August 21, 2007

Best of the rest: Shooting guards

As college basketball recruits prepare to take official visits to campuses, takes a deeper look at each of the positions in the class of 2008.

Who is left at the shooting guard spot? We break down and update the best of what's left.

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Best of the Rest: Shooting Guards

Elliot Williams, Memphis (Tenn.) St. George School

Rank: No. 3 overall shooting guard

Schools in the mix: Duke, Memphis, Tennessee and Virginia

Visits: Duke (Sept. 7), Virginia (Sept. 21), Tennessee (Oct. 5), Memphis (Oct. 12)

Notes: The 6-foot-4 guard has steadily moved up the charts over the last year, and has become the top priority for a number of big-time programs. Four are left and four visits are set. Stay in state? Stay in his hometown? Play for the first high-major that offered? Play for a national power? Williams has some tough questions to answer. The next two months are important.

Williams highlights

J'Covan Brown, Oak Hill Academy (Va.)

Rank: No. 6 overall shooting guard

Schools in the mix: Baylor, Cincinnati, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Texas

Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: A foot injury sidelined Brown for the summer, but that didn't keep programs from keeping track of him. The Longhorns stayed in contact, and the local school seems to be in it for the long haul. His list is long and could grow the longer he waits. Keep an eye on New Mexico. His former AAU coach, Chris Walker, was recently hired as an assistant by the Lobos.

Brown highlights

Sylven Landesberg, Queens (N.Y.) Holy Cross

Rank: No. 11 overall shooting guard

Schools in the mix: Georgia Tech, Kentucky, St. John's, Texas and Virginia

Visits: Virginia (Sept. 1), Georgia Tech (Sept. 15)

Notes: The New Yorker could start a domino effect because his school choices seem to overlap with a couple of other players on this list. The four-star guard hasn't visited Georgia Tech or Kentucky. The Yellow Jackets have a date set, and the Wildcats could receive a visit later in the fall. At this stage of the game, things look good for Georgia Tech, St. John's and Virginia.

Deivdas Dulkys, Findlay Prep (Nev.)

Rank: No. 14 overall shooting guard

Schools in the mix: Cal, Cincinnati, Florida State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Washington

Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: If Dulkys decides to wait until the spring to sign with a school, the Lithuanian will be a coveted player. He was outstanding in Las Vegas at the Reebok Summer Championships. That is when more national schools started to jump into the picture. Dulkys is athletic, can shoot and is a fresh name on the recruiting radar. Keep an eye on his situation this fall. He could be a major spring prospect.

Devoe Joseph, Pickering (Ont.)

Rank: No. 18 overall shooting guard

Schools in the mix: Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech

Visits: None scheduled.

Notes: The 6-foot-2 guard did a fine job establishing himself as a tremendous scorer in the class of 2008. He is great in the midrange and proved himself overseas with the Canadian U19 National Team. Joseph has yet to set up any official visits. The schools on his list are involved with a number of other prospects, so Joseph could be facing a numbers crunch later in the game.

Ranked SGs still on the board

Once committed to Washington State, Mark McLaughlin is looking hard at Nevada. The No. 19 shooting guard is also considering Cal, and Washington State is still in the mix. He said he'd like to visit Nevada first before making a decision.

Houston native Philip McDonald (No. 20 SG) has visits scheduled for New Mexico (Sept. 7) and Kansas (Sept. 14). Oklahoma and Oregon are also looking like potential visits.

Georgia wing [db]Teondre Williams (No. 23 ranked SG) has yet to set any visits. Charlotte, Florida State, Clemson, Cincinnati, Illinois and Minnesota are all in the mix, he recently told

After emerging as a nationally ranked prospect in Las Vegas, Reggie Jackson (No. 26 ranked SG) of Colorado has sparked the interest of a number of schools. The 6-foot-3 guard has the state schools involved, and a couple of Pac-10 programs are showing interest.

One-time Indiana commitment Eshaunte Jones (No. 31 ranked SG) is still open with his recruitment. He could be headed to Hargrave Military for the upcoming school year.

Georgia guard Tanner Smith (No. 35 ranked SG) has set visits to Clemson, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Michigan and then Georgia. A decision should come a week after his final trip, he said.

Sleeper central

There is plenty of depth at the shooting guard position outside of the national rankings. In fact, we came up with more than 20 players of note that could have an impact as potential high-major guards. The shooting guard spot is always deep, regardless of class:

Memphis area standout Terrico White is a target for a number of SEC schools. The 6-foot-5 athlete from Craigmont High School has Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and others on his short list.

New Yorker Patrick Jackson flew under the national radar a bit, but the high-majors have found the Brooklyn wing. Jackson is down to Colorado, Houston, Iowa State, Rutgers, Seton Hall and St. John's.

California wing Klay Thompson has visits set up to Notre Dame and Michigan. Pepperdine and Nevada have recently hosted the three-star prospect for unofficial visits.

Evansville (Ind.) guard Kyle Kuric has Louisville and Duke high on his list, but don't count out the likes of Michigan, Ole Miss and Southern Illinois. He has visits set up with the Wolverines, Rebels and Salukis.

Bradley or Indiana could be hearing good news from Illinois native Matt Roth - perhaps by the end of the week. The 6-foot-3 shooter is on the brink of a decision.

News & Notes

The Pac-10 went to work and has secured the most shooting guards within the Rivals150. Nine players at the position are committed to the conference. The Big Ten and the Big East each have five commitments at the position. The ACC and SEC have a pair of pledges. The Big 12 checks in with one. Only 11 players that are nationally ranked are left without a home.

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