Knight, Selby the most sought-after PGs
Of the 20 point guards in the 2010 ESPNU 100, all but five already have verbally committed to a college -- including recent Duke pledge Kyrie Irving (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick). That said, there still is plenty of elite talent on the board at the point guard position. Top-10 talents Brandon Knight (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Pine Crest) and Josh Selby (Baltimore/Lake Clifton) remain uncommitted, and both could be game-changers in terms of Scouts Inc.'s recruiting class rankings. With the early signing period (Nov. 11-18) looming, here's a look at the top uncommitted point guards in the 2010 class:
Brandon Knight, PG, Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Pine Crest
Player rank (position rank): 4 (1)
Scouts Inc. says: As he prepares for his season -- after missing much of the summer with an injury -- this point guard is a difference-maker with his game and presence. He is at his best in the open court, advancing the ball down the middle of the floor with speed and vision. He excels in the transition game and is becoming adept at running a team. He is a special player and young man. Evaluation
Recruiting overview: The consensus seems to be that Knight will wait to make his decision until the late signing period. He has made official visits to UConn, Kansas and Kentucky. Knight played AAU basketball with Florida freshman Kenny Boynton and now is on the same club team as 2011 Florida commit Austin Rivers, so those connections could be working in the Gators' favor.
Josh Selby, PG, Baltimore/Lake Clifton
Player rank (position rank): 8 (2)
Scouts Inc. says: Selby's stock skyrocketed on the summer circuit. He is one of the most aggressive and attacking scoring point guards in the country. He can knock down the deep 3s, and when he gets into a flow, he can rip off four or five baskets in a row all in different ways. Evaluation
Recruiting overview: A former Tennessee commit, Selby's recruiting generated some major buzz due to the purported involvement of William Wesley. Since removing the Vols from contention, Selby has taken visits to Kansas (unofficially) and Kentucky (officially). He plans on visiting IU on Nov. 14. His mother has said Selby hopes to visit each school he is considering, so he could wait until April to make a choice.
Cory Joseph, PG, Toronto, Ontario/Findlay Prep
Player rank (position rank): 30 (6)
Scouts Inc. says: The Canadian product is steadily becoming one of the better players and point guards in the 2010 recruiting class. He is deceptively quick, showing no problem accelerating by the highest-level guards at various events. He is a rangy defender who covers a lot of ground and uses his instincts off the ball to come up with steals. This kid is a gamer who should continue to turn heads. Evaluation
Recruiting overview: Joseph is the floor leader for the powerful Findlay Prep program, which also features Texas commit Tristan Thompson. He's taken offical visits to Texas, UConn, Minnesota and Villanova. Joseph's brother, Devoe, plays at Minnesota, so that could be a factor in his recruiting process.
Ray McCallum, PG, Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day
Player rank (position rank): 30 (6)
Scouts Inc. says: McCallum is a true point with a pass-first mentality. He plays under control and makes excellent decisions with the ball. He pushes the ball in transition and does a great job of looking to advance the ball down the floor. He can finish in the open court with good body control. Evaluation | Highlights
Recruiting overview: McCallum's father, Ray Sr., is the coach at Detroit, which explains the Titans' involvement. He has official visited was to Oklahoma, UCLA and Arizona. He will be heading to Florida this coming weekend for what he calls his final visit. He has hosted Florida, UCLA and Arizona for in-home visits. It sounds like a decision could be on the horizon soon here.
Jay Harris, PG, Oswego, Ill./Oswego East
Player rank (position rank): 67 (15)
Scouts Inc. says: This scoring point guard has the total package. Harris is thin and needs to add strength, but he plays with heart and toughness on both ends of the floor. He pushes the ball with great speed and can get to the rim from the outlet pass area in the blink of an eye. He is a terrific ball handler who attacks defenders with a variety of dribble moves at high speeds. Evaluation
Recruiting overview: Harris is taking his second official visit this week, to North Dakota State. His other official went to Duquesne, which has offered. Although the mid-majors are showing the most interest, things could heat up. Harris attended Marquette's midnight madness event on an unofficial visit, and he's getting some looks from Indiana.
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