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The ULTIMATE Collegiate Floor General

Posted on 18. Nov, 2009 by Justin Shulman in nba-draft

The success of a collegiate offense starts and ends with the point guard position. Without having a special lead guard directing your offense, winning a National Championship is highly unlikely. It takes an extraordinary talent to ensure the ball goes to the right player, in the right place, at the right time on every possession. Since the start of the decade the point guards responsible for guiding their teams to a championship are:

2000- Michigan St (Mateen Cleaves)
2001- Duke (Jason Williams)
2002- Maryland (Steve Blake)
2003- Syracuse (Gerry McNamara)
2004- Uconn (Ben Gordon)
2005- UNC (Raymond Felton)
2006- Florida (Taurean Green)
2007- Florida (Taurean Green)
2008- Kansas (Mario Chalmers)
2009- UNC (Ty Lawson)

The company on this list is impressive to say the least. Although, these championship floor generals don’t have the same makeup, they all had one common trait. Each and every player on this list was able to put their team on their back, and will them to victory.

Every coach dreams of finding one of these special Floor Generals. The difficult part in doing so is that most division I recruits are champions at the high school level. Being able to decipher which prospects have that “it” factor can make or break a program. Some coaches recruit with an emphasis on a particular skill set. Quickness, defense, decision making, athleticism, and a great jump shot are a few of those desired traits.
Flagrant Fouls has chosen the one tangible from each of the following college point guards which makes them special and built the perfect floor general.

Decision Making: Ronald Moore, Siena (Senior)

Probably the steadiest point guard you’ve never heard of. Ronald has guided Siena to two straight first round upsets in the tournament, and he’s done it by not turning the ball over. Ronald never tries to do too much, has trust in his teammates, and protects the ball like it’s his lunch. He can initiate offense in the half court or in transition, and is a prototypical pass first point guard. Last season he had 224 assists to just 77 turnovers.

Athleticism: John Wall, Kentucky (Freshman)

Wall is lightning quick, has ridiculous elevation, and possesses moves that will make you dizzy. He’s the early favourite to become the first pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. His combination of speed, hops, and creativity make him a perfect fit in John Calipari’s dribble drive offense. He’s apparently further along than the last two playmakers to play the point in coach Cal’s system, Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans.

Defense: Avery Bradley, Texas (Freshman)

He may be just a freshman, but the leader of the reigning High School National Champions, Findlay Prep, can flat out get under your skin. He plays you tight, has excellent feet, active hands, and never let’s up. This kid can put pressure on the ball, chase a shooter around screens, and elevate to contest the shot of bigger guards. No matter what the defensive assignment is, Avery is the guy I’d summon to get it done.

Clutchness: Scottie Reynolds, Villanova (Senior)

With the game on the line and your choice of any player in the country to make the play, who would you go with? I’d go with experience; a guy who’s been given the responsibility and come up roses. No player fits that criteria better than Scottie Reynolds. His runner in the lane as time expired propelled Nova past Pitt and into the Final Four. This year, there is no question that if Villanova has a chance for a game altering final shot, opposing coaches are going to game plan to ensure the ball stays away from Scottie. Reynolds has ice in his veins and is not afraid to fail.

Jump Shot: Jon Scheyer, Duke (Senior)

Is it just me or do the Blue Devils always seem to have a player who can occupy this spot? Trajan Langdon, J.J. Redick, and now Jon Scheyer. Scheyer may be a point guard, but he can flat out stroke it. His range is anywhere in the gym and he can get it himself or set his feet and spot up. His shot makes him a dangerous player to defend in pick and roll situations, while Duke’s new motion offense makes him a player that has to be shadowed and chased all over the court.

Body: Willie Warren, Oklahoma (Sophomore)

On top of being an outstanding player, Willie has an NBA body. He’s 6-4, weighs 210 pounds, and looks like he doesn’t carry much body fat. His strength allows him to finish at the rim despite contact, while his height allows him to get his shot off over his defender. His combination of speed, strength, and height allows the Oklahoma coaching staff to assign Willie point guards, combo guards, and big two guards on the defensive end.

Ability to Change Speeds: Kalin Lucas, Michigan State (Junior)

Kalin has so many great point guard traits, but it’s his change of speeds that make him so difficult to guard. He’s the master of bringing it up slow, than exploding to the basket past his defender. He doesn’t just use this veteran craftiness with the ball however. He uses it away from the ball to free himself up for open looks as well. Kalin isn’t considered one of the fastest point guards in the country, but his ability to change speeds makes him as hard to stay in front of as some of the nation’s elite burners.

Ball-Handling: Nic Wise, Arizona (Senior)

The Pac-10 is loaded with dynamic point guards and Wise is no exception. The 5-10 lead man for the Cats is lightning quick with the ball in his hands. He dribbles it low to the ground, has an excellent crossover, and rarely if ever does he have it ripped. Nic may be as fast with the ball as he is without it, an asset he often puts on display when ‘zona gets out in transition.

Quickness: Kemba Walker, Connecticut (Sophomore)

Walker is as fast a player as you’ll find from one end of the court to the other. He uses his speed to break defensive pressure, to get into the paint, and to get the team out in transition. Kemba is going to need to put his blazing speed on display often if the Huskies plan to replace the trio of Hasheem Thabeet, Jeff Adrien, and AJ Price.

Leadership: Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (Senior)

Vasquez passed on the NBA draft to come back to College Park and lead his teammates on a deep tournament run. He’s not a prototypical point guard, but he’s an extension of Gary Williams on the court. Greivis is the heart and soul of the Terrapins, and the one guy everyone on the team looks to for leadership, inspiration, and big game fireworks.

SHERRON COLLINS

Although Sherron never made the list, we couldn’t write an article about the best collegiate point guard without him. He’s the leader of the #1 team in the country and the engine that makes them go. He isn’t the best decision maker in the country, and he certainly doesn’t have the best body. What Sherron does have is that “it” factor that every coach in America would kill for.

Justin Shulman
justinshulman@flagrantfouls.com

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8 Responses to “The ULTIMATE Collegiate Floor General”

  1. B Knapp 25. Nov, 2009

    … but a good piece overall.

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  2. B Knapp 25. Nov, 2009

    “Kalin isn’t considered one of the fastest point guards in the country…”

    Really? You may want to take a second look.

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  4. Tariq Sbiet 19. Nov, 2009

    Very imformative piece, Justin. Good work!

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  5. Derek 18. Nov, 2009

    I go to Duke so of course I’m happy to see Scheyer on your list. Go devils!

    But I honestly think John Wall should have quickness, ability to change speed, ball handling too. He is absurd

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