Missing the point?

9 Aug

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

A few weeks ago I did a piece on how Dominic Artis to UCLA affected a lot of the point guards and programs in the class of 2012. Now another domino has fallen with Javan Felix announcing that he will be attending Texas next season. Where does this leave guys like L.J Rose, Ray Lee, and D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera? Let’s take a closer look.

L.J. Rose (pictured above): Just a few weeks ago it seemed likely that Rose would end up at UCLA or Texas, now neither of the schools are a possibility. Now Rose has mentioned Georgetown, Arizona, Baylor, Virginia and Memphis as the schools are currently considering. Georgetown and Arizona are thought to be the slight favorites, but with Gabe York set to join the Wildcats in 2012, and Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner probably staying on campus for a second season, the backcourt seems a little crowded in Tucson.

At Georgetown Rose could become the next great Hoya point, as John Thompson has a good track record with developing point men. Memphis is interesting because Pastner could be looking for a replacement for Joe Jackson should he enter next year’s NBA Draft. At Baylor, Rose could learn from Pierre Jackson for a year while teaming up with Isaiah Austin and potentially Duece Bello. Perry Jones and Quincy Miller should be gone to the NBA by the time Rose sets foot on campus.

Ray Lee: Another player that had two of the schools he was considering disappear on him in the matter of a day (Texas and UCLA). Lee was also considering Iowa, which Mike Gesell committed to yesterday. Lee holds offers from mid majors such as Central Michigan and Dayton but looks to favoring the high major route at this point. Iowa State, Baylor, Virginia, and Xavier have all offered him.

West Virginia, Georgetown, Georgia, and Tennessee have all showed interest as well. Xavier is probably out of the running after Semaj Christon committed to them. Virginia is an option and the opportunity to team up with Justin Anderson might be enticing to the guard. Baylor is obviously looking to land their heir apparent to Pierre Jackson and Lee would be a good fit there, too.

Iowa State has been on the verge of building something but will have a crowded backcourt by the time Lee set foot on campus. WVU will likely hold off on recruiting a point in the class of 2012. Georgetown and Georgia both have a need for a point guard so don’t be surprised to see them ramp up the heat on Ray sooner rather than later. The wildcard is Tennessee, who is waiting for the NCAA’s ruling but really like Lee, assuming they avoid any major sanctions.  Lee could be the centerpiece of the post-Pearl era.

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera: One of the most talented point guards in the nation has now seen Texas and UCLA drop out of his recruitment and Xavier is still up in the air. Georgetown and Baylor have both offered in their attempts to get their point guard of the future in the class of 2012. Louisville, Kansas State, Michigan State and Tennessee are all involved with the Cardinals and Wildcats both offering the lead guard already. Louisville will be looking for a point in the class of 2012 as well and Kansas State will always be looking for the next Jacob Pullen.

Smith-Rivera has kept his recruitment close to his chest this summer, but Michigan State is pushing hard to get involved with him. It will be interesting to see how his recruitment pans out.

Editor’s note: It was apparent at the Nike Global Challenge that the point guard depth in the class of 2012 is thin. If there was one glaring omission from the event, it was great play from the one position. Teams that can land a quality point guard in the class of 2012 are lucky. Landing the right one could be the difference between a trip to the NCAA and the CBI. Few teams will have difference makers at the position in this class. – Justin Young

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