10. Norris Cole, Cleveland State, 6-1 ft., 175 lbs., Sr.
A well rounded veteran point guard who does a little bit of everything (avg. 22 pts, 5 rebs, 6 asts, 2 stls per game), but doesn’t separate himself from the others in any specific area. His best quality is his leadership skills. Cole looks to be a solid point guard.
9. Shelvin Mack, Butler, 6-2, 205, Jr.
He is more of a scorer instead of a true point guard. A very streaky shooter who can create his own shot, but needs to improve at attacking the rim. He’s neither the fastest nor most athletic guy. His best quality is his high basketball IQ. Shows great composure in pressure situations which is very promising.
8. Josh Shelby, Kansas, 6-3, 195, Fr.
A very raw player, but shows a lot of potential. A boom-or-bust pick, imo. He is a very athletic combo guard. Has a good shot and can finish at the rim. He will need to improve on his passing abilities and turnovers. If he can show efficiency and consistency, Shelby can turn out to be one heck of a player.
7. Reggie Jackson, Boston College, 6-3, 200, Jr.
He has an incredible 7-foot wingspan making him a solid defender. Has great athletic ability to finish at the rim. Shows versatility allowing him to play the combo guard as well. He will need to work on his jump-shooting as that is his biggest weakness.
6. Nolan Smith, Duke, 6-3, 189, Sr.
A smart player who can fill the stat sheet with his all-around game. A solid defender. He can play the combo guard as well. Not only does he have a high basketball IQ, but he has a lot of experience from staying four years at Duke. Has the ability to be an underrated player in this draft.
5. Jimmer Fredette, BYU, 6-2, 196, Sr.
The reigning College Basketball Player of the Year, but there are a lot of questions regarding if he can translate as a true point guard in the NBA. He’s a pure scorer and can drain from anywhere on the court. Has trouble creating for others and some turnover issues. His skill set looks to fall more into the shooting guard category.
4. Darius Morris, Michigan, 6-4, 190, So.
Arguably the most improved player in the 2010-11’ NCAA basketball season. He is an excellent passer as he led the Big Ten in assists with nearly 7 a game. He is a pass-first point guard, but has great scoring ability as well. Possesses great size and an excellent first step to blow by his opposition. Will definitely need to improve his 3-pt shooting. His athleticism, size and potential makes him a great prospect.
3. Brandon Knight, Kentucky, 6-3, 177, Fr.
He was a blue-chip player coming out of high school and shows tremendous potential. Still very young with great upside. Has great size and at times can be the best athlete on the floor. Possesses an NBA ready jump-shot, but will need to do a better job at running an offense and creating for his teammates. Every though he is a great scorer, there were times in which he disappeared in games completely whenever he wasn’t making plays. Will have to work on cutting down his turnovers since his turnover/assist ratio was below average. His game will most likely translate into the shooting guard position.
2. Kemba Walker, Connecticut, 6-1, 184, Jr.
A superb scoring guard who can also create for his teammates. Although he is undersized, he possesses a fast motor and can get to the rim at any given moment. Has excellent athleticism, speed, and lateral movement. Even at 6’1, he can still create his own shot and pull down rebounds (avg 5 rbs). Impressive late in games and isn’t afraid to take the big shot. He has matured and is NBA Ready. Won the Most Outstanding Player of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and reminds me of Allen Iverson.
1. Kyrie Irving, Duke, 6-3, 191, Fr.
Dude’s legit. By far the best point guard available in this draft and is compared to Chris Paul. He has the ball-skills to get anywhere in the paint and can facilitate an offense. Has a pretty good shot and can score in furies. He is a playmaker who will easily improve a team. All the tools to be an elite point guard in the NBA.