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March 8, 2007

Mailbag: Roe bound for North Carolina?

Is it wishful thinking that Delvon Roe will end up wearing anything other than Carolina blue in college?

Readers also want to know about Chris Braswell, Cole Aldrich and Anthony McClain.

Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Jerry Meyer also breaks down the top guards in the 2007 class in this week's mailbag.

Jerry's Mailbag
With Ohio State out of scholarships for the '08 class, what are Kansas' chances of landing five star combo forward Delvon Roe.
Marticus from Memphis

I guess Ohio State is out of scholarships for 2008 - at least for now. Thad Matta has set the bar early for the 2008 class. The Buckeyes have landed fourth-ranked B.J. Mullens, Anthony Crater (No. 24), Luke Babbitt (No. 26), William Buford (No. 42) and Walter Offutt (No. 97).

As for Kansas and Delvon Roe, not much of a chance there. Roe is practically signed, sealed and delivered to North Carolina. It is supposed to be just a matter of time before a North Carolina commitment becomes official. This has been the word since the holidays, and North Carolina has only strengthened its position with Roe.

What happened to Chris Braswell this season? He hardly ever played (or suited up). Will he be back at DeMatha next year? Do you know what issues kept him off the court?
Tom from D.C.

Braswell suffered from nagging injuries and academic problems this year. As you pointed out, he spent a lot of the season out of the lineup.

When Rivals.com did see him in action this season, he just wasn't as focused a player as we have seen him be in the past. He had trouble finishing and did not make solid decisions with the basketball.

He took a hit in the rankings, but hopefully he will regain his footing in the classroom and on the court and make the most of his potential.

Is Cole Aldrich healthy, and do you thing he can do more than Sasha Kaun to establish an inside game for Kansas? What keeps him from being a five-star?
Steve from Clarendon Hills

As far as I know Cole Aldrich is healthy and has had a strong senior season. As for the Sasha Kaun comparison, Aldrich should be more of a presence on the defensive end than Kaun, but I don't know that he will bring more of an offensive punch to the lineup - at least not immediately.

Aldrich still is in need of a go-to move in the post and must improve his face-up jumper. Over the summer, he looked much more comfortable defending than he did operating with the ball.

His lack of polish offensively has him just outside the five-star range. I'm looking forward to evaluating him during the week of the McDonald's All-American Game.

When people talk about elite senior guards, they often mention OJ Mayo, Eric Gordon, and Derrick Rose. Why don't they list Jerryd Bayless with them?
Luke from Albany

Let's break them down one by one. O.J. Mayo has NBA shooting guard height and can also play the point. He has a very mature game with a high skill level, high basketball IQ and a tremendously competitive spirit. What he lacks in comparison to Eric Gordon and Derrick Rose is that extra athletic gear.

Gordon is an athletic anomaly who can post gaudy scoring numbers. Don't be surprised if he is the Kevin Durant of next year's freshman class - as far as putting up points. Gordon attacks the rim like a beast, can score in the mid-range of the dribble or by posting and has a pure long distance stroke either off the dribble or the pass. He can also control the boards from the shooting guard position.

Rose is as athletic as any point guard out there. At the same time, he also has a natural feel for the position. Rarely, if ever, do you find this combination in a point guard. His skill set is there and rapidly improving. He has as good an upside as any prospect, and has the chance to be one of the greats at his position.

Now Jerryd Bayless falls between the super athletic Rose/Gordon and Mayo in terms of athleticism. Bayless is a little below ideal size for an NBA point guard and has yet to prove himself as a true point guard. Bayless shoots a big time pull up jumper off the dribble, but his stroke is not as steady off the pass.

So compared to Mayo, his game isn't as refined or mature. Bayless is not as athletic or as dominant at his position as Rose. Bayless can do a lot of the same things as Gordon, but he isn't as strong or as athletic. Bayless also doesn't shoot it as well off the pass.

Bayless is close behind these guys. It will be very interesting to see how he adapts to running the point for Arizona or if he plays more off the ball. He is certainly a great talent and a future NBA player, but there are still some questions out there about his game.

Does Maryland have any chance at getting Anthony McClain? He's one of the top centers available and is from the state of Maryland, also.
Steve from College Park

I don't think Maryland has a chance with Anthony McClain. The scuttlebutt right now is that McClain is a heavy Cincinnati lean. He may be a silent commitment for the Bearcats. Rivals.com Senior Writer Justin Young is presently en route to the NACA tournament in Dayton, Tenn., and hopes to get some information on McClain's situation.

When I last spoke with Trevor Brown (McClain's coach), Cincinnati, Connecticut, Tennessee and Florida were the schools in contention.

Jerry Meyer is a national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. Click here to send him a question or comment for his Mailbag.

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