college.

Warren highlights

Iman Shumpert, Oak Park (Ill.) River Forest

Rank: No. 6 overall point guard

Schools in the mix: Georgia Tech, Marquette and North Carolina

Visits: North Carolina (Sept. 15), Georgia Tech (Sept. 29)

Notes: Shumpert has yet to visit North Carolina but will do so next month. He has been to his other two finalists unofficially over the summer months and a decision should come in October. Shumpert was one of the fastest rising players in the class of 2008 since the end of his junior year in Illinois.

Courtney Fortson, Patterson School (N.C.)

Rank: No. 9 overall point guard

Schools in the mix: Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida State, Minnesota

Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: Fortson, a Montgomery, Ala., native is off to prep school and he will take with him a list of impressive suitors from the college level. As the dominoes fall, Fortson could see his recruitment heat up if he opts to wait until the spring to sign. Tennessee missed out on Cashmere Wright and Kentucky is involved with a couple of other players at the position.

Rotnei Clarke, Claremore (Okla.) Vertigas

Rank: No. 14 overall point guard

Schools in the mix: Arizona State, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oral Roberts

Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: Clarke, one of the most deadly shooters in the class of 2008, has been slowed by a shoulder injury that requires him to stay close to home for rehab treatment, which keeps him off the road for visits. Oral Roberts recently hired his father, Conley, as the director of basketball operations. Kansas and Kentucky are both hoping they can land Clarke in mid-October for Midnight Madness festivities.

Clarke highlights

Ranked PGs still on the board

The well isn't exactly dry after the top five uncommitted players. The six uncommitted point guards are ranked between 20 and 31 in the class and a few could be late signees:

Long Island, New York native Terrell Holloway (No. 20 overall PG) could be a major target in the fall months. Tennessee is involved. So is Gonzaga, Nevada, Virginia and others.

St. Anthony's (N.J.) guard Tyshawn Taylor (No. 21 overall PG) has an official visit date set up with Virginia Tech and Virginia. Georgia Tech, Kansas, St. John's and others are also in the mix.

Alabama guard Frankie Sullivan (No. 24 overall PG) and Texan Demetri Goodson (No. 31 overall PG) round out the ranked point guards that have yet to make a decision.

A couple of college coaches said Verdell Jones (No. 26 overall PG) might be the most intriguing of the point guards that is still available. The 6-foot-4 Peoria, Ill., native has the skill set but lacks the physical strength to make an impact early. Three college coaches all agreed that a red-shirt year would be ideal for the three-star guard.

Georgia native Andre Young (No. 27 overall PG) is off to Clemson this weekend. Butler is the second week in September for the summer star. He's on the radar still for the high-majors and the mid-majors are putting in the overtime hours to bring the three-star guard to their level.

Sleeper central

The talent at the position isn't designated just to the Rivals150 either. There are a number of players that can help the mid-majors and some high-major schools:

Seattle area guard Reggie Moore has the regional powers excited and he'll be a major target for schools in the West. Patrick McCollum, a Tacoma, Wash. native, is in the same boat. He's more a scoring point guard.

Another Northwestern holds a domino in that region. Portland native Garrett Sim has similar interest of Moore. The two could have an impact on each other's decision.

North Carolina is home to a pair of sleepers at the position. Damier Pitts and Andre Cornelius.

Pitts, a 5-foot-10 proven winner from Charlotte is headed to Hargrave Military. He could be a hot name if he opts to sign in the fall. Pitts has interest from a number of high-major schools including Virginia Tech, Illinois and South Carolina.

Cornelius, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Charlotte's Victory Christian, is a jet with the ball and enjoyed a strong summer with the Atlanta Celtics. He's a major target for a number of southern mid-major schools.

News & Notes

Of the 36 point guards in the class of 2008, 11 remain uncommitted to colleges. Eleven of the top 15 point guards are already committed in the class. The Pac-10, Big East and SEC lead the way with four point guard pledges. The ACC, Big Ten, Atlantic 10 have three commitments. The West Coast Conference has a pair and the Big 12 and Missouri Valley have one pledge at the position.


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