Points of Interest

With five outstanding scholarship offers extended to five uncommitted point guard prospects, odds appear good Tennessee will ink a floor leader this fall to take them to Big Dances in the future.

A pair of prime candidates to emerge from this five-pack are Andrew Steele, of John Carroll High School in Birmingham, Ala., and Cashmere Wright of Urban Christian Academy in Savannah, Ga. Steele, the brother of former Crimson Tide standout Ronald Steele, has narrowed his choices to Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee, while Wright is down to Cincinnati and Tennessee with a decision expected next week.

Rated the nation's No. 7 lead guard by Scout.com the roust 6-foot-3, 195-pound Steele could play could play any role in the back court or on the wing. He averaged 16 points, four assists and three steals per contest as a junior.

"It was a good year," he told Mississippi scout Porter Yancey. "I was named the Metro Player of the Year in Birmingham, and I was also one of the three finalists for Class 5A Player of the Year. Hopefully I will win it this year."

A highly versatile athlete with a body suited for virtually any sport other than horse racing, Steele stars on the gridiron as well as the hardwood. He passed for more than 2,400 yards with 14 touchdowns last season, and has been passing the pigskin longer than he has bounced a basketball. That may an accurate indicator of the four-star prospect's exciting upside. Another is his brother's late-bloomer status.

Steele knows Alabama's campus like the back of his hand, but he hasn't visited Knoxville or Oxford and would like to trip to those destinations before the start of his senior football campaign. Bruce Pearl has taken a lead role in recruiting Steele and has developed a solid relationship with the Birmingham baller, who played AAU with Alabama Challenge.

"I talk to Bruce Pearl a lot," he said. "It is also pretty close to home, and their style of play on defense is the same way we play. They use a lot of full court presses, so the transition would not be that hard for me if I were to go to school there."

Steele needs to polish his ball-handling skills and further his shooting range, but his size, strength and ability to finish should allow him to make an early contribution in the super tough SEC.

Although he doesn't have the size and strength to create the mismatches that Steele can, Cashmere Wright fits the description of a prototypical point guard. Rated No. 23 by Scout.com he committed to Clemson in February, but revisited the recruiting process after an outstanding AAU campaign. Like Steele, basketball runs in his family's bloodline. Derrick Miller, who played for Kentucky from 1986 to 1990, is his uncle.

As a junior, Wright averaged over 30 points, eight assists and four steals per game. He's an excellent shooter and can break the defense down on the dribble. Adding some size and strength is all he needs to make a splash at the next level.

Wright visits Cincinnati this weekend and expects to decide between the Bearcats and Vols next week. He visited Tennessee last weekend and came away impressed.

"I went to Tennessee," he told Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels. "It went great. I got a tour and I hung out with the players and everything and interacted with them. I got to know most of them well."

I talked to Coach Pearl and Coach Summitt. I talked to all of them. I love him as a coach. At Tennessee their playing style fits me very well."

In addition to Tennessee, Cincinnati and Clemson, Wright has been offered by Georgia, Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Florida State, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Iowa State, Kentucky, Notre Dame and Appalachian State.

"I'll do whatever the coaches want me to do," he said.  "If they need me to score, I can go out and get 30 or 40, but then again as a point guard, the coaches may want me to get the ball to somebody else, and I can do that too."

The Vols have also, reportedly, made offers to No. 16 ranked point guard Terrel Holloway of Newark, N.J., No. 38 Andre Cornelius of Charlotte, N.C. and unranked Courtney Fortson of Patterson, N.C.

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