Doyel highlights 2004-05 point guards Part II: Pair of Big 12 programs ready for next step

Players we will see this season and next…

[b]Trent Meacham, Dayton: Loyal junior Warren Williams will get the first shot at replacing Ramod Marshall, but he’ll be pushed by the 6-3 Meacham.

Jihad Muhammad, Cincinnati: Muhammad was considered the country’s best junior college point guard last season because of his complete package – a scoring point guard who also is a defensive pest. Bob Huggins had been looking for one of those.

Churchill Odia, Xavier: Odia’s going to be awesome eventually, and while the 6-6 Nigerian didn’t play as a prep senior for visa reasons, he needs to lose the rust now: Junior Dedrick Finn was suspended indefinitely this week. The good news? Odia has been wowing onlookers in preseason workouts.

A.J. Ratliff, Indiana: Ratliff gives coach Mike Davis another option should junior Marshall Strickland struggle like last season, when the alternatives were shooting guard Bracey Wright or walk-on Ryan Tapak. Plus, Ratliff is an in-state guy – the kind of recruit who makes the locals happy.[/b]

Latest installment from Doyel… Part III: Memphis elects to go with Washington

As the link title implies, the piece highlights Darius Washington of Memphis, as well as Ron Steele and Glenn Miles of Alabama. Others of interest include:

[b]Leemire Goldwire, Charlotte: The 49ers are loaded everywhere but the point, where this 6-1 freshman will compete with junior Mitchell Baldwin. :thumbsup:

Jon Lucky and Parfait Bitee, Rhode Island: Coach Jim Baron would like to slide senior Dawan Robinson to shooting guard, but only if one of these freshmen is ready. At 6-5 and 210 pounds, Lucky is bigger than Bitee (6-2, 180). Lucky’s rep is bigger, too, though Bitee is only one year removed from his native Cameroon.[/b]