Rant Sports NCAAB Season Preview: Top 5 Freshmen Point Guards
In preparation for the 2012-13 season, the college basketball staff here at Rant Sports will be running through a number of player and team breakdowns from now until the start of the season.
Another year is approaching and so too are the debuts of many highly-regarded freshmen.
Let’s take a look a look at the Top 5 Freshmen Point Guards heading into the 2012-13 season:
No. 5: Dominic Artis (Oregon)- A one-time UCLA commit, Artis switched his commitment to the Ducks on Halloween of 2011. At 6-foot-1, Artis is quick and can separate himself from defenders quite easily. Oregon landed Artis by way of Findlay Prep (NV), and his talent level should certainly give him the opportunity to be an instant impact for head coach Dana Altman.
No. 4: Tyler Lewis (North Carolina State)- At 5-foot-11, Lewis is very dangerous with the basketball. Lewis has tremendous passing skills and his ability to create plays off the dribble should make head coach Mark Gottfried very happy. While the Wolfpack continue to await news on Lorenzo Brown‘s health and the eligibility status of fellow freshman Rodney Purvis, the uncertainties make Lewis all that more important in N.C. State’s back court.
No. 3: Semaj Christon (Xavier)- Tu Holloway is out, but head coach Chris Mack welcomes in Christon for the 2012-13 season. The Musketeers are particularly young in the back court, especially at the point guard position. Christon may very well have the opportunity to take over and lead this squad immediately.
No. 2: Marcus Paige (North Carolina)- Head coach Roy Williams lost point guard Kendall Marshall to the NBA, so Paige has some shoes to fill. The Tar Heels’ point guard problems showed in the NCAA Tournament last year after Marshall went down with an injury, but that was a unique situation and Paige was not at Chapel Hill just yet. Well, now the 6-foot-1 guard is on campus and should be an immediate impact for Williams in the back court.
No. 1: Yogi Ferrell (Indiana)- The Hoosiers burst back onto the national scene in 2011-12 and we know the talent that head coach Tom Crean has returning. However, an incoming freshmen class that was ranked amongst the best in the country is also on campus and Ferrell highlights it. By way of the Park Tudor School (IN), Ferrell should undoubtedly help this squad improve off a Sweet 16 run this past March. With preseason expectations through the roof, Ferrell’s freshman impact will certainly be counted upon.
Name to Remember: Kris Dunn (Providence)- Not only would Dunn be listed in this top five, but the 6-foot-3 point guard probably would have been listed No. 1. However, Dunn suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. The recovery time for the newest Friar was expected to be 4-6 months, yet PC fans are hoping that Dunn will be able to take the court at some point this season. At this time, Providence is still mulling the possibility of red-shirting Dunn–although that may be unlikely.
Others Freshmen Point Guards to Watch- James Robinson (Pittsburgh), Braxton Ogbueze (Florida), Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova), L.J. Rose (Baylor), J-Mychal Reese (Texas A&M), Javan Felix (Texas), Mike Gesell (Iowa), Codi Miller-McIntyre (Wake Forest), Fred Van Fleet (Wichita State), Maurice Watson Jr. (Boston Univ.), Ronnie Johnson (Purdue).
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