Wing suspense remains evident

Unlike the situation at point guard, which despite JaQuan Lyle's weekend de-commitment still mostly is settled, numerous top wings have yet to make a college choice.

Of the top 25 shooting guards and wing forwards, 17 of the 50 combined wings remain undecided. That includes quite a few of the biggest names, as half of the top 10 prospects at each position continue to undergo the recruiting process.

Thus, it goes without saying that intense drama awaits the respective college coaches and fan bases.

Both of the top two shooting guards have become immersed in feverish pursuit. Isaiah Whitehead has entertained a national assortment of coaches and conducted both in-homes and campus visits within the past week. He sports a longer list than most, however, and it's not clear if a blueblood program such as Indiana will be able to extract him from the East Coast.

Rashad Vaughn's recruitment has been relatively quiet now that he has relocated from Minnesota to Findlay Prep outside Las Vegas. As with Whitehead, Vaughn is considering a national collection of schools and will compare and contrast long-time suitor North Carolina versus hard-charging UNLV and Baylor. Unlike Whitehead, he appears less likely to play his college ball close to home.

Not coincidentally, the Hoosiers and Tar Heels both await word from another top-10 shooting guard this week: Robert Johnson. The Virginia native will announce his decision on Friday, and many analysts consider those two programs the co-favorites. UNC already holds two wing pledges and almost definitely will be out for Vaughn if they land Johnson, while Indiana may take a couple more wings after suffering a de-commitment from James Blackmon.

For his part, Blackmon remains an Indiana target but also lists Kentucky, UCLA, UNC and others. Devin Booker is the other uncommitted top 10 wing, and he's linked to the Wildcats along with Michigan State, Michigan, Missouri and Florida.

In sum, then, all five of the uncommitted top 10 shooting guards are interconnected at least to some extent. Johnson's pledge next weekend could push UNC out of the Vaughn sweepstakes, relieve pressure on Indiana and perhaps create some question marks for additional wings, or — if he picks Virginia or Florida State — simply amplify the intensity for the remaining undecideds.

But as much suspense exists at shooting guard, perhaps even more resides at wing forward. Three of the top five prospects at that position are in the throes of hot recruitments, and all three live west of the Mississippi.

Stanley Johnson doesn't appear to be in a hurry but has fall visits to Arizona, Kentucky and Florida, and thus he's clearly not determined to play on the West Coast. Oregon and USC remain on his list as well, however, and the hometown Trojans are trying to desperately to make Johnson their signature recruit.

Justise Winslow and Kelly Oubre also are receiving coast to coast attention. The two Houston Hoops teammates don't appear to be a package deal, but certainly odds are pretty good they'll end up tangling on the big stage at the next level. Winslow still carries a somewhat substantial list but has been linked closely to Arizona and Duke, and this past weekend he took an official trip to darkhorse Texas A&M.

Johnson and Winslow have been speculated to be a potential package, but their lists don't overlap nearly enough for that to be a certainty. Winslow also gets mentioned alongside Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones as part of their potential combined decision, but there again, he appears to be conducting his recruitment independently from them.

Oubre is considering a diverse set of schools, but many believe that Kansas or Kentucky may hold the advantage. The Wildcats' efforts can be difficult to handicap because they've been so productive each spring during the John Calipari era, while the Jayhawks presently are generating more buzz based on talk that they could land top-five center Cliff Alexander and former Louisville commitment JaQuan Lyle. If Kansas could score those two along with Oubre, they'd have an argument for the No. 1 class in the nation.

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