The situation at point guard in 2015 is becoming desperate. Ten of our top 17 floor generals are now off the board, and the class is very weak at that position to begin with.
If you're a high-major that needs a point guard in this class but has yet to cash in, how do you address that priority? We know that late spring recruits frequently fail and that the transfer and juco market can be highly volatile. So, if you're a seven figure head coach, which avenue do you pursue?
Brian Snow: I subscribe to the theory that it is never the player you miss on that hurts your program, it is the one you take who isn't good enough that hurts your program. Because of that, if I need a point guard in this class and I can't get one of my top targets, I am going to bank my scholarship and make a run at things next year.
While PG is the most important position on the court, you still can get away with using a non traditional point guard in that role if that player is talented enough. Usually putting your best five on the floor is the best option, so if I can't get a good traditional point guard, I am simply passing on things and looking to next year instead of reaching for a kid who isn't good enough.
Evan Daniels: The first thing I do is I make a list of the best available point guards. That list currently is Jawun Evans, Perry Dozier, Bryant Crawford, Justin Robinson, Ty Hudson, Marcus LoVett, Traci Carter and Jarvis Johnson. Now I figure out if there's any possible way to get involved with any of these recruits.
Guys like Evans and Dozier are further down the road in terms of their recruitments, but there are some guys on that list that would be open to hearing from other high major schools. So I first explore that avenue.
Then I build a list of point guards in the next tier that potentially could be good enough or could get better during the senior season. and I hit the road evaluating them at their high schools. Much like Brian, taking a guy that you know isn't good enough to handle what you need is never the best option. But you have to explore everything from the best available high school guys to looking at what is in the Junior College ranks. I'd also check in on some of the top 2016 lead guards and see if any are able to reclassify up a year, because lately there's been a host of players that have had the ability to do so.
Josh Gershon: It depends on where I'm located regionally, what's available and how desperate of a need it is. I hate to say it, but job security matters too. The more secure I am, the less of a reason I have to take a gamble. Do I literally not have any point guards expected to be on my roster next season or is there a guy who could run the show for a year?
The answers to those questions determine my next move. I still think there's quality on the board, however. Paris Austin, for example, is a 2015 point guard from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd that has improved at a steady and significant pace for two straight years. He gets better every time you see him and still has plenty of upside. He has no high major offers.
I'm sure there are other situations like Austin's nationally where he may not be ranked or have the attention as others in his class, but he's a sleeper who has the basketball IQ, skill and quickness to help you at the high major level.
Rob Harrington: My first option would be to reassess my current roster to determine if any current players could play the position passably. I'm almost always opposed taking a player just to take one, because the scholarships are too precious.
If no one on the roster could be converted to point, I'd seek out combos. Again, I'd rather sign a better player who's an awkward fit than sign a marginally talented guy who's a purer fit. Presumably, I'm going to sign a floor general from the 2016 class in the worst case, and that way the surrogate point guard from 2015 could slide over to the wing thereafter and thus retain value.
Transfers with immediately eligibility would be ideal, but that's a dangerous game to play because those situations don't arise until spring. Who knows what will become available? That would be a last resort, and of course I'd track junior colleges as well.
But otherwise, I'm trying to survive a weak class at point guard and get someone from 2016, either signing a combo this November or else trying out a current play at that position for next year.
Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this report