JT3 has made it a point to have his future point guards be mentored by the current PG during his tenure. Chris came in 2007, which was Jonathan Wallace's senior year, and Markel came in 2010, which was Chris's senior year. It only seems logical that we would recruit a bunch of point guards and hope someone bites. We only offered three guys: Roddy Peters, signed with Maryland, Nate Britt, signed with UNC, and Jaylen Brantley, who has us in last five. Brantley's scouting report from ESPN:
Brantley is a point guard who plays with terrific composure and is a lights out three-point shooter. He is almost impervious to pressure, using his size to his advantage and keeping his dribble extremely low, and a good decision maker with the ball in his hands. He is virtually automatic when left open from behind the three-point line, will take and make big shots, and has range that extends to the NBA arc.
Undersized with limited explosion, Brantley's upside may ultimately be limited because of his physical attributes. While he can make a play with the ball in the open floor, he lacks the explosiveness to break his man down in the quarter court and struggles to finish plays at the rim against contact as well. As great of a shooter as he is, he can struggle to get it off at times because he gets almost no lift and has a low release point. Defensively, he is sound but can definitely be overpowered by bigger and stronger guards.
An undersized lead guard who lacks explosion and power, Brantley compensates with a terrific demeanor for the game and fantastic three-point stroke. While high level schools will undoubtedly want to see how he progresses physically, he has already proven his worth at the national level, running the show for a BABC team that took a national championship.
The other guy considering us is Jaren Sina, who just de-committed from Northwestern, but we haven't even offered him. That seems illogical since he is the 24th best point guard in the class of 2013 (Jaylen Brantley is 57th). This is Sina's scouting report:
Sina is a super skilled guard with a lethal jump shot. He has an effortless stroke that is virtually automatic when in rhythm from anywhere inside of 25 feet, is equally effective shooting off the catch or the dribble, and can also make tough contested shots late in the shot clock. He handles efficiently vs. pressure, has a terrific feel for the game, is a pinpoint passer, and has a tremendously high basketball I.Q. He can play either guard position, has good poise with the ball in his hands, and is very crafty using shot fakes and jab steps to create space for himself on the perimeter.
The biggest uncertainty with Sina is how he progresses physically. While he isn't overly quick or athletic right now it is entirely possible that he is still growing some and hasn't finished filling out his frame or growing into his body. He has a tendency to try to do a little too much at times, playing with the ball at times and trying to make home-run plays instead of using his versatile skills to make the easy play. Defensively he's solid and can only occasionally be exposed against quicker players.
He's as skilled and smart as they get but his intangibles are what separate him. He plays with unwavering confidence and just enough cockiness to maximize his talents. It's that type of mindset that allows him to thrive in the big moments.
What are we waiting for. Let's get our heads out of our asses and actively recruit these guys. Spending a year under Markel's tutelage would make a big difference if Brantley or Sina do end up coming.
Jaren Sina is no longer considering us, while Shane Rector, who de-committed from Rutgers after Mike Rice's firing, is now considering us. His high school coach told ESPN, "Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Providence and Connecticut already have reached out". Dayton, UMass, and Arizona State had been recruiting him prior to the commitment to Northwestern, so I guess they will probably recruit him again unless they have scholarship problems. Rector is the 47th best PG in the class, per ESPN, and we have a realistic chance of landing him because none of his offers really stand out. I honestly do not think we will get any of the guys we are targeting for next year, Phil Booth, Ja'Quan Newton, Jaquel Richmond, to name a few. This is a great chance to secure the point guard of the future. That would allow us to give him a year to learn the offense and develop while Markel is still the starting PG. Shane Rector's scouting report courtesy of ESPN:
Rector is a true point guard that pushes the ball at high speeds on the break and can get into the lane at will with his tight handle and terrific burst of speed. He also does a great job of setting up teammates for easy baskets at the rim and kick outs from his penetration and excellent court vision. Rector can also get to the rim and finish when he slashes in between defenders. He can make mid range jumpers and open threes as well with much needed time and space. Rector applies good ball pressure and is a good anticipator in the passing lanes with his quick hands.
Rector must work to make his jumper more of a consistent weapon and extend his range to behind the arc to where he can make defenders close on him with greater urgency. He also must add strength and work on his left hand because he is a heavy right hand driver and attacker a high percentage of the time in addition to over penetrating which at times turns into a costly turnover.
Rector is a true point guard that is a great pass first set up player. He gets in the lane where he can deliver the ball or finish at the rim. He is a decent open shooter but must make his jumper more consistent in addition to adding strength but this young guard is tough to stay in front of and has great upside.
Stay Casual, my friends.