Minnesota’s lack of point guard depth was on full display on Sunday, and it may be enough of a concern that Tubby Smith will recruit another point guard for the upcoming season. Devoe Joseph is a shooting guard who will need to develop in a point guard. Lawrence Westbrook has a long way to go until he can run an offense. Next season, Minnesota’s only point guards will be Al Nolen and a probably not very improved Kevin Payton. Unless Westbrook learns to calm down or Blake Hoffarber gets some foot speed, next year could be particularly frustrating. Royce White and Rodney Williams are talented, but talent doesn’t matter if its at the wrong position.
Two names have surfaced, or resurfaced in recent days as targets for the Gophers. While they may decide to hold both remaining scholarships for 2009, if they use one of them, these are the two most likely recruits.
Verdell Jones (#12 in white) is the #2 uncomitted point guard in the country.[youtube:http://youtube.com/watch?v=d9fzNErvtWM]
Another name being thrown around, perhaps less legitimately, is Malcom Armstead. He is putting up great numbers (31 ppg 11 assists) but right now both his skill level and the Gophers’ interst is still a bit of a mystery. More here.