If there's any question about the state of college basketball and importance of guard play, look no further than West Virginia for your answer. The Mountaineers pulled a pair of point guards in back-to-back days. On Monday, it was Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill./Aurora East) and a day later, Jabarie Hinds (Mt. Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon) popped.
It's almost like the days of five separate position players are over. Mix in the fact that it's a down year for bigs in 2011 and no one can blame coach Bob Huggins for chasing speed versus size in terms of style of play.
Plus, Boatright and Hinds are different players. Boatright is the prolific scorer who jukes and jives and launches deep triples. Hinds can be more of a probing guard and both have speed.
In addition to Hinds being one of the better point guards on the East Coast, his commitment also rings a bell for West Virginia in the relationship department. Junior Kevin Jones, one of the Mountaineers best players, attended Mount Vernon, the school Hinds currently stars for. Hinds' pledge insures that the pipeline from one of New York's' best programs continues to flow into Mountaineers territory.
As for Hinds worrying about playing with another point, not a chance.
"To be honest with you, we didn't do a lot of talking about it," Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino said. "Coach said he had no problems playing them together and Jabari isn't concerned about his talent level. Having a couple of point guards is never a bad thing."
Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at email@example.com.