Friday, December 3, 2010

College Hoops: Top Five Point Guards in the Nation

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
In this past decade, the last five National Championship teams embraced a talented point guard that led the way. Think of Jon Scheyer and what he did for Duke.

How about Ty Lawson and his ability to take care of the ball. Taurean Green was apart of the Florida Gators when they won back-to-back National Championship, and helped them stay consistent with scoring, and defense.

There isn't a team in the top-5 currently that can say they'd survive without their lead guard.

Point guards are a great necessity and to be successful, they'll need to be able to handle the ball, and create offense for their teammates.

Additionally, point guards are looked on to lead the way for the offense and always put his team in position to win the game.

I've witnessed these traits throughout the first month of November, and some point guards have caught my eye. As the debate rises of who the nations top-point guard is, here is my stance on the top-5 guards in the country.

5. Chris Wright - Georgetown Hoyas

Chris Wright has the Georgetown Hoyas (7-0) undefeated and off to their second straight undefeated November. Wright came through with the key three point basket against Mizzou that sent it into overtime, and was the one to finish the Tigers off with free-throws in OT.

Wright has blossomed into a great lead guard. He is up to 7.4 assist per game, with two double-digit assist outings.

Wright has been held to double-figures in two games this season, but also turned in an eight, and nine assist nights, which shows you his ability to impact the game without scoring.

4. Kalin Lucas - Michigan State Spartans

Kalin Lucas isn't 100 percent after injuring his achilles tendon last year, but you wouldn't be able to tell if you watched him in action. Lucas' Spartans (5-2) have dropped two games but both to respectable squads.

Lucas is currently averaging 17 points, 3.1 assist, and two rebounds. He is also shooting 46 percent from the field taking an average of 12 shots per game.

Michigan State survived last year without Lucas, but this season he is very beneficial. He helps Michigan State stay competitive with many teams, and is one of the reasons the Spartans were able to stay in the game against Duke.

Without being at full strength, Lucas is still one of the best lead guards in the country.

3. Demetri McCamey - Illinois Fighting Illini

Seeing that McCamey and Deron Williams attended the same college everybody wants to throw out the comparisons. I don't see many key traits, but what I do see is a better decision-making guard.

McCamey averaged 3.4 turnovers last year, but is now averaging 2.3 per outing. That is an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.44, which is more than his first two seasons combined.

He has great court vision, and finds his teammates in their sweet spots for the score. McCamey is currently second in the nation in assist with 7.8 per game.

McCamey scores, gets his team involved, and leads the Illini to victory. McCamey is a polished college point guard with the ability to be something great at the next level.

2. Kyrie Irving - Duke Blue Devils

You want to know how Kyrie Irving is good? Try leading the No. 1 team in the nation over then-No.3 Kansas State, and the No. 6 Michigan State Spartans by outplaying two experienced guard in Jacob Pullen and Kalin Lucas.

Irving has the unique talent to push the ball up and down the floor without your defense doing much about it. His speed and quickness is just flat out amazing, and Irving always makes plays in the open court.

Irving just dropped a career-high 31 points on Michigan State, and is now on pace to join freshman like Carmelo Anthony that led Syracuse to the National Championship as a true freshman.

1. Kemba Walker - Connecticut Huskies

Kemba Walker, hands down, is the best point guard in the country. You cannot name a point guard that has the ability to lead an average team over two top-10 opponents in a span of two days.

Walker has the ability to take over games with his scoring ability and leadership. During their most recent win against New Hampshire, Walker put UConn on its back and carried them to victory.

Walker benefits UConn on the boards (4.3 rpg), the assist column (3.4 apg), and steals (2.2).

He does everything you want a point guard to do and more. He gets the team involved, takes over games when needed, very consistent, and play defense.

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