PG's Going Quickly In 2012

With Marcus Paige's recent commitment to North Carolina the 2012 point guard list continues to get thinner, as six of the top 15 point guards are now off the board.

The cupboard is bare.

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.

With Marcus Paige's recent commitment to North Carolina, the spot just got a little thinner in terms of available 2012 lead guards.

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,'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
Known for his ability to shoot the ball from long range, passing ability and his feel, Rose has what it takes to be an impressive floor general at the next level.

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.

Braxton Ogbueze, Nino Jackson, Kareem Canty and Mike Gesell close out the top 10. All are talented, and all will see their recruitments pick up due to the lack of guards in the class.

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.

Kansas' staff had focused on Paige, but they'll now have to look elsewhere. Florida had put their full attention on Arcidiacono, while Duke did the same with Purvis.

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.

Others still available in the 2012 class include Siyana Chambers, Javan Feliz, C.J. Ford, Deondre Haynes and Tyrone Wallace.

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