06-07 Top Guards (Updated 5pm)

With basketball approaching before you know it, Gary Parrish ranks his top 20 point guards in America in this column.

The ACC lands three of the top 10 playmakers, but none of the next ten. Obviously Dick Vitale wasn’t doing the list or you could automatically add a Duke player to the list to give the ACC four slots.

4. Sean Singletary (Virginia): Singletary last season became the first Virginia player to be named first-team All-ACC since Bryant Stith in 1992. That’s a long time. That’s impressive. That’s why you shouldn’t be surprised when this classic lead guard who can score at a high rate — he averaged 17.7 points per game as a sophomore and put 35 on Gonzaga — has the Cavaliers back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001.

6. Tywon Lawson (North Carolina): Every time you put a freshman on a list like this, people are bound to send e-mails featuring the phrase “but the kid hasn’t even played a game yet.” Please, save the e-mail. Lawson has played lots of games, thousands of games. That he hasn’t yet done so at the college level is inconsequential, and you’ll see that once he’s running Roy Williams’ Tar Heels up and down the court in 30-point victories.

8. Jamon Gordon (Virginia Tech): Gordon is really a combo guard, but one who is good enough with the ball to play the point, evidence being that his assist-to-turnover ratio was better than 2-to-1 last season. If he’s too high on this list, so be it. I’ve always been a sucker for point guards hard enough to average 6.0 rebounds per game.

Additionally, CBS has listed their top 20 shooting guards in the country (Link). “Interestingly”, UNC’s Wayne Ellington – who has never played a second of college basketball – is the 7th best shooting guard in the country. Wow!

7. Wayne Ellington (North Carolina): I’m not sure Ellington is the next Michael Jordan, but he can certainly be the next Rashad McCants. The 6-4 talent just might challenge Tyler Hansbrough for the team’s scoring title, and do so within the flow of the Tar Heels’ offense. With so much depth, North Carolina should play even faster — and score more — than normal. Among others, Ellington will benefit, and he could be the ACC’s Freshman of the Year.

12. J.R. Reynolds (Virginia) 6-3 Sr. 17.0 3.1 Along with Sean Singletary, gives Virginia one of the best backcourts in the nation

15. Gerald Henderson (Duke) 6-5 Fr. NA NA He won’t shoot it as well as Redick, but he’ll dunk a lot better.

18. Anthony Morrow (Georgia Tech) 6-5 Jr. 16.0 4.5 Back injury could sideline him until late November.

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125 Responses to 06-07 Top Guards (Updated 5pm)

  1. Dan 10/03/2006 at 9:24 AM #

    Javaris Crittendon at GT is going to be better than Lawson. He has way more tools that are ACC caliber right now. Its the return of the GT super PG.

  2. Trout 10/03/2006 at 9:48 AM #

    So as to avoid confusion, he isnt ranking Singletary as the #1 PG. Singletary is ranked #4, Lawson #6 and Gordon #8.

    I’m surprised most by Gordon’s ranking.

  3. nycfan 10/03/2006 at 9:59 AM #

    I’m no dook fan, but Paulus belongs on the list, IMO. We’ll see about Lawson … there have been frosh PGs who have been all-star caliber as freshmen, but many more, who went on to fabulous careers, were solid but definitely took their lumps as freshmen. Crittendon may well be better than Lawson — he’ll have to play more minutes and he certainly has the size advantage — with the unbalanced schedule, though, we won’t get two head-to-head match-ups as a measuring stick.

    VaT is generating a lot of positive buzz in the preseason, this ranking of Gordon seems to reflect that.

  4. noah 10/03/2006 at 10:06 AM #

    I’m glad this got posted. It reminded me not to watch one minute of college basketball this season.

    It’s 1993 all over again.

  5. redfred2 10/03/2006 at 11:36 AM #


    I’m not quite sure I get your meaning there? Please enlighten me.

  6. Sam92 10/03/2006 at 12:07 PM #

    any buzz on how Coach Lowe is doing, recruiting-wise?

  7. noah 10/03/2006 at 1:36 PM #

    Carolina (and dook) are going to be absolutely fantastic this year and we’re going to be the worst team in the league.

    I don’t like basketball enough to watch during a year like 1993 again.

  8. redfred2 10/03/2006 at 2:00 PM #

    Noah, Noah, Noah boy

    I’d say watch the games. You are definitely going to see an over matched bunch of Wolfpack players trying to keep their heads above water on the court this season, but one that you will be proud of none the less.

    The way this hodge podge of group players comes together as the season progresses will put a new label on the program, signaling whats ahead for the Wolfpack under Sidney Lowe. He hasn’t even started yet, the players will start coming after this season plays out.

  9. BJD95 10/03/2006 at 2:06 PM #

    Just thank God for Miami and Wake. I actually think we’ve got a good shot at #10. We at least will have a legitimate starting 5 (just nothing else).

  10. packbackr04 10/03/2006 at 2:36 PM #

    its the year of RUDY at NC State, its a walk-ons dream come true!!!! we need a kid that noone has heard of to walk on be a super-star, but dont count on ESPN giving us any positive PR, cuz Stu Scott is too busy screaming things that dont make any sense at the camera


  11. westwolf 10/03/2006 at 2:53 PM #

    Unc’s freshman(Lawson) is better than our senior(Atsur).

    If the coaches could play, we might be pretty good. Maybe we could even get on the top ten point guard list.

  12. packbackr04 10/03/2006 at 3:21 PM #


  13. Rick 10/03/2006 at 3:32 PM #

    I actually like a year like this.
    Much more so than years like the last three. In those years we were built up to be really good but were just so so. It is very frustrating.
    This year nothing is expected of us so anything we get is a bonus and we know we can expect something different.
    Now if you know who was coaching this year I would have sold my TV to keep from watching us get hammered.

  14. redfred2 10/03/2006 at 3:53 PM #

    “Unc’s freshman(Lawson) is better than our senior(Atsur).”

    Yeah, there may be an incoming freshman or two out there who are better than a most of the seniors playing nationwide. I’d say that would be especially true for a team that has had all of it’s spirit, confidence, and talent completely coached out of it.

    I think Atsur will find a place and be more of a factor than he ever has before. Simmons is gone, Brackman’s 95% gone, your comment shows no confidence in a returning Wolfpack senior guard, these are all just products of the pitiful environment around here over the past years.

  15. StateFans 10/03/2006 at 4:54 PM #

    Carolina (and dook) are going to be absolutely fantastic this year and we’re going to be the worst team in the league.

    I don’t like basketball enough to watch during a year like 1993 again.

    Can’t disagree with how the conference looks like it may shape up.

    But…there is one major difference to have a different mindset between this year and 1993.

    1992-1993 was Les Robinson’s third year and 1993-1994 was Les Robinson’s fourth year. In those season’s it became obvious to anyone not named Todd Turner and Larry Monteith that the PROGRAM was in the gutter and was going to stay there. There was an overwhelming sense of hopelessness because of that.

    This will be Coach Lowe’s FIRST year. This makes watching the train wreck unfold much more acceptable and tolerable (IMHO).

  16. packpigskinfan23 10/03/2006 at 5:29 PM #

    I think that Atsur is one of the best in the ACC. He hasnt recieved recognition for it, because of the guys that were around him, Cam/Bethel/Etimov…. He will have a break out season.

  17. wufpack 10/03/2006 at 5:29 PM #

    I’ll admit that the potential is there for us to be bad. But I don’t think that those of you proclaiming that we WILL be the worst team in the league have actually looked at the rosters of every other team in the conference. After you get past UNC, Duke, and GT, there is not another impressive roster. In fact, I would go as far as to say that every other roster is UNimpressive. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to do well simply because the league is down (although I would gladly take it this year, with this being the “transition” year, when we will almost certainly have our thinnest team of the Lowe era).

    I would say that our roster this season will look more impressive than UVA’s looked going into last year (their new coach’s first year), and that team went 7-9 in a tougher ACC than there will be this year. Weren’t some of the pundits saying that they could go winless in the league? I’m certainly not looking for great things out of this team, and we need some things to break our way (no injuries, Costner and Fells living up to their “hype” post-injury and post-Herb respectively, Grant building off of his massive potential that he showed at the end of last year and not reversing back to the inconsistent turnover machine that he has been at times, and getting at least some contribution from Ferguson, Horner, and Lewandowski, even if it’s just 5-10 solid but unspectacular minutes apiece). Look at the rosters, our top 7 (8 if Brackman miraculously plays) matches up potential-wise with anyone in the league that is not Duke, UNC, or GT. Can Sid get the most out of that potential? I don’t know, but I’m at least going to give the guys a chance before I take a super-crappy attitude like some so-called fans seem to take at every turn.

  18. redfred2 10/03/2006 at 5:37 PM #

    Good lord, pessimism abounds around here.

    I’m telling you what, I’d rather lose by 25 to 40 points every night, knowing that I didn’t have the talent to compete (this is, at the moment), then lose by 1, 2,…5…7 because I had the talent, they just weren’t given proper direction as to how to win a freakin game when it came down to finishing the task. Heads bowed, duh looks on their faces, reflections of the pale stonelike mentor that had nothing to offer them.

    If you sat and watched that SHIT, year after year, then have a seat, you owe it to these kids and to this new coach.

    This is coming directly after another farce just like in the early 90’s, but of a different color. There will not be another bound, gagged, and totally shackled by the NC State administration, Les Robinson in the coaching box like back in those days. This new coach, Sidney Lowe will only be dealing with your normal and every day run of the mill, self-limiting factors that the NCSU administration now throws out at anyone.

    So there is still reason to be down, but no more than normal for an NCSU fan of late, just don’t give up altogether. As soon as he has time to get his legs under him, this new basketball coach will make a big difference around here. I haven’t seen enough of him to tell if it’s still there, or if his two male orbs are still intact as they once were, but he may be the one to get the whole athletics department back into proper focus and doing what their actual goals should be.

  19. burnbarn 10/03/2006 at 6:44 PM #

    I think we will lose some frustrating games b/c a break here or there and we would have won.. But, I think this team will make us proud with their play. We have some talent in the starting 5. This team will be a long way from Curtis Marshall days and I mean that with no disrespect.

    “Unc’s freshman(Lawson) is better than our senior(Atsur).”

    He certainly had talent but Atsur is a player who made some noise in the world championships.. he is not chopped liver.

  20. packfanstk 10/03/2006 at 8:16 PM #

    If Gordon is the third best point in the ACC, then it’s going to be a bad year for ACC PGs…and it probably is. Vernon Hamilton at Clemson may be the only other ACC caliber pure point guard when the season starts. Maryland will either have Strawberry there, or play a three-guard offense if Parrish Brown pans out as a starter. Georgia Tech has a couple of upperclassmen but may start a freshman (Crittendon), BC’s Tyrese Rice is probably going to be pretty solid by comparison to the rest of the league, but that’s really about it. Galloway is gone from FSU, Wake was dead in the water when the Nutcracker went pro, and State hasn’t had a true point since Justin Gainey, unless you count Marcus “Magic” Melvin, who certainly fancied himself to be one at times. :>)

  21. packfanstk 10/03/2006 at 8:30 PM #

    Meant to add that it’s a far cry from 1990 when the ACC had the greatest collection of point guards in any conference at any time. North to south:
    Maryland: Walt Williams
    Virginia: John Crotty
    Wake Forest: Dereck McQueen
    Duke: Bobby Hurley
    UNC-CH: King Rice
    NC State: Chris Corchiani
    Clemson: Marion Cash
    Georgia Tech: Kenny Anderson

  22. redfred2 10/03/2006 at 8:55 PM #

    I agree, and said it when the so called “recruits” all scurried off to the far regions of the universe, Atsur will lead and show us he should have been doing all along. Luckily Astur plays internationally and doesn’t have only his own, and a pretty talented group of others in Wolfpack uniforms, entirely limited results to dwell on in the off season.

    There will be new factors involved that Wolfpack fans aren’t used to seeing this year:

    .basic basketball instincts becoming a factor again
    .the ability to play in a natural position
    .offensive rebounds
    .straight answers during pre-game and post-game interviews
    .a player running up (and back down) the court
    .varying strategies inspired by the opposition
    .players over 6’8″ spending most of their time inside the 3 point arc
    .emotion coming from the bench
    .fewer dry erase boards???

    I’m tired and not feeling very inspired right now, but I could go on and on with this list. I’ll say it again, if you’ve followed Wolfpack basketball for any of the past five or six years and were happy with what you saw, I can’t help you. But if you want to see high school kids developing into legitimate college basketball players and noticeable improvement from game to game, or year to year, this 2006/7 season is just the beginning.

  23. packpigskinfan23 10/03/2006 at 9:51 PM #

    redfred~ I think the one on your list that I am looking forward to the most is OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS!!!

    seriously… we had to be the worst in the nation at that last year.

  24. TBlevins2 10/03/2006 at 10:16 PM #


    I couldn’t agree more with your comments. I am tired of the nay-sayers. Everyone should have known by now that this year WILL be a wash. So they should keep there mouths shut and enjoy. I can already say there will be more excitement than has been seen in at least 10 years. As bad as Les was, he was a better coach than the last if you look at the talent level and restrictions. I don’t care if we lose every single game this year as long as there is some sort of life in the team. Who wants to win boring sloppy games against weak opponents, just to get a good ass-kicking by decent teams? Cedric I am sure has already seen that if he had went to any other team in the ACC, he would have been a #1 pic and more millions. It takes a amazing big man to play on a team that has no coaching, no interest in a big man, and to lose games as they did for him to even be drafted. I just can’t understand how he even got noticed as hard as it has been for faithful fans to watch for so many years.

  25. Woof Wolf 10/03/2006 at 10:58 PM #


    Good stuff. Thanks for the comments on yesterday’s post. I believe. Basketball is going to be fun again. We’re going to lose a few, but I think we may win more than most people expect.

    I’ll be happy just to see some players and coaches who look and act like they care. Jump up and dowm, pump their fists, do high fived or whatever they do now when something good happens. Get angry when things go bad.

    I think the new coach and his staff will instill that in the team. Push it up the court, take it to the basket or devise the offense that best suits the talent. Wins don’t mean that much this year but effort and attitude do. As I said up top, it’s going to be fun.

    I better go to sleep now before I get arrested for a TUI or TWI or whatever.

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