By Jeff Borzello
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- With a relatively weak point guard group in the class of 2012, Gabe York could establish himself as one of the best -- if he is able to handle the position full time.
“I’m trying to be a point guard, still getting the hang of it,” York said. “The biggest thing is learning the position.”
York, a 6-foot-1 prospect from Orange Lutheran (Calif.), is one of the best scorers in the country. He has tremendous range and lift on his 3-point shot, and he finishes effectively at the rim.
York doesn’t want to change his scoring prowess.
“I want to be a scoring point guard,” he said. “I don’t want to take away that part of my game.”
Recently, York trimmed his list to 10 schools: Marquette, Notre Dame, Kansas, Louisville, Washington, Oklahoma, UNLV, Arizona, Memphis and Connecticut.
Recently, he took a trip to Washington, and he went to Chicago after the NBPA Top 100 Camp to check out Marquette and Notre Dame. York also plans on going to Arizona at the end of the month.
“I’ll have a better feel for what I want after that,” he said.
Poythress feels pressure to stay home
Playing alongside Tony Parker and several other high-major players on the Georgia Stars this spring, Alex Poythress stood out.
The 6-foot-7 forward from Northeast (Tenn.) made an impact with his athleticism and length. He can power around the rim and is one of the better rebounders in the class. Poythress also has the ability to face-up and knock down jumpers.
“I didn’t do anything different,” he said. “I just played hard and tried to show what I could do.”
Plenty of schools were impressed, as Poythress currently boasts a long list. Vanderbilt, Memphis, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Stanford, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville and Ohio State are all on him.
While Poythress has no favorites, three schools are on him the most, and they all have something in common.
“The in-state schools are probably coming at me the hardest -- Memphis, Vanderbilt, Tennessee,” he said.
Howard has a future in two sports
For all the athletes at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Twymond Howard might be the best overall athlete.
The 6-foot-6 Howard is a star on the hardwood -- and on the gridiron. As a result, he is being pursued in both sports.
Howard, a small forward from Pearl (Miss.), wanted to prove himself on the basketball court last week in Virginia.
“Just to show I’m one of the top players,” Howard said of his goals. “I feel like I’m one, so I have to play hard. I want everybody to know who I am.”
For now, Howard is hearing from Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Alabama and Auburn.
“I’ve taken unofficials to Tennessee, Mississippi State and Ole Miss,” he said.