One of the main focal points in UofL’s 2013 recruiting class will be landing a solid point guard to replace Peyton Siva. As of right now the only other players on the roster who will be able to contribute at point guard will be Russ Smith and Kevin Ware. Despite both of these players being able to step in and play point occasionally, Coach Pitino has made it clear that both are better used off the ball due to their natural scoring ability. In the 2014 class, Louisville has secured a commitment from local standout Quentin Snider, a five-star point guard and 29th rated overall player in the 2014 class. What this means is that UofL needs someone to step in right away after Siva’s senior season and take the reigns of one of the premier basketball programs in the country.
#1. Chris Jones – 5’10″ 195lbs
A premier junior college player, Jones had originally committed to Tennessee but never made it to campus and eventually wound up at Northwest Florida State College. Last year he averaged 18 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds per game, leading his team to a 27-2 record. He has been receiving interest and will visit Oklahoma State, Florida State, Baylor, Kansas and Louisville. According to Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com “He’s the type of player that will be able to go wherever he wants.” Jones is a veteran player who has time to mature both mentally and physically and might be in the best position in that regards to run the point at Louisville. His current coach Steve Forbes said “He can score, he can defend, he can get people involved in the offense. He’s not Kemba Walker, but that’s who he likes to play like.” I think Jones would be an excellent addition to UofL’s 2013 recruiting class and will fill the gap between Siva and Snider.
#2. Terry Rozier – 6’1″ 170lbs
Committed to UofL. Terry Rozier would have joined the 2012 recruiting class, but he failed to qualify and is now heading to Hargrave Military Academy to play along side another Cardinal commit, Anton Gill. Rozier played high school ball in Ohio for Shaker Heights where he averaged 26.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.7 steals, and 4.5 assists per game. He is rated a top 100 player in each of the 3 main recruiting service rankings (Scout, ESPN, Rivals). Rozier has been considered more of a combo guard but has been recruited to play point at UofL. He is very athletic and can score the ball in a variety of ways including having a pretty good 3 point range. At this point, nobody is for sure if he will actually ever put on a Cardinal uniform, but in a recent interview Rick Pitino made it very clear that Rozier will still play at Louisville if he has any say. As with Chris Jones, Rozier will now have 1 more year under his belt to fine-tune his game.
#3. Anthony “Cat” Barber – 6’2″ 165lbs
A point guard with definite McDonald’s All-American potential, Anthony Barber is one of the most sought after point guards in the 2013 class. He is being targeted by UofL, Kansas, Alabama, and N.C. State and has a visit set to Louisville for 9/8/12. Barber has been considered in a possible package deal that would also include his AAU teammate, SF Troy Williams by UofL and Alabama. He is known as being a true point guard with elite speed, and the ability to get in the lane with ease. Out of all the point guards UofL is targeting for 2013, Barber is probably closest to current point guard Peyton Siva in terms of style of play. This could bode well for an easy transition after Siva graduates. This will be an interesting recruitment to watch as no one team seems to be the frontrunner at this point.
#4. Demetrius Jackson – 6’1″ 185lbs
Rated the #18 overall player in ESPN’s 2013 recruiting rankings, Jackson really became a hot commodity this July in the evaluation period. Jackson is a very athletic point guard that has interest from Illinois, Notre Dame, Louisville, Kentucky, and Kansas.