April 7, 2010

Class of 2010 point guard scouting report

Who's the best of the best among the Class of 2010 point guards? We break down the players in four categories.

POINT GUARDS
BEST PENETRATOR
1) Josh Selby
High School: Baltimore Lake Clifton
College choice: Undecided
Buzz: No one in the 2010 class gets to the basket with the same authority as Selby. When he decides to attack, he is nearly unguardable.

2) Kyrie Irving
High School: Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick
College choice: Duke
Buzz: With a superb blend of craftiness and athleticism, Irving is one of the best in the class at getting into the paint.
3) Cory Joseph
High School: Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
College choice: Undecided
Buzz: Joseph can get to the rim, but his forte is beating the first defender and then making the pinpoint pass or hitting the mid-range jumper.
4) Brandon Knight
High School: Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest
College choice: Undecided
Buzz: As strong with the basketball as any player in the class, Knight is unstoppable if he gets an edge on his man.
5) Joe Jackson
High School: Memphis White Station
College choice: Memphis
Buzz: Slippery with the basketball, Jackson can change directions with the best of them and then finish the tough shot.
BEST BALL HANDLER
1) Ryan Harrow
High School: Marietta (Ga.) Walton
College choice: North Carolina State
Buzz: If Harrow doesn't make it in the NBA, there is a spot for him on the And1 tour as a ball-handling specialist.

2) Trevor Releford
High School: Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Bishop Miege
College choice: Alabama
Buzz: Some have described Releford as a ball-handling wizard because of his dribbling mastery.
3) Phil Pressey
High School: Episcopal School of Dallas
College choice: Missouri
Buzz: Pressey knows how to keep a play alive. He continually threaten the defense with his ball-handling ability.
4) Josh Selby
High School: Baltimore Lake Clifton
College choice: Undecided
Buzz: Selby is not just an explosive athlete off the bounce. He also has great command of his dribbling skills.
5) Kyrie Irving
High School: Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick
College choice: Duke
Buzz: Irving's craftiness stems from his complete control of the basketball when he puts it on the floor.
BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER
1) Josh Selby
High School: Baltimore Lake Clifton
College choice: Undecided
Buzz: Perhaps the best tough-shot maker in the class, Selby can score in a variety of ways.


2) Kyrie Irving
High School: Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick
College choice: Duke
Buzz: When his team needs points, Irving is as good as any prospect out there at producing those points.
3) Brandon Knight
High School: Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest
College choice: Undecided
Buzz: Between his power drives to the basket and his lethal stroke from behind the arc, Knight puts up big numbers.
4) Ryan Harrow
High School: Marietta (Ga.) Walton
College choice: North Carolina State
Buzz: He has the ball on a string and has all the moves in the book. Couple that with his shooting ability, and you have an elite scoring point guard.
5) Cory Joseph
High School: Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
College choice: Undecided
Buzz: Joseph is so adept at so many aspects of his game his shooting ability is often overlooked. All he needs is an inch to score.
BEST DEFENDER
1) Cory Joseph
High School: Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep
College choice: Undecided
Buzz: Joseph follows in the footsteps of his former high school teammate Avery Bradley as the best perimeter defender in his class.

2) Brandon Knight
High School: Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest
College choice: Undecided
Buzz: With his physical strength and lateral quickness, Knight can lock up either the point guard position or shooting guard position.
3) Josh Selby
High School: Baltimore Lake Clifton
College choice: Undecided
Buzz: His scoring ability draws all the attention, but when an athlete like Selby puts his mind to defending, he is just as formidable on the other side of the ball.
4) Kyrie Irving
High School: Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick
College choice: Duke
Buzz: Irving has good lateral quickness but the quickness, strength and timing of his hands are at the top of the class.
5) Aaron Craft
High School: Findlay (Ohio) Liberty Benton
College choice: Ohio State
Buzz: A gritty competitor with strength and lateral quickness, Craft has the ability to be a defensive specialist in college.



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