Last April, I had the opportunity to visit the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and really spend time watching the participants, all seniors, all striving to make a great impression on NBA personnel. One thing that caught my attention were the names on the rosters. There weren't any throw in guys, but players who had solid college careers. Unfortunately they didn't appear high on the mock draft boards, if at all. I'll be heading back and there are a few prospects on the radar who I feel would benefit from the further exposure.
March is only a few weeks away and pretty much every college basketball fan's favorite time of the year. This time of the year separates the boys from the men, while potentially influencing a prospects' overall stock. Well coached, detailed oriented, and mentally strong teams usually make a run in the tournament, but it starts with the coach on the court, the point guard. While an Assistant Coach at Hunter College, our Head Coach, Shay Berry, made sure we had three solid point guards going into the season, and trust me, it made a world of difference. Point guards are the key to a teams post season success and this season has produced some talented guys at the position.
Jalen Brunsonis currently leading the #1 ranked Villanova Wildcats to another successful season, but when you think about top guards, for most, he isn't the first to come to mind. Brunson doesn't have the flash like Trae Young or the overly displayed confidence like Collin Sexton, but that shouldn't take away from his overall productivity and leadership capability. Although Brunson appears in the second round of most mock drafts while his counterparts are listed in the top 5, he shouldn't be taken likely. He's a physical guard with playmaking ability and has proven the moment is never too big. Players like Brunson are made for March.
Trae Young is surrounded by the least amount of talent, in comparison to Villanova and Alabama. This has put him in a position to carry the team. Will he be able to produce at a high level come March when the games are tighter and more tense?March presents a different challenge for a player like Young. During this time of year there is more than enough film to study a players tendencies and opponents are usually juiced to get their shot at the guy they've been watching on TV all season. Young has lived up to the early Steph Curry comparisons but even at Davidson Steph could only take the team so far.
This much anticipated season has been inconsistent for Alabama and some would even argue this talented team hasn't lived up to expectation. One thing no one can deny is Collin Sexton's fight each time he steps foot on the court. After watching him lead his team back from a double digit deficit with only three players against a tough Minnesota team, I was sold. He plays with the same tenacity as Russell Westbrook and has no friends when he steps on the court. I love seeing that especially in a young player who wants to win by any means necessary.
After all is said and done, the final question I'd asked you the reader, which point guard would you want going into March? Let us know in the comments section.