Red Raider Hoops | Tolbert Getting Some Help and Rankin Talks Recruits

Mar 7, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders forward Jordan Tolbert (32) drives to the basket against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the first half of the first round of the Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

RANKIN RATES THE CLASS | LAJ's Nick Kosmider has an excellent Q&A session with ESPN analyst Reggie Rankin. It's really good and worth your time. Again, to get a sense of all of these players, go check out the article, but here's Rankin's assessment of Daylen Robinson and newly committed Trency Jackson:

"Probably, if I had to make a prediction, there are two of them I like as far as a true point guard. (Daylen) Robinson, the kid out of Moberly Area Community College, is a playmaker at the point. He’s got some good speed, quickness, and he can run a team. He gets teammates involved, and he’s an excellent on-ball defender. He’s a true point guard and a playmaker.

"The other kid I like is Trency Jackson (Northwest Florida State College). He can play the point or off the ball. He’s really improved as a shooter. He’s made a great deal of 3s, and he can really get it going from beyond the arc."

Rankin also goes on to talk a bit about Jamal Williams and mainly talks about him as a defender. I've somewhat thought that if there is a guy to count on to be an impact player next year that it is Robinson as he was a pretty good scorer in JUCO and that can translate to Division I basketball. Williams shot terribly in JUCO (35%) and barely averaged double-figures. With Jackson he did shoot a bit better (40%) and also just averaged double-figures. Robinson is the most proven scorer of the three.

Rankin also discusses SF/PF Wannah Bail, who is probably the best player in the class:

“He’s just an elite athlete. He’s a live body, an athletic power forward. He plays above the rim, he runs the floor, really excels in transition. He can rebound in and out of his area. He can face up and hit short jumpers, if he’s got time.

“He’s still trying to develop his perimeter skills. He’s a lefty who is really good around the baseline when he’s attacking the basket. What makes him special is that he’s just a tremendous athlete, and when his skill catches up (to his athleticism), his production will go to the next level.”

You really should check out the whole thing.

BENEFIT TO TOLBERT | LAJ's Kosmider also opines that with the additional talent that head coach Billy Gillispie is bringing in that this should help SF Jordan Tolbert:

That certainly isn't to say that Tolbert isn't capable of becoming an efficient back-to-the-basket post player, because there will still be times he has to score that way. But he should be more free to face up defenders, hit medium-range jumpers and finish at the rim, which suits his strengths.

RECRUITING NEVER STOPS | @HOOPSrecruits notes that Gillisipie isn't just focusing on this year, but he's also focusing on the 2013 class as he went to visit Berkner PG Kendal Harris (Rivals) earlier this week.

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