When one takes a quick glance at the landscape of the 2012 basketball recruiting class, which is widely thought of as a pretty deep class, there is a glaring weakness.
Much like the lack of big men in the 2011 class, the 2012 class lacks depth at either guard spot, but especially at the point guard position.
In fact, of the top 15 point guards in the 2012 class, there are already six committed, including four of the top six. So from a star power standpoint, a number of the top guys at the position are off the board.
L.J. Rose, Scout.com's No. 2 rated point guard, was already feeling the heat from college coaches, now it will likely be magnified, as he's the highest rated lead guards and one of the few remaining with legit star power.
|Committed Point Guards|
|No. 1: Rodney Purvis -- Louisville|
|No. 3: Kevin Ferrell -- Indiana|
|No. 5: Marcus Paige -- North Carolina|
|No. 6: Ryan Arcidiacono -- Villanova|
|No. 12: Tyler Lewis -- N.C. State|
|No. 14: Jevon Thomas -- St. John's|
Among the schools Rose has offers from are Arizona, Baylor, Georgetown, Kentucky, Memphis, Texas, UCLA and Virginia. Carolina had offered prior to Paige's commitment, but the two haven't spoken since the announcement.
Rose's AAU teammate J-Mychal Reese is next on the board, checking in at the No. 4 point guard in the 2012 class. Being a native of Texas, Reese has all the Texas schools on him, as well as a number others like Memphis, Arizona and Oklahoma.
For the schools that have picked up one of these lead guards they are ahead of the game.
Louisville has the top guy in Rodney Purvis. They went all-in with the North Carolina native and they should be commended for being able to pull him out of the state, despite being Duke's top priority.
Much like Louisville did with Purvis, Tom Crean and Indiana made it clear that Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell was their No. 1 priority. Once the Hoosiers reeled in Cody Zeller and some other underclassman, Ferrell jumped on board and Indiana has their point guard of the future.
North Carolina and Villanova should be pleased as well. The Tar Heels scored a leader and top 30 guard in Paige, while Villanova will bring in a tough, physical guy that is rated as a four-star prospect in Ryan Arcidiacono.
While there are a handful of happy coaches, there are plenty of staffs that are left to scramble for other options.
So the next question is will anyone new step up?
Ogbueze has plenty of speed and athleticism and is capable of improving his stock. The same goes for Jackson, of Ardmore (Okla.) High.
James Robinson, who ranks No. 11 at the position, is a guy known for his ability to get wins, while Jaylen Beckham has plenty of talent, but must begin to put together consistent efforts every time out.