Where are the point guards?

Many players have stepped forth this month to seize attention on the national scene or else amplify a talent that already had resonated.

But not so much at point guard. Arizona is one of the few programs to have a quality floor general in the bag, but this isn't the summer of Point Guard U: It's Point Guard Who?

Apart from elite prospects Tyus Jones and Emmanuel Mudiay, no one truly has performed at a consistent All-American level. And of the new guys to emerge the past couple of weeks, most occupy other spots on the court or else are underclassmen.

They certainly haven't been showing up frequently in our numerous checklists from the road. Overwhelmingly, it's the unsung forwards and centers who have made the grand statements this month, and even among the top tier there have been some very quiet performances.

I wrote from the LeBron skills academy earlier this month that mediocre point guard play had compromised a tremendously talented and motived crop of big men competing at top-level. The situation admittedly did improve at the Peach Jam, where Joel Berry and Tyler Ulis — along with Jones — poured forth some stirring moments.

But although Berry continued his fine play at the Global Challenge last weekend, Jones became the only point guard to make the USA's seven-man, all-tournament team.

Off the Nike circuit, with notable exceptions such as Robert Cartwright, we've mostly been impressed by players at other positions there as well. Those who raised their stock at Reebok camp included forwards Makinde London and Michael Humphrey, and frankly some of the more touted point guards at camp proved to be disappointing.

The point guards in the senior class simply have become overshadowed by a handful of elite big men and the extraordinary surplus of tall, highly skilled wings.

From a recruiting perspective, this lack of presence raises the stakes for those proven commodities who have yet to make a decision.

Louisville (JaQuan Lyle and Quentin Snyder), North Carolina (Berry), Maryland (Romelo Trimble), Florida (Chris Chiozza), BYU (T.J. Haws), Arizona (Parker Jackson-Cartwright), Wake Forest (Shelton Mitchell) and a few others are ecstatic to have addressed their floor general needs already, and of course (probably) two more schools will score with Jones and Mudiay.

Additionally, and although reviews for some of these prospects vary significantly from source to source, Josh Perkins, Jordan McLaughlin, Alex Robinson and Kaleb Joseph also are drawing major interest.

But that still leaves many major-conference programs searching for answers. Maybe they'll uncover them during July's final leg or maybe they won't, but you can believe we'll be there detailing the latest every step of the way.


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