Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Point Guards to watch in the 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Tourney

Unquestionably - a good Point Guard will help a team get to the winner's circle. Here is our list of Point Guards to enjoy in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

1. John Wall - Kentucky 6'4" 195 Frosh. ... John Wall is a game changer. He is a dynamo! Electrifying. ...Wall plays with a smile on his face - usually because he is owning the game. He makes difficult plays look routine. He is simply too fast with the ball for defenders to react to. ...Right handed but has a left. He wants to run, run, and run some more. He makes quick decisions and whips the ball inside. He gets involved as a help defender. He can shake off defenders with his quickness, ball handling ability and his wide array of moves. ...His weaknesses include a penchant to play too fast for his teammates and occasionally pouting. Statistically speaking - his efficiency is lower than Derek Rose's was as a freshman. ...From Raleigh, NC.…Dished eleven assists in the 2009 Hoop Summit game for USA Basketball. Ranked the No. 1 overall prospect of 2009 by Rivals.com.

2. Jimmer Fredette - BYU 6'2" 195 Jr. ... Fredette is a combo-guard that leads the Mountain West in scoring, three-point percentage, and free throw percentage. ...12th in the nation in scoring at 21.7 points per game. His shot selection could be better - and when it improves he has a chance to raise his FG%. ....He is a tremendously accurate shooter (44% from three and .89% FT). He had some crazy games this year including torching Arizona for 49 points. In that game - he hit nine triples. ...Good ball handler. ...He has long arms. ...Fredette has the ability to control his pace. …Not just a three point shooter. …Good with the ball in his hands - and capable of making plays at full speed. ...He will jack some quick shots but overall I like Jimmer Fredette.

3. Grievis Vasquez - Maryland. 6'5" 195. SR. ...Vasquez is a passionate leader that was named ACC Player of the Year in 2009-10. Vasquez is the only player in ACC history with 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds. He averaged 19.5 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds this season. ...Has a versatile overall game that netted him triple doubles at Maryland. He is not a great athlete so he relies on crafty moves to score or set up teammates. I like him because of his desire. He plays hard. He can knock down a perimeter shot. ...Coach Gary Williams says, "Greivis has a South American and European approach to the game. He brings explosiveness and is a well-rounded guard who is a good ball handler, but also rebounds and defends well." ...Kevin Pritchard of Portland says, ..."Love his height, love his size. He's got great basketball IQ. He knows how to run a pick and roll. Will need to get a little bit better on defense, but he'll be interesting in the NBA. He's a point guard. He's got tremendous size for the position." ...Played in high school with Kevin Durant of Texas at Montrose Christian. ...Here is a good recent story on Vasquez by Mike Wise.

4. Jared Quayle - Utah State. 6'1" 180. SR. ... Quayle is a right handed Point Guard that owns an over two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio while also helping out on the boards - where he grabs six rebounds per contest. He might remind you of Mark Price with his quick release jumper and ability to find the open spots in an offense. He shoots 90% from the line. ...Quayle averages 13 points, and four assists per game. "He can score, pass, and handle the basketball" says Stew Morrill - Utah State Head Coach. Quayle is hitting 44% from three point range. Quicker than he looks. ...He played JUCO ball in Wyoming and was 5th in the nation in scoring at 24 ppg. ...Gets after it defensively - and gives honest effort. ...Quayle is 24 years old, and married.

5. Sherron Collins - Kansas 5'11" 200 SR. ...Collins is a fantastic leader that is the unquestioned heart and soul of Kansas' great team. He was recently named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 Big 12 Tournament. He wills his team to wins and will leave Kansas as the winningest player in school history. To date in Collins' four years - the Jayhawks have won 129 games, four Big 12 championships and a national title. ...He is built like a truck and he competes like he wants to carve your heart out. ...He scores 16 points per game while dishing out four assists in each outing. ...His only real limitation is his inability to finish plays consistently in traffic, and his vulnerability to be posted up by taller guards. ...From Chicago. ...Great shooting range... An exciting player who earned McDonald's and Parade All-American honors... Can beat teams many different ways... Recruited in three sports - basketball, baseball and football.

6. Jackson Emery - BYU 6'3" 185 SR. ... Emery is a good athlete that would be easy to overlook due to his small stature. The truth is that he is one of the most skilled and competitive players in the Mountain West. …He gets after it. He is fifth in the nation in steals per game at 2.7. ...Set BYU record for steals in a season with 89. ...He shoots 43% from beyond the arc and he owns a 2.3 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio. ...He is also a member of the Mountain West All-Defensive Team for 2009-10. "He does have tremendous lateral quickness," said BYU coach Dave Rose, "And he's very skilled at anticipating and understanding what opponents are doing or what their tendencies are. He's one of those guys who can see what's happening before it happens."

7. Scottie Reynolds - Villanova 6'2" 195 SR. ... I will start by saying that I am not nearly as high on Reynolds as the rest of the world seems to be. I see a guy with borderline athleticism that shoots 39% from the field as well as I see the tough, gritty guard that can carry a team. I like him as a person and a competitor but his game worries me when it comes to an NBA translation. ...He is a right handed point guard that can score. …Has deep range on his jumper. ...Can play at the point or off the ball ... Can also use his quickness to get to the basket. He is a good free throw shooter at 81%. ...Named to First Team All Big East for 2009-10. …A 2006 McDonald's All-American. ...Participated in 2005 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, where he helped USA White team to a gold medal. ...Reynolds was adopted days after being born to a teenage single mom. For more on that and on Reynolds overall - click here.

8. Sean Mosley - Maryland 6'4" 210 Soph. ... Mosley plays in the very large shadow of Grievis Vasquez but he is a sophomore worth watching. He scored 26 against then-3rd-ranked Villanova (12/6/09). ... Mosley hit 11 of 14 shots from the floor and went 3-for-4 from behind the arc en route to his career-best effort. ...He is a good defender. ...His 76% free throw shooting reflects his nice touch from the perimeter. Mosley improved his career-high in single-game assists from four to 10 vs. New Hampshire.

9. Jon Scheyer - Duke 6'5" 180 SR. ... Among the smartest and most trusted players we see is Jon Scheyer. Scheyer is an accurate shooter and good passer that makes consistently intelligent decisions on the floor. He is averaging 18.6 points and 5.0 assists per game this season as Duke's leader. His overall athleticism is below average relative to the NBA but he uses his ball fake well and his release on his shot is "just quick enough". He can be mistaken as just a jump shooter but he will scrap. ...Unselfish. He uses his off-hand (left) well …As a very good shooter - he prepares himself for a shot before he ever touches the ball. ...Excellent free throw shooter. ...He executes like a pro. Smart. Smart. Smart. ...Like a coach on the floor. He is a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, Bob Cousy Award and Lowe's Senior Class Award. …Named MVP of the 2009 ACC Tournament.

10. Marcus Denmon - Missouri 6'3" 185 Soph. ... Denmon is an unselfish guard with toughness that averaged eleven points and three rebounds per game this season. …Shoots 74% from the line, and this year upped his three-point shooting accuracy to 43%. He can take you off the dribble or bury the long range shot. ...Improving rapidly. …Would like to become a basketball coach following his playing career. He owns a nice 1.47 to 1 ast.-to-turnover ratio.

11. Chris Wright - Georgetown 6'1" 208 Jr. ... Wright is a small point guard with a thick, sturdy frame that plays at NBA speed. His assist-to-turnover ratio has improved each season to a rock solid 1.85 to 1 as a junior. …He has great body control and excellent balance. His improvement in his junior year is a large part of the Hoya's 2009-10 success. Wright has matured as a Point Guard, improving his shot selection. ...He has deep range. ...Anticipates well defensively. ...Quick. ...Good handle with both right and left hand. ...Right handed. ...A former McDonald's All-American ... Won the three-point shooting contest at the 2007 McDonald's All-American Classic ... Played in the `07 Jordan Brand All-Star Classic in New York ... Named the Gatorade Washington, D.C. Player of the Year as a high school Senior.

12. D.J. Cooper - Ohio 5'11" 165 Frosh. ... Cooper was the MAC Freshman of the Year. …He is a young looking, left-handed kid that can hit a three point shot or score on the move. He owns a better than 2 to 1 assist-to-turnover ratio. ...He has good speed. …In the top-ten in the country in steals per game. ...Broke the school single-season record for steals with 85, leading the conference at 2.7 per game. …Has the ability to go "coast-to-coast". ...77% free throw shooter. ...High school: Named the Chicago Sun-Times' Small School Player of the Year in 2009.

13. Brandon Triche - Syracuse 6'4" 198 Frosh. ... Triche is a quality guard that has started all 31 games for the Orange as a Freshman. ...He is a good ball handler that runs well. …He reads plays and makes good cuts to the hole. …Attacks the gaps. …I like his demeanor on the court. ...Was voted to the BIG EAST Conference All-Rookie Team which is voted on by the head coaches of the BIG EAST Conference. ...2008-09 New York high school Gatorade Player of the Year. Right handed. ...Triche is the cousin of former NBA and Orange guard Jason Hart.

Two more worth watching: Louis Dale - Cornell, Brad Wanamaker - Pittsburgh.

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