Monday Hoops Recruiting Nuggets
Anyone who has watched the Tennessee men’s basketball team this season has probably noticed that we need help/depth at the point guard position. As good as Bobby Maze has looked at times he has been equally bad at times too. I do think he has been playing a lot better as of late, but after Maze, the PG position takes a huge drop off with Josh Tabb. Don’t get me wrong, Tabb is a great defender and a guy the Vols need come March, but when he is in at point guard, our team’s offense looks stagnant. That said, the Tennessee coaching staff is hard at work trying to secure a JUCO point guard late in the 2009 signing period:
Another name that has been mentioned recently is former Alabama point guard Rico Pickett. Pickett is playing at Miami Dade College where he is averaging 16 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals per game. The former 4-star and top 100 recruit is a serious Tennessee target according to some of the Volquest message boards. Pickett started more than half of his games as a freshman at Alabama, but couldn’t seem to get along with former coach Mark Gottfried so chemistry could be an issue with Pickett. He should be our top target during this late signing period and the kind of big (he’s 6-4) point guard that could thrive in the Vol’s offense. Look for more news to come of Pickett as the late signing period ends in April.
Monie Hudson is a name to remember because Tennessee is apparently showing significant interest in Hudson according to bluegrasspreps.com. Hudson is currently enrolled at Southeastern Illinois Community College, where he is currently averaging 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. The ball is in Tennessee’s court in this one as Hudson doesn’t seem to have any other big-time programs after him, but someone who the Tennessee coaches are keeping a close eye on judging by the late visit last week.
As for the 2010 recruiting class, the Vols are looking to add a forward to the already stellar 2010 class which currently consists of 5-star point guard Josh Selby, 4-star shooting guard Jordan McRae, and 3-star point guard Aaron Craft. According to zagsblog.com Tennessee is recruiting 4-star power forward Jayvaughn Pinkston from Brooklyn, NY pretty hard. His coach Rudy King lists Tennessee, Memphis, Virginia, and USC as schools that are recruiting Pinkston the hardest. Look for Tennessee to aggressively pursue Pinkston in the coming months as they look to lock up their 2010 recruiting class.
I know its early, but Tennessee coaches are already hard at work for the 2011 recruiting class. Small forward Quincy Miller from Winston-Salem, NC already lists Tennessee as a potential suitor for his services according to hoopsmasters.com. However, with the way Wake Forest is playing and recruiting as of late, it may be tough to pull Miller from their own backyard.
Also, Tennessee might not have to go far to find one of the top players in the class of 2011. Point guard prospect Kedren Johnson is from Marshall County, TN and is perhaps one of the top sophomore prospects in the country according to Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer. Look for an offer to be extended in the coming months.
Lastly, Tennessee has supposedly noticed sophomore Josiah Moore from Norcross, Georgia. He currently only has an offer from Georgia State but says Tennessee, Cincinnati, and Georgia have all contacted him according to hoopmasters.com.