Posted: 8:21 a.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013
By Bill C.
Shane Rector, a three-star point guard from South Kent, Connecticut, committed to Frank Haith and Missouri over the weekend. A former Rutgers commit who reopened his recruitment following the firing of Rutgers coach Mike Rice, Rector had planned a few visits but committed while in Columbia and canceled his other visits.
Butler, Texas A&M;, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall and Western Kentucky also expressed interest in Rector recently.
The news was first reported by Scout.com.
Rector is the second point guard in coach Frank Haith’s 2013 class, joining Wesley Clark, the AAU teammate of Kentucky pledge James Young.
“One of us is going to start, but Coach Haith likes to play two point guards at a time as he has done in the past,” Rector said.
“One of us is going to start. Both of us will be in the game and getting some time.”
The addition of Rector and Clark means that the Tigers will be bringing in a four star point guard and a three star point guard in the same class. Typically multiple point guards are not signed in one class, but Rector said that would not be a problem for him or Clark.
"I already know Wes [Clark]. I knew him before all this and he was on board for me to come," explained Rector. "He told me if I felt like it was the right situation I should go there. We'll be able to help each other out since we already have chemistry. I know he's a good player. I think we can eventually be one of the top backcourts in the country."
Rector said he plans to move to Columbia in early June in order to get going in summer school. Before that, though, he has one final step to take.
"I'm going to sign within the next couple of days and make it official," he said.
Rector is a true point guard that pushes the ball at high speeds on the break and can get into the lane at will with his tight handle and terrific burst of speed. He also does a great job of setting up teammates for easy baskets at the rim and kick outs from his penetration and excellent court vision. Rector can also get to the rim and finish when he slashes in between defenders. He can make mid range jumpers and open threes as well with much needed time and space. Rector applies good ball pressure and is a good anticipator in the passing lanes with his quick hands.
Rector must work to make his jumper more of a consistent weapon and extend his range to behind the arc to where he can make defenders close on him with greater urgency. He also must add strength and work on his left hand because he is a heavy right hand driver and attacker a high percentage of the time in addition to over penetrating which at times turns into a costly turnover.
When you watch film of Wes Clark, you see a pretty controlled, steady guy, a Mateen Cleaves type who plays the point guard position like a quarterback. When you watch the Shane Rector film below, you see flash and athleticism (there are some impressive dunks in traffic), a guy with a lovely crossover and moves he doesn't mind showing off. And really, if you're going into the season knowing you're going to have to rely on a pair of freshman point guards, having two distinct styles probably isn't a bad thing. Having two of them also isn't a bad thing. Welcome, Shane.