With the graduation of starting point guard J.J. Frazier imminent, Mark Fox took a step toward replacing him this morning with the commitment of Mount Zion Prep (MD) standout Teshaun Hightower. Hightower, a 6’4, 185 pound Illinois native who finished his high school career at Collins Hill, also held offers from Western Kentucky and LaSalle, and was receiving recruiting interest from Georgia Tech.
Hightower said during the recruiting process that he wants to be a point guard, and one assumes that his commitment means Fox intends to give him a shot there. In the long run, if Hightower can play the one effectively it might allow Tyree Crump and/or Jordan Harris to develop at the two. Honestly, I haven’t watched him play, but the high school tape I have been able to locate shows a guy with good length who’s not afraid to shoot the three.
The highlights are perhaps a little lighter on his ability to distribute the ball. But if you’re looking for point guards this late in the process it stands to reason that you’re not getting guys who are fully proven. It also stands to reason that with a year of prep school Hightower may have begun to grow into that role. Only time will tell. But for now I like the idea of an upgrade in size at the one, and wouldn’t mind Georgia finding another reliable combo guard, either. Until later . . .