Thursday, March 20, 2014

Point Guards to watch in the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Annually we analyze a player's production per minute, and ability to defend as it relates to a future in the NBA. ... Here are the best all-around Point Guards as we view it...

Smart can carry a team
Marcus Smart - Oklahoma State 6'3" 200 Sophomore. ...Smart is a strong, athletic 'lead guard' that I believe projects as a possible NBA All-Star someday. Smart is a terrific defender, posting the third best Defensive Rating among PG's in the 2014 NCAA Tourney. He averages 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists, and he led the Big 12 in steals. He raised his career assist-to-turnover ratio to 1.5-to-1, which puts him on the border for being a "Point" guard. The clear weakness in Smart's game is his perimeter shooting. He hits just 29% from 3-pt. (career). 

Kyle Anderson - UCLA 6'9" 235 Sophomore. ...As unique a player as you can find in the college game, Anderson is a 6'9" point guard that seemingly plays as his nickname suggests (Slo Mo). He led the Pac 12 in assists per game, and in defensive rebounds per game. That's a combo you rarely, if ever, see. …Anderson owns a 1.9-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He averages 14.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game. He shoots the three-ball at 37% (career), and hits 74% of his foul shots. 

Briante Weber - VCU 6'2" 165 Junior. ...Weber is the best defensive guard in the Tournament, with a Defensive Rating of 84.7. …He averages 9.5 points per game but he wreaks havoc on D, snatching 3.4 steals per game (that is an incredibly high number, and even more impressive considering his DEFRTG). His assist-to-turnover ratio is 1.9-to-1. ...Weber needs to improve his deep shooting (career 24% 3-pt). 

Terry Rozier - Louisville 6'1" 170 Freshman. ...Rozier only plays 19.3 minutes per game as a freshman but in those minutes he has shined as a future star. His 3.17-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio is incredible. …Rozier also shoots the long ball well (37% 3-pt FG). 

Ennis = CLUTCH
Tyler Ennis - Syracuse 6'1" 180 Freshman. ...Ennis showed the ability to lead his team in "clutch" situations as a freshman. He averages 12.7 points, and 5.6 rebounds per game. He led the ACC in steals and assists. More importantly, as a point guard, he has a 3.24-to-1 assist to turnover ratio. He shoots the three ball well (37%), and hits 76% of his foul shots. 

Shaquielle McKissic - Arizona State 6'5" 200 Senior. ...This may be a stretch, as McKissic is not known as a point guard. He is on the same team with Jahii Carson and McKissic has not been given an opportunity to run a team on his own. McKissic owns an impressive 2.86-to-1 assist to turnover ratio which should help keep him on the radar for NBA teams. ...McKissic has a troubled past but now seems focused. He is averaging nine points, and five boards per game in a handful of minutes. 

Joseph Young - Oregon 6'2" 185 Junior. ...Young is a scoring point guard that is right above the cutoff line for an acceptable assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6-to-1). …Young is fantastic in the open-court, showing excellent speed and an ability to finish despite being under 190 lbs. Young played his freshman season at Houston before transferring to Oregon. His Defensive Rating is terrible (107.9). 

Shabazz Napier - Connecticut 6'1" 180 Senior. ...Napier is a gifted player that can break his man down off the dribble. He is fiercely competitive, and he will battle for rebounds with bigger players. He was named the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He averages 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. His former coach, Jim Calhoun said Napier can be a bit moody. One day he is talkative and leading, the next day he hardly says a word. We've watched him scream at his teammates for mistakes they've made. Napier is not my favorite player but I can't deny his skill. 

Kenny Chery - Baylor 5'11" 180 Junior. ...Chery averages 11.6 points, and five assists per game. He scored 29 points in a recent win on the road at Kansas St, earning Big 12 Player of the Week honors. He is money from the foul line (87%) FT. He was a member of 2010 Canadian Junior Men's National Team. 

Fred Van Vleet - Wichita St. 5'11" 194 Sophomore. ...VanVleet is the "quarterback" of the undefeated Shockers. He averages 12.1 points, and 5.3 assists per game. He is an 80% free throw shooter. He plays at a steady pace, reminiscent of a young Mike Bibby. VanVleet has a 2.89-to-1 assist to turnover ratio (career). 

Michael Dixon - Memphis 6'1" 200 Senior. ...Dixon landed in Memphis after playing three seasons at Missouri. He is still the same dangerous offensive player. He averages 11.8 points per game in 22.9 minutes per contest. Dixon can hit the three-ball (38%), and he is an excellent foul shooter (85% - career).

DeAndre Kane - Iowa St. 6'4" 200 Senior. ...Kane has the ability to carry a team for stretches with his fearless style of play. He posted averages of 17 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists this season. He improved his deep shooting this season to a rock solid 39% 3-pt fg. Kane played three seasons at Marshall before transferring to Iowa State. ...He is 24 years old. 

Jahii Carson - Arizona St. 5'10" 175 Sophomore. ...Carson can get into the paint at will off the dribble. He averages 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists per game. He is looking to score more than to set up teammates. His assist-to-turnover ratio is 1.37-to-1 (below average for a point guard). 

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