Vols Look to Rebound on Point Guards

Now that Devan Downey of Chester High School in South Carolina has declared for Cincinnati, what point guard might the Vols pursue with the November signing period looming on the horizon?

That is an interesting question with no obvious answer. However it's almost certain he won't be as highly rated as Downey, who checks in as the nation's No. 7 point guard according to The Insiders.

Tennessee doesn't currently have any outstanding offers to point guards, but with Downey out of play that could quickly change. Two lead guards the Vols are known to be involved with are Richard Delk of Jackson, Tenn., and Sharaud Curry of Marietta, Ga.

Although neither of those three-star prospects are ranked among the nation's elite point guards, they do offer a diverse range of skills and characteristics to choose from. At 6-foot-5, 180 pounds Delk, of Northside High School, is a rangy guard with good ball handling and defensive skills. He has the versatility to play the wing but needs to improve his shooting skills. His size enables him to see over defenses and can create mismatches against smaller guards.

While Delk hasn't been officially offered by Tennessee he does have offers from Mississippi, Mississippi State, Auburn and UAB. Richard Delk, who is the nephew of former Kentucky star Tony Delk, offers another nice bonus as twin brother Reginald will come along in a package deal. Reginald, who is 10 pounds heavier than his brother, is rated the nation's No. 14 shooting guard. The four-star prospect has been offered by UT and the twins plan to take an official visit to Knoxville. The Delk brothers don't currently have a favorite but they did visit Mississippi State on Sept. 4 and say the Bulldogs have recruiting them harder than the competition.

At 5-foot-9, 145 pounds Curry is a more classic point guard in stature and quickness. He's an excellent three-point shooter who is developing the point guard mentality he'll need at the collegiate level. He already has a scorer's mindset as demonstrated by his 42-point outburst last season for Wheeler High School in a game against South Cobb. Curry has been offered by Mississippi, Nebraska and Miami.

The Vols had high hopes of adding Downey to what is shaping up as a top 20 recruiting class. However it appears that Downey always favored the Bearcats to whom he committed on his official visit last weekend.

"They've been my leader but I never did come out and say that," Downey told The Insiders Dave Telep. "I never did show them or tell that they were leading. They told me that they were happy and they were going to love coaching me."

Downey, 5-9, 161, averaged 27 points per game as a junior and is rated among the nation's top 40 prospects overall by The Insiders. The Vols had some interest in C.J. Watson's brother Kashif Watson, but the Las Vegas point guard committed to San Diego State on Sept. 3.

Tennessee has commitments from small forward Tyler Smith of Pulaski, Tenn., power forward Joey Cameron of Leeds, Ala, and shooting guard Jarvis Hill of Starkville, Miss.

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