2009 Miami Recruiting Analysis: Point Guards

At the end of the 2008-09 season, Miami will graduate 6 scholarship seniors. Four of those (Kenny Hayes, Carl Richburg, Eric Pollitz, and Isiah Carson) have spent time playing the point guard position. Today, RedHawk Insider looks at potential point guard options in the Class of 2009.

At the end of the 2008-09 season, Miami will graduate 6 scholarship seniors. Four of those (Kenny Hayes, Carl Richburg, Eric Pollitz, and Isiah Carson) have spent time playing the point guard position. At the end of next season, the only player who will have had experience playing the point will be combo guard Kramer Soderberg, who will have just finished up his freshman season. Thus there is a definite need for Miami to pick up a player who can play the point in the class of 2009. It is also an opportunity for any 2009 point guard to get immediate playing time.

Today, RedHawk Insider looks at potential point guard options in the Class of 2009.

THE FEATURED PLAYERS

Orlando Williams (6-1, 165) – Princeton (OH) H.S. – Williams is a high school teammate of WF Marquis Horne (Miami offer), 2G Jordan Sibert (Miami offer for 2010), and SF/PF Stephon Johnson (Miami interest). He also plays on the same AAU team (OBC) as Horne, Johnson, Carl Jones (Miami offer, see below), and PF Danny McElroy (Miami offer). His father, Orlando Williams, Sr., is the coach of OBC.

At Miami's Elite Camp, Williams told RedHawk Insider that Miami was definitely his leader. Williams was very impressive at the Elite Camp and clearly has improved since the end of his high school season. Williams has a high ceiling because of his athleticism and ability to score in the paint. One area he has improved significantly is his outside jump shot. As a result, he has climbed in the state rankings. If he can maintain a consistent perimeter shot, he will be a factor in the future.

Jahmad Saleem (5-9, 155) – Cross Creek H.S., Augusta, GA – Saleem is a quick jitterbug style point guard who can drive and dish on everyone he faces. He was discovered by the Miami staff at the King James tournament in Akron and was asked to come to Miami's Elite Camp. At the camp, he made quite an impression.

Larry Smith (6-4, 175) – Lawrence (IN) North H.S. – The buzz on Larry Smith has been quieted over the past year due to knee injuries which kept him out the starting lineup of his high school team. Smith is a tall point guard who prefers to pass and let his teammates do the scoring. Smith, along with his high school teammate Chris Read, reportedly received an offer from Miami last fall.

Allen Roberts (6-2, 190) – Middletown (OH) H.S. – Allen Roberts is the high school and AAU teammate (All-Ohio Force) of SF Bill Edwards. Both have Miami offers. Roberts, like Orlando Williams (see above), is more of a combo guard than a pure PG. Roberts is a scorer. He can score slashing and also has a nice three point shot. He wears his heart on his sleeve when he plays and is always smiling on the court. However, Roberts can be erratic and turnover prone as evidence by racking a combined 16 turnovers in road games with Mason and Princeton last season.

Delano Collins (5-10, 185) – Renaissance H.S., Detroit, MI – One of the best athletes in the state of Michigan. Very quick and pure point guard. Collins may play football in college. Reportedly has an offer from Miami.

OTHER POINT GUARDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON:

Marcus Jordan (6-3) – Whitney Young H.S., Chicago, IL – The son of Michael Jordan, and attends the same high school as current RedHawk Dwight McCombs. Marcus Jordan is a strong combo guard who stock has been rising this summer.

Carl "Tay" Jones (5-9) – Garfield Heights (OH) H.S. – Quick, slashing PG, who is ranked as top PG in the state of Ohio. High school coach is Sonny Johnson, brother of former Miami star Juby Johnson. Jones has a Miami offer, but will likely go high major.

Chris Colvin (6-3, 200) – Whitney Young H.S., Chicago, IL – Ranked as one of top 20 point guards in the nation, Colvin is a High School teammate of Marcus Jordan. Colvin is known for his quickness and athleticism, and he uses that to get into the lane almost at will. Colvin received a Miami offer last fall but will likely go high major.

Tyreak Johnson (5-11, 185) – St. Raymonds, H.S, Bronx, N.Y. – Despite his size, Johnson is not a pure point guard. Rather, he is a shooter. Johnson is very strong and aggressive to the basket.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES

Kierre Greenwood (6-2, 175) – New Creations Prep, Richmond, IN – Attended Miami's Elite Camp.

Evan Gordon (6-0, 180) – North Central H.S., Indianapolis, IN – brother of soon-to-be NBA rookie Eric Gordon.

Nate Brunsman (5-9, 160) – Cincinnati Christian H.S. – Conference player of the year as a junior and one of the leading scorers in the city.

Chase Dunn (5-8, 165) – Livingston (TN) H.S. – Was scheduled to visit Miami last fall for the Syracuse FB game.

Sean Duff (6-1, 190) – Westminster Christian Academy, St. Louis, MO – Quick combo guard.

Derek Needham (6-0) – Dei LaSalle H.S., Chicago, IL – Combo guard.

JaRob McCallum (6-1) – Marion (IN) H.S. – Nephew of Detroit head coach Ray McCallum.

Leo Davis (5-11) – Lee (AL) H.S. – Plays on same AAU team (Nashville Celtics) as Chase Dunn and Drew Kelly (Miami offer).


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