Point guard class of 2012 poses dilemma

With MoMo Jones transferring, landing an elite point guard in 2012 would be an ideal situation. However, the quality of point guards in 2012 makes that very difficult for Arizona to do.

When MoMo Jones announced his transfer, fans immediately started speculating whether or not Arizona would go after a point guard and eventually land him.

In an ideal world, this would certainly be the case. However, there is one major problem with this theory.

There really aren't a lot of elite guards.

Make no mistake about it, this is a great class for forwards and centers. Five of the top six players in Scout.com's latest rankings are centers and there is very little reason to believe that will be changing any time soon.

The first point guard comes in at 29 and Braxton Ogbueze is already committed to Florida with the next player being Marcus Paige, a North Carolina commit.

In fact, the first uncommitted point guard is J-Mychal Reese at 38 and Arizona is currently not involved in that recruitment.

The scary thought is for schools in the Pac-10, which obviously includes Arizona. For the first time since we can go back and look at the older rankings (2002), there is no five-star point guard.

That could change in the final rankings, but as of now, it would take a jump of four or five spots in the rankings for Ogbueze or Paige.

In addition, the west coast is simply void of any elite point guards. Gone are the days of Brandon Jennings, Josiah Turner, Tony Wroten, Larry Drew, Abdul Gaddy, and more.

Yes, some of those players did not work out, but that still does not change the fact that they were highly regarded coming out of high school and there were major battles in the Pac-10 to land them.

Fast forward to the 2012 class and the highest point guard in the west is Tyrone Wallace, who comes in as the 15th best point in the country.

Wallace holds numerous offers, but is still waiting for one from Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, and a few more Pac-10 schools.

That may not indicate Wallace's future success level, but he certainly is not a sure thing like some of the other top point guards in the west have been.

In recent memory, every top point guard in the west has been able to choose their Pac-10 school as long as there was room and that definitely is not the case with Wallace this year.

Again, that is not a knock on Wallace, because he could still wind up being a solid player. Instead, it is an indication of the class overall and how schools in the west view it.

So what does this all mean?

It means that while Arizona would probably like to land a point guard in 2012 now that Jones has transferred, it will certainly be easier said than done.

Arizona has not been really looking at guards up until this point and as we have stated, there is not a lot of strength at the position in the class.

If Arizona is going to land a solid point guard, there is a good chance that it will have to go national and past recruitments have taught us that this definitely is not easy to do.

The timing of Jones' transfer may not be a very good thing, but the pressure on Josiah Turner and Jordin Mayes will be great for numerous reasons, with the biggest possibly being that success will allow Arizona to not have to take a point guard in 2012 that it may not be extremely high on.

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