Commentary

Knight, Irving lead 2010 PGs

Originally Published: September 15, 2009
By Paul Biancardi | Scouts Inc.

The point guard position, which is arguably the most important on the basketball court, requires unique talent and a high basketball IQ. Point guards have always been compared to quarterback in football and rightly so.

A great point guard is aware of all that is happening around him throughout the entire game; he must take a giant snapshot of the court each possession, both offensively and defensively, and be ready to lead his team. This position requires a player capable of starting the break in offensive transition, having the court vision and unselfishness deliver a pass on time and on target. They must value each possession, along with showing the ability to initiate and direct a team's offense, make free throws especially at the end of games and of course score when needed.

Top prospects

Brandon Knight, 6-3, 185 pounds
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./ Pine Crest
College: Undecided

Knight is on his way back from a fractured ankle this spring. Presently, he is going through shooting drills without contact. Evaluating his game for years, you could see how he has made clear improvements. In offensive transition, he added the advance pass to his teammates sprinting the floor to his skill set. He's also developed a more consistent 3-point shot both off the catch and dribble. He also has put in plenty of work in the weight room. His trademark is well defined; this young man makes any team he plays on win games and championships.

Kyrie Irving, 6-1, 175
Elizabeth, N.J./ St. Patrick
College: Undecided
There is no question that Irving is an elite point guard with his advanced skill, confidence and high basketball I.Q. He runs a team with poise, excellent peripheral vision and an ability to score at anytime from anywhere on the floor. Equally impressive on his drive to the basket he knows how and when to change speeds and score at the rim with good body control. He is a special player who continues to improve.

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Liam Foley/Icon SMIOnce a Tennessee commit, Josh Selby now has plenty of suitors.

Josh Selby 6-3, 185
Hyattsville, Md/Lake Clifton
College: Undecided
Selby's stock has exploded; his consistent play this summer led to Selby being recognized as one of ESPN.com's top 10 players in the 2010 class. With his strength and athleticism, he dominates the game on both sides of the ball and has a great feel for when to attack his opponent. He plays with reckless abandon on defense and is able to dictate the tempo with constant ball pressure. He is a high-energy, scoring point guard who will be an impact player at the next level.

Kendall Marshall 6-4, 180
Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell
College: North Carolina

Marshall is the best passer in all of high school basketball. In transition, he handles the ball with his head up and eyes taking a picture of the court to see if the advance pass is available. Everything this young man does throughout the course of a game has a purpose. He plays the game like Jason Kidd.

Sleeper

Brady Heslip 6-2, 170
Burlington, Ont. /New Hampton Prep (N.H.)
College: Boston College

Heslip first burst onto the national scene with his stellar play at the Adidas It Takes 5 event in early July. He is a tough, hard-nosed point guard who makes good decisions and consistently knocks down open shots with range. As the future ACC guard continues to excel against the high-level prep school circuit, it will be evident why the Eagles are so excited to have him.

Keep an eye on:

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Liam Foley/Icon SMICory Joseph is one of several Canadian-born players in the ESPNU 100.

Cory Joseph 6-3, 180
Toronto, Ont. /Findley Prep (Nev.)
College: Undecided
The Canadian import established himself as one of the best point guards in the 2010 class when he led Findley Prep to an undefeated season and the high school national championship. Joseph is an ambidextrous playmaker with a great understanding of when to run his team and when to take over a game. He has terrific range on his 3-point shot. With another big year he could sneak into the top 25 by season's end.

Joe Jackson 5-11, 170
Memphis, Tenn./ White Station
College: Memphis
Jackson is a true scoring point guard who will be handed the ball from Day 1 at Memphis. An explosive lighting quick guard that can create for himself at a moment notice or finds his teammates from his penetration, Jackson is fun to watch and hard to play against.

Phil Pressey 5-10, 165
Dallas/Episcopal School
College: Missouri
Pressey is a perfect fit to Mike Anderson's "Fastest 40 minutes of basketball." That system relies heavily on a point guard who can push the ball offensively and cause havoc in the fullcourt press.

Keith Appling 6-3, 180
Detroit/Pershing
College: Michigan St.

Appling continues the legacy of smart, tough and quick point guards that Tom Izzo has been able to attract and develop in his time with the Spartans. As his outside shot improves, his overall offensive game will take off.

Ray McCallum 6-1, 180
Detroit/Country Day
College: Undecided
McCallum is the typical coach's son (dad Ray Sr. is the head coach at Detroit). He is tough as nails and has a high basketball IQ. He is a winner who knows how to run a team and it is easy to see why his services are in such great demand. This young man will make someone a winner wherever he decides to go.

Ryan Harrow 5-10, 155
Marietta, Ga./Walton
College: N.C. State
Because of his small frame, Harrow sneaks up on you. The ball-quick point guard can get to the paint at will or light his opponent up from deep range. N.C. State fans are going to love this kid.

Paul Biancardi is a veteran of the coaching ranks with years of college experience. He has recruited on a national level with stops as an assistant coach at Boston University and Boston College, associate head coach at Ohio State and most recently as an assistant at Saint Louis University. Biancardi was head coach at Wright State University from 2003 to 2006. In 2003, he was named Horizon League Coach of the Year. He is a selection committee member for the prestigious McDonald's All-America Game and the Gatorade Player of the Year award.

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